Graduate Studies
Earth and Environmental Sciences

Why Earth and Environmental Sciences at uOttawa?

Conduct your research in the "top tech centre in Canada". Ottawa is a global technology centre - an ideal setting for pursuing graduate studies in Earth and Environmental Sciences. It also provides employment opportunities in the private and public sectors in Canada, and abroad.

Conduct leading-edge research

Students pursue their research with the support of award-winning supervisors. The team includes cross-appointed faculty members and adjunct professors from other Departments in the faculties of Science, Engineering and Medicine, and from National Resources Canada and Health Canada.

As a joint graduate institute, the Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre offers advanced courses from both uOttawa and Carleton University. Students can conduct research in the following areas:

  • Environmental Geosciences
  • Sedimentary Systems
  • Earth Materials and Geodynamics

Access state-of-the-art laboratories

  • André E. Lalonde AMS Laboratory
  • Electron Microprobe/SEM Laboratory
  • Experimental Sedimentology Laboratory
  • Geochemistry Laboratories
  • Ján Veizer Stable Isotope Laboratory
  • Laser Ablation Laboratory
  • Optical Microscopy Laboratory
  • Rock Preparation Laboratory
  • Submarine Mineral Deposit Laboratory
  • X-Ray Laboratory

Explore Earth’s natural laboratories with field courses in Hawaii, Greece, Death Valley, Bahamas, Iceland, Scotland, Lesser Antilles, Abitibi region and Canadian Maritime provinces.

Research Themes

Environmental Geoscience

State-of-the-art laboratory facilities support research in a broad range of disciplines, including: hydrology, hydrogeology, hydrochemistry, geomicrobiology, environmental health, biogeochemical cycles, isotope tracing and provenance studies, waste management, paleoclimate reconstruction, and the development and application of new geochemical and isotope techniques. Many MSc and PhD projects in these research areas include both a field and laboratory component.

Find a supervisor in environmental geoscience

Sedimentary Systems

Our research in this area provides opportunities in a variety of disciplines and training in field and laboratory techniques. Research projects are available in a range of topics including: laboratory studies of turbidity currents, siliciclastic rocks of deep-marine systems, hydrocarbon exploration, sedimentology of ancient carbonate platforms, geochemical and isotopic cycles in marine environments.

Find a supervisor in sedimentary systems

Earth Materials and Geodynamics

Training in field and laboratory techniques as well as ship-time on scientific expeditions are available via graduate degrees in the following research areas: metallogeny of hydrothermal and magmatic mineral deposits, petrogenesis and isotope geochemistry of igneous and metamorphic terrains, early Earth evolution, deformation and tectonics of plate boundaries, seismology, rheology of the crust and mantle, planetary geophysics, computational geophysics, global change, ice sheet evolution, sea-level change.

Find a supervisor in earth materials and geodynamics

Contact Information

Graduate Studies Office
30 Marie-Curie, Ottawa ON
Canada, K1N 6N5
Tel.: +1 613-562-5800, ext. 3145

Tom Al
Director of Chemistry Graduate Programs and Full Professor
E-mail :

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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