Dr. Elizabeth Holley

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

 

Phone: 303.273.3409

Office: BB216

Email: eholley@mines.edu

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Mineral exploration vectors and genetic models: Carlin-type, porphyry and epithermal deposits
Sulfide and sulfate mineral behavior in the heap leach and mine waste environments
Geological controls on production, processing and reclamation
Public policy and public participation in the mining industry
Pedagogical innovation in STEM education

CURRENT RESEARCH

  • Dating mineralization in a Carlin-type gold deposit: A test of the Fe-oxide (U-Th)/He chronometer. Funded by National Science Foundation, PI.
  • Ore characterization at the Wharf Mine, South Dakota. Funded by Coeur Mining, PI.
  • New exploration models for sediment-hosted gold, Nevada. Funded by Newmont Mining, PI.
  • Agglomeration methods for sulfide sequestration, Cripple Creek. Funded by CC&V, Co-PI.
  • Capacity Building for Ground Control. Funded by NIOSH, Co-PI.
  • Exploratory research on rock damage from geologic and induced thermal loading. Funded by National Science Foundation, Co-PI.
  • Corporate social responsibility and social license in mining projects.
  • Fluid evolution in magmatic-hydrothermal systems.


COURSES TAUGHT

MNGN 428/429: Mining Engineering Design
MNGN 625: Mining Graduate Seminar
Undergraduate geology for mining engineers

MNGN 528: Graduate Mining Geology

PREVIOUS COURSES TAUGHT

GEGN 403: Mineral Exploration Design
GEOL 520: New Developments in the Geology & Exploration of Mineral Deposits
GEOL 523: Reflected Light & Electron Microscopy
GEOL 598: Geology & Mineral Deposits of Northern Nevada

EDUCATION

Colorado School of Mines
Ph.D. Geology, 2012
Emphasis: Economic geology

University of Otago, New Zealand
M.Sc. Geochemistry, 2006
Emphasis: Geochemistry of mine wastes

Pomona College, California
B.A. Geology, 2004
Emphasis: Metamorphic petrology

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2012 – 2014: Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Geology & Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
2010 – 2012: Adjunct Faculty, Regis University
2009: Exploration Geologist, Ur-Energy, Littleton, Colorado
2007 – 2009: Project Geologist, contracting to Underworld Resources, Yukon, Canada; Queensland Minerals, Australia; Reunion Gold Corporation, Suriname
2004 – 2005: Science and Mathematics Instructor, Pacific View Charter School, Oceanside, California
2004 – 2005: Staff Geologist, Geothermal Surveys Inc., Pasadena, California

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND SERVICE

2012 – Present: Education & Training Program Coordinator, Society of Economic Geologists; organized over 50 short courses, workshops and field trips
Member of SME, SEG, and GSA

AWARDS

2005 – 2006: Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to New Zealand
2004 Watershed Management Program Exchange: Tahoe-Baikal Association

PUBLICATIONS

Book Chapters

Holley, E.A., Mitcham, C., 2012. The Pebble Mine dialogue: A preliminary analysis of an effort to integrate geoscience, market exploitation, and the public good. Participation and Scientific Culture: International Perspectives, I. Díaz García and A. Muñoz van Eynde, eds, Arbor / Los Libros de La Catarata, Madrid, Spain.

Referred Journal Articles *indicates student advisee

*Fithian, M., Holley, E.A., Kelly, N.M., n.d. Geology, geochemistry, and geochronology of the Marigold Mine, Battle Mountain Trend, Nevada. Invited contribution, accepted with minor revisions; Reviews in Economic Geology: Diversity of Carlin-type Gold deposits, J. Muntean, ed.

Holley, E.A., Bissig, T., Monecke, T., 2016. The Veladero high-sulfidation epithermal gold deposit, El Indio-Pascua belt, Argentina: Geochronology of alunite and jarosite. Economic Geology, v. 111, p. 311-330.

Holley, E.A., Mitcham, C., 2016. The Pebble Mine dialogue: a case study in public engagement and the social license to operate. Resources Policy, v. 47, p. 18-27.

Holley, E.A., Craw, D., Kim, J.P., 2010. Natural and mining-related mercury in an orogenic greywacke terrane, South Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, v. 53, p. 103-114.

Holley, E.A., Craw, D., McQuillan, A. J., 2007. Mercury mobilization from oxidative dissolution of cinnabar and metacinnabar. Chemical Geology, v. 240, p. 313-325.

Journal Articles Under Review *indicates student advisee

Holley, E.A., Monecke, T., Bissig, T., Reynolds, T.J. The Veladero high-sulfidation epithermal Au-Ag deposit, El Indio-Pascua belt, Argentina: Constraints on fluid evolution from ore petrography. Economic Geology.

Holley, E.A. Engaging mining engineers in geoscience: an intervention based on case studies and active learning. Journal of Geoscience Education.

Refereed Conference Abstracts *indicates student advisee

*Huff, D., Holley, E., Guenthner, W., 2017. Evaluating the hydrothermal fluid flow history of the Marigold deposit, Nevada using (U/Th)/He thermochronology. Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Mineral Exploration conference abstracts.

Arora, S., Kaunda, R., Holley, E., Hartlieb, P, *Nicco, M., Nelson, P., 2016. Understanding the effects of microwave irradiation on physical properties of rocks using numerical modeling. Geological Society of America abstracts.

