Extreme Volcanism (Large Igneous Provinces / LIPs):

  • Continental Reconstructions
  • Related Ore Deposits
  • Effect on climate (including causing mass extinctions)
  • Planetary Geology



My focus is Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs), which represents an extreme type of volcanism that occurs on Earth on average every 20-30 million years and results in breakup of continents, dramatic changes in climate and is linked to many major types of ore deposits. This research is well-supported by industry funding and government grants. I am keen to involve students in all aspects of my research including opportunities to work on rock suites from remote regions of the world, GIS projects related to continental reconstructions and mapping tectono-magmatic features on radar images of Venus.

Selected Keynote Talks

  • June 2018: Resources for Future Generations Conference (RFG2018), Vancouver, Canada:  Keynote on first day of conference (Monday June 18) Ernst, R.E. "Importance of Earth’s Geological History for Understanding Modern Climate Change";
  • August 2017: International Conference on Large Igneous Provinces, Chengdu University of Technology, China (August 26 to 31, 2017). Ernst, R.E. "Frontiers in Large Igneous Province Research"



Last Updated: July 9, 2018