Department of Geology

Laboratory for Mineral Deposits Research

Current Students

Austin Gion (Ph.D. Candidate)

 

My research interests are focused on the application of experimental geology to the formation of ore deposits. I perform experiments in cold-seal pressure vessels and evacuated silica tubes to characterize the behavior of metals in magmatic systems. The metals I am interested in are commonly referred to as “critical materials”. Critical materials have been defined as elements that are necessary to the production of technology used in modern life, but are difficult to obtain. These metals commonly include, but are not limited to, the rare earth elements, scandium, yttrium, indium, and tellurium. To date my research has focused on two of these elements: indium and scandium.

Previous Students

  • John Hollingsworth (M.S., 2018) - Maxxam Analytics
  • Paul Neuberger (B.S., 2017) - Specialized Engineering
  • Rhobecca Sweat (B.S., 2017) -
  • Joe Browning (B.S., 2017) - Graduate student at the Johns Hopkins University
  • Luke Councell (B.S., 2017) -  AECOM Environmental
  • Austin Gion (M.S., 2017) - Graduate student at the University of Maryland
  • Harif Balogun (B.S., 2015) -
  • Steve Knighton (B.S., 2015) -
  • Emma McConville (B.S., 2015) - Graduate student at the University of Nevada at Reno.
  • Michael Wilks (M.S., 2015) - Tetra Tech
  • Palma Jarboe - (M.S., 2014) - USGS
  • Sean Kayser (B.S., 2013) - Energy Corporation of America
  • John Nance (B.S., 2013) - Paleontology Collections Manager, Calvert Marine Museum
  • Tyler Newton (B.S., 2013) - Graduate student at the University of Oregon
  • Katherine Watter (M.S., 2013) - Noble Energy
  • Brian Tattitch (Ph.D. 2012) - Post-doc at the University of Bristol
  • Ryan Kerrigan (Ph.D., 2011) - Faculty at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
  • Michael Mengason (Ph.D., 2011)- Post-doc at NIST
  • Rebecca Ohly (B.S., 2011) - Formation Environmental
  • Laura Bilenker (B.S., 2007) - Post-doc at the University of British Columbia
  • J. Lynn Youell (B.S., 2006) -
  • Courtney Crummett (M.S. 2005) - MIT Science Library
  • Leah Englander (M.S., 2005) - Ardsley Middle School
  • Jon James (B.S., 2005) - Staff Geologist Seismic Surveys Inc.
  • David Limburg (B.S., 2005) - Project Manager, Rommel Construction
  • Andrew Shansby (B.S., 2005) -
  • Jennifer Teerlink (M.S. 2005) -
  • Steve Lynton (Ph.D., 2003) - Smithsonian Institution
  • Adam Simon (Ph.D., 2003) - Faculty at the University of Michigan
  • Graeme Bowles (B.S., 2002) - Tetra Tech
  • Holm Bradley (B.S., 2002) -
  • Amina DeHarde (M.S., 2001) - University of Maryland
  • Mark Frank (Ph.D., 2001) - Faculty at Northern Illinois University
  • Tracy Rocca (M.S., 2001) - Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Bryan Stuller (M.S., 2001) - Marriots Ridge High School
  • Claire Coyne (B.S. Honors, 1999)
  • Matt Hall (M.S., 1999) - Vice President Laboratory Operations Europe, Middle East, Africa at GIA
  • Graham Smith (B.S., 1999) -
  • Adrienne Freda (B.S., 1998) -
  • Andrew Grenzer (B.S., 1998) -
  • Pedro Jugo (M.S. 1997) - Professor, Laurentian University
  • Mark Frank (M.S., 1996) - Faculty at Northern Illinois University
  • Katrin Kral (B.S.,1996) - Environmental Protection Agency
  • Marshall Reed (Ph.D. 1995) - deceased
  • Thomas Williams (Ph.D. 1995) - Research Professor, University of Idaho
  • Sheila Darby-Bettendorf (B.S., 1994) -
  • Dina Lambros (B.S., 1994) -
  • Steven Maloney (B.S., 1994) - Emergency Preparedness Response Specialist, Federal Reserve Board
  • Kent Ratajeski (M.S., 1994) - Faculty at the University of Kentucky
  • Carol Kendall (Ph.D. 1992) - USGS
  • Steve Lynton (M.S., 1992) - Smithsonian Institution
  • Philip Piccoli (Ph.D. 1992) - University of Maryland
  • Steve Bouton (M.S., 1990) -
  • Barbara Lee (B.S., 1990) -
  • Hufiang Liu (M.S. 1990)
  • Mark Everett (B.S., 1990) - Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Todd M. Burke (M.S. 1986)
  • R. Christopher Tacker (M.S. 1985) -

Acknowledgments

 

This work would not be possible without the support of the National Science Foundation, the Department of Geology, and the University of Maryland.

 

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