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C. Michael Lesher

Professor of Economic Geology; University Research Chair in Mineral Exploration

Telephone: 705-675-1151 ext 2276; Email: MLesher@laurentian.ca


Economic geology professor at Laurentian University since 1997, Michael is currently Principal Investigator and Director of the $13M NSERC-CMIC funded pan-Canadian "Integrated Multi-Parameter Footprints of Ore Systems" project, and Co-Principal Investigator of the $104M CFREF-FedNor-NOHFC funded "Metal Earth" project. Other research focusses on the genesis of the Sudbury Igneous Complex and associated Ni-Cu-PGE mineralization, the Jinchuan intrusion and associated Ni-Cu-PGE mineralization in China, and the Black Thor Igneous Complex and associated Cr mineralization in the McFaulds Lake Greenstone Belt ("Ring of Fire" area) of northern Ontario.

 

Education

B.Sc., AM (Indiana), PhD (Western Australia)

Courses

GEOL 5606 - Exploration of Magmatic Ore Deposits
GEOL 5806 - Exploration Geochemistry

 

Research Interests

  • geology, geochemistry, and genesis of magmatic Ni-Cu-(PGE) deposits
  • geology, geochemistry, and genesis of magmatic Cr deposits
  • physical volcanology, geochemistry, and petrogenesis of komatiites and geochemical composition and evolution of the Earth's mantle
  • geochemistry of felsic volcanic rocks associated with hydrothermal massive Cu-Zn-Pb sulphide deposits
  • geology and genesis of mesothermal lode Au deposits
  • mass-volume-mineralogical changes during hydrothermal alteration
  • geology and metallogenesis of Archean and Proterozoic volcanic belts
  • mineralogy and geochemistry of Precambrian banded iron formations

 

Research Themes

Mineralogy and PetrologyOre Deposits and Mineral Exploration

 

Areas Of Expertise

Economic Geology, Magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE Deposits, Igneous Geochemistry, Precambrian Geology

 

Current Research Projects

Dr. Lesher is currently Principal Investigator and Director of the $13M NSERC-CMIC funded pan-Canadian "Integrated Multi-Parameter Footprints of Ore Systems" project, and Co-Principal Investigator of the $104M CFREF-FedNor-NOHFC funded "Metal Earth" project. Other research focusses on the genesis of the Sudbury Igneous Complex and associated Ni-Cu-PGE mineralization, the Jinchuan intrusion and associated Ni-Cu-PGE mineralization in China, and the Black Thor Igneous Complex and associated Cr mineralization in the McFaulds Lake Greenstone Belt ("Ring of Fire" area) of northern Ontario.

 

Available Projects

All funded projects for the next several years have been filled. Applications for additional projects will only be accepted from students who 1) have obtained NSERC, CSC, or equivalent national fellowships, and 2) have outstanding academic credentials, strong backgrounds in igneous petrology and igneous geochemistry, and excellent mathematical, computing, and oral-written communication skills.

 

Current Ni-Cu-PGE Projects

Ni-Cu-PGE Theme of Metal Earth , CFREF/FedNor/NOHFC, 09/16-present

Geochemical Discrimination between Raglan Formation and North Claim Sills, Cape Smith Belt, New Québec (McKevitt/Lesher/Houlé), NSERC Discovery, Glencore, and GSC TGI5, 09/2016-present

Geochemistry, Mineralogy, and Genesis of the Eagle's Nest Ni-Cu-(PGE) Deposit, McFaulds Lake Greenstone Belt, Northern Ontario (Zuccarelli-Pegoraro/Lesher/Houlé), Noront , NSERC-CRD, and GSC TGI5, 09/2016-present

Genesis of Ni-Cu-PGE and PGE-(Cu)-(Ni) deposits in China (Lu/Lesher/Deng), China Scholarship Council and NSERC Discovery, 09/2015-present

Geochemistry, Mineralogy, and Petrogenesis of Ultramafic Inclusions in Sublayer Norite, Sudbury Igneous Complex (Wang/Lesher/Lightfoot), China Scholarship Council and NSERC Discovery, 09/2014-present

Mathematical and Computer Modeling of Erosional Processes by Lava Flows (Cataldo/Williams/Lesher), NSF and NSERC Discovery, 09/2013-present

