Dr. Eleanor J. Berryman

Research Scientist

I am a research scientist in the Environmental division CanmetMINING. I am part of a team that reviews impact statements for prospective mines to evaluate the potential for acid rock drainage and metal leaching potential and provide suggestions on mine waste management strategies.  My research focus is on the mineralogy and enviromental geochemistry of mine and mineral processing wastes, primarily tailings and dusts.

Current research and/or projects

My expertise is in mineralogy, crystal chemistry, mineral physics, and the interaction of minerals and their host environments. I am versed in electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, and spectroscopic techniques, including synchrotron based techniques. Prior to starting my government research position, I did research on the mineral tourmaline.

Education and awards

  • 2016 Dr. rer. nat. summa cum laude from the Technical University of Berlin via GFZ Potsdam
  • 2012 MSc. Earth and Planetary Sciences from McGill University
  • 2010 BSc. Honours Planetary Sciences from McGill University

International experience and/or work

  • 2017 - 2019 Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Geosciences Department of Princeton University, USA
  • 2009 Internship at the Institute for Planetary Materials in Misasa, Japan

Key publications

Mineral processing wastes:

E.J. Berryman, D. Paktunc, D. Kingston, J. P. Beukes (2022) Composition and Cr- and Fe-speciation of dust generated during ferrochrome production in a DC arc furnace. Cleaner Energy and Technology, 6: 100386. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clet.2021.100386

E.J. Berryman, D. Paktunc (2022) Cr(VI) formation in ferrochrome-smelter dusts. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 222: 126873. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2021.126873

E. Berryman, A.E. Williams-Jones, and A.A. Migdisov (2015) Steel slag carbonation in a flow-through system: the role of fluid-flux. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 27, 266-275.


Minerals under high pressure:

E.J. Berryman, J.M. Winey, Y.M. Gupta, T.S. Duffy (2019) Sound speed in shock-synthesized stishovite to 72 GPa. Geophysical Research Letters, 46(23): 13695-13703. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL085301

E.J. Berryman, D. Zhang, B. Wunder, T.S. Duffy (2019) Compressibility of synthetic Mg-Al tourmalines to 60 GPa. American Mineralogist, 104(7): 1005-1015. https://doi.org/10.2138/am-2019-6967

M. Kanzaki, X. Xue, S. Reibstein, E. Berryman, and S. Namgung (2011) Structures of two new high-pressure forms of AlPO4 by X-ray powder diffraction and NMR spectroscopy. Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science , B67, 30-40.



E.J. Berryman, D. Zhang, B. Wunder, T.S. Duffy (2019) Compressibility of synthetic Mg-Al tourmalines to 60 GPa. American Mineralogist, 104(7): 1005-1015. https://doi.org/10.2138/am-2019-6967

E.J. Berryman, M. Kutzschbach, R.B. Trumbull, A. Meixner, V. van Hinsberg, S.A. Kasemann, and G. Franz (2017) Tourmaline as a petrogenetic indicator in the Pfitsch Formation, Western Tauern Window, Eastern Alps. Lithos, 284-285:138-155.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lithos.2017.04.008

E.J. Berryman, B. Wunder, D. Rhede, G. Schettler, G. Franz, and W. Heinrich (2016) P-T-X controls on Ca and Na distribution between Mg-Al tourmaline and fluid. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 171:31.

E.J. Berryman, B. Wunder, A. Ertl, M. Koch-Müller, D. Rhede, K. Scheidl, G. Giester, and W. Heinrich (2016) Influence of the X-site composition on tourmaline’s crystal structure: investigation of synthetic K-dravite, dravite, oxy-uvite, and magnesio-foitite using SREF and Raman spectroscopy. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, 43:83-102.

E.J. Berryman, B. Wunder, R. Wirth, D. Rhede, G. Schettler, G. Franz, and W. Heinrich (2015) An experimental study on K and Na incorporation in dravitic tourmaline and insight into the origin of diamondiferous tourmaline from the Kokchetav Massif, Kazakhstan. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 169:28.

B. Wunder, E. Berryman, D. Rhede, M. Koch-Müller, B. Plessen, and W. Heinrich (2015) Natural and synthetic ammonium-bearing tourmaline. American Mineralogist, 100, 250-256.

E. Berryman, B. Wunder, and D. Rhede (2014) Synthesis of K-dominant tourmaline. American Mineralogist, 99, 539-542.


Research facility

555 Booth Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0G1


Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft (DMG)

European Association of Geochemistry (EAG)

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Mineralogical Society of America (MSA)

Geological Association of Canada (GAC)

Sigma Xi Honour Society

Golden Key Honour Society