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About the Harquail School of Earth Sciences

We stand for excellence in undergraduate and graduate level research and education in the geosciences.

The Harquail School of Earth Sciences (HSES) has been educating geoscientists since the 1960's and some of today’s mineral exploration industry leaders have earned their degrees in Geology at this unit at Laurentian University. In recent years, the Harquail School of Earth Sciences has grown substantially with the founding of its Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC) in 1997 and the commencement of Canada's largest geoscience research project Metal Earth in 2016. HSES and MERC are located in the Willet Green Miller Center (WGMC), which was designed from the ground up as a geoscience building. It houses the Ontario Geological Survey, the Ontario Geoscience Laboratories, the Mine Recorders Office, and several other mining-related research centres, making the WGMC one of the largest Earth science resource centres in North America.

The city of Sudbury lies amidst glacially-shaped ridges and green boreal forests, and contains 330 lakes >10 hectares in size and 112 lakes > 100 hectares in size. The success of more than 30 continuous years of environmental reclamation efforts has led to numerous national and international awards, including a Government of Canada Environmental Achievement Award, a United States Chevron Conservation Award, and a United Nations Local Government Honours Award.

HES Experiences

Get a feel for our culture and take a peak inside the day in the life of a geologist through videos from our geologists and students, stories from alumni and HES social channels.

HES Experiences
Award Winning Faculty

The Harquail School of Earth Sciences (HES) and Mineral Exploration Research Centre comprise award-winning faculty (including three GAC-MDD Duncan Derry Medal winners) and award-winning students, and presently have the highest level of NSERC and TGI funding in economic geology of any university in Canada. Visit our people directory to learn more about our faculty and for contact information.


Award-winning faculty, award-winning students, and close ties with the Ontario Geological Survey, Ontario Geoscience Laboratories, the Geological Survey of Canada, and dozens of mining and exploration companies provide a wide range of research opportunities in economic geology, exploration geophysics, geochemistry, igneous- metamorphic petrology, mineralogy, volcanology, structural geology, and sedimentology, focusing on Precambrian geology and associated mineralization.


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