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Department of Geology Brandon University. Students Programs Facilities Faculty Research. Geology Students at Brandon U 2013-14. 61 Majors 6 Minors. 14 will graduate in May, 2014, with Geology major. Paleontology class field trip to Stony Mountain, MB, 2008.

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Department of Geology

Brandon University

Students Programs Facilities Faculty Research


Geology Students at Brandon U 2013-14

61 Majors 6 Minors

14 will graduate in May, 2014, with Geology major

Paleontology class field trip to Stony Mountain, MB, 2008


Student Support

Undergraduate Scholarships and Bursaries in Geology

> $45,000 per year

Plus hundreds of Brandon University Scholarships ranging from ~$200 to $10,000


Geology Programs

  • 3 Year Major
  • 4 Year Major
  • 4 Year Honours Major
  • Professional Registration
  • Geoscience
  • Environmental Geoscience
  • Co-op Work Experience
  • Minor in Geology


  • Mining/exploration/ hardrock
  • Petroleum/softrock
  • Paleontology
  • Environmental geoscience
  • Geoscience
brandon geology graduates
Brandon Geology Graduates

22 % Graduate School

34 % Petroleum 34 % Mining

10 % Environmental and other

Paleontology class field trip to Winnipegosis, 2006



JEOL JSM-6390LV/GS Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

equipped with an Oxford Instruments INCA x-act Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS) X-ray detector as well as high quality analytical and imaging packages.

Brandon University

Micro-Analytical Facility

(Founded 2009)

Manager: Dr. Michelle Huminicki

Analytical SEM


Feature analysis

Mineral chemistry

Mineral ID

Element mapping

Materials analysis

Bio imaging

environmental science laboratories run by environmental science program


Environmental Science Laboratoriesrun by environmental science program

Paleoenvironmental Research  

Environmental Analysis of soil, water & tissues


Dr. Hamid Mumin, Professor

Mineral Deposits

Exploration and Development


Great Bear Lake


Dr. Simon Pattison, Professor

  • Reservoir Geology and Paleo-Environments: SW Manitoba
  • Tectonic vs Eustatic Processes: Western Interior Basin
  • High Resolution Sequence Stratigraphy: WIB

Well Log Cross-section


Alumni Teaching Excellence Award


Dr. Rong-Yu Li

Associate professor and Chair


Paleozoic brachiopods: taxonomy, paleoecology, paleobiogeography, and evolution.

On fossils from

Arctic Canada

Anticosti Island, Quebec



South China


Dr. David Greenwood, Professor, Paleonbotanist

Tertiary paleobotany & paleontology:

  • Paleoclimates & paleoecology;
  • Fossil plants & insects;
  • Vertebrate paleontology (with US & Canadian collaborators);
  • BC, MB (Turtle Mtn), Nunavut, (Axel Heiberg & Ellesmere Is.);
  • Australia.

David Greenwood (far R), and graduate students collecting Eocene fossils from Driftwood Canyon Provincial Park, Smithers area, BC.


Dr. Ali Somarin, P Geo

Associate professor

  • Geochemistry and petrogenesis of plutonic and volcanic rocks
  • Geochemistry of hydrothermal alteration associated with ore deposits
  • Application of portable XRF in exploration/mining (metallic deposits and oil/gas)
  • Fluid inclusion studies

Brandon University Micro Analytical Facility

Dr. Michelle Huminicki

Research and analytical support

Instructional associate



Research Support

  • Petrography

Peter Adamo

Instructional associate

  • Photography
  • Digital Imaging

Dr. Harvey Young

Professor Emeritus

Research Focus

  • Diagenesis of limestone and dolomite of the Williston Basin
  • Petroleum potential of the Lodgepole, Birdbear and Red River Formations in Manitoba and North Dakota
  • Geochemistry and diagenesis of siliceous shale in Southwestern Manitoba
  • Bioerosion of temperate water carbonate deposits
what s new at brandon
What’s New at Brandon ?
  • MSc in Environmental and Life Sciences
  • First Geology M.Sc. Student starting July 1, 2014, IOCG Deposits in the Northwest Territories, with H. Mumin
  • Environmental Geoscience
  • Hydrogeology
  • Exploration Geophysics

Current University priority

A new core facility—for research and

teaching, construction to be

completed in September, 2014.



of Geology

Brandon University

Thank you !

Petroleum Geology class field trip to a drilling rig, 2008