Rachel is currently a Master’s student at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Dr. Craig Hart, with her project focus being the characterization of the Kasalka Group volcanics in north-central British Columbia. This is a collaborative project with the Mineral Deposit Research Unit and Geoscience BC’s TREK project.
She graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 2014 with a B. Sc in Geological Engineering. During her undergraduate degree, she was fortunate enough to hold two summer student assistant positions with the Yukon Geological Survey, which allowed me to build my regional mapping skills and field work experience in various parts of the Yukon. She was also able to apply her interests in geological sciences and natural resources on her work — her final undergraduate engineering design project was focused on outlining an advanced exploration program, resource estimation and preliminary mine design for a carbonatite-hosted niobium deposit in northern Ontario. She also completed an honours thesis with the Yukon Geological Survey, researching Eocene intrusive suites of the Dezadeash Range in southwest Yukon.
Reaching completion of her first year of graduate studies, she has presented a poster at the 2014 Roundup and Cordilleran Tectonics Workshop conferences on her research to date. She is spending the summer of 2015 working as part of the bedrock geology team’s second field season for the TREK project in north-central BC.