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. https://www.miracosta.edu/home/kmeldahl/ [/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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