Gordon "Oz" Osinski
Affiliation: Departments of Earth Sciences and Physics and Astronomy at the University of Western Ontario, Canada
Ph.D. Geology (2004) University of New Brunswick , Canada
B.Sc. (Hons.) Geology (1999) University of St. Andre ws , Scotland
Gordon "Oz" Osinski is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Earth Sciences and Physics and Astronomy at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He was born and raised in the United Kingdom and graduated from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, with a B.Sc. Honours degree in geology in 1999. Oz completed his PhD in geology in 2004 from the University of New Brunswick (UNB), Fredericton. His PhD thesis focused on the geology of the Haughton impact crater and surrounding terrains on Devon Island in the Canadian High Arctic. The Arctic is now in his veins and he intends to go back to Devon Island in 2008 for his tenth field season. He has also been on two expeditions to Antarctica as part of the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET). Oz graduated from UNB in May 2004 and was awarded the Governor General's Gold Medal for Academic Excellence in Graduate Studies. After moving to the University of Arizona for a brief post-doctoral fellowship, Oz was hired by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) in November 2004 to promote Earth-based analogue sites for Mars and the Moon. He recently won a CSA Fellowship in Space Science, which has brought him to the University of Western Ontario as part of the Planetary Science Research Group.
Oz's research interests are broad and interdisciplinary. His research focuses on understanding planetary surfaces through the use of terrestrial analogues, in particular impact cratering and periglacial processes. He is also interested in astrobiology – the origin of life on Earth and the possibility of finding life elsewhere in the Solar System. This research is ongoing at several Canadian analogue sites including the Haughton impact structure, the McGill Arctic Research Station on Axel Heiberg Island, and here at Pavilion Lake.