Covid-19 Update (May 1st, 2022)

On recommendation of Ottawa Public Health, Carleton will be maintaining the mandatory COVID-19 Mask Policy until further notice. Masks must be worn in all indoor university facilities including shared offices, meeting spaces, athletics facilities, classrooms and labs. 
Proof of vaccination is no longer required to access campus or participate in in-person Carleton events.

Students and visitors should book an appointment before visiting the Earth Sciences main office to assure staff and/or faculty will be on campus to assist in your needs. For assistance, please contact the office at earth [dot] sciencesatcarleton [dot] ca or call 613-520-5633.  The main office, located at 2115 Herzberg Building, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed from 12-1pm during the lunch hour).  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

Nearly everything that we do is connected to the physical Earth; it's lands, oceans, atmosphere, plants and animals; the materials used for our homes and offices, the clothes that we wear, our sources of energy, our drinking water, the air that we breathe and the food that we eat.  All of our high-tech tools, innovative clean energy solutions and critical minerals are derived from our planet. Study of the Earth Sciences offers an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to understanding Earth systems, applying knowledge from biology, chemistry, physics, ecology, computer science and mathematics to tackle complex global issues.  As our human population approaches 8 billion people, maintaining and improving the quality of life on this planet, and protecting threatened environments and ecosystems, requires an understanding and appreciation of Earth’s complex processes.

The 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) outline 17 actions necessary to addressing our most pressing global challenges by the year 2030, such as improving health and education, protection from natural disasters, reducing inequality, supporting economic growth while tackling climate change and preserving oceans and forests. Geoscientists and their knowledge of Earth systems and processes are critical to achieving these goals.


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News Stories

Thesis Day presentations April 2022

This year on April 1st, 2022 the Department of Earth Sciences was once again able to host in-person Thesis presentations for the first time in 2 years. Many of our 4th year presenters are heading to graduation this June 2022. Here are some highlights from the day, 

Hillary Maddin interviewed on CBC Quirks & Quarks

Dr. Hillary Maddin from the Department of Earth Sciences at Carleton University was interviewed on April 14, 2022 for CBC's Quirks & Quarks segment. Her segment was entitled: Legless fossils, smells of the past, research with Russia and more.....

Dr. Fred Gaidies and PhD student Thereza Yogi publish research on the metamorphic evolution of the Caledonian mountain belt in Arctic Norway

Dr. Fred Gaidies and current PhD student Thereza Yogi, Carleton alumni Olivier Heldwein and Dr. Jamie Cutts, as well as colleagues from UBC (Vancouver) and the University of Vienna publish their latest research on the metamorphic evolution of the Caledonian mountain belt in Arctic Norway. The Caledonides formed in the Paleozoic when the lapetus Ocean closed during the convergence and collision of Laurentia, Avalonia and Baltica.

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