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Steve obtained his B.S. from Stanford in 1984 and M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia in 1987, both degrees in the field of geology. He was awarded a Ph.D. in geology (with distinction) in 2001 from the University of Western Australia for a district-scale study of the Batu Hijau Cu-Au porphyry system in Sumbawa, eastern Indonesia. He has more than 34 years of experience as an exploration geologist with large and small mining companies. He has participated in the gold and copper projects of more than 35 clients in over 20 countries. He worked with Newmont Mining for ten years, including two years as Chief Geologist in Nevada. He is now an independent consultant based in Perth, Australia.

Steve has been an adjunct research fellow at the Centre for Exploration Targeting at UWA since 2001 and has authored and co-authored more than 40 scientific papers and abstracts. He is a fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists, fellow of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Steve is chief technical advisor to SolGold Plc. (SOLG:L and SOLG:TSX-V) and Hot Chili Ltd. (HCH:ASX), senior technical advisor to Aurania Resources Ltd. (AUR:TSX-V), and technical advisor to Japan Gold Corp. (JG:TSX-V) and Los Cerros Ltd. (LCL:ASX).

Steve is one of the leading authorities on porphyry, epithermal and Carlin-style mineralization in the circum-Pacific region. He has been involved in several, major exploration and mining projects, including the Batu Hijau porphyry Cu-Au mine in Indonesia, the gold mines of the Carlin and Battle Mountain Trends in Nevada, the Cortadera porphyry deposit cluster in northern Chile and the world-class Alpala porphyry Cu-Au-Ag deposit and Cacharposa porphyry Cu-Au deposit in Ecuador.


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