Dr. Edris Madadian

Image Edris Madadian
Science Laboratory Network Manager
  • Head, Science Laboratory Network
  • Sub-division Head, Analytical Research Laboratories (Ottawa)

Current research and/or projects

The Science Laboratory Network (SLN) constitutes a network of laboratories operating within the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), specializing in delivering innovative laboratory outcomes to support GSC initiatives. These laboratories play a pivotal role in advancing the GSC's research agenda by offering pioneering scientific investigations and delivering high-caliber results in areas where commercial laboratory capabilities may be lacking. Each laboratory within the network possesses specific expertise, staffed by highly qualified professionals and equipped with specialized instrumentation.

Research and/or project statements

The Science Laboratory Network (SLN) comprises the research and technical personnel working across various GSC laboratories. It is organized into five distinct laboratory groups, totaling 81 personnel, including research scientists, analysts, and technicians, distributed across these groups:

  1. Inorganic Geochemistry and Research Laboratory: This group is responsible for characterizing the inorganic geochemistry of geological materials by developing innovative methods to analyze challenging substances. Their work aids in understanding geochemical processes in ore formation and tracking the movement and impact of elements in evolving environments.

  2. Isotopic Geochemistry & Geochronology: Offering expertise and method development in radiogenic and stable isotope-based analyses, this group contributes to tracing crustal, environmental, and marine processes, as well as dating geological events. Their work supports regional geology studies, ore deposit modeling, and environmental preservation efforts.

  3. Organic Geochemistry & Petrology: Focusing on the geochemical and petrographic characterization of both conventional and unconventional petroleum systems, this group also conducts environmental geochemical assessments of areas earmarked for potential resource extraction and development. Their work aids in unconventional reservoir characterization and hydrocarbon resource evaluation.

  4. Mineralogy and Physical Properties: This laboratory group addresses a range of issues, including geophysical, geotechnical, sedimentological, stratigraphic, and mineralogical challenges. Some routine analyses are outsourced, but those necessitating continuous collaboration with project scientists are conducted in-house to preserve sample integrity.

  5. Paleontology: Specializing in the identification of fossils, this group contributes critical information regarding the geological age and depositional context of ancient sedimentary environments. Their work supports basin analyses, enabling the development of exploration models for hydrocarbons and minerals.