Curtis Johnson received his M.S. degree in geology in 2015 from Oregon State University (OSU) under Dr. John H. Dilles and received his Ph.D. degree with Dr. Michael W. Ressel and Dr. Philipp Ruprecht at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) studying the Phoenix porphyry-skarn system, and regional controls on gold-rich metallogeny of the Great Basin, USA. After completing studies at OSU in 2015 and prior to joining UNR in 2017, Curtis Johnson worked in production and exploration roles for Newmont Mining Corporation in the northern Carlin Trend and at the Phoenix Mine in Nevada, USA. He is currently an economic geologist with Bronco Creek Exploration focused on generative exploration for gold in Idaho and Nevada.