Multi-commodity, multi-scale exploration using the Large Igneous Province Record

Theme: Geoscience for minerals and energy

Richard Ernst is Scientist in Residence at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and is also a guest professor at Tomsk State University (TSU) in Siberia, Russia.  At TSU he is leading a nearly $2 million grant for establishing a LA-ICPMS facility.  He is the author of more than 160 refereed scientific publications mostly focussed on all aspects of Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs). These include their dramatic flood basalts, plumbing systems of giant dyke swarms, sill provinces and layered mafic-ultramafic intrusions, associated kimberlites, carbonatites and felsic provinces, and links with mineral, metal and hydrocarbon resource exploration, supercontinent breakup, catastrophic environmental/climate change including mass extinction events and planetary analogues. His comprehensive book on LIPs was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. He has been co-leader (2003–2013) and leader (since 2013) of the LIPs Commission of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI) and co-leader (2010–2015) and leader (since 2015) of several global research teams. These teams are funded by industry and associated government grants totalling more than $2.5 million that have led to a dramatic expansion of the LIP record particularly for the Precambrian time and a growing targeting role for LIPs in resource exploration for a wide range of commodity types. Another current passion is integration with the sedimentary record to characterise the potentially catastrophic environmental effects of LIPs with implications for understanding controls and feedbacks related to climate change.