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Student Finalists for Next Generation Explorers Award

Congratulations to students on Team Terradeus, who have been selected as finalists for the PDAC Next Generation Explorers Award (NGEA™)! 

Students on the team include, Sharlotte Mkhonto, Collette Pilsworth, Timothy Packulak, McLean Trott, Robiah Al Wardah, Benjamin Saadia, Neeraj Nainwal, Allie Surrette, and Alutsyah Luthfian (The University of Auckland, New Zealand). The team is being supervised by Dr. Matthew Leybourne, with assigned mentor Ria Tinnion (Independent Consultant, Geophysicist), and external advisors Khumo Leseane (Monash University), James Kidder​ (Geological Survey of Canada), and Rob Bowell (SRK Consultant). 

The team will be one of six finalists that will present...

Upcoming MEERL Webinars 2022

Join us at an informational webinar to learn more about MEERL, what it's like to be a student, and why this program is helping to shape future leaders within the natural resource industry. Register now and connect with us online.

Interested in watching a previous webinar now? You can request access to a recording here.

Name Date Time Register
Program Overview for 2022 Tuesday, January 25 ​7:00 pm EST Register Now
Meet Current MEERL Students Thursday, March 17 8:00 pm EST Register Now
Faculty Panel  Wednesday, May 4 7:00 pm EST Register Now

Adjunct Professor Selected as Mental Health Champion

Congratulations to Adjunct Professor, Christa Pufahl, on being selected as a Mental Health Champion by the Queen's Student Mental Health Network.

With the Classroom Champion for Mental Health project, Queen’s is showcasing educators who demonstrate a commitment to supporting and enhancing student mental health and wellbeing.

The nomination for Christa reads...

Dr. Guy Narbonne in the Globe and Mail

Dr. Guy Narbonne is featured in an article in the Globe and Mail, titled, “New ROM gallery showcases the weird, wonderful first drafts of animal life on Earth”. The article explores a new permanent gallery that recently opened at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) named "The Willner Madge Gallery, Dawn of Life". The gallery showcases life on Earth from its origin up to and including the Triassic Period (about 250-200 million years ago), when dinosaurs and mammals first evolved, and...

GeoNiagara 2021 Conference

The Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) in collaboration with the Canadian National Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH-CNC) hosted the 74th Canadian Geotechnical Conference and the 14th Joint CGS/IAH-CNC Groundwater Conference in-person from Sunday, September 26 to Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

Queen's Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering students and faculty attended the meeting, and had a wonderful experience. The department's involvement included the following. 

Dr. Mark Diederichs delivered a truly fantastic and well received  R.M. Hardy Keynote Lecture. The lecture was titled...

Visiting Speaker - Dr. Freya George

On Thursday, December 2, Dr. Freya George, Johns Hopkins University's Blaustein Postdoctoral Fellow, will be giving a talk for the Queen's Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering.

Dr. George will be presenting on: "The art of subduction: geochemical insights into porosity and permeability changes at high pressure ".

Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021

Time: 2:30pm

Zoom link: Email for the Zoom link

GACMAC Special Session In Honour of Dr. Ron Peterson

A special session titled: "Synthetic and natural minerals, from high- to low-temperature, from mines to mountaintops, from Earth to Mars", was held at the annual GACMAC meeting in London, ON  Friday Nov 5, 2021 in honour of Professor Ron Peterson. It was co-convened by Roberta Flemming, MSc'90, PhD'97, Lee Groat, BSc'82 (both former students of Ron’s)  and Bryan Chakoumakos (Ron's colleague from Virginia Polytechnical University). The session was hybrid, with some presentations in person and some presented virtually.

Three of Ron’s former PhD students were present – Roberta, Jenn Bentz, PhD'17 and Jennifer Anderson, MSc'02, PhD'07. Current and former colleagues (including Heather Jamieson) gave talks (and a few Ron stories) and the session culminated...

Visiting Speaker - Lyle Nelson

On Thursday, November 18, Lyle Nelson, PhD student, Johns Hopkins University, will be giving a talk for the Queen's Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering.

Lyle will be presenting on: "Calibrating the Ediacaran–Cambrian transition in southern Africa and southwestern North America".

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021

Time: 2:30pm

Zoom link: Email for the Zoom link