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

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

More congratulations! UPDATED

Posted by on Jun 1, 2014 in Research | No Comments

The awards keep coming for my fantastic team of graduate students! Adam Coulter has won a Robert Hodder Travel Award and Anna Chanou a R&R Lumsden Award, both given by the Department of Earth Sciences at Western. Tanya Harrison has been awarded a prestigious Amelia Earhart Fellowship, which “helps talented women, pursuing advanced studies in the typically ...

Congratulations to Cassie Stuurman!

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Research | No Comments

A big congratulations to Cassie Stuurman for being awarded the Charles Carmichael Prize by the Department of Earth Sciences. This award is given annually to the best undergraduate honours thesis in geophysics! Cassie’s thesis was entitled “Analysis and characterization of subsurface reflectors in Utopia Planitia, Mars, using the SHARAD ground-penetrating radar”, and has already been presented ...

A Successful Planetary Science Field School

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Inspiration, Research | No Comments

May 1st to 10th saw some of the spacerocks team and myself head to northern Arizona and southern Utah for the CPSX Planetary Science Field School. It was a fantastic trip, with amazing stops including Meteor Crater, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and Upheaval Dome in Canyonlands National Park. Check out some photo’s here.

Meteorite Impacts Could Have Fostered Life on Early Earth

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Research | No Comments

Congratulations to post-doctoral fellow and former PhD student Haley Sapers whose paper on “Enigmatic tubular features in impact glass” has been published in the prestigious journal, Geology. This paper was also featured in a news article in Science Magazine entitled “Meteorite Impacts Could Have Fostered Life on Early Earth“. In this paper, Haley describes for the ...

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