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Newfoundland / Terre-Neuve
Gary Dymond

Howley Bldg., Higgins Line,PO Box 8700., St. John's, Newfoundland , A1B 4J6. 

Telephone (work): (709) 729-3258 Fax: (709) 729-0690 (709) 722-4391 (home)

e-mail: gdymond@mail.gov.nf.ca

New Brunswick / Nouveau Brunswick

James Whitehead

Dr. James Whitehead, Associate Professor and Director of Teaching and Learning, St. Thomas University, 51 Dineen Drive, Fredericton, NB, Canada, E3B 5G3

Tel: 506-452-0610 (office) 506-452-0642 (secretary)

Email: jamesw@stu.ca

James Whitehead completed his B.Sc. at the University of Wales, College Cardiff in 1991. His doctoral research at UNB focussed on the obduction and post-obduction history of the Québec Appalachian ophiolites. Post-doctoral research was undertaken on 1) the shock mineralogy and petrology of the melt rocks from the Popigai impact structure, Siberia, in partnership with Richard A. F. Grieve at the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) and John Spray (UNB); and 2) with James Garvin (lead scientist for Mars and the moon, NASA) and Richard Grieve (GSC) on the morphometry of Martian complex craters using data acquired during the Mars Global Surveyor mission. 

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Michael Higgins

Michael D Higgins, Sciences de la Terre, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Chicoutimi, Québec, G7H 2B1. 

Telephone (work): 418-545-5011 Ext 5052;  Fax: 418-545-5012 

e-mail: Mhiggins@uqac.ca    Website

Michael Higgins' research interest lie in petrology and geochemstry. He has worked on the boron concentration of meteorites and has described a meteorite impact crater in northern Quebec. He maintains the MIAC/CCMI website and always welcomes new material.

Pierre Hudon
Pierre Hudon

Département de génie des mines et des matériaux, Department of Mining and Materials Engineering, McGill University, 3610, rue Université, Montréal, Québec, H3A 2B2, Canada

Phone: 514-398-7176 Fax: 514-398-4492

e-mail: pierre.hudon@mcgill.ca 

  • Géochimie des ureilites
  • Spectrophotométrie par réflectivité bidirectionnelle (infra-rouge proche et visible) de chondrites carbonées et d’achondrites
  • Géochimie et géochronologie de roches alcalines
  • Pétrologie expérimentale
  • Modélisation thermodynamique
  • Immiscibilité liquide-liquide
  • Geochemistry of ureilites
  • Reflectance spectroscopy (near-infrared and visible) of dark carbonaceous chondrites and achondrites
  • Geochemistry and geochronology of alkaline rocks
  • Experimental spectroscopy
  • Thermodynamic modelling
  • Liquid-liquid immiscibility

Peter Brown

Peter Brown 

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, N6A 3K7 Telephone (work): 519-661-2111 X 86458 (home) 474-1941 Fax: 519-661-4085

e-mail: pbrown@.uwo.ca     Website

Research Interests: Small bodies in the solar system, including:

  • All aspects of meteors and meteoroids
  • Grain ejection from comets
  • Physical properties of asteroids (spectra, rotation rates)
  • Meteorites and large bodies interacting with Earth’s atmosphere
  • Infrasonic and seismic detection of bolide airbursts
Richard Herd 

Curator / Conservateur, National Collections / Collections nationales, 
Geological Survey of Canada / Commision géologique du Canada, 
Natural Resources Canada/Ressources naturelles Canada, 
601 Booth Street / 601, rue Booth, Ottawa K1A 0E8.