Geology, Mineralogy, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of the South Range Melanorite and Implications for the Crystallization History of the Sudbury Igneous Complex (Strongman/Walker/Baird/Lesher/Lightfoot/Golightly/Pattison), NSERC Discovery

 

Current Cr Projects

Cr Theme of Metal Earth , CFREF/FedNor/NOHFC, 09/16-present

Stratigraphy, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of the Black Thor Mafic-Ultramafic Complex and Associated Cr and Ni-Cu-PGE Mineralization, McFaulds Greenstone Belt, Ontario (Carson/Lesher/Houlé), NSERC-Noront CRD, 04/2012-present

Stratigraphy, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of the Black Label Chromite Zone of the Black Label Mafic-Ultramafic Complex, McFaulds Greenstone Belt, Ontario (Mehrmanesh/Lesher/Houlé), NSERC-Noront CRD, 06/2013-present

Geology and Genesis of Mobilized Chromitite in the Black Label Zone of the Black Thor Mafic-Ultramafic Complex, McFaulds Greenstone Belt, Ontario (Spath/Lesher/Houlé), NSERC-Noront CRD, 05/2013-present

Mineralogy, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of Ni-Cu-PGE Mineralization in the Black Thor Mafic-Ultramafic Complex, McFaulds Greenstone Belt, Ontario (Farhangi/Lesher/Houlé), NSERC-Noront CRD, 01/2013-present

 

Current Petrological Projects

Geology, Geochemistry, and Metallogenesis of the Booth River Complex, Northwest Territories (Mealin-Gordon/Lesher/Bédard), GSC and NSERC Discovery, 01/2009-present

 

Recently-Completed Projects

Contact Metamorphism and Anatexis in the Footwall Aureole of the Sudbury Igneous Complex (Jorgensen/Tinkham/Lesher), CEMI and NSERC Discovery, 04/2010-04/2017

Genesis of Cu-PPGE-rich veins and Au-Pd-Pt-Ni-Te-rich disseminated footwall mineralization in the Levack-Morrison Deposit, Sudbury Igneous Complex (Nelles/Lesher/Lafrance), NSERC Discovery, 06/2009-08/2012

Pb isotopic variations in the Sudbury Igneous Complex (McNamara/Lesher/Kamber), NSERC Discovery, 07/2009-07/2011

Deformation and Mobilization of Ni-Cu-PGE Mineralization in the Garson Mine, Sudbury, Ontario (Mukwakwami/Lafrance/Lesher), NSERC Discovery, 05/2007-07/2012

Geology and genesis of Ni-Cu-(PGE) mineralization in the Jinchuan Ultramafic Complex, China (Tonnelier/Lesher/Arndt), NSERC Discovery, 09/2005-10/2010

Current PhD Students

Lu, Yiguan

BSc MSc China U Geosciences, PhD in progress [Lesher/Deng]
Geology, Mineralogy, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of the Jinbaoshan Pt-Pd deposit, Baimazhai Cu-Ni deposit, and Mojiang Au-Ni deposit, Ailaoshan orogenic belt, Yunnan province, SW Funded by: China CSC, NSERC-DG, and SEG Awards: China Scholarship Council

Wang, Yujian

BSc MSc China U Geosciences, PhD in progress [Lesher/Lightfoot]
Mineralogy, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of Ultramafic Inclusions in Sublayer Norite, Sudbury, Ontario Project supported by NSERC and Vale Awards: China Scholarship Council

Carson, Heather

MGeol 2012 Leicester, PhD in progress Laurentian [Lesher/Houlé]
Geology, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of the Black Thor – Black Label Intrusion, McFaulds Greenstone Belt, Ontario Supported by Cliffs Natural Resources, Noront, NSERC-CRD, GSC TGI4 (RAP), and OGS

Gordon, Caroline

Hons MSc Waterloo, PhD in progress Laurentian [Lesher/Bédard]
Geology, Geochemistry, and Metallogenesis of the Booth River Complex, Northwest Territories Supported by GSC and NSERC (2009-2013 NSERC PGS-D Scholarship)

 

Current MSc Students

McKevitt, Dylan

Cedarville, MSc in progress Laurentian [Lesher/Houlé]
Geochemical Discrimination between Raglan Formation and North Claim Sills, Cape Smith Belt, New Québec Supported by NSERC-Discovery, GSC TGI5, and Glencore

