New Faculty Members at NBMG

A message from Jim Faulds: Please welcome several new members of the NBMG team. This includes Lora Robb, our new Business Manager, who will oversee NBMG’s fiscal and administrative functions and Matthieu Harlaux, an Assistant Professor in Economic Geology. In addition, our Geothermal Center is growing with the additions of Rozena Brecke (who is handling important administrative aspects of the Center), Cary Lindsey (a post-doctoral scholar), and Eli Mlawsky (Geothermal Data Manager). These additions will greatly enhance our ability to analyze natural resources in the state and region. Please see short biographies of everyone below. We are very fortunate to have such a talented group joining NBMG.

New Faculty Members at NBMG:

Matthieu Harlaux, Assistant Professor–Economic Geologist
Dr. Matthieu Harlaux recently joined the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno as an Assistant Professor in economic geology. Dr. Harlaux received his MS in Geosciences from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie in 2012 in Nancy (France). Then, he completed a PhD in Geosciences from the Université de Lorraine in 2016 (Nancy, France) focusing on granite-related tin-tungsten deposits in France. After completing his PhD, Dr. Harlaux joined the University of Geneva (Switzerland), where he did a two-year postdoc working on tin deposits in the Peruvian Central Andes.

Dr. Harlaux’s research focuses on understanding the formation processes of hydrothermal ore deposits. He uses a combination of field-work and modern analytical techniques (LA-ICP-MS, MC-ICP-MS, ID-TIMS, SIMS) for studying the trace element and isotope geochemistry of rocks, minerals, and fluid inclusions. More specifically, his research interests concern the processes at the magmatic-hydrothermal transition that occurs at the end of magma crystallization when exsolution of high-temperature volatile fluids occurs. This research aims to better understand the physico-chemical conditions (temperature, pressure, salinity, pH, gas content, and metal content) allowing the deposition of metal-bearing minerals by hydrothermal fluids.

Dr. Harlaux is excited to concentrate his research on the Nevada’s metallogeny, which has an incredible variety of hydrothermal ore deposits, including Carlin-type gold deposits, porphyry copper deposits, and epithermal gold-silver deposits, among the most important. Dr. Harlaux will help to strengthen the economic geology group at NBMG and to develop new research projects in strong collaboration with the mining industry and other universities. One of his ambitions will be to develop a new laboratory at NBMG focusing on the study of fluid inclusions applied to hydrothermal systems. His work will examine the ore-forming processes (fluid mixing, cooling, fluid-rock interaction, etc) in link with the Cenozoic magmatic and tectonic evolution of Nevada.

Lora Robb, Business Manager
Lora Robb joined NBMG in December as its new Business Manager. Her role includes overseeing the Bureau’s financial, administrative, and human resources operations working closely with the Director to make sure everything runs efficiently and effectively. She has worked in land use and water resources planning and as a business manager for several public agencies in the Reno area including Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, Washoe County, Truckee Meadows Water Authority, and Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency. Lora holds an MA in Geography from California State University, Chico, and grew up in Truckee, California.

Lora is excited to join NBMG and return to a world where earth science and mapping are core to the organization’s mission. Her first real job out of college was working for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Mapping Division so joining the Bureau feels like returning home. When not at work, Lora is often with her husband Paul hiking, camping, boating, and otherwise exploring the wide open spaces of the great state of Nevada.

New Staff at Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy

Rozena Brecke, Administrative Assistant
rbrecke@unr.edu, 775-682-8855
Rozena attained a dual degree from the University of Nevada, Reno Honors Program, earning a BA in Philosophy, a BS in Health Sciences and a minor in Biochemistry (2000). She pursued an internship at the UNR’s Medical School, and presented at Cancer Research conferences in the U.S. and abroad, with plans of an MA in Biomedical Ethics. After a change of plans and searching for her purpose and passion, in 2004 she opened up her own business, a tiny organic grocery store called Vegetus, Latin for “fresh, whole, lively and sound.” In 2006, she decided that it was time to seek that advanced degree, closed up shop, but then life happened, quite literally, and she welcomed her son, Soren, into the world.

In 2014, Rozena returned to University of Nevada to work at the Wolf Shop, the student-owned and operated campus store, where she curated the General Books department, led the bookstore’s first U.S. Passport Acceptance Facility and ultimately did her best to inspire and support students to become ‘real’ adults. In 2018, she transferred as an Administrative Assistant to the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy, housed in the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, where she is proud to contribute to the global transition to renewable energy.

