Welcome to the homepage of Dr. Gordon “Oz” Osinski, Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario. Please browse these pages to find out more about his research and teaching interests and his team here at Western.

Dr. Osinski is the NSERC/MDA/CSA/CEMI Industrial Research Chair in Earth and Space Exploration at the University of Western Ontario in the Department of Earth Sciences and Physics and Astronomy. He is also Acting Director of the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration, Director of the Canadian Lunar Research Network, and Chair of the Planetary Sciences Division of the Geological Association of Canada.

Space Rocks Blog

New research published on the Sudbury impact structure

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Research | No Comments

A major focus for my group over the past 5 years has been understanding the origin, emplacement, and economic significance of “offset dykes” and “Sudbury Breccia” within the Sudbury impact structure. Through a collaboration with Wallbridge Mining Company Ltd. PhD student Eric Pilles (now a post-doc in my group) has published two papers on offset ...

Modeling concentric crater fill in Utopia Planitia, Mars, with an ice flow line model

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Research | No Comments

Congratulations to post-doctoral fellow Nora Weitz whose paper modeling concentric crater fill on Mars has been published in the journal Icarus. Click here for the paper. Here is the abstract: Impact craters in the mid-latitudes of Mars are commonly filled to variable degrees with some combination of ice, dust, and rocky debris. Concentric surface features ...

New morphological mapping and interpretation of ejecta deposits from Orientale Basin on the Moon

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Inspiration, Research | No Comments

Congrats to PhD student Zach Morse whose paper on the Orientale Basin on the Moon has just been published in the journal Icarus. Check out the paper here.

Western Media Release – Sub-surface Mars scanner concept gets boost from Western University expertise

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Inspiration, Research | No Comments

It’s great to be able to publicly announce that I am the PI of the science team on a concept study being led by MDA to design and hopefully launch a synthetic aperture radar to Mars. Details are provided in this media release from Western University available here.

Research featured in the Polar Continental Shelf Project Annual Report

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Research | No Comments

I have conducted research in Nunavut and/or the Northwest Territories of Canada almost every year since I came to Canada in 1999. None of this would have been possible without the support of the Polar Continental Shelf Program. Some of the research that my team conducts is featured in their 2016 Annual Report available here.

Article on the PanCam camera due to fly in 2020

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Research | No Comments

A detailed paper on the PanCam camera has been published in the journal Astrobiology. This paper provides an overview of this instrument, which forms part of the ExoMars rover payload and that is due to launch in 2020. I am happy to be a Co-I on this instrument! The paper is available for free download ...

Canada’s new Space Advisory Board

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Research | No Comments

I am very happy and honoured to be a member of the Government of Canada’s new Space Advisory Board. We report to the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Details about the board are outlined here. One of our early goals is to get input from the community on the “ Consultation Paper ...

New paper: Systematic curve fitting of spectra

Posted by on Jan 28, 2017 in Research | No Comments

Check out this new paper by recently graduated PhD student Michael McCraig: “Fitting the curve in Excel®: Systematic curve fitting of laboratory and remotely sensed planetary spectra” published in Computers & Geosciences.

Could evidence of life on Mars be found in a crater?

Posted by on Jan 28, 2017 in Research | No Comments

One of the main areas of research for my group is the beneficial effects of meteorite impacts. Radio Canada International have just posted a short article and interview posing the question “Could evidence of life on Mars be found in a crater?” Read and listen to it here.

Polar Knowledge blog article published on Tunnunik research

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Research | No Comments

Canadian Geographic have published a nice blog article here about our research at the Tunnunik impact structure, Victoria Island, NWT. This is part of an ongoing blog series on polar issues and research presented by Canadian Geographic and Polar Knowledge Canada, a Government of Canada agency with a mandate to advance Canada’s knowledge of the Arctic ...

Latest Tweets