Gordon Osinski (Univ. of Western Ontario)
About the Speaker
Dr. Osinski's research interests are diverse and interdisciplinary in nature. His work synthesizes field, remote sensing, and laboratory observations with a range of geochemical data. His current research falls into three main areas: planetary geology, astrobiology, and economic geology. Meteorite impact craters provide a common cross-cutting theme. He approaches planetary geology with the fundamental view that interpretations of other planetary bodies must begin by using the Earth as a reference and fieldwork forms the basis for much of his research. In addition, he is also interested in developing technologies and techniques for human and robotic surface operations on the Moon and Mars. Examples of current research projects include:
- Impact-metamorphosed materials and the geology of meteorite impact structures on the Earth, Moon and Mars.
- Glacial and periglacial landforms in the Canadian Arctic, and analogous environments on Mars.
- Impact melt-bearing meteorites, of asteroidal and lunar origin.
- Origin and evolution of life on Earth and the search for life elsewhere in the Solar System.
- Ore emplacement within the North Range of the Sudbury impact structure, Ontario.
About this Series
Weekly talks given by leading thinkers in the areas of geology, geophysics, geobiology, geochemistry, atmospheric science, oceanography, climatology, and planetary science. Lectures take place on Wednesdays from 3:45pm in MIT Building 54 room 915, unless otherwise noted.