Research Matters - Episode 6 with Dr. Amanda Diochon, Associate Professor, Department of Geology

Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Vice President, Research and Innovation, sits down with Dr. Amanda Diochon, Associate Professor, Geology Department.  See Episode 6 Here: 

 research matters image of Dr. Dean and Dr. Diochon

CBC's Quirks and Quarks listener questions answered by Dr. Pete Hollings, NOHFC Industrial Research Chair in Mineral Exploration, Department of Geology

Dr. Pete Hollings, NOHFC Industrial Research Chair in Mineral Exploration in the Department of Geology, has been busy answering listener questions on the the CBC’s Quirks & Quarks listener question show with Bob McDonald. Pete was challenged to explain why a listener could not find a gold mine in his back yard - his response can be found at the 5 minute 50 second mark at the following link

Congratulations to the 2021 NWO Chapter of Women in Mining Scholarship Winners - Rebecca Price, Sevgi Goksen, Mia Morson and Nina Buchanan

Congratulations are extended to 2021 Scholarship recipients Rebecca Price, Sevgi Goksen, Mia Morson and Nina Buchanan.  The Northwestern Ontario Chapter of Women in Mining awarded four scholarships, a total of $8000 to support women pursuing studies in mining-related fields.  This year we are proud to announce that all four scholarships were awarded to Lakehead students in the Geology programs.  

photo of R Price, S Goksen, M Morson and N Buchanan

A big thank you to the sponsors:
Impala Canada and Manroc Developments
for making this possible!

The Geology Department welcomes Dr. Noah Phillips who will be joining the Department in January 2022

new faculty Dr. Noah PhillipsThe Geology Department is thrilled to announce that Dr. Noah Phillips will be joining the Department in January 2022 as our new structural geologist.  Noah will be replacing Dr. Hill who will be starting her phased retirement this summer.  We are very much looking forward to Noah’s arrival.

Noah is excited to be moving to Thunder Bay from Texas, where he has been working as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at Texas A&M University.  Noah is a structural geologist who studies deformation processes in faults and shear zones to better understand the earthquake cycle, the movement of tectonic plates, and the structural controls of mineral, hydrocarbon, and water resources.  His favorite tools of the trade are detailed geologic mapping, microstructural studies, experimental rock deformation, and numerical modelling.  He is excited to pursue new field-based studies of terrane bounding faults and shear zones in the Superior Province and to incorporate Lakehead students into his research.  Noah is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (BSc), the University of New Brunswick (MSc), and McGill University (PhD), and spent seven summers working on mineral exploration projects in British Columbia and the Yukon.

Geology Professor named NOHFC IRC Chair in Mineral Exploration

Dr. Pete Hollings, Chair and Professor of Geology at Lakehead University, will spend five years as the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) Industrial Research Chair in Mineral Exploration, working with Impala Canada to investigate the Lac des Iles palladium mine and the Sunday Lake intrusion of the Midcontinent Rift, both located northwest of Thunder Bay.

Dr. Hollings is receiving $670,370 from the NOHFC with matching funds coming from Lakehead University. He is also receiving $375,000 from Impala with matching funds coming from Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, bringing the total funding for the project to $2.1 million.

The NOHFC/Lakehead University grants will fund the Research Chair while the funding from the Impala/NSERC grants will support a the five students and one Postdoctoral Fellow working on the petrogenesis of Archean and Mesoproterozoic Ni-Cu-PGE mineralization in Northwestern Ontario, a project that will investigate the billion-year-old Sunday Lake intrusion of the Midcontinent Rift and the 2.7-billion-year-old Lac des Iles complex – both being explored by Impala – for nickel, copper, and platinum group elements.

Dr. Hollings will train the next generation of geologists – including five Master of Science students, five Honours Bachelor of Science students and one Post Doctoral Fellow, who will work closely together to investigate the two deposits.

He and his team will develop techniques that can be applied to the discovery of new deposits. Dr. Hollings said this training will make Lakehead University a hub for nickel-copper-platinum group element research in Ontario.

For more information please visit these press releases from NOHFC and Impala Canada Ltd.

