Ali Polat is a professor of geology at the University of Windsor, Canada. He received his BSc from İstanbul Technical University in 1988, MSc from the University of Houston in 1992, and PhD from the University of Saskatchewan in 1998. As an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation scholar, he worked at the Max-Planck Institute of Geochemistry in Mainz, Germany, between 1998-2002. His research focuses mainly on Archean greenstone belts, tonalite-trondhjemite-granodiorite suites (TTGs), and anorthosite-bearing layered intrusions. In addition, he studies the evolution of continental crust, Proterozoic and Paleozoic orogenic belts, mantle xenoliths, paleosols, and Quaternary basalts. Polat was the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences between 2014-2019, and served as an editorial board member for Geology, Lithos, Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, and Geoscience Frontiers. He received many awards and recognitions including the W.W. Hutchison Medal in 2014 and Chang-Jiang Scholarship in 2015. He is a member of the Science Academy (Turkey) since 2016. He has published over 140 journal articles and eight invited book chapters. His publications have received more than 10 thousand citations (Google Scholar). Polat was listed in the top 2% of all scientists in citation ranking published by Stanford University in 2019. Polat conducted field work in Turkey, Canada, Greenland, China, Egypt, U.S.A., Germany, and Iceland.