Short Biography

Dr. Richard E. Ernst was born in Philadelphia, USA and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. After finishing undergraduate work at Wesleyan University in 1978, he was attracted north to Canada by geological field research, and he received an MSc from the University of Toronto in 1981, and PhD from Carleton University in 1989. He then worked until 2003 on contracts mainly through the Geological Survey of Canada. At this point he started his own consulting firm “Ernst Geosciences”, and also became an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University.  He has been co-leader (2003-2013), and leader since 2013 of the Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs) Commission of IAVCEI (International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior). In 2009, Dr. Ernst co-launched a consortium of industry sponsors contributing 1.5 million dollars toward using the LIP’s record to reconstruct the arrangement of crustal blocks within supercontinents back through time. In April 2012, he was PI on a successful 700 thousand dollars NSERC CRD grant to support graduate student research on LIPs in his position as Scientist-in-Residence of the Faculty of Science at Carleton University.  Dr. Ernst completed a comprehensive book on Large Igneous Provinces for Cambridge University Press (published September 2014), and recently published (with colleagues) in Nature Geoscience (April 2016) on using the LIP record to demonstrate a connection between southern Siberia and northern Laurentia throughout much of the Proterozoic. In April 2014 he also became a part time professor at Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Siberia, Russia.  Dr. Ernst is the author on more than 140 refereed scientific publications. 

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Last Updated: July 18, 2016