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Gordon Osinski

University of Western Ontario
Associate Professor & NSERC/MDA/CSA Industrial Research Chair in Planetary Geology

Dr. Gordon “Oz” Osinski is an Associate Professor and the NSERC/MDA/CSA/CEMI Industrial Research Chair in Earth and Space Exploration in the Departments of Earth Sciences and Physics and Astronomy at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He holds a PhD from the University of New Brunswick (2004) and a BSc (Hons) from the University of St. Andrews (1999), Scotland, both in Geology. Dr. Osinski’s research interests are diverse and interdisciplinary in nature. His main area of research focuses on understanding impact cratering as a planetary geological process, on the Earth, Moon and Mars. Emphasis is placed on the beneficial effects of meteorite impacts, from the implications of impacts for the origin and evolution of life, to the economic benefits as exemplified by the world-class ore deposits at the Sudbury impact structure, Canada. His research interests also include the development of exploration technologies and techniques for application in remote and extreme environments both on Earth and in Space. He has published over 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals and special papers and has given over 90 conference presentations. He has received numerous awards for this research, including the 2015 Young Scientist Medal of the Mineralogical Association of Canada and the 2015 Florence Bucke Award from the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Osinski is also the past Director of the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (http://cpsx.uwo.ca) at Western, the Principal Investigator of the Canadian Lunar Research Network (http://clrn.uwo.ca), and the founder and Chair of the Planetary Sciences Division of the Geological Association of Canada (http://uwo.ca/earth/GACPSD/). He is also a Co-I on the PanCam instrument on the 2020 ExoMars mission to Mars.