BSc Geological Sciences (2:1) and MSc Engineering Geology (Merit) graduate from the University of Leeds, UK. Looking for opportunities in the mineral exploration industry. Holder of a Canadian work permit.
My MSc focused on conducting ground investigations, from initial desk study, through to laboratory testing. This provided me with knowledge and skills that are directly applicable to mineral exploration, including:
- Geophysical Methods: Non-intrusive geophysics such as gravity, magnetic, resistivity/conductivity and EM surveys, and down-borehole methods such as gamma, neutron and density logging.
-Drilling: Selecting an appropriate drilling method for certain geological conditions. Designing programmes best suited to a range of purposes, such as core retrieval for logging, and sample collection for laboratory testing.
-Observational and Conceptual Models: utilising both observed data and scientific conjecture to create a holistic model of the subsurface conditions, encompassing solid and drift geology, structure, geomorphology and geochemistry. Models were used to inform further investigation and/or to present to clients and multi-disciplinary teams.
University of Leeds
2014 - 2017
My undergraduate degree provided me with a thorough knowledge and understanding of Earth processes and their influence on geology, as well as robust fieldwork skills. I developed a keen interest in mineral exploration over the course of my undergraduate degree. I took modules in gold and precious metals and ore deposits and exploitation, which included teaching in practical elements such as mineral ID via hand specimen and RL microscopy, as well as the theories of ore deposit genesis.
Over the course of my degree I undertook a total of 14 weeks fieldwork, both in the UK and abroad. This included a 6 week independent mapping project in Bulgaria, nearby to 2 large porphyry Cu-Au mines, where the local geology consisted of partially-altered and leached volcanogenic sedimentary rocks.
I also undertook exploration-based fieldwork in Northern Ireland. This involved designing and executing a stream sediment survey and gold panning exercise to target gold mineralisation. Metal concentrations from fines and HMC samples were obtained using portable XRF and reviewed in IoGas. This was used in conjunction with gold morphology and distribution, solid and drift geology, and regional trends to inform the exploration program as it progressed. The findings were then written up in a full report.
Throughout my time at university I was a member of the student SEG chapter and RocSoc (the university's geology society).
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