Richard J. Goldfarb

[one_third] [/one_third][two_third] Richard J. Goldfarb received a Masters degree in hydrogeology at University of Nevada Reno and his PhD in geology at the University of Colorado.  He was a research geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey for 36 years. His studies have focused on global metallogeny, geology of ore deposits in the North American Cordillera with emphasis on orogenic gold, lode gold deposits in China, and fluid inclusion and stable isotope applications to the understanding of ore genesis.  Rich has authored more than 230 papers on mineral resources, with many recognized as the authoritative research on gold in metamorphic terranes and on aspects of regional metallogeny. He is a past-president of the Society of Economic Geologists and past chief editor of Mineralium Deposita. Presently, Rich is a research professor at Colorado School of Mines and China University of Geosciences Beijing, serves on the Board of Golden Predator Mining Corp, and is an independent consultant to the exploration and mining industry. [/two_third]

Eric Seedorff

[one_third] [/one_third][two_third] Eric Seedorff was raised in a mining family and earned degrees from the University of California at Davis (BS 1977) and Stanford University (MS 1981; PhD 1987). Eric has worked on Cu, Mo, and Au systems in the American Cordillera amongst mines and normal faults, living in the shadows of two metamorphic core complexes. After summer and thesis-related jobs with Noranda, Anaconda, and Climax, he was an exploration geologist for Chevron and WestGold in Reno. Eric then moved to Ely, Nevada, where he was Chief Mine Geologist at Robinson for Magma Copper Company. After being transferred to Tucson, he became Chief Geologist of Magma and then VP Mineral Resources for BHP Copper. Eric chose to leave BHP in 1999, after which he and two partners operated a failed entrepreneurial venture to build a new producing copper company from scratch. Eric has held the Lowell Chair in Economic Geology at the University of Arizona since 2002. His research interests include porphyry deposits, hydrothermal alteration-mineralization processes, extensional tectonics, and organizational culture. Eric is past President of both GSN and the Arizona Geological Society and has been active in SEG. [/two_third]

John Prochnau

[one_third] [/one_third][two_third] John Prochnau is a mining engineer and geologist with degrees from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, and McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Early in his professional career John Prochnau held management positions with Selection Trust Limited of London, where he was responsible for the Company’s operations in the United States, including the discovery and development of the Alligator Ridge gold mine in Nevada, and Billiton International Metals of The Hague, Netherlands, where he organized and was responsible for the Company’s metals exploration and development in Ireland. Since 1984 Mr. Prochnau has operated independently through his international consultancy and a number of syndicates, private and public companies of which he has been a founder and principal. During this period he has been involved with the discovery or identification, acquisition, and development of a number of gold and base metal mine projects throughout the world. Mr. Prochnau founded Brancote Holdings plc in 1990 which became one of six inaugural companies admitted to London’s AIM stock exchange in 1995. Brancote was an early practitioner of what is now characterized the project generator operating model and during the 1990’s controlled over fifty mineral projects in North and South America, Europe, Australia and South Asia joint ventured and funded by industry partners. Brancote developed the Mt. Cuthbert copper mine in Australia in 1996 and discovered the Esquel gold project in Argentina in 1997 which was the basis for sale of the Company to Meridian Gold in 2002 in what at the time was one of the largest financial transactions on the AIM market. Mr. Prochnau is currently active largely in the southeast United States and Ireland.

Elizabeth Miller

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Elizabeth teaches in the Department of Geological Sciences at Stanford University and has interests in structural geology and tectonics. She teaches courses in rock deformation and tectonics, thin-section petrography, field mapping and regional geology and tectonics. She has spent much of her career in the Basin and Range, carrying out geologic mapping and studies of Mesozoic and Cenozoic deformation and magmatism. From 1994-2011 she worked extensively in the Russian Arctic and more recently in the Brooks Range, Alaska. One of her overarching interests is how plate tectonics is linked to magmatism and deformation, specifically in the Cordillera and across the circum North Pacific in general. Elizabeth was awarded the Geological Society of America Structural Geology and Tectonics Career Contribution Award in 2018.

