Brian O'Driscoll
Brian O'Driscoll
Newmont Chair in Economic Geology
Full Professor

BSc University College Cork, Ireland (2003)
PhD Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (2007)

STM 453
(613) 562-5800 ext. 6764

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences


Dr Brian O’Driscoll is a petrologist and ore geologist with expertise in linking novel geochemical tools to field-based and petrographic observations. His research interests are wide ranging, spanning the emplacement and crystallization of magma in the Earth’s crust, as well as melt generation and migration in the upper mantle. He has contributed to understanding base and precious metal mineralization processes in the context of these broad areas of magmatic petrology. In particular, much of his work has focused on chromitite petrogenesis and platinum-group element geochemistry in layered mafic intrusions and ophiolitic rocks. He currently serves as a member of the Executive Council of the Mineralogical Association of Canada (2021-onward). He is always happy to hear from potential graduate students or postdocs interested in developing projects – just get in touch using the email address shown above.

Research interests

  • Mantle petrology
  • Layered mafic intrusions
  • Chromitite petrogenesis
  • Platinum-group minerals
  • Igneous microstructures