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

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

Lauren MacLellan paper published in Earth-Science Reviews

Third year student Lauren MacLellan (under the supervision of Dr. Richard Ernst, Scientist in Residence) is the lead author on a 29 page paper just published in Earth-Science Reviews “Volcanic history of the Derceto large igneous province, Astkhik Planum, Venus” 

OCGC Graduate Student Geosciences Seminars a success!!

On Wednesday April 15th, the Graduate students in Earth Sciences from both Carleton University and Ottawa University presented their OCGC Seminars. 

There were 19 students presenting on a varied number of topics that were all successful.  Congratulations and thank you to all who participated in the event.

Tim Patterson contributes to article on rehabilitation to Frame Lake

In collaboration with the Department of Earth Sciences alumni Dr. Jennifer Galloway (PhD 2006; GSC, Calgary), Hendrik Falck (MSc '89, Northwest Territories Geological Survey) and many others in Yellowknife, researchers in the Patterson Lab have for the past few years been investigating the causes behind the degradation of Frame Lake in the heart of Yellowknife, NWT. 

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