School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting
Robert Street Building, Rm 226
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
School of Earth Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
+61 8 6488 2669
Mike was born just outside of Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in the small town of Wilmot, New Hampshire. He attended Syracuse University from 2002-2006 where he received a B.S in geology and history. He then attended the Colorado School of Mines for his M.S degree, completing a thesis on the geology of the Cerro Verde IOCG prospect in Sonora, Mexico. He graduated from CSM in 2010 and moved to Vancouver, BC where he worked for a number of junior explorers on early stage, greenfield exploration projects in Alaska, Nevada, Yukon Territory, North Carolina, Mexico and Suriname. He joined CET for his PhD in October of 2014 and will be working on the Karouni Project, a Paleoproterozoic greenstone hosted Au deposit in Central Guyana supervised by Steffen Hagemann.
This project will focus on the geology of the Karouni Project, consisting of the Smarts and Hicks deposits as well as the “Central Guyana Corridor”, a series of prospects and mineral showings running 30km to the SE. It is located in North-Central Guyana approximately 180km SW of the capital of Georgetown. It hosts approximately 1.6 Moz Au of inferred resources and represents one of the major known gold deposits within the Guiana Shield, considered to be one of the most prospective frontiers for Au exploration in the world. Though recent work has greatly improved the knowledge of area, the geology and controls on Au mineralization at both the regional and deposit scales are still not well understood. This project aims, though field and lab work, to build on the existing geological framework by adding constraints to the lithostratigraphic setting of the deposit including geochemical, isotopic, geochronological constraint of the volcano-sedimentary and plutonic rocks, structural control of gold mineralization and definition of the hydrothermal alteration and geochemical footprint. The project will aim to assist exploration at regional-, camp- and deposits-scales by defining the critical structural elements and their geometry, pathfinder minerals and elements and ultimately develop an integrated genetic model for gold mineralization that can be translated into effective exploration.