William X.Chávez Jr.
Murray Hitzman holds an SFI Professorship in the School of Earth Sciences at University College Dublin and is also the Director of the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG). He served as Associate Director for Energy and Minerals at the U.S. Geological Survey (2016-17) and was the Charles Fogarty Professor of Economic Geology at Colorado School of Mines from 1996-2016 where a primary research focus was the geology of the Central African Copperbelt (Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia). Dr. Hitzman served in Washington, D.C. as a policy analyst in both the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (1994-96) during the Clinton Administration and the U.S. Senate (1993-94) for Senator Joseph Lieberman (CT). He worked in the petroleum and minerals industries from 1976 to 1993 primarily conducting mineral exploration worldwide and was largely responsible for Chevron Corporation’s Lisheen Zn-Pb-Ag deposit discovery in Ireland (1990). Hitzman has B.A. degrees in geology and anthropology from Dartmouth College (1976), an M.S. in geology from University of Washington (1978), and a Ph.D. in geology from Stanford University (1983). He has previously served on the boards of a number of mineral exploration and mining companies and currently serves as technical advisor for the private company KoBold Metals, focused on utilizing machine learning for battery metals exploration. He has received a number of awards including the Chevron Chairman’s award for the Lisheen discovery (1992), the Society of Economic Geologists Silver Medal (1999), the Daniel C. Jackling Award by Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration and the Des Pretorius Award by the Geological Society of South Africa (both 2015), and the Haddon Forrester King Medal by the Australian Academy of Sciences (2016).
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Stephanie Mrozek is an Adjunct Research Associate at James Cook University (Townsville, Australia) and a Senior Geologist on the Donlin Gold project (SW Alaska). She received her Ph.D. at James Cook University (Townsville, Australia) in 2018 where she studied the world-class Antamina Cu-Zn skarn-porphyry deposit in Peru. Her research combined field observations with geochemistry, geochronology, petrography, and fluid inclusion analysis to reveal spatio-temporal relationships between porphyry emplacement, host rock composition, hydrothermal alteration, and mineralization. Stephanie has 17 years of experience in mining and exploration, with a decade of that time devoted to working on skarns.
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William X. Chavez, Jr. has degrees in Geology and Mining Engineering from the same institute (1977), and M.A. (1980) and Ph.D. (1984) in Geology from the University of California at Berkeley. Since then he has been Professor of Geological Engineering and Economic Geologist at the New Mexico School of Mines, Socorro, New Mexico. His areas of interest are related to the application of geochemistry to mineral exploration, interpretation of alteration associations, mobility of metals in the supergene environment, and application of geochemistry for mine remediation. He teaches workshops for the Society of Economic Geologists including mapping courses and mineral exploration courses.