SEG Distinguished Lecturer

The SEG Distinguished Lecturer is selected on the basis of preeminence in economic geology, either on some phase of scientific research or on the application of the science to minerals exploration and/or development. One or two lectures are presented at regularly scheduled SEG conferences. This lecturer may or may not be available to accept additional requests.

HeadshotAdam C. Simon

SEG Fellow

  Talk Titles

  • Critical Mineral Resources for the Green Energy Transition: Are They Available?*
  • An Introduction to the Formation of Mineral Deposits and Their Economic Importance
  • The Relationship Between Resources and Human Development from the Stone Age to the Tech Age
  • Metal Tenors and Ratios in Porphyry Mineral Deposits
  • The Formation of Iron Oxide-Apatite (IOA) and Iron Oxide Copper-Gold (IOCG) Deposits*
  • The Impact of Mineral Resources on Socioeconomic Development*

*Intended for general audiences


Adam Simon is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan, USA. He earned degrees in geology and geochemistry from the University of Maryland and Stony Brook University and was a postdoctoral fellow at The Johns Hopkins University. His scholarly work focuses on the global flow of energy and mineral resources with an emphasis on the geologic availability of energy critical metals. Adam has coauthored two textbooks—Mineral Resources, Economics and the Environment, and Earth Materials: Components of a Diverse Planet—and published 100 papers in the field of energy and mineral resources. Adam has done research and given invited lectures on all seven continents, including a TEDX talk in 2022, and was awarded the University of Michigan Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize for his transdisciplinary pedagogy.


To invite Adam, please review the calendar below and contact them directly. Please keep in mind, lecturers are working professionals and have busy schedules. They have agreed to keep the calendar up to date, but may not reflect recent activity. Please allow for a seven-day response.

Airfare, meals, and other transportation costs are funded by the SEG. We require the host university/institution to cover hotel accommodation costs for one or two nights, and if possible, pick up and return the lecturer to the airport.


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