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Thayer Lindsley Visiting Lecturer (2015)

Karen D. Kelley

Karen D. Kelley (SEG 1981 F)

Proposed Talk Titles:

  1. The Giant Concealed Pebble Cu-Au-Mo Porphyry Deposit, Southwest Alaska: Evolution and Exploration Implications.
  2. Stratiform Sediment-Hosted Zn-Pb-Ag Deposits in the Northern Cordilleran Region, North America with Emphasis on Red Dog, Alaska, USA, and Howards Pass Deposits, Yukon and Northwest Territories, Canada.

Karen began her career at the U.S. Geological Survey in 1980 as a research geologist after receiving her B.Sc. degree from University of Colorado at Boulder in 1979. She obtained her master's degree from Mackay School of Mines (University of Reno) in 1985 and a Ph.D. in 1996 from Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Her primary research interests have focused on exploration geochemistry, mineral resource assessments, and ore genesis studies of a wide range of ore deposit types, including high silica topaz-bearing rhyolites, alkalic igneous rock-related epithermal gold deposits, sediment hosted Zn-Pb (Cu) deposits, and porphyry deposits. In her role at the USGS, she has served as project chief and principal investigator for many projects, most recently the "Assessment Techniques for Concealed Mineral Resources" project (2006-2012) and "Critical Metals in Black Shales" (2013-present). In 2010, Karen received the prestigious USGS Meritorious Service award. She has served as Councilor for the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) and the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA) and as an Editorial Board member for Economic Geology (2000-2010), Mineralium Deposita (2013 to present), and GEEA (Geochemistry: Environment, Exploration, and Analyses; 2008 to present). In addition, Karen was senior editor of two special issues of Economic Geology, one that included the culmination of five years of multidisciplinary research on the Red Dog sediment-hosted deposits (2004), and one on exploration and ore genesis research at the Pebble deposit in Alaska (2013). In 2014, Karen was a member of the organizing committee for the SEG 2014 Conference held in Keystone, CO, and co-editor of the conference companion volume (Special Publication, No. 18). In addition to research activities at the USGS, Karen also currently serves as an adjunct professor at the Colorado School of Mines.

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