I was fortunate to participate in the International Platinum Symposium hosted in Sudbury. I was able to present the preliminary findings of my research project and discuss them with experts from all around the world. It was an excellent way to get a lot of research ideas to work on. I was also able to participate in an around the lake field trip visiting sites in Ontario, Minnesota and Michigan.
Here is a link to my poster.
I presented some of my research findings at the Geological Society of America annual conference in Minnesota. This was a great chance to improve my public speaking in front of a large and well informed audience. Although I was a little nervous it went off without a hitch. Afterwards I was able to get feedback from the audience and even had the author of one of the papers I was referencing came up to tell me how excited he was that I was using his research.
Here is a link to a pdf of my presentation.
This is a poster I presented at a GAC-MAC (Geological Association of Canada, Mineralogical Association of Canada) conference in Ottawa. It was towards the end of my research and my presentation skills had really come a long way. I won an award for having a top student poster at the conference.
Here is a link to the poster.
MSc – Characterization of High-PGE low Sulphur mineralization at the Marathon PGE-Cu Deposit, Ontario
I completed a Masters degree in geology at the University of Waterloo. This program involved both course work and a thesis research deposit. My research topic was focused on a unique zone of mineralization at the Marathon PGM-Cu deposit located on the north shore of Lake Superior in Ontario. The research was done in conjunction with Stillwater Canada Inc., the Canadian division of the successful Stillwater Mining Inc. out of Billings, Montana. The mineralization zone I studied was coined the ‘W-Horizon’ and it was a lens containing high grades of platinum and palladium mineralization. For my research project I collected detailed drill core samples (over 200 samples) which intersected W-Horizon which I analyzed for lithogeochemistry. I created a data base of detailed chemistry, physical rock descriptions and thin section descriptions. I combined this data set with the Stillwater data set and analyzed the 3D spatial distribution of the W-Horizon. My research involved developing a mathematical model of the W-Horizon to help explain its origin and that could be used to target future exploration work. Here is a link to a digital copy of my thesis, ‘Characterization of High-PGE Low-Sulphur Mineralization at the Marathon PGE-Cu Deposit, Ontario’.
This research position was very interesting and challenging. My research work was guided by Dr. Robert Linnen (University of Western Ontario), Dr. Dave Good (Stillwater VP Exploration during the project) and Dr. Iain Samson (University of Windsor). This excellent team allowed me to present ample times and to integrate ideas from the group into the research project. During the course of this project I presented research at several conferences and meetings. I also regularly attended and presented at the ‘Hard Rock Cafe’ an informal geological research consortium at the University of Waterloo.
I spent over 5 years working with Stillwater Canada Inc as an Exploration Geologist. I started working for them when I began my Masters Thesis at the University of Waterloo. After completing my research project I was offered a job to continue working with Stillwater full time. I was very excited for this opportunity as it allowed me to continue advancing my research and work in a location I was very fond of.
My role with Stillwater was varied. In the summer time I worked on field mapping, sample collection, drill programs, trench mapping, map production, database updating and more. Since all geological information has a spatial component I was able to work extensively with MapInfo to produce tables containing all of our work. I also created databases to model our deposit using 2D cross sections and in 3D. After the field season ended we would dig into our newly updated data sets and evaluate all of our discoveries in detail. This involved writing summary reports, updating databases, presenting our findings to the board of directors and coordinating with the engineering department as they developed mine plans.
My first field season in the bush was a memorable one. I was lucky enough to get a job with the Ontario Geological Survey as part of the Far North Mapping Initiative. The goal of this project was to push geoscience forward in the north. As it was part of the far north program this was a remote field job. We lived in a tent camp on Hewitt Lake, north of Red Lake in northern Ontario. As a junior field assistant it was my job to help out however I could. My main job was assisting senior team members conduct mapping traverses. We got to work in a variety of ways including zodiac, canoe, hiking and helicopters.On my off days off you could find me cutting lumber, repairing the dock, grilling up an amazing dinner for the crew in the field or digging a new latrine.
It was a great summer and I learned many valuable skills for field work and getting by in a remote location (several decks of cards are key!). The crew was an amazing bunch and I still think back fondly to those days.
I worked as an Exploration Geologist with Crosshair Exploration. We were exploring for Michelin type uranium mineralization within volcanic terrain. Due to the remote location we worked at the field camp in 4 week in 2 week out rotations. My work involved a large soil sampling and bark sampling program to help target a gold soil anomaly that had been previously reported. I worked as part of a team conducting regional mapping. It was a great summer and I learned a lot. Since the camp was remote the entire summer was helicopter supported for access which added some challenges and extra excitement.