Dr. Daniel Kerr, P.Geo.

Research Scientist

Research in surficial geosciences

Current research and/or projects

Dan obtained his PhD in geology from the University of Alberta in 1994, and held a position as Licensed Science Officer in the British Columbia Geological Survey Branch for 3 years, before arriving at the GSC in 1993 as a Research Scientist to continue his research on surficial geology mapping and drift exploration techniques for gold, diamonds and other commodities, in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Dan compiled digital surficial and geochemical data for the Slave Province Minerals and Geoscience Compilation and Synthesis Project of the Northern Resources Development Program. He also supported drift surveys for kimberlite prospecting through understanding the spectral reflectance characteristics of various till deposits, and developing an integrated model to overburden thickness assessment, as part of the Resource Identification Through Remote Predictive Mapping Project. He lead the Tri-Territorial Surficial Geoscience Integration Project within the Knowledge Management component of the Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals Program (GEM). Research focussed on compiling digital surficial geology maps and associated geoscience data for the three Territories. This work is ongoing and is part of a digital compilation aimed at converting previously published maps into the Geological Survey of Canada's new common surficial geology legend (Surficial Data Model).

This entails producing a queriable database of new and existing surficial geology maps for onshore and offshore areas of Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. Other cooperative work is being carried with the BC Geological Survey in North-East British Columbia, USGS in Alaska and Remote Predictive Mapping research in parts of the North with little geoscience knowledge.

Professional activities / interests

As a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of the Northwest Territories, he contributes actively in informing the public of the importance of the work of geologists, specifically geological mapping and geochemistry as an aid to mineral exploration and environmental assessments.

Education and awards

Dan obtained his PhD in geology from the University of Alberta in 1994.