School: School of Earth Sciences / Laurentian University
Mobile Phone: +1-613-223-3506
Rebecca (Becki) Montsion is a cotutelle PhD Candidate at the University of Western Australia’s Center for Exploration Targeting (CET) in Perth, Australia and Laurentian University’s Mineral Exploration Research Center (MERC) in Sudbury, Canada. Her work focuses on improving mineral exploration using computer-based techniques and multi-disciplinary geoscientific datasets. Her current research includes developing feature extraction techniques to gain new geological knowledge from legacy data such as geospatial compilations, structural databases, and geochemical analyses. Additionally, her work investigates techniques to quantitively map base and precious metal prospectivity while focusing on knowledge gathering. A comparative study in the gold-rich Abitibi Province of the Superior Craton, near Timmins, Ontario and the Western Wabigoon Province, near Dryden, Ontario, is used to demonstrate new techniques and investigate factors controlling gold mineralization in Precambrian greenstone belts.
Recently, Becki has been awarded several scholarships in recognition of her PhD research and contributions to mineral exploration. These include the Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Post-Graduate Scholarship (2020-2023), the Canadian Federal Government’s Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (2020), the Prospector and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) Joan Bath Bursary for Advancement in the Mineral Industry (2019), Young Mining Professionals (YMP) and Orefinder’s Innovation in Mining Scholarship (2019), and the Goodman School of Mines Fellowship (2018).
Rebecca has 6 years of experience with geological 3D modelling and geostatistical analyses. In 2017, she completed a Master’s of Science in Earth Science at the University of Ottawa, where she tested 3D geological modelling methods in regionally extensive and structurally complex settings. She worked as a research assistant for four years with the Geological Survey of Canada in their 3D Earth Imaging and Modelling group and as a geospatial specialist with MERC. In 2017 Rebecca and a team of young geoscientists also won the 2017 Frank Arnott Award Challenge in the ‘experienced’ category.