Derek Turner, Director

Derek is a geoscience educator who is passionate about inspiring students and the public to see how geology and mineral exploration are important to their daily lives. He is an advocate of getting people outside to experience geology first-hand and of using technology and open educational resources to make geology more accessible to the public.

When he isn’t teaching, Derek consults on terrain and surficial geology projects for infrastructure and resource development across western and northern Canada and researches the timing and causes of Pleistocene glaciations in the Canadian Cordillera. Derek currently teaches and is the Chair of the Earth and Environmental Science department at Douglas College.


  • Chair, Earth and Environmental Science, Douglas College
  • Professional Geoscientist
  • Former Teaching and Learning Fellow, University of British Columbia
  • Former Terrain Specialist, Palmer Environmental Consulting Group