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.

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New paper: Shatter Cones published in Science Advances

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Research | No Comments

I am pleased to announce that on August 5th, a new paper on shatter cones was published in the journal Science Advances. As summarized in this media release from Western, this paper reports several new insights into how shatter cones form. Shatter cones are one of the most distinctive products of meteorite impact and remain ...

Heading to the Haughton impact structure, Nunavut

Posted by on Jul 16, 2016 in Inspiration, Research | No Comments

Over the weekend, myself and 12 others will be travelling north via Ottawa and Iqaluit to Resolute Bay. Our destination is the Haughton impact structure, which lies on western Devon Island, north of the infamous Northwest Passage. At 75 degrees North, Haughton is the highest latitude impact structure on Earth. Haughton is a unique crater: ...

Featured in an NSERC PromoScience video

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Inspiration, Research | No Comments

As most people know, pubic education and outreach is one of my big passions! I’ve received funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for a number of projects, the most recent of which is entitled “Impact Earth”, which seeks to educate and inform researchers and the public alike on impact ...

Two post-docs moving on to new positions

Posted by on Mar 20, 2016 in Inspiration, Research | No Comments

Congratulations to Raymond Francis and Alexandra Pontefract who are moving on to prestigious positions in the US. After doing their PhDs with me at Western and then time as post-doctoral fellows, I am both happy and sad to see them moving on. Alex and Raymond kindly provided the announcements below: Raymond Francis has been hired ...

Mars Sample Return analogue mission a huge success!

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Research | No Comments

As part of the NSERC CREATE “Technologies and Techniques in Earth and Space Exploration” (create.uwo.ca), the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX) hosted mission control for the 2015 Mars Sample Return Analogue Mission run in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency and MDA. Students from Western, York University, Saint Mary’s University, and the University ...

New paper: Impact melt- and projectile-bearing ejecta at Barringer Crater, Arizona

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Research | No Comments

Our new paper on “Impact melt- and projectile-bearing ejecta at Barringer Crater, Arizona” has been published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters. In this paper we describe evidence of projectile-bearing impact breccias in the ejecta blanket of Barringer Crater for the first time. We also provide evidence for the melting of carbonates during ...

Featured in London Community News article

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Inspiration, Research | No Comments

Delighted to have been featured in an article in the London Community News on my work in the Arctic. Although a bit embarrassed to be called “London’s biggest rock star”! Read the article here.

Two new articles in Meteoritics & Planetary Science

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Research | No Comments

Two new articles have just been published online in the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science. The first, led by former MSc student Annemarie Pickersgill, is entitled “Shock effects in plagioclase feldspar from the Mistastin Lake impact structure, Canada”. It provides a detailed study of shock effects in plagioclase feldspar, a poorly understood mineral, but which ...

HiRISE article about Dr. Livio Tornabene

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Inspiration, Research | No Comments

Dr. Livio Tornabene, a research scientist in my group, is featured here in a great article by the HiRISE team: http://www.uahirise.org/epo/4qa/tornabene/. Congrats Livio!

Tunnunik Expedition Underway

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Inspiration, Research | No Comments

It has begun! Our expedition to the Tunnunik impact structure on Victoria Island, Northwest Territories, has begun! As I write this, the first wave of travellers has left London, ON, with a two-pronged approach via Yellowknife and Ulukhatok in the west and Ottawa-Iqaluit-Resolute Bay in the east. Our destination for this expedition is the 28 ...

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