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.

HeadshotElizabeth A. Holley

SEG Fellow

  Talk Titles

  • Did Carlin-Type Gold Come from Magmas?
  • Distal Disseminated and Carlin-Like Gold Deposits, Nevada
  • Responsible Critical Minerals: Transforming Mining for the Energy Transition
  • Coexisting with Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining: A Guide for Geologists


Dr. Elizabeth Holley is an exploration and mining geologist who studies the processes responsible for ore deposit genesis, as well as the geologic characteristics that determine how orebodies are developed, mined, and reclaimed. She is an associate professor jointly appointed in the Department of Mining Engineering and the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, USA, and she serves as the site director for the National Science Foundation-funded Industry-University Cooperative Research Center for Advanced Subsurface Earth Resource Models. Dr. Holley’s interdisciplinary work examines the intersections between technical and social risks in mining, and she is a fellow of the Payne Institute for Public Policy. Dr. Holley’s Mining Geology Research Group is supported by the National Science Foundation, CDC NIOSH, NGOs, and the Center for Mining Sustainability, as well as major and mid-tier mining companies. Dr. Holley has worked in the industry on five continents, and she contributed to the discovery of the White Gold deposit in the Yukon. She is a fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists and has organized nearly 200 professional development short courses for SEG.