Frank Brunton

Photo  of Frank Burton Caving

Frank Burton

My fascination with fossils and the origin of the Niagara Escarpment began as a child and my numerous trips to Manitoulin and nearby islands hiking and collecting fossils. The geology and geography of Manitoulin Island and stark contrast in rocks between the north channel islands and the Sudbury region are what got me interested in pursuing a career in geology.

I grew up between Sudbury and Blind River and went to university at Laurentian University, University of Ottawa, and Queen’s University. I have worked at the Ontario Geological Survey (OGS) since 2003 — mapping the bedrock groundwaters, karst and industrial minerals resources of Paleozoic sedimentary rocks throughout Southern Ontario. Prior to that, I carried out applied academic research concerning the paleobiology of ancient reef ecosystems and the nature of carbonate platforms from various regions around the world.

While working in southern Australia in 1995 I was introduced to and carried out fieldwork within some extensive karst cave networks of the Nullarbor Plain region. This served me well when I was asked to create the first Karst map for southern Ontario in 2008. My current position as a Research Scientist at the OGS has enabled me to improve our understanding of the sedimentary rocks, karst and groundwaters of the Niagara Escarpment extending from Cockburn and Manitoulin islands to Niagara Falls.


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