Rozena loves clean food, plants, great coffee, libations, ideas, kindness and humor. When she is not reading or cross-wording in the sunshine, she is appreciating the warm sound of vinyl in her 1938 brick home with the love of her life, son, and cat, Tuna.

Cary Lindsey, Postdoctoral Scholar
caryl@unr.edu, 775-682-8149
Dr. Cary Lindsey recently joined the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy in the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno as a Postdoctoral Scholar. She received her BS in Geology from Mississippi State University and a PhD from University of Idaho. Dr. Lindsey’s research primarily focuses on exploration and characterization of geothermal systems. She uses techniques such as geostatistical and statistical modeling in her work as well as foundational concepts in hydrogeology and heat and mass transfer. She has worked in the Basin and Range of Oregon as well as Yellowstone National Park.

Dr. Lindsey is pleased to join the team at GBCGE-NBMG to participate in international capacity building for geothermal development where she will share her skills and training with scientists in countries on the cusp of geothermal development and looks forward to learning about and exploring geothermal systems in other regions of the world. She also continues to develop geostatistical techniques and modeling for refined characterization of heat and mass flow in geothermal systems.

Eli Mlawsky, GBCGE Geoscience Data Manager
emlawsky@unr.edu
Eli joined NBMG in October 2018 as the Geothermal Data Manager at GBCGE. His main focus is developing and maintaining an online relational database to warehouse all subsurface data for Nevada and the encompassing Great Basin region. Eli’s other roles include automation of organizational processes and project support via curating and distributing NBMG data products. He is a UNR alumnus, holding an MS in hydrogeology and BS in geophysics. Prior to joining NBMG, Eli worked as a consultant geophysicist. He enjoys data-driven modeling and all things computer science. He has pursued a lateral move in his early career to cultivate his programming skills while still working with familiar data and a welcoming earth science community that he knows and loves.

After hours, Eli can be found road biking, bouldering, painting, or fabricating in one of Reno’s great community art spaces.

NBMG Staff Directory

The Nevada Mineral Industry 2017

Authors: John L. Muntean, David A. Davis and Bridget Ayling
Year: 2018
Series: Mineral Industry MI-2017
Format: 212 pages, includes color, plastic comb-bound report

View/download:
http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/The-NV-mineral-industry-2017-p/mi2017.htm

Starting in 1979, NBMG has issued annual reports that describe the mineral (precious and base metals and industrial minerals including aggregate), oil and gas, and geothermal activities and accomplishments.

This report describes those accomplishments in Nevada for 2017, which includes production, reserve, and resource statistics; exploration and development—including drilling for petroleum and geothermal resources, discoveries of orebodies, new mines opened, and expansion and other activities of existing mines; and a directory of mines and mills.

Preparation for this publication was supported by the Nevada Division of Minerals.

Nevada Active Mines and Energy Producers

Authors: John L. Muntean and David A. Davis
Year: 2019
Series: Open-File Report 2019-01
Version: supersedes Open-File Report 2017-01, Open-File Report 2014-01 (first and second editions), Open-File Report 2010-05, and Map 170
Format: 31 x 34.5 inches, color
Scale: compilation at 1:1,000,000

View/download:
http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/NV-active-mines-and-energy-2019-p/of2019-01.htm

GIS version:
http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/CDP-NV-active-mines-2019-p/of2019-01z.htm

Reduced-size version (11×17 inches):
http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/NV-active-mines-2019-11×17-p/e064.htm

Site locations and information on this map were obtained from a variety of published and non-published sources with the last updates made in January 2019. All sites shown on this map have had some form of production activity during 2017.

This map was prepared in cooperation with the Nevada Division of Minerals.

New Economic Geology Position at NBMG!

Application Deadline February 22

Assistant or Associate Professor Economic Geologist (Hydrothermal Geochemistry)
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology

Description of Position: The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with expertise in Economic Geology focused on the hydrothermal geochemistry of mineral deposits. Position responsibilities and expectations include: 1) working independently as well as collaborating with NBMG faculty-staff, faculty in other geoscience units at UNR and UNLV, and others in industry and government in developing funded projects and conducting research; 2) focusing research on mineral deposits in Nevada, though some research can be conducted outside Nevada; and 3) supervising graduate students and teaching courses related to hydrothermal geochemistry.  The position will be a tenure-track faculty appointment with an academic-year base salary (9 months) that is competitive with other research universities.  Starting date will be July 1, 2019 or shortly thereafter, depending on availability of the successful candidate.

