In following the recommendations from Ottawa Public Health, the Department of Earth Sciences is operating online and staff are working remotely. 

For assistance, please contact the office at earth [dot] sciencesatcarleton [dot] ca and your email will be redirected to the appropriate contact.  We are also checking and responding to voicemail on (613) 520-2600 Ext. 5633 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

We are doing all we can to keep our community safe and to contribute to slowing the progression of COVID-19 in Ottawa and across the country.  For more information, please visit Carleton’s Coronavirus page.

Thank you for your understanding during this time.


Welcome to the Department of Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences, or geology, from the ancient Greek meaning “The Study of the Earth”, is the study of our dynamic planet, from its interior to its surface, and from the events that occurred since its formation 4568 million years ago, to the processes that take place in the modern Earth.

News Stories

New Late Cretaceous Marine Reptile publication by M. Ryan and J. Campbell

Dr. Michael Ryan, Adjunct research professor in Earth Sciences, and his former Earth Sciences MSc student Dr. James Campbell recently published the description of a new Late Cretaceous marine reptile from the Dinosaur Park Formation of southern Alberta in the journal PeerJ.

Geoff Pignotta wins Faculty of Science Award

Geoff Pignotta, Lab coordinator and Teaching instructor in the Department of Earth Sciences, has won the Faculty of Science award for Teaching Excellence. The Faculty of Science recognizes excellence within our own Faculty which is separate from the University Awards. 

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