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 publication – Revisiting the Rochechouart impact structure, France

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Research | No Comments

A paper by ex-PhD student and current post-doc, Haley Sapers, is featured in this month’s issue of Meteoritics and Planetary Science. In this paper we revisit the well known Rochechouart impact structure in France and show that despite many decades of study, there are still secrets to be revealed. The abstract is below:  The Rochechouart ...

Western space explorers ready to capture new images of the surface of Mars

Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in Inspiration, Research | No Comments

Led by my Research Scientist, Dr. Livio Tornabene, “A team of Western University space explorers are capturing new images of the surface of Mars with the largest telescope ever used for a deep space mission as part of the ongoing Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.” Western’s media release is here and a nice news story by CTV can be seen ...

New age dating of the Clearwater Lake impact structures – Not the binary asteroid impact it seems?

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in Research | No Comments

I’m happy to be a co-author on a new paper published in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, which provides some surprising new age data suggesting that the twin Clearwater Lakes impact structures are not the double impact that everybody has long thought they are. The title of the paper is “New 40Ar/39Ar dating of the Clearwater Lake ...

New article: Using Martian single and double layered ejecta craters to probe subsurface stratigraphy

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Research | No Comments

Congratulations to post-doc Eriita Jones for her paper that is now in press in Icarus entitled “Using Martian single and double layered ejecta craters to probe subsurface stratigraphy”. In this contribution, a subsurface layering model is developed to relate crater behaviour to physical characteristics of the subsurface, including grain size, cohesion, volatile content, and regional volatile ...

West Clearwater Lake Expedition a Success

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Research | No Comments

With all participants now safely home from the field, it’s safe to say that our expedition to the West Clearwater Lake impact structure was a huge success! This ~36 km diameter and 290 Myr. old impact structure in northern Quebec has not been studied and visited – from an impact cratering perspective – since the ...

West Clearwater Lake impact structure expedition

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Research | No Comments

From August 18th to September 14th 2014, our group will lead a field expedition to the ~36 km diameter West Clearwater Lake impact structure in northern Quebec. Formed approximately 290 million years ago, this crater has not been studied in detail since the 1970′s and remains little explored. This expedition has multiple facets. This marks ...

Tanya wins a prestigious Vanier Canada graduate Scholarship!

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Research | No Comments

I’m very proud to be able to announce that Tanya Harrison, a PhD Candidate in my group and co-supervised by Dr. Livio Tornabene, has been awarded a very prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Fellowship! Tanya is one of only a handful of students in Canada to be awarded this scholarship! Way to go Tanya!

Western students operate Mars rover in partnership with Canadian Space Agency

Posted by on Aug 16, 2014 in Research | No Comments

Western media release – In partnership with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), students from Western University are leading a simulated Mars Rover mission, boldly training the next-generation of space scientists and engineers through an integrated learning experience.  For the next two weeks, the Western-led team, which also includes students from Queen’s University and York University, is remotely ...

Front Page Article in Astrobiology

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Research | No Comments

Our group has another article featured on the front page of a journal, this time Astrobiology – congrats to former PhD student and now post-doctoral fellow Alexandra “Alex” Pontefract! The paper is entitled “Impact-Generated Endolithic Habitat Within Crystalline Rocks of the Haughton Impact Structure, Devon Island, Canada” and appears in the June issue of the ...

Check us out on Where’s Western

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Research | No Comments

Thanks to my grad student, Zach Morse, we have a great video as part of the Where’s Western series showcasing the Planetary Science Field School I recently taught in Arizona and Utah! Check out the video on youtube

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