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Graduate Studies in Earth and Environmental Sciences

Conduct your research in the "top tech centre in Canada". Ottawa is a global technology centre - an ideal setting for pursuing graduate studies in Earth and Environmental Sciences. It also provides employment opportunities in the private and public sectors in Canada, and abroad.

Conduct leading-edge research

Students pursue their research with the support of award-winning supervisors. The team includes cross-appointed faculty members and adjunct professors from other Departments in the faculties of Science, Engineering and Medicine, and from National Resources Canada and Health Canada.

As a joint graduate institute, the Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre offers advanced courses from both uOttawa and Carleton University. Students can conduct research in the following areas:

  • Environmental Geosciences
  • Sedimentary Systems
  • Earth Materials and Geodynamics

Access state-of-the-art laboratories

  • André E. Lalonde AMS Laboratory
  • Electron Microprobe/SEM Laboratory
  • Experimental Sedimentology Laboratory
  • Geochemistry Laboratories
  • Ján Veizer Stable Isotope Laboratory
  • Laser Ablation Laboratory
  • Optical Microscopy Laboratory
  • Rock Preparation Laboratory
  • Submarine Mineral Deposit Laboratory
  • X-Ray Laboratory

Explore Earth’s natural laboratories with field courses in Hawaii, Greece, Death Valley, Bahamas, Iceland, Scotland, Lesser Antilles, Abitibi region and Canadian Maritime provinces.

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Short course

GEO5306 Geochemistry of Hydrothermal Ore Deposits Short Course

This is an intensive 8-day graduate course (3 un.) on the geochemistry of hydrothermal ore deposits, focusing on the fundamentals of mineral-chemical systems, ore element geochemistry, alteration mineral assemblages, and water-rock interactions in a variety of ore deposit types. Concepts that are critical to understanding ore formation will be studied, including mineral stabilities and controls on metal solubility in hydrothermal systems. Case studies of different ore deposit types will be covered, including magmatic-hydrothermal, sedimentary and seawater-dominated systems. Practical aspects will include a guide to ore element behaviour; analyzing rocks, minerals and fluids in hydrothermal systems; and processes of hydrothermal alteration and their application in mineral exploration.

Dates: October 24-October 31, 2021. Advanced undergraduate-level (3rd or 4th-year) training in geochemistry, petrology and ore deposits is highly recommended. Lectures and interactive sessions will take place each day (including Saturday and Sunday), 9 am -5 pm. Course evaluation will be based on daily exercises in-class and a final take-home exam on lecture materials and reading related to the course.

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Contact Information

30 Marie-Curie, Ottawa ON
Canada, K1N 6N5
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