Project: Geologic Framework for Gold Mineralization in the Blackwater Deposit of the Nechako Plateau, Central BC.
I will be working under the supervision of Dr. Craig Hart of the Mineral Deposit Research Unit and with New Gold of Vancouver, BC to obtain a M.Sc. in Geological Science from the University of British Columbia. Presently, this thesis is in the nascent stage of its development. My project area is the Blackwater Gold prospect, located 110 km southwest of Vanderhoof, BC. The prospect is thought to be a low-sulphidation epithermal type deposit. The objectives of the research project are to understand the context of mineralization and to obtain a better understanding of the geological setting through geological mapping, and examination of alteration assemblages, volcanic textures and geochemistry. Potential foci of my thesis include trace element zonation of the deposit, the identification of volcanic textural controls of hydrothermal alteration, or reconciling the presence of high temperature alteration minerals such as tourmaline and garnet in a supposed low temperature epithermal environment.