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Michael Lesher

Michael Lesher

Sessional On-Campus (mo)
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture
B-8040, Willet Green Miller Centre


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

Academic Appointments

2021-present, Professor Emeritus, Laurentian University

1997-2021, Professor and Research Chair in Mineral Exploration, Laurentian University
2013-2018, 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 (
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


Recent 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: