Mentoring Program

Searching for a Mentor?

Are you searching for advice? Would you like to have someone with whom you may discuss your work and career?

SEG has experienced members in mining and exploration companies, government surveys, consultancies, and universities who will be happy to discuss your work and career and give you advice.

From the list below, search the SEG members who have volunteered to mentor students and young professionals beginning their career in economic geology. You are invited to contact any of them, just click their names to learn more. Some speak and write different languages, so choose whichever language is best for you. Remember, they have volunteered to help you!

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Want to Become a Mentor?

E-mail the Mentoring Program Coordinator, James Macdonald, with a brief description of your SEG involvement, professional experience, and what would make you a good mentor. All mentors must have an active SEG membership.

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Mentoring Program Posters (PDF)

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Active Mentors

Full NameFocusCountryAffiliationPrimary Language
Edward M. BakerMineral exploration, particularly for epithermal and porphyry Cu-Au systems...United StatesIndustryEnglish47066
Regina M. BaumgartnerMineralogy and geometallurgy on various types of deposits. Porphyry systems, focusing on base and precious metal epithermal deposits with applications to exploration....ChileIndustryFrench56694
Richard W. BelcherMineral exploration from early stage through to resource. Focus on project management, geological mapping and project review across several commodities, primarily for orogenic gold and Volcanogenic...United KingdomIndustryEnglish903788
Luciano Matias BocanegraMy interest is focused in Porphyry, IOCG, and epithermal systems. I also support research of new vectoring tools applied to exploration....ChileIndustrySpanish78650
Maria BoniNonsulfide ore deposits (mainly in Europe and Africa) Sediment-hosted Zn-Pb ores Hydrothermal Dolomitization...ItalyAcademiaItalian81710
David P. BraxtonFundamental processes contributory to the formation and preservation of superior-value mineral deposits across scales • Tectonics and metallogenesis • Magmatic and hydrothermal geochemistry of porphyr...United KingdomIndustryEnglish91783
Stefanie M. BruecknerI use field methods in combination with various analytical methods to determine stratigraphy, mineralogy, lithogeochemistry and/or isotope geochemistry of (metamorphosed) Au-bearing hydrothermal ore d...CanadaAcademiaEnglish913265
Mark Jason BurnettI am involved with teaching and training of a number of courses including Geostatistics, Sampling, Technical Report Writing and QAQC for the mining industry professional. As part of my current role I ...South AfricaIndustryEnglish902161
Nicholas J. CallanSpecializing in high-quality geological mapping/targeting in mineral deposits and hydrothermally altered systems, and offering in-field training in geological mapping techniques)...ChileIndustryEnglish123251
Michael D. CampbellMinerals exploration and mining uranium, gold and industrial minerals. Environmental and regulatory assessments. Mergers and acquisitions....United StatesIndustryEnglish893006
Zhaoshan ChangUnderstanding the formation process of and look for exploration tools for skarn, porphyry, epithermal, IOCG, and Sn-W deposits; LA-ICP-MS techniques on mineral and single fluid composition analysis an...United StatesAcademiaChinese141610
Yanbo ChengMy current interests include geology/geochemistry of ore deposits, regional metallogeny, petrogenesis of granitic rocks, fertility of ore-related igneous rocks, and developing new exploration tools....AustraliaAcademiaChinese896544
Jesse M. ClarkIOCG deposits (extending to all magmatic-hydrothermal systems): Classification, definition & regional geodynamic controls on mineralization. Integrating disciplines towards vectoring back to ore depos...AustraliaIndustryEnglish902520
Mark D. CruiseExploration, permitting and development of the Santander polymetallic mine, Cerro de Pasco District, Peru. Business development opportunities and advanced project assessment Cardero Resource Corp. Tec...CanadaIndustryEnglish183719
Mark D. DavisEconomics of grass roots projects. Focus on Diamonds, but interested in development of mining projects and the economic impact...United KingdomIndustryEnglish194803
Jeff Doyle-GmailFocus... GovernmentEnglish913867
Benoit DubeMetallogeny of Gold and Au-rich VMS deposits in ancient deformed terranes; Geology, structure, metallogeny and geochronology of Superior and Appalachian provinces....CanadaGovernmentFrench219541
Ember M. FlaggGeologist with Sibanye Stillwater at the Stillwater Mine PGM deposit in Nye, Montana...United StatesIndustryEnglish900378
Michael S. FulpMercenaryGeologist.com: Exploration and mining analyst, writer, and speaker.... IndustryEnglish274619
Steven L. GarwinThe application of structural geology and geochemistry towards the discovery of porphyry, epithermal and Carlin deposits...AustraliaIndustryEnglish281537
Howard C. GoldenGeophysics...AustraliaIndustryFrench304600
Richard J. GoldfarbMetallogeny of Alaska, tectonics and ore deposits, lode gold deposits, Chinese gold deposits...United StatesGovernmentEnglish305020
Ralph A. GonzalezProject Manager for Alexander Nubia Inc. Exploring of base and precious metals in the Eastern Desert of Egypt (Nubian Shied)....United StatesIndustryEnglish306535
Daniel D. GregoryPost Doc at the University of California, Riverside investigating the trace element content of pyrite. This is applied to several applications: understanding pyrite oxidation rates, identifying ore de...CanadaAcademiaEnglish315600
Jens GutzmerGeometallurgy; Mineral Systems Analysis; Earth System Sciences...GermanyAcademiaEnglish324159
Murray W. HitzmanResearch interests on deposit-to-district scale geology of ore deposits with a focus on sediment-hosted stratiform copper, carbonate- and shale-hosted Zn-Pb-Ag, and IOCGs. Also on “critical mineral” t...IrelandIndustryEnglish357035
