A Marine Geologist Works in Mineral Exploration & Mining: Transition from an Academic to Industry Career

Dr. Evelyn Mervine obtained a Ph.D. in Marine Geology from the joint program between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 2012. For her thesis, she studied natural carbon storage in ultramafic rocks in the Samail Ophiolite (uplifted oceanic rocks and underlying mantle) in the Sultanate of Oman and also studied the Ninetyeast Ridge, a 5,000 km long hotspot track in the Indian Ocean. After graduating, Dr. Mervine obtained a job working as a Project Geologist for AuruMar, a marine gold exploration company, and worked in Alaska and South Africa. When AuruMar closed down, she obtained a job as a Senior Marine Geologist for De Beers and worked in diamond, gold, and platinum exploration in marine placers. Next, she worked on behalf of De Beers Group Services in a global role as a Climate Change Specialist and leader of a R&D project looking at the potential to store carbon in diamond mine tailings in order to offset greenhouse gas emissions from mining. She still advises the project as a Steering Committee member. Since March 2019, Dr. Mervine has worked as a Senior Project Geoscientist for Anglo American in the Australia Discovery Team. She manages technical geological and environmental work for exploration activities in Australia. In addition to her industry role, Dr. Mervine is an Adjunct Fellow at the University of Queensland. In this talk, Dr. Mervine will discuss how she made the transition from academia to industry – and give examples of how she leverages her academic training in industry projects. She will also discuss a few examples of collaborative academic-industry research projects. Last but not least, she will discuss sustainable mining and how both geology and environmental work have played a role in shaping her industry career.

 

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