Dr. Richard Ernst Travels and Teaches in Siberia

Monday, November 2, 2015

Dr. Richard Ernst strikes a Lenin pose at an old marble mine during his travels in Siberia

Dr. Richard Ernst strikes a Lenin pose at an old marble mine during his travels in Siberia

 

Dr. Richard Ernst is a real globe trotter! He travels extensively for business, and not just locally. Beginning on 1 September, he attended a conference in Listvyanka, Siberia. The International Conference on Large Igneous Provinces, Mantle Plumes and Metallogeny in the Earth's History is the most recent in a conference series on Large Igneous Provinces (held every two years) that he helped launch in 2007 with Russian colleagues. Dr. Ernst gave three talks at this most recent conference, all in English. 

The conference was followed by a field trip of several days on nearby Lake Baikal. The experts on this trip were mostly Russian, but also included a few international scientists. They witnessed some amazing geology while on board one of two boats. 

 

Dr. Richard Ernst on board a boat called "The Geologist" during a field trip on Lake Baikal. The lifebuoy pictured literally reads "The Geologist" in Russian.

Dr. Richard Ernst on board a boat called "The Geologist" during a field trip on Lake Baikal. The lifebuoy pictured literally reads "The Geologist" in Russian.

 

Dr. Ernst was in Tomsk, Siberia from 8-13 September. He holds a part-time professorship with Tomsk State University, the oldest university in Russian Asia. On this trip, he taught students in the Russian language about Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs) for a period of one week. He lectured out of his most recent book, Large Igneous Provinces, which is published by Cambridge University Press. 

From 14-18 September he was stationed in Novosibersk, a major Siberian scientific center. Again, he gave a five-day short course on his book, for the students there. These talks were all given in Russian. Fun fact - Dr. Richard Ernst, who hails from St. Louis, Missouri, took Russian in high school, in hopes of doing something different. It turns out, it really came in handy! During his time in Novosibersk, he gave an interview (in Russian) for Science in Siberia, the weekly magazine of the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 

Following his teaching in Novosibersk, he returned to Moscow, en route back to Ottawa. 

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Dr. Richard Ernst is the Scientist in Residence in the Department of Earth Sciences at Carleton University. 


This is one of the classes that Dr. Richard Ernst lectured to in Siberia. How is this classroom different from ours?

This is one of the classes that Dr. Richard Ernst lectured to in Siberia. How is this classroom different from ours?