Moira Smith

Moira Smith
[one_third] [/one_third][two_third] Moira hails from Elko, Nevada. She is currently the VP of Exploration and Geoscience for Liberty Gold. She is probably overeducated. Last degree is from University of Arizona (Ph.D.), specializing in structural geology and tectonics. Moira worked for the British Columbia Geological Survey for 4 years, after which she joined Teck in 1995. At Teck, she directed project teams leading to the definition of several large deposits, including the Petaquilla Cu-Au-Mo porphyry deposit in Panama, the Pogo IRG deposit in Alaska, and the El Limon Au skarn deposit in Mexico. Moira joined Fronteer Gold in 2008, and directed the Long Canyon exploration team until the company was sold to Newmont in 2011 for over 2 billion dollars. She has worked for Pilot Gold/Liberty Gold since 2011, and oversees teams exploring for off-trend Carlin gold systems at the Goldstrike Property in Utah and Black Pine Property in Idaho. She has been an SEG Fellow since 2005, and has contributed much time to the GSN over the last 10 years. [/two_third]

Chuck Thorman

[one_third] [/one_third][two_third] Chuck has spent much of his career in the B&R, beginning in 1959-1962 on his thesis in the Wood Hills and northern Pequops. From there he went with Humble Oil as where he was their structural geologist in southern Oklahoma in the Ardmore-Anadarko Basins, then teaching for 6 years before ending up with the USGS in Liberia, Brazil, and the Western U.S. (mostly in AZ, N.M., UT, and NV) from 1971 to 1995. Since retiring from the USGS in 1995, he has remained as a Scientist Emeritus up to today. His first love is field work, for that is the source of all of the basic data that the rest of geologic disciplines rely on for their endeavors. Geology is a fantastic detective story and he has found it to be what keeps him enjoying life. That plus all of the wonderful friendships that have developed as a result of working in/enjoying this wonderful science. What more can one ask for? [/two_third]

Dr. Richard Sillitoe

[one_third] [/one_third][two_third] Richard Sillitoe graduated from London University where he went on to earn a Ph.D. degree in 1968. After three years with the Geological Survey of Chile and a Shell postdoctoral research fellowship at the Royal School of Mines in London, he has operated for more than 45 years as an independent consultant to mining companies, international agencies, and foreign governments. He has worked on a wide variety of mineral deposits and prospects in 100 countries worldwide, but focuses on the epithermal gold and porphyry copper environments. Published research has earned him awards in Europe, Australia, and North and South America, including the Silver and Penrose Gold Medals of the Society of Economic Geologists, of which he was President in 1999-2000. [/two_third]

Quinton Hennigh

[one_third] [/one_third][two_third] After earning a M.Sc. and a Ph.D in geology and geochemistry from the Colorado School of Mines in 1993 and 1996, respectively, Dr. Quinton Hennigh began his exploration career working for large gold mining companies including Homestake Mining Company, Newcrest Mining Ltd and Newmont Mining Corp where he managed exploration projects in North America, South America and Australia. In 2007, he joined the junior gold sector where he has held executive, directorship and advisory roles with several exploration companies including Gold Canyon Resources where he oversaw exploration and discovery of the 5 million oz Springpole alkaline gold deposit near Red Lake, Ontario. In 2010, he established Novo Resources Corporation, an exploration company focused on searching for gold-bearing conglomerates in the Pilbara region, Western Australia. Starting at a conceptual level, his work at Novo has led to the discovery of two large gold deposits, Karratha in the West Pilbara and Beaton’s Creek in the East Pilbara. [/two_third]

Keith Meldahl

[one_third] [/one_third][two_third] Keith Meldahl is Professor of Geology and Oceanography at Mira Costa College in northern San Diego County.  He has authored three popular books, Hard Road West (University of Chicago Press, 2007), Rough-Hewn Land (University of California Press, 2011), and Surf, Sand, and Stone (University of California Press, 2015).  Keith earned his B.A. in geology from the University of Chicago (1983) and his M.Sc. (1986) and PhD (1990) in geology from the University of Arizona.  For fun, he plays guitar in assorted musical groups, enjoys body-surfing and camping, and spends much of his spare time exploring geology throughout the western US. [/two_third]

Joe Mazumdar

[one_third] [/one_third][two_third] Joe Mazumdar has been Co-editor and Analyst at Exploration Insights since December 2015. Previously, he spent six years as a Senior Mining Analyst at Haywood Securities and Canaccord Genuity in Vancouver, and prior to that another six years as Director of Strategic Planning, Corporate Development at Newmont Mining (Denver) and Senior Market Analyst/Commodity Trader at Phelps Dodge (now Freeport McMoRan, Phoenix). Before becoming a mining market analyst, Joe also worked for over a decade as an exploration geologist in different capacities for IAMGOLD, North Minerals, and RTZ in South America (Argentina, Chile, Peru and Ecuador),  MIM Exploration in Queensland, Australia and Noranda and others in Western Canada (British Columbia, Yukon) and the Northwest Territories. He has a B.S. in Geology (1988) from the University of Alberta, an M.Sc. in Geology and Mining (1997) from James Cook University (Queensland), and an M.Sc. in Mineral Economics (2003) from the Colorado School of Mines. [/two_third]
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