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Leading Canadian University in economic geology research funding.

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. Award-winning faculty, award-winning students, and close ties with the Ontario Geological Survey and 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.

Research Themes

Environmental Science


Mineralogy and Petrology

Ore Deposits and Mineral Exploration

Sedimentary Geology

Structure and Tectonics

Research Updates

  • New NSERC-CRD Grant

    Wednesday January 16, 2019 Prof Michael Lesher is leading a new 4-year $1M ($630K cash, $426K cash-equivalent in-kind) NSERC-CRD project on the Genesis and Localization of Ni-Cu-PGE Mineralization in the Sudbury Igneous Complex...
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  • Using luminescence to discover ore bodies

    Tuesday January 15, 2019 HES Researcher Rémy Poulin, is one of the first to investigate the properties of scheelite on a world-wide scale to uncover potential geochemical patterns that could aid in the discovery of new ore...
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  • Metal Earth Annual Report 2017-2018

    Monday September 17, 2018 This annual report represents the work completed in Years 1 and 2 (March 2017-April 2018), the period marking the beginning of Metal Earth, a seven-year, $104 million applied R&D program.
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