Joanna Dlugosz, M.Sc. Student, University of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus)


Joanna completed her B.Sc. (Honours) in Geology at the University of Calgary in 2020. Her undergraduate thesis with Dr. William Matthews utilized laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) depth profiling of zircons to determine the stratigraphic age and provenance of the Leech River Schist on BC’s Vancouver Island. She is currently a M.Sc. student at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus with Dr. Kyle Larson. She is collaborating in her research with Dr. Christopher Lawley from the Geological Survey of Canada and Enduro Metals Corp. The research is focusing on the critical mineral potential and vectoring in the Burgundy Ridge copper-gold porphyry deposit in BC’s Northwest Region through sulphur isotopes and sulphide trace element maps.

Project: Trace Element and Sulphur Isotope Vectoring in the Burgundy Ridge Cu-Au Alkalic Porphyry Deposit, Northwestern British Columbia

The Golden Triangle is an area in northwestern BC known for its gold enrichment. It hosts multiple silica-undersaturated copper-gold alkalic porphyry deposits. Such deposits are not common globally and are therefore poorly understood. Though uncommon, these deposits are important in transitioning to a zero-emissions economy owing to their significant potential for gold, copper, and other critical minerals. Through LA-ICP-MS, this project will determine the timing of mineralization and vectoring through sulphur isotopes and trace element maps on sulphide minerals in the Burgundy Ridge alkalic porphyry deposit. The trace element maps will also be utilized for identifying the occurrence and concentrations of critical minerals. The data will be compared to other alkalic porphyry deposits, such as Galore Creek, to enhance regional understanding of this deposit type.