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(News - Aug 22/15)
UBC Professor Donates to Geology Department

An estate gift by emeritus Professor of Carbonate Petrology, Ted Danner will support outreach and undergraduate education in EOAS. The gift, valued at $1.1 Million, includes a mineral and gem collection housed in the Pacific Museum of Earth (, as well endowments for undergraduate studies in the form of an entrance bursary and awards for excellence in field mapping. Prof. Danner taught at UBC from his appointment in 1954 through to well beyond retirement. He passed away in 2012. He is remembered by many for his enthusiastic introductory geology courses that drew countless students to further study in the earth sciences. Please have a look at UBC Press Release for more details.

(News - Jul 31/15)
Canada GEOTRACES--Arctic Research Drama

Roger Francois, Philippe Tortell and 9 other EOAS researchers (including 4 graduate students) are currently on the Coast Guard Ship Amundsen involved in a GEOTRACES expedition to gather data on climate change and its impact on the physics, chemistry and biology of the Arctic Ocean. Persistent harsh conditions in Hudson Bay that resulted in the late formation of sea ice have caused the isolation of some northern communities where fuel and food supplies are getting low. The Amundsen had to be diverted to help. See this report in the Globe and Mail for more details. The EOAS group has also published an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail highlighting the difficulties being caused by the inadequate logistical support of our Arctic presence (see here). We hear that after a long delay, the Amundsen will soon be steaming back to the GEOTRACES station. We send best wishes to all the shipboard scientists for the remainder of their expedition.

(News - Jun 20/15)
UBC hosted the GEOTRACES meeting

The GEOTRACES Scientific Steering Committee and Data Management Committee have been held from 13-17 July at UBC hosted by Maite Maldonado. GEOTRACES ( is an international study of the marine biogeochemical cycles of trace elements and their isotopes. Scientists from 35 nations have been involved in the programme, designed to study all major ocean basins over the next decade. So far, 747 stations have been sampled during 52 cruises resulting in more than 1000 data sets of hydrographical and geochemical data. To facilitate access to these data, the first GEOTRACES Intermediate Data Product is freely available on-line ( Digital data is accompanied by an electronic atlas ( that provides 2D and 3D images of the ocean distribution of many of the parameters.

(News - Jun 17/15)
2015 Edition of Earth Matters is now online

Once again Mark Jellinek and his team have produced a remarkable newsletter. "A major initiative of the public relations committee over the last year was to produce the second volume of this EOAS annual report, which will be distributed electronically to alumni, donors, potential donors, other institutions and friends around the world." (M.Jellinek)

(Awards - Jun 17/15)
2015 CGS Student Competition Results

Gavin Black, Savanna Herman, Shammai Ugalino, and Aron Zahradka came in second in the Undergraduate Student Report (Group) competition. The competition entry was for their EOSC 445 design project titled "Long Lake Project: Tunnel versus Rock Cut Design - Option Analysis", which was sponsored by Charles Hunt of Tetra Tech EBA.

(News - Jun 15/15)
TELUS Optik video about the PME Museum

Spotlight Productions recently featured the Pacific Museum of Earth (interview with Kirsten Hodge) for their show, Family Central on TELUS Optik. This 3.5 minute segment will air on TELUS Optik Local's video on demand platform. This great overview of the PME is a must see (only 3.5 minutes)!

(News - May 7/15)
MESSENGER Finds Evidence of Ancient Magnetic Field before plunging into the surface of Mercury

In an astonishing paper published today in Science, Catherine Johnson and colleagues show that Mercury's magnetic field, generated by a dynamo process in its molten iron outer core, has been in place for at least 4 billion years. Low altitude observations made by NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft revealed evidence of magnetization of ancient crustal rocks on Mercury and record a magnetic field that could also have been much stronger than it is today and potentially older than Earth's field. The MESSENGER spacecraft crashed onto Mercury's last week after running out of fuel at the end of a 10 year mission.
See the UBC-Press articale, the Science link, and a background Science perspective.

(Awards - May 1/15)
2 student awards

The Jack Henderson Prize for best M.Sc. thesis went to Tylor Ambrose
The Leopold Gelinas Medal for Best M.Sc. thesis went to Amy Ryan

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Faculty Positions in EOAS

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Colloquia & Seminars

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Hansruedi Maurer The curse of dimensionality in exploring the subsurface

Sep24 4:00 PM

Chris Atchison An International Perspective of Inclusive Geoscience Workforce Development in the 21st Century

Oct01 4:00 PM

Robert Clayton TBA

Thesis Defenses

Sep03 9:30 AM

Erik Munson Reservoir Characterization of the Duvernay Formation, Alberta: a Pore- to Basin-Scale Investigation [SV:EOAS ]

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