Carl Lesher

Carl Lesher

Full Professor

Harquail School of Earth Sciences
Science, Engineering and Architecture
B-8040 Sudbury Campus


  • BSc in Geology 1974 Indiana University
  • MA in Geology 1976 Indiana University
  • PhD in Geology 1984 University of Western Australia

Academic Appointments

2013-present, Principal Investigator and Director, NSERC-CMIC Exploration Footprints Network (
2010-2011, Director of Mining Initiatives, Laurentian University (founder of School of Mines)
2002-2003, Visiting Professor, Indiana University
1997-2004, Founding Director, Mineral Exploration Research Centre, Laurentian University (
1997-present, Professor and Research Chair in Mineral Exploration, Laurentian University
1990, Visiting Research Fellow, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University
1989, 1991, Visiting Research Fellow, Max-Planck-Institut fur Chemie, Mainz
1984-1997, Asst/Assoc/Full Professor, University of Alabama
1983-1984, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto
1976-1979, Mineralogist, Iron Ore Company of Canada
1975, Exploration Geologist, Iron Ore Company of Canada

On The Web


CURRENT: Geology, geochemistry, and genesis of magmatic nickel-copper, platinum, and chromite deposits
PAST: Physical volcanology, geochemistry, and petrogenesis of komatiites; Geochemistry of felsic volcanic rocks associated with massive Cu-Zn-(Au) sulfide deposits; Mineralogy and geochemistry of banded iron-formation


  • MDD-GAC Duncan Derry Medal
  • SEG Thayer Lindsley Lecturer, CIM University Lecturer
  • IMM W. Armstrong Prize, MDD-GAC Boldy Award
  • Elected Fellow Society of Economic Geologists, Geological Association of Canada, and Geological Society of America


Current Courses:

GEOL 5606 Magmatic Ore Deposits (modular intensive course taught in April, even years)

GEOL 5806 Exploration Geochemistry (modular intensive course taught in December, even years)

Current Students:


09/2016-present, McKevitt, Dylan (BSc 2015 Cedarville), Geology, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of the Expo-Delta-Raglan Dike-Sill-Lava Channel System and Associated Cu-Ni-PGE, PGE-(Cu)-(Ni), and Ni-Cu-PGE Mineralization, Cape Smith Belt, Nunavik

09/2015-present, Lu, Yiguan (BSc MSc China Univ Geosci, 2015-2019 CSC Scholar, 2016-2017 SEGF-Canada Grantee), Platinum group element mineralogy of the Jinbaoshan Pt-Pd Deposit, China (co-tutelle with CUG: Lesher/Deng)

09/2014- present, Wang, Yujian (BSc MSc China Univ Geosci, 2014-2018 CSC Scholar, 2016-2017 SEGF-Canada Grantee), Geochemistry, Mineralogy, and Petrogenesis of Ultramafic Inclusions in Sublayer Norite, Sudbury Igneous Complex (Lesher/Lightfoot)

09/2013- present, Cataldo, Vincenzo (MSc Lancaster), Mathematical and Computer modeling of Erosional processes by Lava Flows on Mars, Moon, and the Earth (Williams/Lesher)

04/2012- present, Carson, Heather (MGeol Leicester), Stratigraphy, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of the Black Thor Mafic-Ultramafic Complex and Associated Cr and Ni-Cu-PGE Mineralization, McFaulds Greenstone Belt, Ontario (Lesher/Houlé)

01/2009- present (part-time), Mealin, Caroline (MSc U Waterloo, 2009-2011 NSERC PGS-D Scholarship), Geology, Geochemistry, and Metallogenesis of the Booth River Complex, Northwest Territories (Lesher/Bédard), presently Geologist, Ontario Geological Survey, Sudbury, ON


10/2017-present, Shirriff, Danielle (BSc Hons 2017 Toronto), Geology of the Cubric Nickel Showing, Abitibi Greenstone Belt, Québec

09/2016-present, Zuccarelli-Pegoraro, Natascia (BSc Hons Toronto), Geology, Mineralogy, Geochemistry, and Genesis of Ni-Cu-(PGE) Mineralization in the Eagle’s Nest deposit, McFaulds Lake area, northern Ontario

06/2013-present (part-time), Mehrmanesh, Kaveh (BMinEng Tehran), Stratigraphy, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of the Black Label Chromite Zone of the Black Thor Mafic-Ultramafic Complex, McFaulds Greenstone Belt, Ontario

01/2013-present (part-time), Farhangi, Naghmeh (BMinEng Tehran), Mineralogy, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of Ni-Cu-PGE Mineralization in the Black Thor Mafic-Ultramafic Complex, McFaulds Greenstone Belt, Ontario

BSc Honours

09/2017-present, Steven Alcock, Geochemistry and petrography of metabasalts in the Creighton Granite, Sudbury

08/2017-present, Matthew Brown, Petrogenesis of “metabreccia” in the Whistle Offset Dike, Sudbury