Telephone (work): (613) 992-4042, 998-0381 Fax: (613) 526-5050 
Telephone (home): (613) 526-5050 

e-mail: herd@NRCan.gc.ca     Website

Dr. Herd is Curator of the National Meteorite Collection of Canada. He has been a member of MIAC and its predecessor Associate Committee on Meteorites (ACOM) since 1983. He is a member of the Research Subcommittee and of the  Operational Standards Subcommittee, and (Chair) Public Awareness Subcommittee of MIAC. Permanent member, Space Exploration Advisory Committee (SEAC), Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Canadian observer and CSA liaison with NASA's Curation and Analysis Planning Team for Extraterrestrial Materials (CAPTEM). Expert Examiner, Minerals and Meteorites, for the Canadian Cultural Property Export and Import Act

Stephen Kissin

Department of Geology, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 5E1 

Telephone (work): (807) 343-8220 Fax: (807) 346-7853

e-mail: sakissin@lakeheadu.ca        Website

Stephen Kissin has worked in the field of meteoritics for more than 25 years, with a body of published work on iron meteorites, as well as enstatite chondrites.  He has participated in meteorites recovery projects including the Arctic meteorites projects of 1981 and 1986, sponsored by MIAC’s predecesor, the Associate Committee on Meteorites of the National Research Council.  He has also worked on impact phenomena, with studies on fluid inclusions in material from the Sudbury and Haughton structures.  Recently, he has been investigating the possibility of the presence of an ejecta layer from the Sudbury event in the Thunder Bay area.

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Howard Plotkin 

Department of Philosophy, Talbot College, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, N6A 3K7.

e-mail: hplotkin@uwo.ca

Howard Plotkin is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario, where he taught the history of science for 36 years.  His research and writings have centred on aspects of the history of meteoritics.  For many years he collaborated with Roy S. Clarke, Jr., the Curator (now Curator Emeritus) of the U.S. National Collection of Meteorites at the Smithsonian Institution.  He also has participated in several meteorite searches, with finds at Tagish Lake and Grimsby.  He now divides his time between London, Ontario and Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. 

Graham Wilson

Tel   (705)-653-5449

email: minlib@turnstone.ca        Website:  http://www.turnstone.ca

GRAHAM WILSON is a geologist and mineralogist with diverse interests. Since 1985, Graham has operated a geological consulting firm, Turnstone Geological Services Limited. He has been a member of the Meteoritical Society since 1979, and formally associated with MIAC since 1996. His contributions to MIAC activities include a) authenticating actual or suspected meteorites, b) making detailed mineralogical and chemical classifications of new meteorites, including several Canadian examples reported since 1990, and c) keeping an eye on the voluminous literature of meteoritics. On a volunteer basis, he offers his opinion on suspected meteorites and provides public lectures to rock, mineral and fossil clubs from his home base in Campbellford, southeast Ontario. The Turnstone web site (see the "menu of meteorite topics") has more than two dozen descriptive, illustrated articles.

Ed Cloutis
Ed Cloutis

Dept. of Geography, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2E9

Phone: (204) 786-9386, Fax:(204) 774-4134 E-mail: e.cloutis@uwinnipeg.ca       

  • Geological mapping of Mars and asteroids
  • Spectral properties of organic geological materials
  • Applications of spectroscopy to art history
  • Development of new techniques for hyperspectral remote sensing data acquisition and analysis
  • Detecting variations in crop health using airborne remote sensing
  • Socio-economic impacts of climate change

Martin Beech

Campion College, The University of Regina, 3737 Waskana Parkway, Regina, Saskachewan, S4S 0A2. 

Tel: 306 - 359 - 1216.

e-mail: martin.beech@uregina.ca               Website

Research Interests:

  • Meteor astronomy - the distribution of small objects in the Solar System:
  • Fireball phenomena: The Millman Fireball Archive
  • The Prairie Meteorite Search - Canadian Fireball and Meteorite Rates - The Declining Meteorite Fall Rate
  • The Peekskill fireball - Taurid Fireball Activity -
  • The history of science:
  • Megalithic Circles - Kepler's Polygons - The Cometarium
  • The life and works of W. F. Denning - The English Rose, Robert Hooke's lost constellation -

Chris Herd
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, 
1-26 Earth Sciences Building, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2E3

Tel (780) 492-5798 Fax (780) 492-2030

e-mail: herd@ualberta.ca       Website

Visit our Meteorite Report System website if you think you have found a meteorite.

