Geoscience BC Announces the Addition of Dr. Kirstie Simpson as VP, Minerals Research, and Geoscience BC Mineral Exploration Roundup Highlights

January 23, 2009-Kirstie will work closely with industry and the Project Team to identify project opportunities, generate new projects and coordinate geoscience activities with partner universities, government and industry. She will assist in data integration, interpretation, dissemination and detailed follow-up of major project surveys. Kirstie will lead initiatives to provide ongoing applied geoscience education to industry and students. She will oversee Geoscience BC's sponsored student research projects and university-partnership research programs.

Kirstie completed her BSc in Geology at the University of British Columbia, her PhD at CODES (Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits) at the University of Tasmania and a Post Doctoral fellowship at the Seismic Research Unit in the West Indies. Returning to Canada in 2001, Kirstie joined the Geological Survey of Canada where she worked for 5.5 years on geoscience projects ranging from volcanic and landslide hazard assessments to applied volcanology in VMS stratigraphy of the Iskut region. For the past three years she has been a joint Research Associate with the Mineral Deposit Research Unit at the University of British Columbia and CODES at the University of Tasmania working on industry-funded research into alkalic gold and copper-gold systems.

Kirstie is a physical volcanologist by training and has worked in modern and ancient volcanic successions and mineralized sequences. Her recent research was focused on investigating volcanic-hosted and breccia-hosted epithermal and porphyry deposits in British Columbia, Australia and Papua New Guinea. She is actively involved in teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and professional geologists at universities and through short courses. She is an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University and supervises graduate students at UBC, SFU and the University of Tasmania.

Geoscience BC's Mineral Exploration Roundup Activities

  • Data Releases All Geoscience BC data releases will be available from our website
    • Geoscience BC Report 2009-5: "QUEST-West Project Sample Reanalysis" (available at 10 am on Monday January 26)
    • Geoscience BC Report 2009-6: "QUEST-West Helicopter-Borne AeroTEM system Electromagnetic and Magnetic Survey" (available at 10 am on Monday January 26)
    • Geoscience BC Report 2009-3: "Using Geochemistry and Neural Networks to map Geology under Glacial Cover" (available at 8 am on Monday January 26)
    • Geoscience BC Report 2009-7: "Helicopter-Borne Z-Axis Tipper Electromagnetic (ZTEM) and Aeromagnetic Geophysical Survey -- Mt. Milligan Test Block" (available at 8 am on Monday January 26)
    • A poster highlighting new till geochemical data in the QUEST Project area ("Detailed Geochemical Till Sampling of Two Geophysical Anomalies of the QUEST Area" by T. Rabb) will be available from Geoscience BC's website at 8 am on Monday January 26.
    • Geoscience BC Report 2009-1: "Geoscience BC Summary of Activities 2008" (available at 9 am on Wednesday January 28)
  • Activities
    • QUEST and QUEST-West data will be on display in the Map Tent from 10 am to 5 pm on January 26.
    • Geoscience BC will have posters on display from 10 am to 5 pm on January 26 in the Grand Ballroom.
    • Geoscience BC will have a booth on Wednesday January 28 and Thursday January 29.

About Geoscience BC 

Geoscience BC is an industry-led, industry-focused, non-profit organization. Its mandate includes the collection, interpretation and delivery of geoscience data and expertise to promote investment in resource exploration and development in British Columbia. Geoscience BC works in partnership with industry, academia, government, First Nations and communities to attract mineral and oil & gas investment to BC.