I am a field geologist with a taste for both research and its application to the exploration- and mining industry. I completed a Ph.D. in structural geology at the University of Southern California, USA, having received an M.Sc. in economic geology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and spent several years working in exploration and mining. I’m now employed as a research scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada, where I’m investigating the effect of deformation and metamorphism on critical metal distribution in VMS deposits.

My research interests are broad, but generally fall into three main categories:

  • What controls where ore deposits form (be they massive sulphide, orogenic gold, or rare metal pegmatite)?
  • What happens when these ore deposits are deformed and metamorphosed (in particular, what happens to any critical and precious metals they contain)?
  • And what determines how the crust deforms? (I’m talking all things rheology, strain localization, and shear zone geometry here)

I particularly enjoy borrowing methods and ideas from a variety of fields to tackle complex questions, and to try identify overarching controls on geological processes. If you find my work interesting and have any questions, or are interested in collaborating, feel free to contact me! 

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