Dr. Chris Herd is an Associate Professor and Curator of the University of Alberta Meteorite Collection, the largest University-based collection in Canada. He obtained his Ph.D. in the study of Martian meteorites from the University of New Mexico in 2001, and started at the University of Alberta in 2003 after completing postdoctoral research in Houston, Texas. He is an expert in meteorites from Mars, but has worked extensively on other rare meteorite types. Dr. Herd is Deputy Director of the University’s Institute for Space Science, Exploration and Technology, and is in charge of the world’s only cold curation facility.

Alan Hildebrand

University of Calgary Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4 Tel (work) 403-220-2291 Fax 403 284-0074

e-mail: ahildebr@ucalgary.ca

Alan R. Hildebrand is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics of the University of Calgary where he holds a Canada Research Chair in Planetary Science.  After graduating from the University of New Brunswick with a BSc. in Geology in 1977, he worked in the mineral exploration industry before turning to a research career.  In 1992 he received a PhD. in Planetary Sciences from the University of Arizona.  His current research is aimed at understanding the small body population (asteroids and comets) of the Solar System and its interaction with the planets.  Aside from exploring the origin of the Solar System and the role of impacts in planetary evolution, these studies address the practical goals of the current impact hazard (and mitigation strategies), and delineation/characterization of the near-Earth population as potential resources.  These goals are addressed through crater and impact ejecta research; investigating meteors and fireballs; recovering meteorites; performing physical characterization of meteorites; discovery, tracking and physical characterization of asteroids and comets; and by exploring what microsatellite technology can contribute to studying asteroids, comets and the Martian moons, Phobos and Deimos. 

Martin Connors

Centre for Science, Athabasca University, 1 University Drive, Athabasca,  Alberta, T9S 3A3

ph 780-434-1786 fax 780-675-6186

email: martinc@athabascau.ca Website

Martin Connors is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Space Science, Instrumentation, and Networking at Athabasca University. In the past he has worked on impact craters of Venus and Earth. Current planetary science activities include asteroids and in particular those in co-orbital motion including known horseshoe librators of Earth and the search for likely Trojan asteroids of Earth. His main activity is studying magnetic fields associated with auroral activity but the optical auroral research at the recently built Athabasca University Geophysical Observatory is bringing a larger amount of imaging work into play. A convergence between techniques for optical studies of aurora and of meteors, including bright fireballs, is being seen and should be promising for both fields. Digital imaging and computer techniques for image analysis are being applied and attempts made to exploit results from networks of instruments.

British Columbia / Colombie Britanique 
Brett Gladman 

Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of British Columbia, 6224 Agricultural Road, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1, CANADA 

Tel: (604) 822-6244, Fax: (604) 822-5324 

email: gladman'at'astro.ubc.ca (substitute @ for 'at')   Website

Research Interests: 
- Solar System: Dynamics, Formation, and Evolution
- Observations of small bodies in the solar system (Kuiper Belt comets, moons, asteroids)
- Meteoritics 
- Non-linear dynamics, Celestial Mechanics 
- Impact history of the solar system 


Ian Halliday 

Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, 825 Killeen Ave, Ottawa, ON. K2A 2X8 

Telephone (work): (613) 990-0704 Home: (613) 728-1497 Fax: (613) 728-1497

e-mail: cardinal@can.sp-agency.ca

Dorian Smith
Died April 2013

Jeremy Tatum

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Victoria, P.O. Box 3055, Victoria, BC, V8W 3P6. work: (250) 721-7749 

e-mail: universe@uvvm.uvic.ca

David Carlisle

Died, February 9, 2002.

Jehan Rondot 

Astroblème Exploration 1111 Amiens Ste Foy Québec G1W 4C8 (418) 651 5839 

Denis Roy 

Sciences de la Terre, Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi, 555 blvd de l'universite, Chicoutimi, Quebec, G7H 2B1, CANADA. Tel 418-545-5011 ext 5227 Fax 418-545-5012 Email: Denis_Roy@uqac.ca

Bob Folinsbee


Michael R Dence

824 Nesbitt Place, Ottawa, Ont K2C 0K1

E I Leith

Died Sept 8 1999

Last updated / Dernière mise à jour: 03/12/2013