Zuccarelli-Pegoraro, Natascia

BSc Toronto, MSc in progress Laurentian [Lesher/Houlé]
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, and Genesis of the Eagle's Nest Ni-Cu-(PGE) Deposit, McFaulds Lake Greenstone Belt, Northern Ontario Supported by NSERC-CRD, Noront, and GSC TGI5 (RAP)

Mehrmanesh, Kaveh

BMinEng Tehran, MSc in progress [Lesher/Houlé]
Geology, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of Cr Mineralization in the Black Label Intrusion, McFaulds Greenstone Belt, Ontario Supported by Cliffs Natural Resources, Noront, NSERC-CRD, and GSC TGI4 (RAP)

Farhangi, Naghmeh

BMinEng Tehran, MSc in progress [Lesher/Houlé]
Geology, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of Ni-Cu-PGE Mineralization in the Black Label Intrusion, McFaulds Greenstone Belt, Ontario Supported by Cliffs Natural Resources, Noront, NSERC-CRD, and GSC TGI4 (RAP)

 

Former PhD Students


Jørgensen, Taus

BSc MSc Copenhagen, PhD 2017 Laurentian [Tinkham/Lesher]
Evolution of the Sudbury Igneous Complex Contact Metamorphic Aureole and Controls on Anatexis Supported by CEMI-NSERC CRD

Mukwakwami, Joshua

BSc MPhil Zimbabwe, PhD Laurentian 2012 [Lafrance/Lesher]
Deformation and Mobilization of Ni-Cu-PGE Mineralization in the Garson Mine, Sudbury, Ontario Supported by Vale - NSERC CRD and SEG Canada (2008 and 2009 SEG Canada Foundation Award)

Houlé, Michel

BSc MSc Laval, PhD Ottawa 2008 [Lesher/Fowler]
Physical Volcanology and Metallogenesis of Komatiites in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt, Ontario-Québec Project supported by Ontario Geological Survey and NSERC

Tonnelier, Nicolas

BSc Grenoble, MSc Orléans/UQAM, PhD 2010 [Lesher/Arndt]
Geology and Genesis of the Jinchuan Ni-Cu-(PGE) Deposit, China Supported by BHP-Billiton, NSERC, and SEG Canada (2008 and 2009 SEG Canada Foundation Award)

Sha, Peng

BSc 1987 Nanjing, MSc 1989 Nanjing, PhD 1993 Alabama [Lesher]
Geochemistry and genesis of sediment-hosted gold mineralization at the Gold Quarry Mine, Carlin Trend, Nevada Awards: 1991-1992 UA Graduate Council Fellowship and 1993 UA College A&S Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award

Williams, David A.

BSc Astrophysics & Geology 1991 Indiana, MSc 1993 Arizona State, PhD 1998 Alabama [Lesher]
Analytical and numerical models of thermal erosion by komatiite lava channels Supported by NSF and University of Alabama (1995-1998 UA Graduate Council Fellowship) Awards: 1998 UA Outstanding PhD Student Award

 

Former MSc Students

Spath, Charles

BSc SUNY-Oswego, MSc in progress Laurentian [Lesher/Houlé]
Geology and Genesis of Hybridized Ultramafic Rocks in the Black Label Hybrid Zone of the Black Thor Intrusive Complex, McFaulds Lake Greenstone Belt, Ontario, Canada Project supported by Cliffs Natural Resources, Noront, NSERC-CRD, SEG Canada (Foundation Fellowship), and Province of Ontario (Graduate Fellowship)

McNamara, Galen

BSc Laurentian, MSc 2011 Laurentian [Lesher/Kamber]
Pb isotopic variations in the Sudbury Igneous Complex Hosted by Vale and supported by NSERC Awards: 2010 SEG Canada Foundation Award

Nelles, Edward

BSc British Columbia, MSc 2010 Laurentian [Lesher]
Genesis of transitional Cu-PGE-rich footwall mineralization in the Levack deposit, Sudbury Hosted by Quadra-FNX Awards: NSERC Industrial Postgraduate Scholarship and SEG Canada Foundation Fellowship

Bazilevskaya, Ekaterina

BSc Moscow State, MSc 2008 Laurentian
Petrogenesis of Disseminated Ni-Cu-PGE Mineralization in the Katinniq (Québec) Deposit Supported by NSERC and SEG Foundation (Fellowship)

