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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 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. 
HES and the Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC) are housed in the Willet Green Miller Centre, overlooking Ramsey Lake and the Laurentian Lake Conservation Area. Located in the world's largest mining cluster in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, on the rim of one of the world's oldest, largest, and best-exposed asteroid impact sites, and on rocks of the Canadian Shield, we have a setting for field-based teaching and research that cannot be duplicated elsewhere.  

The wide range of geological environments, including Precambrian volcano-sedimentary belts, the Huronian Basin, the Grenville orogenic complex, and Paleozoic sequences, offers unparalleled opportunities for undergraduate and graduate studies in ore deposits, structural geology, geophysics, mineralogy, igneous and metamorphic petrology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleontology and environmental geosciences. Undergraduate students can enroll for a BSc in Earth Sciences of BSc in Environmental Geosciences. At the graduate level, the Harquail School of Earth Sciences is known around the world for their excellence of their MSc and PhD programs.

The now 20 faculty members at the Harquail School of Earth Sciences are proven leaders in their fields, recognized through winning reputable awards (for instance three winners of the prestigious Duncan Ramsay Derry Medal from the Geological Association of Canada) and making Laurentian by far the leading Canadian university in Economic Geology funding. The faculty roster includes a Canada Research Chair in Metallogeny, a Research Chair in Exploration Targeting, and an Industrial Research Chair in Geophysics.


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.


The Harquail School of Earth Sciences and the Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC), the Secretariat for the NSERC-CMIC Exploration Footprints Program, and the recently funded $104M Metal Earth research program led by MERC are located in the Willet Green Miller Centre, which was designed from the ground up as a geoscience building. School faculty, research scientists, graduate students, and undergraduate students are working on fundamental geological problems all over the world.


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