Erin Adlakha-Kerr

Faculty of Science

Faculty Member Information


• New applications of accessory mineral chemistry (e.g., apatite, tourmaline, rutile) to resolve uncertainties regarding the processes and conditions under which hydrothermal ore deposits form • Characterization of mineral assemblages and mineral chemistry in ore and barren hydrothermal environments with a focus in understanding the factors that control accessory mineral chemistry • Chemical signatures of accessory minerals in hydrothermal ore deposits including the abundances and distribution of trace elements such as REE and ore metals in single crystals • The retention of accessory mineral chemical signatures during secondary processes such as weathering and hydrothermal alteration Currently, I have 4 BSc honours students working on field-based, multi-analytical (EPMA, SEM, LA-ICP-MS, fluid and melt inclusions, CL) mineralogical studies on hydrothermal ore environments, including: i) Apatite as a petrogenetic indicator in W skarn deposits of the Canadian Cordillera ii) Metasediment hosted Co-Ni polymetallic vein occurrences of Nova Scotia and their relationship to the emplacement of the South Mountain Batholith iii) Discrimination of multiple mineralizing events of the Revenue Au occurrence, Freegold Mountain, Dawson Range, Yukon.


Ph.D., Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa, 2016

Academic Work Experience

2017 - 2018, Assistant Professor, Saint Mary's University
2015 - 2017, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Saint Mary's University

Non-Academic Work Experience

2017 - 2017, Project Geologist, Triumph Gold Coorporation


2015 - 2017, Mineral Deposits Division of the Geological Association of Canada
2010 - Present, Geological Association of Canada
2010 - Present, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada
2010 - Present, Mineralogical Association of Canada

Scholarly Contributions

Journal Articles

Adlakha Erin, Hattori Keiko, Davis William, Boucher Brandon. "Characterizing fluids associated with the McArthur River U deposit, Canada, based on tourmaline trace element and stable (B, H) isotope compositions.", Chemical Geology 466 (Fall - 2017), 417-435
Adlakha Erin, Hattori Keiko. "Paragenesis and composition of tourmaline species along the P2 fault and McArthur River uranium deposit, Athabasca Basin, Canada.", The Canadian Mineralogist 54 (Spring - 2016), 667-679
Adlakha Erin, Hattori Keiko. "Compositional variation and timing of aluminum phosphate-sulfate minerals in the basement rocks along the P2 fault and in association with the McArthur River uranium deposit, Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan, Canada.", American Mineralogist 100:1386-1399 (Summer - 2015)