Taranovic, Valentina

BSc Wayne State, MSc 2008 Laurentian [Lesher/Bédard]
Physical Volcanology and Metallogenesis of Komatiite-associated Ni-Cu-(PGE) Mineralization in the C-Zone, Bannockburn Township, Ontario Supported by NSERC, SEG Foundation (Fellowship), GSC TGI3 Program, and Mustang Minerals

Stout, Rianne

BSc Utrecht, MSc 2009 Laurentian [Lesher]
Geology, mineralogy, and geochemistry of the 4475 and 4810 low-sulfide high-precious metal zones of the McCreedy East 153 deposit, Sudbury, Ontario Hosted by Vale Inco; Supported by NSERC

Huminicki, Michelle

BSc Hons 2000 Manitoba, MSc 2003 Laurentian [Lesher], PhD 2008 Memorial
Geology of the Kelly Lake Ni-Cu-PGE deposit, Sudbury, Ontario Supported by Inco and NSERC Awards: 1999-2000 OGSST-Tembec Scholarship, 2000-2002 NSERC PGS-A Scholarship, 2002-2005 NSERC PGS-B Scholarship

Dessureau, Gilles

BSc Hons 2000 St. Mary’s, MSc 2003 Laurentian [Lesher]
Geochemistry and petrogenesis of felsic and mafic norite, Sudbury Igneous Complex, Ontario Project supported by Falconbridge and NSERC

Chisholm, Kevin M.

BSc Hons 1998 Laurentian, MSc 2002 Laurentian [Lesher/Fedorowich]
Nature and origin of ore-localizing embayments at the Katinniq Ni-Cu-(PGE) sulphide deposit, Cape Smith Belt, New Québec Project supported by Falconbridge and NSERC

Gregory, Steven

BSc Hons Carleton, MSc 2006 Laurentian [Lesher]
Geology, mineralogy and geochemistry of transitional contact/footwall mineralization in the McGreedy East Ni-Cu-PGE deposit, Sudbury Igneous Complex Project supported by Vale and NSERC

Layton-Matthews, Daniel

BSc Hons 1998 Manitoba, MSc 2001 Laurentian [Lesher], PhD Toronto
Metamorphic petrology of ultramafic intrusions in the Thompson Nickel Belt, Manitoba Project supported by NSERC-CRD Awards: 1999-2000 OGSST Scholarship, 2001 SEG Hugh E. McKinstry Student Research Grant, 2001-2003 Northern Scientific Training Program Research Grant, 2001-2003 NSERC PGS-B Scholarship, 2002 MDD-GAC Julian Boldy Award, 2002 & 2003 SEG Canada Foundation Award, 2002-2003 Mineralogical Association of Canada Foundation Scholarship, 2003-2004 OGS Scholarship

Stilson, Charles M.

BSc Geological Engineering & Geology 1997 Alabama, MSc Alabama 2000 [Lesher]
Physical volcanology and petrogenesis of the Boundary Complex, Cape Smith Belt, New Québec Project supported by Outokumpu and NSF Awards: 1997-1998 UA Graduate Council Fellowship

Baird, Andrew M.

BSc 1995 Georgia, MSc 1999 Alabama [Lesher]
Geochemistry of chromites in intrusive and extrusive komatiites in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt, Ontario Project supported by Falconbridge and NSF

Larson, Michelle S.

BSc Hons 1994 McMaster, MSc 1996 Alabama [Lesher]
Petrogenesis of komatiitic dunites, komatiitic peridotites, and komatiites in the Shaw Dome, Ontario Project supported by Outokumpu and NSF Awards: 1996 UA Outstanding MSc Student Award

Davis, Paul C.

BSc 1990 Western Ontario, MSc 1997 Alabama [Lesher]
Volcanic stratigraphy in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt, Dundonald and Munro Townships, Ontario Project supported by NSF and Falconbridge

Gillies, Sally L.

BSc Hons 1989 Western Australia, MSc 1994 Alabama [Lesher]
Physical volcanology and genesis of the Katinniq peridotite complex and associated Fe-Ni-Cu sulfide mineralization, Cape Smith Belt, New Québec Project supported by NSF and Falconbridge

Thacker, Joseph L.

