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Homecoming 2021

Join the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering for a virtual Homecoming celebration! 

Date: Friday, October 15, 2021

Time: 7:00 PM EST

Join the Zoom Celebration!

Please RSVP with your name, and graduating year to be entered for the chance to win some great prizes.

Visiting Speaker - Dr. Elizabeth Sibert

On Friday, September 17, Dr. Elizabeth Sibert, Hutchinson Fellow at Yale University, will be giving a talk for the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering.

Dr. Sibert will be presenting on: "A history from the bottom of the sea: sharks, fish, microfossils, and 85 million years of global change".

Date: Friday, September 17, 2021

Time: 1:30pm

Zoom link:  Email for the Zoom link

Please join us. All are welcome to attend!

Hot not boring: Mountain building may have looked different a billion years ago

Courtesy of The Queen's Gazette

Friday September 10, 2021

By Victoria Klassen, Media Relations Officer

New research by Queen’s professor Chris Spencer explores the earth’s crust, ultra-high temperatures, and mountain building events.

The earth’s crust was unusually thin during the mid-Proterozoic period — about 1.8 to 0.8 billion years ago, before complex life flourished — recent research has unveiled. Some geologists have dubbed the period the “boring billion,” arguing that the thin crust during this time was a sign that no mountain-building events were happening, thus delaying the evolution of life. Chris Spencer (Geology) disagrees, believing this interpretation goes against the geological record.

Dr. Spencer says this explanation is contradicted by...

Visiting Speaker - Dr Rob Holder

On Friday, September 10, Dr. Rob Holder, Assistant Professor, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan, will be giving a talk for the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering.

Dr. Holder will be presenting on: "Metamorphism and the Evolution of Plate Tectonics".

Date: Friday, September 10, 2021

Time: 1:30pm

Talk Title: "Metamorphism and the Evolution of Plate Tectonics"

Zoom link:  Email for the Zoom link

Two Graduate Students Awarded KEGS Foundation Scholarships

Congratulations to MASc students, Stephanie Bringeland and Benjamin Saadia, on receiving awards from the Canadian Exploration Geophysics Society (KEGS). Stephanie received the KEGS Pioneers Scholarship and Benjamin received the KEGS Foundation Scholarship.

These competitive awards are directed towards fostering the education of future geophysicists...

Graduate Student Receives CSEG Scholarship Award

Congratulations to MSc student, Stephanie Bringeland, on receiving a scholarship award from the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG).

Every year the CSEG Scholarship Committee awards scholarships to deserving candidates in continuing education across Canada. In the 2020 scholarship year, only 8 scholarships were awarded to students across Canada. 

The announcement for Stephanie's scholarship award reads, 

"Stephanie has a degree in Geological Engineering from Queen’s University, and has remained at Queen’s to pursue a Master of Engineering in the Geophysics & Geodesy lab under Dr. Georgia Fotopoulos. Her official thesis is yet...

Two Faculty Members Receive ORF-SIF Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Leybourne, and Dr. Elisabeth Steel, on receiving Ontario Research Fund - Small Infrastructure Fund (ORF-SIF) awards. 

The Small Infrastructure Fund provides research institutions with funding to support infrastructure needs, such as acquiring research equipment. 

This fund is a part of the province of Ontario's greater initiative of help advance ‘Ontario made’ research and innovation at Ontario’s colleges, universities, research institutes and research hospitals. 

Dr. Leybourne was awarded funds for the John R. Evans Leaders Fund Project, "Advancing detection limits and in situ isotopic chemical chromatography for astroparticle and geochemical research ".  

Dr. Steel was awarded funds for the John R. Evans Leaders Fund Project, "Source to Sink Transport Dynamics: Exploring...

Dr. Elisabeth Steel

Graduate Students Receive GSA Grants

Tiago Angelo Sarah Hatherly Marina Seraine Xi Wang

Congratulations to graduate students, Tiago Angelo, Sarah Hatherly, and Marina Seraine, on being awarded Graduate Student Research Grants from the Geological Society of America (GSA). Graduate Student Research Grants from the GSA are intended to support graduate student research in the geosciences and ultimately enhance the geoscience workforce, as well as to provide career development opportunities for students by gaining experience with grants writing, project development and research, and to increase the diversity of the geosciences through opportunities for students of underrepresented communities to achieve success in research

Congratulations also to Xi Wang, Tiago Angelo and Marina Seraine on receiving On To The Future grants from the GSA. The On To the Future program supports students from diverse communities...

"Geophysics For Truth" Initiative Started

Geophysicists across Canada have teamed up to provide geophysical surveys, training and expertise for Indigenous Community projects at no cost. The initiative is described on the Geophysics For Truth website

The website lists the 40+ volunteers including GPR manufacturers, survey companies and academics. There are also links to media outlets reporting about the main technology used, Ground Penetrating Radar.

If you are interested in volunteering or more importantly, if you are interested in in using the services of "Geophysics For Truth", please send an email to or contact Alexander Braun.