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Laurentian geology prof earns national accolades

Elizabeth Turner’s research furthers understanding of Precambrian geology
Elizabeth C. Turner, geology professor at Laurentian University, conducting geological fieldwork on northern Baffin Island in 2012. (Supplied photo/Laurentian University)

Research conducted by a Laurentian University professor is garnering national accolades for helping to further understanding of Precambrian geology.

Elizabeth C. Turner, a professor in the Harquail School of Earth Sciences at the Sudbury school, has received the Howard Street Robinson Medal, presented by the Geological Association of Canada (GAC), which recognizes "a respected and well-spoken geoscientist who will further the scientific study of Precambrian geology.”

For 30 years, the preeminent geologist has focused on the Precambrian eon, a vast geologic timespan between 541 million and 4 billion years ago. During this time, sedimentary rock recorded evidence of the planet’s evolving chemical and biological status.

“These signs give us a glimpse into how life on the planet evolved and clues that can lead to finding valuable ore deposits,” explained Turner in a Laurentian news release.

Turner's contributions to the field range from helping to discover the earliest forms of fungi in Canada's Arctic to fostering an international research group that's uncovering the development of Precambrian basins and their economic potential.

The Geological Association of Canada is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to promotion and development of the geological sciences in Canada.