BSc 1989 Alabama, MSc 1995 Alabama [Lesher]
Geology of the 5-8 Peridotite Complex, Cape Smith Belt, New Québe Project supported by NSF and Falconbridge

Niu, Yaoling

BSc Hons 1986 Nanjing, MSc 1988 Alabama [Lesher], PhD Hawaii
Hydrothermal alteration of mafic metavolcanic rocks and genesis of Fe-Zn-Cu Sulfide deposits, Stone Hill District, northern Alabama Piedmont Project supported by SOMED

Tompa, Bradley S.

BSc 1984 Columbus College, MSc 1989 Alabama [Lesher]
Mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry of tin-bearing pegmatites, Coosa County, Alabama Project supported by SOMED

 

Former Applied MSc Students

Flank, Steven

BSc Hons 2011 Lakehead, MSc Appl 2016 [Lesher]
Geology, Petrogenesis, and Metallogenesis of the Sunday Lake Intrusion, Jacques Township, Ontario

Carlson, Anders

BSc Hons 2006 Manitoba, MSc Appl 2016 [Lesher]
Geochemistry and Petrogenesis of Winnipegosis Komatiites, Manitoba

Guest, Nicolas

BSc EarthSci/Business 2010 St Francis Xavier, MSc Appl 2013 [Lesher/Gibson]
A geochemical study of the volcanogenic massive sulfide potential of the Wilberforce Lake area, Musselwhite gold mine, Northwestern Ontario

 

Former BSc Students

Strongman, Keaton

BSc Hons 2016 [Lesher/Lightfoot]
Stratigraphy of the South Range Norite, Sudbury Igneous Complex Supported by NSERC; logistical support by Vale

Mayer, Cedric

BSc Hons 2015 [Lesher/Azar]
Geology and Geochemistry of Linsey Bay Mafic-Ultramafic Intrusion, Luell Lake, Ontario Supported by OGS and NSERC

Walker, Joseph

BSc Hons 2014 [Lesher/Lightfoot]
Orthopyroxene chemistry and petrogenesis of South Range melanorite, Sudbury Igneous Complex Supported by NSERC, logistical support by Vale

Raskevicius, Thomas

BSc Hons 2013 [Lesher]
Reaction between magmatic sulfide melts and wall rocks in the Sudbury Igneous Complex Supported by NSERC and Vale

Baird, Shannnon

BSc Hons 2007 [Lesher/Lightfoot]
Genesis of the black norite phase of the Sudbury Igneous Complex Supported by NSERC and Vale

Geddes, Paul

BSc Hons 2002 [Lesher/Lafrance]
Geology and genesis of polymetallic Ni-Co-Mo mineralization in the White River prospect, Hemlo, ON Supported by NSERC

Chaloux, Eric

BSc Hons 1999 [Lesher/Rousell]
Geology and petrogenesis of the Black Crystal gabbro complex, Struthers Township, Ontario Supported by NSERC

2009

Wardell Armstrong Prize, Institution of Materials Minerals and Mining

2007

Duncan Ramsay Derry Medal, Mineral Deposits Division, Geological Association of Canada

2002

Julian Boldy Award, Mineral Deposits Division, Geological Association of Canada (with Daniel Layton-Matthews (MSc 2001) and Marcus Burnham (PDF 1995-2001)

1998-1999

Thayer Lindsley Visiting Lecturer, Society of Economic Geologists

1998-1999

University Lecturer, Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

2017

Houlé G., C Lesher MICHAEL, Schetselaar E., Metsaranta R.T., McNicoll V.. 2017. Architecture of magmatic conduits in Cr-(PGE)/Ni-Cu-(PGE) ore systems. Targeted Geoscience Initiative – 2016 Report of Activities. Open File 8199:55-58.

Houlé G., C Lesher MICHAEL, McNicoll V., Becu V.. 2017. Ni-Cr Metallotect: Synthesis, updates, and revised models for the Superior Province. Targeted Geoscience Initiative – 2016 Report of Activities. Open File 8199:59-61.


2013

Sappin A.A, Houlé G., C Lesher MICHAEL, McNicoll V.. 2013. Project Unit 13-001. Overview of the Mafic and Ultramafic Intrusions in the Eastern Uchi Domain of the Superior Province, Northern Ontario. Summary of Field Work and Other Activities 2013. Open File Report 6290:51-1to51-16..