*Foiles, L,. Holley, E., Goldfarb, R., Zhou, W., 2016. Targeting areas of gold favorability through factor analysis of stream sediment data, Fairbanks district, east-central Alaska. Geological Society of America abstracts.

Holley, E.A., *Fithian, M.T., Carver, J., 2016. Geology of the Marigold Deposit, Battle Mountain trend, Nevada: New Exploration Insights for Sedimentary-Rock Hosted Gold. Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, abstracts.

*Huff, D., Holley, E., Guenthner, W., 2016. Constraining the timing of hydrothermal fluid flow at the Marigold deposit, Nevada using (U/Th)/He thermochronology. Geological Society of America abstracts.

*Lowe, J., Holley, E., 2016. A petrographic and geochronologic study of gold mineralization at the Lone Tree deposit, Nevada. Geological Society of America abstracts.

*Meyer, J., Holley, E., Steele, J., 2016, Robotic mapping using LiDAR: Case study from the Edgar Experimental Mine, Idaho Springs, Colorado, Geological Society of America abstracts.

*Meyer, J., Holley, E., Steele, J., 2016. Underground resource prospecting using a semi-autonomous, multi-instrumented robot. Space Resources Roundtable: Planetary and Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium, abstracts.

*Nicco, M., Holley, E.A., Kaunda, R., Hartlieb, P., Arora, S., Nelson, P.P., 2016. A mineralogical study of rock fracture patterns under thermal loading. Geological Society of America abstracts.

*Pedraza Rojas, J., Holley, E.A., Wendlandt, R., Pfaff, K., Rasumssen, H., 2016. Geologic characterization of the Wharf mine, South Dakota. Geological Society of America abstracts.

Tsuruoka, S., Monecke, T., Reynolds, T.J., Holley, E., 2016. Evolution of the magmatic-hydrothermal system at the Summitville high-sulfidation epithermal Au deposit, Colorado. Geological Society of America abstracts.

*Yu, Y.T., Holley, E.A., Sitchler, A.N., Winterburn, J., 2016. Sequestration of acid-generating mill concentrates, Cripple Creek, Colorado. Geological Society of America abstracts.

Holley, E.A., 2015. Teaching deeper thinking through controversy: a case study from a graduate ore deposits course. National Association of Geoscience Teachers Earth Educators Rendezvous.

Holley, E.A., Ressel, M.W., *Fithian, M.F., Carver, J., Kofoed, R., 2015. Battle Mountain revisited: Major Cretaceous and Eocene intrusion-related hydrothermal systems. Geological Society of Nevada Symposium, New Concepts and Discoveries.

*Cervera-Acosta, J., Holley, E.A., *Gonchig, T., *Vasquez, E., *Lagrava, P., *Lowe, J., 2014. Quartz-sulfosalt relationships in high-sulfidation deposits- Goldfield  Deposit, Nevada, USA: Genetic Implications. Society of Economic Geologists abstracts.

Erickson, J., Pfaff, K., Kelly, N., Holley, E.A., Monecke, T., Lowers, H., Van Gosen, B., 2014. Rare-earth element mineralization and formation of the Iron Hill Carbonatite Complex, Gunnison County, Colorado. Society of Economic Geologists abstracts.

*Fithian, M., Holley, E.A., 2014. Geochemical characterization of gold mineralization and alteration in sedimentary host rocks and porphyritic intrusions, Marigold deposit, Nevada. Society of Economic Geologists abstracts.

Oseguera, O., Monecke, T., Holley, E.A., Kuiper, Y., Kelly, N., 2014. The significance of magma mingling and mixing during the formation of the volcanic host rock succesions of the Archean Horne and Quemont massive sulfide deposits, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. Society of Economic Geologists abstracts.

*Skewes, W., Holley, E.A., 2014. Post-mineralization displacement of Carlin-type deposits: effects of the Northern Nevada rift. Society of Economic Geologists abstracts.

Holley, E.A., Monecke, T., Bissig, T., 2013. Quartz paragenesis at the Veladero deposit, Argentina: New insights into lithocap alteration in the high-sulfidation epithermal environment. Society of Economic Geologists abstracts.

Holley, E.A., Monecke, T., Bissig, T., 2012. Alunite and jarosite geochemistry and ages at the Veladero high-sulfidation epithermal Au-Ag deposit, Argentina. Society of Economic Geologists abstracts.

Holley, E.A., Monecke, T., Bissig, T., 2012. Alunite and jarosite alteration ages at the Veladero high-sulfidation epithermal Au-Ag deposit, Argentina. 34th International Geological Congress abstracts.

Holley, E.A., Monecke, T., Bissig, T., 2010. Ore-hosting breccias at the Veladero high-sulfidation epithermal deposit, El Indio-Pascua belt, Argentina. Society of Economic Geologists abstracts.

Fleming, A., Paulsen, H.K., Holley, E.A., 2009. Underworld Resources’ White Gold Discovery, Yukon Territory. Abstract, AMEBC Mineral Exploration Roundup.

Holley, E.A., Craw, D., 2007. Mercury concentration and mobility in an orogenic greywacke terrane, South Island, New Zealand. International Association of Applied Geochemists.

Holley, E.A., Cheney, J., Ross, T., 2004. Pressure-Temperature Conditions of Metamorphism in Eclogites, Syros, Greece. Geological Society of America; Cordilleran Section.

Morton, N., Holley, E.A, Myers A., Reinen, L., 2003. Deformation Bands and Host Rock Characteristics, San Onofre, Ca. Geological Society of America; Cordilleran Section.

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