Avrom Eric HowardExploration. Every commodity and geological setting is of interest, from aggregate to gold to diamonds, with my experience and expertise having been dictated by industry cycles and happenstance, endi... IndustryEnglish367102
George J. HudakMineral deposits associated with Precambrian volcanic and intrusive rocks, including massive sulfide deposits and epithermal deposits; detailed geological, volcanic facies, and hydrothermal alteration...United StatesAcademiaEnglish369686
Keenan JenningsFocus on building and communicating corporate strategy with different Business Units, ensuring that geosciences forms part of the core decision-making process in Business Units, and in sharing leading...ChileIndustryEnglish399562
Daniel E. JirickaChief Geoscientist - Worldwide Exploration Projects - applied research on unconformity-associated and sandstone-hosted uranium deposits...CanadaIndustryEnglish401879
Douglas J. KirwinFront-end exploration and project generation...ThailandIndustryEnglish430361
J. Richard KyleOre deposits geology, minerals exploration, industrial mineral resources, resources and society, energy critical resources, X-ray computed tomography applications to ore genesis and processing....United StatesAcademiaEnglish446622
Peter LaznickaGlobal distribution of metallic deposits Visual ore deposit records (Data Metallogenica) Mineral potential comparisons and evaluation Overall geology of mineral deposits and their setting "Reading the...AustraliaIndustryEnglish459179
Chusi LiMagmatic Ni-Cu-(PGE) sulfide deposits: Geology, geodynamic settings and exploration...United StatesAcademiaEnglish469095
Rael D. LipsonUnderstanding the gross controls of gold deposits as a springboard to finding new deposits and the structural controls of gold deposits at scales ranging from sub-continental, to those of individual o...United StatesIndustryEnglish473695
Yongjun LuMy research interest and passion lies in predicting magmatic-hydrothermal mineral deposits from Archean to Cenozoic by understanding the three critical elements of mineral system, including architectu...AustraliaGovernmentEnglish895093
A. James MacdonaldDirector, C2Skye Management Ltd. Consulting Economic Geologist...New ZealandIndustryEnglish488133
Daniel R. MarinovSenior Geologist with interests on mineral exploration and mine development/construction for: Porphyry - epithermal Cu-Au systems and basemetal (Zn-Pb-Ag) deposits....CanadaIndustryEnglish497610
Lawrence MeinertEditor of Economic Geology Expertise in skarn deposits, wine, space resources... AcademiaEnglish517928
Anthony A. MoreyI'm a passionate field mapper. To build the business of exploration, this industry continually needs young and enthusiastic minds to contribute to it. Yes, it's often challenging but I've learned true...AustraliaIndustryEnglish551678
João G. MottaGeologist with professional experience in greenfields mineral exploration. Research background on applied geophysics for tectonics and, mineral deposit formation and its exploration. I would like to s...BrazilAcademiaPortuguese902118
John L. MunteanGeology and geochemistry of ore deposits; mine geology; geologic mapping; magmatic hydrothermal processes...United StatesIndustryEnglish558867
Michael J. T. OrobonaChief Geologist, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. Lake Superior-type iron ore, direct shipping iron ore, Carlin-type gold deposits, nickel alloy (awaruite) deposits, mine/mill ore performance correlations, geome...United StatesIndustryEnglish599110
Stephen J. PierceyProfessor of Mineral Deposits and Geochemistry - field-based studies of mineral deposits; volcanic and alteration facies mapping; geological mapping; lithogeochemistry; radiogenic isotopes; geochrono...CanadaAcademiaEnglish630425
Nancy Catherine ReardonGeological consultant in mineral exploration specialising in mapping...AustraliaIndustryEnglish659328
Huw RichardsUK-based Exploration Geologist with operational experience across a wide range of base and precious metal ore deposits having worked in Australia, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mali and Morocco....United KingdomIndustryEnglish912148
Francois Robert-- Geology and structure of gold deposits in all geologic environments -- Exploration models and concepts -- Regional controls of giant gold deposits...CanadaIndustryFrench269064
Abani R. SamalMineral deposit modeling (geological); resource/reserve modeling and characterization (numerical)...United StatesIndustryEnglish696680
Holly J. SteinMetallogeny in a magmatic- metamorphic-tectonic framework; Re-Os...United StatesAcademiaEnglish758611
Seán J. TroyI currently work as a geologist on a feasibility stage, high grade, orogenic gold deposit in Ireland. I spend most of my time logging core, QA/QC, drill rig management, modelling, geochemistry and a f...IrelandIndustryEnglish907920
Franck ValliStructural Geologist...United StatesIndustryFrench895331
Noel C. WhiteAfter a career in industry, I now mainly work as a professor at Hefei University of Technology in China. I am also an adjunct professor at CODES, University of Tasmania and James Cook University, Town...AustraliaIndustryEnglish860251
Andrew R. WildeCurrently chief geologist for Paladin Energy. I am involved in a range of activities focussed on bringing on a number of advanced projects and in grass-roots exploration. I am particularly interested ...AustraliaIndustryEnglish864156
Alan J. WilsonMy main areas of interest include the geology of porphyry copper and related ore systems, sediment-hosted copper and IOCG-type deposits, and the regional geodynamic controls on mineralization from an ...AnguillaIndustryEnglish868045
Kaihui YangGold and base metal ore deposits, melt inclusion studies and magmatic fluids, VMS, porphyry, hydrothermal ore-forming system...CanadaIndustryChinese883514
Lejun ZhangI am interested in lithocaps and porphyry-epithermal deposits. Currently I am mainly focusing on the application of alteration mineral chemistry for enhancing exploration in lithocap and green rock en...AustraliaAcademiaChinese898170