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Research

The research activities in the Department of Geology can be grouped into hard rock, soft rock, and geofluids in terms of research fields, and into hydrocarbon resources, mineral resources, and environmental geoscience according to the fields of application. Our department also hosts research groups active in geobiology and biogeochemistry.

We currently have 10 research faculty, along with a diverse array of adjunct professors that facilitate our wide-ranging research expertise. Our research faculty members, graduate students and collaborators are active in geoscience research in various parts of Saskatchewan, Canada and elsewhere in the world as well as laboratory-based research. Research projects also span a variety of timescales from the Archean through to modern.

Since its inception, the Department of Geology has derived great benefit and support from ongoing research collaborations with the Saskatchewan Geological Survey and the Saskatchewan Research Council. On the 'soft rock' side, both the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC-Calgary) and the Saskatchewan Geological Survey - Subsurface Laboratory and core depository constitute invaluable research resources. Similarly, a large amount of research and student support (both for field and laboratory work) has come from the Precambrian Division of the Saskatchewan Geological Survey. Our department also hosts a large number of visiting scholars leading to fruitful international research collaborations in diverse fields of earth sciences. 

The research in the Department of Geology has received strong support from multiple funding sources including NSERC-DG, NSERC-CRD (Alliance), CFI, TGI, PTRC, as well as private companies. In addition, our graduate students receive scholarships from various internal and external sources, which further contribute to our research programs.