The Team Members
Dr. Ludovic FERRIÈRE
Ferrière is Curator of the rock collection and co-curator of the meteorite collection at the Natural History
Museum in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Ferrière’s research interests are
diverse, covering not only geological aspects, but also geochemical
characteristics of all sort of rocks. His main area of research
focuses on understanding impact cratering processes by the study of
impactites, the macro- to microscopic effects of shock metamorphism,
and associated post-impact processes. Other research interests
include meteorites, fusion crusts, impact spinel crystals as well as
silica polymorphs, fulgurites, and all kind of glasses.
Prof. François R. T. LUBALA
Dr. François R. T.
Lubala is Professor of Geology in the Department of Geology and Dean
of the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Lubumbashi,
Democratic Republic of Congo. Prof. Lubala's main research interests
include Archean to Mesoproterozoic crustal evolution in Central
Africa, space-time evolution of the East African Rifts Systems,
meteorite impact structures in Central Africa, Proterozodc Alkaline
complexes in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and in South
Africa, and associated mineral resources.
Dr. Gordon R. OSINSKI
Dr. Gordon “Oz”
Osinski is an Assistant Professor and NSERC/MacDonald, Dettwiler and
Associates Ltd/Canadian Space Agency Industrial Research Chair in
Planetary Geology in the Departments of Earth Sciences and Physics
and Astronomy at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Dr.
Osinski’s main area of research focuses on understanding impact
cratering as a planetary geological process, on the Earth, Moon and
Mars. His research covers the tectonics of impact crater formation,
the generation of impact melts, emplacement of ejecta, and
post-impact processes such as impact-associated hydrothermal
activity. Other research interests include meteorites, glacial and
periglacial geomorphological processes on Mars and Arctic Canada,
and the astrobiology of perennial cold springs in the Arctic.
Pierre K. KASETI
Pierre K. Kaseti is
currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Geology at the
University of Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo. His main
research interests include petrographic and mineralogical
characteristics of banded iron formations, meteorite impact
structures, and associated mineral resources.
Thanks to the National Geographic Society for supporting our field campaign via the National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants Program (grant #69-09).
We thank Prof. Chabu Mumba (Rector of the University of Lubumbashi) for his interest in our project and also Jean Kafwa for taking care of our safety when in the field, as well as Moize Lumbwe and Jérmis Mukalay, our two local porters.
For more information please contact:
Dr. Ludovic Ferrière
Curator of the rock collection and co-curator of the meteorite collection
Natural History Museum, Burgring 7, A-1010 Vienna, Austria