Paul graduated from the Queen's University Geological Sciences program with a B.Sc. H. in the spring of 2011. There he completed an undergraduate thesis on using novel geochemical techniques (tree cores, clay separates, and vegetation samples) for environmental monitoring and mineral exploration. The samples for his thesis were collected from the Outer Ring uranium prospect in the Athabasca Basin, Northern Saskatchewan. His M.Sc. research will involve further characterization of this uranium prospect by isotopic and geochemical analysis of drill core from the prospect. Ultimately the goal is to understand whether or not the surficial geochemical anomalies at surface can be related to subsurface geochemistry and whether or not the migration of the anomalies from the subsurface to the surficial environment can be related to microbial populations at depth.
Valeria graduated with B.Sc.H. in geology from Saint-Petersburg State University (2008). Her bachelor thesis was devoted to crystallography and experimental mineralogy of uranium minerals. Valeria came to Queen's in August 2008 to do her M.Sc. Valeria is working on volcanic associated Uranium occurrences at Macusani volcanic field, Peru. Her project is collaborative work with Queen's University, Cameco Corporation, Vena recourses and Macusani Yellow Cake. Valeria is studying geology, geochemistry and mineralogy of the uranium occurrences at Macusani volcanic field in order to clarify the ore-forming process.
Nick graduated from the University of British Columbia (2013) with a B.Sc. in Geology and a minor in Economics. As a M.Sc. candidate in Economic Geology at Queen’s University, he is studying Uranium exploration vectors in the Athabasca Basin as part of the CMIC Footprints Project. His research, supervised by Dr. Layton-Matthews, involves the chemical characterization of hydrothermal alteration minerals distal to the Millennium unconformity-related uranium deposit. By examining core samples from transects that crosscut and parallel the main structural corridor, his research aims to identify the sites within the chlorite and illite crystal structures where pathfinder elements are likely to reside. Nick previously worked four field seasons in Canadian mineral exploration, managing field operations, mapping, prospecting and core logging in the Yukon and Northern Saskatchewan.
Juan Carlos Zamudio Barraza
Alteration Vectors to Porphyry Copper Mineralisation
Juan Carlos Zamudio received his B.Sc. and M. Sc. degrees in Geology (2007) at Universidad de Chile. His work involved the use of adsorbent collectors, both in field (Gabriela Mistral mine, formerly Gaby Sur, northern Chile) and experimental, to study the generation of detectable surface geochemical signatures, and to demonstrate the applicability of such collectors in the detection of undercover ore mineralization.
"JC" is now a PhD student at Queen's University under the supervision of Kurt Kyser and Alan Clark. His research is a collaborative project between Queen's University and Anglo American involving exploration for porphyry-type copper mineralization. This study examines whether the hydrothermal processes that cause the alteration produce geochemical signatures, or record compositional changes that can be used as indicators and vectors of mineralized systems at depth. Petrography, whole-rock geochemistry, stable isotopes and mineral chemistry are used to characterize the type and the extent of alteration. This is accomplished by the examination of several ore-bearing and non-economic prospects from the Paleocene to Miocene belts in northern and central Chile.
Claudio Munoz Darlic
Rio Blanco - Los Bronces & District: Lithogeochemical Vectors to Mineralisation
Since the completion of his BSc. degree at Universidad de Chile in 1993, he has focused his work on mineral exploration along the Andean Range. He worked on the exploration and geological model of Zaldivar, Andacollo, Vizcachitas and a number of copper and gold prospects. Lately, he also worked as a mine production geologist at El Soldado, the largest stratabound deposit in the coastal Cordillera, central Chile.
Claudio came to Queen's in June 2008 to do a PhD with Kurt Kyser and Alan Clark. He is currently studying the geochemistry and geology of the Rio Blanco - Los Bronces district, where one of the giant Porphyry Copper (Mo) deposits is located. The goal of the research is to evaluate various geochemical techniques that can be used to vector to Los Bronces style porphyry mineralization. Sampling, geology and alteration mapping are the focus at both the deposit scale and regional scale to describe and quantify the various mineralogical and geochemical changes resulting from the ore generating process relative to barren systems.