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Professor Miriam Diamond appears on The Water Brothers episode “The Forever Chemicals” on TVO

The 2023-24 Seminar Series kicks off on Thursday, September 14 at Noon in ES 2093 with Professor Chris Yakymchuk

2022/23 Laurence Curtis Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in Earth Sciences

Nelson, smiling while standing in front of a rock outcrop and holding a rock sample

Nelson, holding a sample of a pebble dike from the Tintic Mining District, Utah USA, while attending the Yellowstone field trip organized by the UofT SEG Student Chapter in May 2023.


Congratulations to Nelson Roman Moraga, recipient of the 2022/23 Laurence Curtis Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in Earth Sciences. Nelson is a Chilean economic geologist with five years of working experience in the mining industry, working as exploration geologist, mine geologist, geochemist and geometallurgist in various companies. He got HBSc and MSc degrees in geology at University of Chile, and currently he is a third year PhD candidate in Earth Sciences at UofT, in Professor Dan Gregory’s research team. His research aims to understand the source of metals, metallogeny and main geochemical features of the orogenic gold deposits in Yukon, Canada, through the study of sulfides and gold alloy in these systems.






New book out by Emeritus Professor Andrew Miall – Stratigraphy: A Modern Synthesis

September 30th is Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – campus events and resources

Main Office hours during Covid-19 restrictions


The main office (ES 1066) at Earth Sciences will have limited office hours during the pandemic.

  Office is opened 9:15 am to 4:30 pm – CLOSED noon to 1:00 pm for lunch

  ONE person in the reception area at a time

  Please contact the staff member you want to meet to make arrangements 

  For the safety of all, follow the instructions on the signage and maintain physical distance

Mail/Photocopy Room: Please enter the mailroom via the back door to the office area. (key access only)

Thank you for your patience while adjustments are made in our efforts to support research and teaching, and stay safe.




Professor Miriam Diamond’s Toronto Star interview discussing results of her latest co-authored paper is published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters

McLean’s features Barbara Sherwood Lollar and SIL team’s work

In Memoriam: Emeritus Professor J. Jeff Fawcett 1936 – 2021

J. Jeffrey Fawcett
1936 – 2021

It is with great sadness we announce that Jeff Fawcett, Emeritus Professor, and former Chair of Geology, passed away on Friday March 12, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Jeff received his PhD (Petrology) at Manchester University. He joined the Department of Geology at University of Toronto in 1964 with research interests in metamorphism and flood basalts. He held several administrative appointments at U of T including Associate Dean (physical sciences and engineering) at the School of Graduate Studies, Associate Dean (sciences) at Erindale College, Vice-Principal (academic) at Erindale College, Associate Chair and Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Geology, and Chair of the Department of Geology from 1995 until 2001.

Along with his academic and administrative work, Jeff was a leader in the department’s alumni engagement and advancement efforts taking an active role on committees responsible for fundraising. Among his legacies is his work in establishing the endowed faculty chairs in the department, creation of a number of Explorer’s Fund graduate and undergraduate scholarships, and the grand 150thcelebration he organized in 1998 for alumni and friends of the Department of Geology. In 2011 he was recognized for his efforts with an Arbor Award.

Always a kind and gracious person, Jeff will be missed by all who knew him. Due to pandemic restrictions a memorial service celebrating Jeff’s life will be held later in the year, once it is safe to do so.

Select this link to read Jeff’s obituary printed in the Globe and Mail 

If desired, donations in Jeff’s memory can be made to  The Graduate Explorers Fund

To post a tribute to Jeff please send your message to alumni.newsletter@es.utoronto.ca

It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr Fawcett. Dr. Fawcett was always a keen supporter of young geoscientists at the Department of Geology and promoted their successes in his roles and Chair and Professor. Jeff encouraged many students to consider a career in research and was one of several professors at U of T that convinced me to enter academia in the geosciences as a career path. After graduation from U of T with my third degree (B.App.Sci 9T9; M.Sc. 0T1; Ph.D. 0T6) Jeff always kept in touch, asking for updates about what we were working on and showcased many of our successes in the Department newsletter. I was glad to have known Jeff and benefited greatly from his mentorship and support. Condolences to Jeff’s family and to the Department.

Dr. Jacob Hanley (Professor, Saint Mary’s University, Department of Geology)

I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Professor Jeff Fawcett. Jeff was Vice Principal at Erindale College when I worked as a PDF in Ian Campbell’s INAA lab between Dec 1982 and July 1984. Ian was on study leave in Canberra at the time and Jeff helped me settle in. We saw each other often at scientific conferences over the years and I will miss his friendly smile and insightful discussions about science and academia. His passing is a loss for all of us, but he left a lasting impact that will never be erased. Please accept my deepest condolences. 

Prof Michael Lesher, Laurentian University, Sudbury.

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Jeff’s passing.  When Janet and I entered the U of T Geology program in 1967 Jeff was part of the establishment, one of the faculty pantheon, and the fact he was less than 10 years out of his PhD and only four years at U of T Geology and was therefore rather new was rather lost on us.  His standard answer when students were trying to figure out some problem at field camp was “Well what do you think?” was iconic. No easy ways out provided – we had to think things through in a way that could then be assessed and critiqued.  Although neither Janet nor I specialized in Jeff’s field of petrology, his involvement in departmental affairs and alumni events meant we got to know and keep in touch with him long after graduation.  Later we found ourselves in the same dog obedience class with him and came to appreciate more of his non-academic side and came to consider him a friend too.  And at the 2019 lunch that he organized honouring the return of Udayan Dasgupta for a department visit, I learned of his passion for antique clocks and got several tips from him on resources for some of our household clocks too.  It is hard to figure out a world in which so many people who seems to b “fixed stars”, who have always just been there, have moved on and are no longer with us.  All we can do is cherish the memories and learnings and shared times and carry on, but he will be missed all the same.  Sending all best wishes for strength and the future to all of Jeff’s family.

Dennis Waddington, BSc (1970), MSc (1973)

photo of Jeff in the High Pressure Lab 1964

Jeff in the High Pressure Lab, 1964

photo of Jeff in the field 1965

Jeff in the field, 1965

photo of Jeff Fawcett in his office in 2000

Professor J. Jeffrey Fawcett in 2000

photo of Jeff at his retirement

Jeff at his retirement, with his official portrait in the background, 2002















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