Congratulations to Demily Thibodeau, awarded the 2020 Northwestern Ontario Mining Scholarship sponsored by the NW Ontario chapter of Women in Mining and Impala Canada Ltd

The Department of Geology would like to congratulate Demily Thibodeau, a first-year geology major who has just been awarded the  2020 Northwestern Ontario Mining Scholarship sponsored by the NW Ontario chapter of Women in Mining and Impala Canada Ltd. Demily is following in the footsteps of her father who is a Prospector in the Wawa area.

Tenure Track Faculty Position - Department of Geology (Thunder Bay Campus)

Department of Geology

Tenure Track Appointment (Thunder Bay)

The Department of Geology at Lakehead University invites applications for a Tenure Track Appointment. We are looking for a candidate to establish a dynamic and externally-funded program of research in Structural Geology at Lakehead University’s Thunder Bay campus. A strong interest in Economic Geology, particularly magmatic and hydrothermal ore deposits, is a significant asset. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses for the Department of Geology. The position will commence August 1, 2021 at a rank commensurate with experience and qualifications.

For consideration, candidates will have:

  • An earned Ph.D. in Geology with demonstrated expertise in structural geology from a Ph.D. granting institution recognized by Canadian Universities, with the ability to apply this expertise to ore deposit studies;
  • A successful track record of high-quality research, and the communication of research through both traditional and non-traditional venues;
  • A demonstrated commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Desire and ability to help build enrollment at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Experience with experiential learning and online or alternative modes of course delivery is highly desired.

Preference will be given to candidates with expertise complementary to existing department strengths in ore deposit studies, sedimentology and Precambrian geology. Candidates are expected to offer introductory and advanced courses, supervise theses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and demonstrate excellence in both research and teaching.

Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and research. With campuses located in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Lakehead has approximately 10,000 students and 2,160 faculty and staff.  With an emphasis on collaborative learning, independent critical thinking and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching, Lakehead offers a variety of degree and diploma programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels through its ten faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Science and Environmental Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, Graduate Studies, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (West Campus) and Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law. For further information, please visit:

The Department of Geology at Lakehead University is a dynamic group of interdisciplinary researchers with active field and laboratory research programs in economic geology, Archean tectonics, as well as early Earth atmosphere and terrestrial biogeochemistry. We are a small department with a strong focus on experiential learning and have strong connections with the local industry. Lakehead University has several centralized labs to support research, including the Lakehead University Environmental Laboratory, and the Lakehead University Instrumentation Lab.

For further information, please contact Dr. Pete Hollings, Chair of Geology ( Detailed information on the Department is available through the website of the Department of Geology (

Review of applications will begin on January 2, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The electronic application (in the form of one PDF document) should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness (including a statement of teaching philosophy, experience with experiential learning and online or alternative modes of course delivery, course outlines and teaching evaluations for previously-taught courses), and the names and contact information of three references. A completed Confirmation of Eligibility to Work in Canada form must accompany your package. This form is available on our website at 

Applicants should submit their electronic application to:

Dr. Todd Randall, Dean

Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies

Lakehead University

955 Oliver Road

Thunder Bay, ON  P7B 5E1

Email: to

Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  This is in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements.

We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified. Lakehead University is committed to supporting an accessible environment. Applicants requiring accommodation during the interview process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (807) 343 8334 or to make appropriate arrangements.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

"Career paths in/into the Diamond Mining Industry" presented by Brad Wood (HBSc.'89)

Event Date: Friday, October 2, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Event Location: Zoom
Event Contact Name: Jenna Kirker Beaulieu
Event Contact E-mail:

Brad Wood (HBSc.'89) worked full time with De Beers Canada Inc. for 29 years, starting his career in diamond exploration and progressed through Mineral Evaluation and into Mining.  He has been involved in exploration activities throughout Canada and in Namibia and South Africa.  He was responsible for discovering the first kimberlites in Alberta and on Victoria Island in the Canadian Arctic.  He has spent 2 ½ years in South Africa working at De Beers; Namaqualand Alluvial Diamond Mines as the Divisional Geologist.  Brad has been involved in all stages of the Victor Diamond Mine development in Northern Ontario; from finding the first piece of kimberlite float on the Attawapiskat River in 1987, as a summer student, through the Pre-feasibility and Feasibility stages of evaluation, and into the Construction and Development phases where he held the position of Ore Extraction Manager.  Brad moved to Namibia in September 2014 to take on the position of Mine Manager for Namdeb’s Northern Coastal Mines until 2018, when he moved back to Canada and currently lives in Port Colborne, Ontario.