Quinlan, G.M., B.Sc. Toronto, Ph.D. Dalhousie; Professor


The Centre draws on the research expertise and talent of faculty members in the Department of Earth Sciences as well as other specialists inside and external to Memorial. For a complete listing of faculty, see Earth Sciences entry, under Faculty of Science.


The Centre for Earth Resources Research was established in 1983 to provide for the co-ordination and promotion of earth resources research and associated work related to the origin, discovery, development, exploitation and environment aspects of earth resources.

The Centre promotes, initiates, and co-ordinates research within the earth resources disciplines on the domestic and international scenes. Researchers interact, when appropriate, with the industrial and government sectors and introduce other organizations to the potential benefits of further research and development in earth resources.

The special facilities of the Centre complement the development of graduate and undergraduate programmes in earth sciences and related disciplines at Memorial University of Newfoundland. A further function of the Centre is to contribute to the training of people competent in solving earth resources problems and to encourage personnel exchanges with industry and government.

The Alexander Murray Building which opened in 1990 houses the Department of Earth Sciences and the Centre, and has laboratories for teaching and basic and targeted (contract) research.


The Centre is an integral part of the Department of Earth Sciences. The active research of faculty members within, and those cross-appointed to the Department, contributes to programmes in the Centre. Increasing collaboration is under way with government and industry in research projects that emphasize earth resources. The work of the Centre addresses problems and opportunities related to mineral resources, petroleum resources, exploration technology, environmental geoscience, and generic research.

The Centre works closely with other local, domestic, and international research institutes. The Centre for Cold Ocean Resources Engineering, the Ocean Sciences Centre (formerly MSRL and NICOS) and the NRC Institute for Marine Dynamics, as well as the Institute for Fisheries and Marine Technology, the department of Natural Resources and the federal Fisheries and Oceans Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Laboratory are some local organizations with which CERR can interact.

Last modified on May 6, 1998 by MaryJane Puxley

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