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Anthony (Tony) Naldrett, University Professor Emeritus, has passed away at age 86


Esteemed Emeritus University Professor Anthony J. (Tony) Naldrett passed away on June 21, in England.  

Tony joined the faculty at the Department of Geology in 1967 as an Assistant Professor conducting research on nickel deposits. He was appointed full Professor in 1972 and the prestigious position of University Professor at University of Toronto in 1984. He was a world renowned scientist with an incredible legacy of scientific discovery and the training of other scientists.

Read a tribute from Emeritus Professor Ed Spooner on behalf of the Department of Earth Sciences here:


The endowed Emeritus University Professor A.J. (Tony) Naldrett Graduate Scholarship was created in his honour to support deserving graduate students in their doctoral research.  Memorial donations can be made on our “Giving” page.

Tributes and memories can be sent to alumni.newsletter@es.utoronto.ca and will be published here.


In Memory of Emeritus Professor Steven D. Scott



STEVE SCOTT (1941 – 2019)     

It is with exceptional sadness that the Department has to report that Steve passed away surrounded by family, peacefully and without pain on the morning of June 11th.

Steve will forever be remembered for his passionate commitments to science, students, teaching, collaborators, colleagues and family. He will always be remembered for the exceptional research of himself and his research group on seafloor “black smokers”, and their sulphide products, on on-land volcanogenic massive sulphide deposits and in the field of experimental geochemistry. He gave and supported, financially and scientifically, truly incredible research opportunities for at least 13 postdoctoral fellows, 24 Ph.D. students, 20 Master’s students and 26 Bachelor’s students. Thus he helped 83 people and more.

The quality of the research published (e.g. >318 refereed journal and conference publications) and the hard working quality of his students, post-docs and research associates brought great profile to the Department of Geology/Earth Sciences and to the University of Toronto. Steve was also a passionate and greatly respected Canadian, as his many honours show.

The Department extends its heartfelt condolences to Joan, Donald, Susan and his wider family; all his students, collaborators, friends and colleagues from around the world; and everyone who knew him. He was very special.

There will be a celebration of Steve’s life at the University of Toronto Faculty Club, #41 Willcocks Street on Saturday, September 14th. from 3:00 p.m.

Ed Spooner

If so desired, donations made to either the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation or the Graduate Student Scholarship/Bursary Fund in Honour of Emeritus Professor Steven D. Scott and Joan Scott at the University of Toronto, Department of Earth Sciences would be greatly appreciated.





Celebrating Canada’s women in science, past, present and future.

Undergraduate Thesis Presentations are April 6 & 7 in the Seminar Room ES2093

Come to the see the presentations from Earth Sciences undergraduate students involved in research thesis projects!

Presentations start at 10:00am on Thursday April 6th and Friday April 7th.

Department of Earth Sciences

Undergraduate Thesis Presentations 2017

(Seminar Room ES 2093)


Thursday, April 6

10:00  Holly Easton: Database of Carbon Accumulation for Mangrove Forests (Cowling)

10:20  Sophia Zamaria: Evaluating the role of groundwater and subsurface hydrological processes in reconstructing the “Green Sahara” (Cowling)

10:40 William McNeice: Determining Fault Controls on Intrusion Complexes to Analyze the Distribution of Porphyry Deposits in Central British Columbia (Milkereit)

11:00  Leon Ang Li: Gravity exploration of the Deep River field site (Bank)     

11:20  Sam Edwards: Seasonal Geophysical Variations at a Police Forensic Site (Bank)

11:40  Yining Wang: Pd deportment in the No-see-um zone of the Lac des Iles Complex, Ontario (Mungall)

12:00  Christian Tal Udovicic: Dating the lunar surface remotely: insights from Optical Material and Rock Abundance (Ghent)


Friday, April 7


10:00  Garnet Lollar: MPN Investigations of Microbial Metabolisms in Ancient Fracture Fluids (Sherwood Lollar)

10:20  Evelyn Moorhouse: Fault growth and Fold segment linkage along the Janauri and Chandigarh anticlines, Northwestern India (Schoenbohm)

10:40  Fei Wen (Trix) Yap: Molybdenum Partitioning between Silicate Melt and Magmatic Volatiles (Zajacz)

11:00  Xueya (Elaine) Lu: The partitioning of Sulphur between iron-free silica melts and volatile in crustal magmatic system at various pressure gradients (Zajacz)

11:20  Christian Veglio: Petrology of Garnet Peridotite Xenoliths from Kimberlite in Eastern Kentucky (Schulze

11:40 Richard Chow: Age and Petrology of Possible Grenville-Age Crustal Xenoliths from Kimberlite in Eastern Kentucky (Schulze)

12:00  Lunch Break

1:40    Danielle Shirriff: An analysis of the hydrothermal alteration zones in the Silver Hills of Montserrat (Spooner)

2:00    Julia Field: The investigation of free oxygen in rubidium silicate glasses using Raman spectroscopy (Henderson)

2:20    Tsz Kai Jeffrey Chan: Mercury Concentrations Across the Ocean Anoxic Event 2 (Bergquist)

2:40    Mengxi (Tracy) Wang: Atmospheric Hg Isotopes in Emissions from Mt. Kilauea, Hawaii (Bergquist)



NEW- 2017 Earth Sciences Alumni News


Barbara Sherwood Lollar named to the Order of Canada

Barb Sherwood Lollar in her lab

Barbara Sherwood Lollar (NSERC photo)


Congratulations to Professor Barbara Sherwood Lollar on being named a Companion of the Order of Canada in recognition of her contribution to scientific research.  Barbara has been leading her geochemistry team in the Stable Isotope Laboratory at the Department of Earth Sciences since 1992.

Read the U of T News announcement of Professors Sherwood Lollar’s naming to the Order of Canada here


Visit Professor Sherwood Lollar’s Stable Isotope Lab site here





Phil Heron and Russ Pysklywec’s Nature Communications paper is highlighted on the U of T News

Philip Heron and Russ Pysklywec’s paper “Lasting mantle scars lead to perennial plate tectonics” , published Nature Communications has been highlighed on the U of  T News website. (http://news.artsci.utoronto.ca/all-news/major-changes-geology-textbooks/ ) The work deals with some new ideas on the fundamentals of plate tectonics—a fitting contribution considering the legacy of Tuzo Wilson here at U of T.

University of Toronto-led research suggests some major changes to geology textbooks











Andrew Miall awarded the IUGS Science Excellence Award

Congratulations to Andrew Miall on being awarded the Science Excellence Awards 2016 -Digby McLaren Stratigraphy Award of the  IUGS (International Union for Geological sciences). The award is for outstanding contributions to the field of stratigraphy. Andrew will receive the award at the IUGS meeting in the fall in Cape Town, South Africa.