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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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 ...

Team space rocks at LPSC

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Research | No Comments

It’s that time of year again to head to the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, Texas - http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2014/. With 20 students and staff from my group, this promises to be one of the most exciting ever, with several oral presentations and over a dozen posters being presented. Check the twitter feed for regular updates ...

From Mars to Earth

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Research | No Comments

Here’s a great article that captures the spirit of my research in Earth and Planetary science perfectly! “From Mars to Earth: How Martian technology can assist in mining and exploration activities” was published in the Fall edition of the Ontario Mineral Exploration Review – it can be read here: http://issuu.com/delcomminc/docs/omer_fall_2013?e=5613582/5880550

NASA Group Achievement Award for Raymond Francis

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Inspiration, Research | No Comments

A huge congratulations to my PhD student Raymond Francis, who has been one of the few people selected to receive a NASA Group Achievement Award for his work on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover mission. Raymond is co-supervised with Dr. Ken McIsaac in Engineering here at Western. See the Western media release here.

New paper – Co-evolution of polygonal and scalloped terrains, southwestern Utopia Planitia, Mars

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Research | No Comments

Congrats to my former PhD student Tim Haltigin – now working at the Canadian Space Agency – on the publication of “Co-evolution of polygonal and scalloped terrains, southwestern Utopia Planitia, Mars” published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

Two talks in two days

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

Busy couple of days! Presented a talk entitled “Impact-Generated Hydrothermal Systems on Earth and Mars” – based on this paper on the same topic - at the University of Toronto on Thursday, and then a fun evening talk for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s London Chapter on Friday entitled “Meteorite Impacts: Not All That Bad?”

Sudbury research featured in Northern Life

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Research | No Comments

An article about my team’s research at the Sudbury impact structure in partnership with Wallbridge Mining Company Ltd. appeared in Northern Life over the holidays. Check out the article here: http://www.northernlife.ca/news/localNews/2013/12/26-asteroid-mineral-deposits-sudbury.aspx

Team Spacerocks at AGU

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Research | No Comments

Greetings from San Francisco where I and 4 students are attending the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union – that begins today. I’m here with PhD students Raymond Francis, Tanya Harrison, and Marianne Mader, and Cassie Stuurman, and undergraduate student. All have oral presentations this week – way to go guys! A special call ...

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