Required Qualifications: Interested applicants must have a doctorate in geology or a related geoscience field by the time of hire and a demonstrated record of research on topics related to hydrothermal mineral deposits as indicated by dissertation research or peer-reviewed publications.  Excellent communication skills, as demonstrated in written application materials; commitment to public service; potential for, or established record of publications; and ability to attract funding are essential.  Previous research must include one or more of the following disciplines: economic geology or hydrothermal geochemistry with a focus on mineral deposits.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with: 1) academic experience in hydrothermal minerals deposits, particularly research that blends both quantitative analytical and field-based approaches; 2) demonstrated research productivity with publications in the peer-reviewed literature; and 3) achievable plans for funded research on Nevada-focused topics in economic geology, as described in the applicant’s letter of interest. Additional preferred fields of expertise include: 1) geochemistry of metal solubility and transport; 2) geochemical modeling, 3) fluid inclusions, 4) stable isotopes, and/or 5) geochemical microanalyses.

Department Information: NBMG is a research and public service unit of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and serves as the state geological survey of Nevada.  Managed as part of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering in the College of Science at UNR, NBMG functions as both an academic unit and statewide agency.  Its principal scientists are tenure-track faculty members.  Nevada is one of the most exciting regions in the world to do research in the geosciences and the best in the U.S. for the study of hydrothermal mineral deposits.  For further information about NBMG, please consult our website (http://www.nbmg.unr.edu).

Contact information for this position: Dr. John Muntean, Search Chair – munteanj@unr.edu

To express interest, please apply online at: https://nshe.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UNR-external/job/University-of-Nevada-Reno—Main-Campus/Assistant-or-Associate-Professor—Economic-Geologist_R0113408-1

Please attach the following attachments to your application:
1) Resume/CV
2) Statement expressing your interest in the position and research plans
3) Name, e-mail, postal address, and telephone number of at least three professional references
4) A Word document containing links to at least three of your publications
5) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.

Posting Close Time
This posting will close at 12:00 am on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 pm the day prior.

Posting Close Date: 02/22/2019
EEO/AA: Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply

Nevada Active Mines and Energy Producers

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Authors: John L. Muntean and David A. Davis
Year: 2017
Series: Educational Series 60
Version: supersedes Educational Series 49 and 54
Format: 11 x 17 inches, color
Scale: 1 inch = 4 miles
View/download here: http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/NV-active-mines-and-energy-2016-p/e060.htm

Site locations and information on this map were obtained from a variety of published and non-published sources with the last updates made in January 2017. All sites shown on this map have had some form of production activity during 2016.

This map was prepared in cooperation with the Nevada Division of Minerals.

The Nevada Mineral Industry 2014—just released!

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Title: The Nevada Mineral Industry 2014
Authors: John L. Muntean, David A. Davis, and Lisa Shevenell
Year: 2016
Series: Mineral Industry MI-2014
Format: 171 pages, includes color

Starting in 1979, NBMG has issued annual reports that describe mineral and geothermal activities and accomplishments in Nevada, and include statistics of known gold and silver deposits.

This report describes mineral, oil and gas, and geothermal activities and accomplishments in Nevada in 2014: production statistics, exploration and development including drilling for petroleum and geothermal resources, discoveries of orebodies, new mines opened, and expansion and other activities of existing mines. Statistics of known gold and silver deposits, and directories of mines and mills are included.

Free download:
http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/The-NV-mineral-industry-2014-p/mi2014.htm

Click here for previous editions.

Outdoor Nevada on PBS—Jim Faulds on Geothermal Activity, March 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

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The Outdoor Nevada episode airing on March 23, 2016 on the Las Vegas PBS station will feature geothermal activity in Nevada, with segments on both the geology and biology of these systems.

NBMG Director and State Geologist Dr. Jim Faulds will team with UNLV microbiologist Dr. Brian Hedlund[unlv.edu] for this presentation.

You can watch this episode Wednesday March 23 at 7:30 p.m. on Vegas PBS Channel 10. In the next couple of months, the show will air on KNPB for northern Nevada as well.

The link will be available on their website the day the show broadcasts. We will also send that link in our next email.

Outdoor Nevada website:
http://www.vegaspbs.org/outdoor-nevada/about/[vegaspbs.org]

“Hosted by highly regarded television host and actor John Burke, Outdoor Nevada will delve into the Silver State’s natural history and present-day happenings as experts discuss awe-inspiring discoveries in one of the planet’s most unique and often extreme environments.”

Past episodes of Outdoor Nevada:
http://www.vegaspbs.org/outdoor-nevada/episodes/[vegaspbs.org]
http://video.vegaspbs.org/show/outdoor-nevada/[video.vegaspbs.org]