Faculty of Science - Earth Sciences News

Back Row: Matthew Murphy, Aly MacDonald, Nikki Bursey, Alexander MacBeath, Joey Pittman

Front Row: Nicholas Lynch, Sean Murphy, Christopher Williams

Eight of our students, including five presenters, attended the 66th Annual Atlantic Universities Geoscience Conference, which was held at Acadia University, in Wolfville Nova Scotia, from 27th – 29th October, 2016. 

All of our presenters were recognized for their work: of the six awards given out, our students won three (best presentation, best poster and best geophysics presentation), and the other two presenters were tied runners up for best presentation.

Drs. John Jamieson and Stephen Piercey in front of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship John P. Tully

This summer, faculty from Memorial’s earth sciences department sailed on a research cruise to Endeavour Ridge, Canada’s first Marine Protected Area (MPA).

Located 250 kilometres offshore from Vancouver Island, B.C., and 2,250 metres below the ocean’s surface, Endeavour is a seismically and volcanically active area of the sea floor with hydrothermal venting.


Roddy Campbell

Congratulations to Roddy Campbell (MSc. candidate in Geology) who received a best poster prize from the Mineral Deposit Division at this year’s GAC-MAC conference in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Dr. Stefanie Brueckner receives Governor General's Gold Medal in Graduate Studies

Congratulations to Dr. Stefanie Brueckner who received the prestigious Governor General's Gold Medal in Graduate Studies at the recent Spring Convocation, given annually to recognize excellence in a doctoral program.

In 1873, the Earl of Dufferin, who served as governor general from 1872 to 1878, created a medal to recognized scholastic achievements.  Today, the Governor General's Academic Medal is awarded at four levels:  Bronze at the secondary school level, Collegiate Bronze at the post-secondary diploma level, Silver at the undergraduate level, and Gold at the graduate level.  The Governor General's Academic Medal is awarded to the student who graduates with the highest standing in his or her institution.