III CSSpath, C Lesher MICHAEL, Houlé G.. 2013. Project Unit 13-002. Geology and Genesis of Mobilized Chromitite in the Black Label Pyroxenite Zone of the Black Thor Intrusive Complex, McFaulds Lake Greenstone Belt, Ontario. Summary of Field Work and Other Activities 2013. Open File Report 6290:54-1to54-7..

Farhangi N., C Lesher MICHAEL, Houlé G.. 2013. Project Unit 13-002. Mineralogy, Geochemistry and Petrogenesis of Nickel-Copper-Platinum Group Element Mineralization in the Black Thor Intrusive Complex, McFaulds Lake Greenstone Belt, Ontario. Summary of Field Work and Other Activities 2013. Open File Report 6290:55-1to55-7..

Carson H.JE, C Lesher MICHAEL, Houlé G., Weston R.J., Shinkle D.A.. 2013. Project Unit 13-002. Stratigraphy, Geochemistry and Petrogenesis of the Black Thor Intrusive Complex and Associated Chromium and Nickel-Copper-Platinum Group Element Mineralization, McFaulds Lake Greenstone Belt, Ontario.Summary of Field Work and Other Activities 2013. Open File Report 6290:52-1to52-15.

Mehrmanesh K., Carson H.JE, C Lesher MICHAEL, Houlé G.. 2013. Project Unit 13-002. Stratigraphy, Geochemistry and Petrogenesis of the Black Label Chromitite Horizon, Black Thor Intrusive Complex, McFaulds Lake Greenstone Belt, Ontario. Summary of Field Work and Other Activities 2013. Open File Report 6290:53-1to53-6..


2012

Hiebert R.S., Bekker A., Houlé G., C Lesher MICHAEL, Wing B.A.. 2012. Multiple Sulphur Isotopes as a Method to Evaluate Sulphur Sources and a Potential Exploration Tool in the Komatiite-Associated Nickel-Copper-(Platinum Group Elements) Hart Deposit, Shaw Dome, Abitibi Greenstone Belt, Ontario.Summary of Field Work and Other Activities 2012. Open File Report 6280:45-1to45-9..

Houlé G., C Lesher MICHAEL, Metsaranta R.T.. 2012. Overview of the High-Magnesium Ultramafic to Mafic Systems Subproject under the Targeted Geoscience Initiative 4: An Ontario Perspective. Summary of Field Work and Other Activities 2012. Open File Report 6280:42-1to42-9..


2010

Brown G.H., Jugo P.J, C Lesher MICHAEL, Mungall J.E. 2010. Abstracts, 11th International Platinum Symposium, 21-24 June 2010, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.Miscellaneous Release–Data 269

Houlé G., C Lesher MICHAEL, Préfontaine S., Ayer J.A, Berger B.R., Taranovic V., Davis P.C, Atkinson B.. 2010. Stratigraphy and physical volcanology of komatiites and associated Ni-Cu-(PGE) mineralization in the western Abitibi Greenstone Belt, Timmins area, Ontario: A field trip for the 11th International Platinum Symposium. Open File Report 6255:99.


2008

Houlé G., C Lesher MICHAEL. 2008. Project Unit 05-006. Geochemistry of Iron-Nickel-Copper-(Platinum Group Element) Sulphide OresAssociated with Komatiites in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt, Ontario. Summary of Field Work and Other Activities 2008. Open File Report 6226:11-1to11-7..


2007

Ayer J.A, Dube B., Ross P.S, Beakhouse G.P, Berger B.R., Bleeker W., Brouillette P., Chapman J., Dinel E., Dion C. et al.. 2007. The Abitibi Greenstone Belt: Update of the Precambrian Geoscience Section Program, the Targeted Geoscience Initiative III Abitibi and Deep Search Projects. Summary of Field Work and Other Activities 2007. Open File Report 6213:3-1to3-44..

Layton-Matthews DANIEL, C Lesher MICHAEL, O Burnham MARCUS, Liwanag JANICE, Halden NORMANM, Hulbert LARRY, Peck DAVIDC. 2007. Magmatic Ni-Cu-platinum-group element deposits of the Thompson Nickel Belt.. Mineral Deposits of Canada: A Synthesis of Major Deposit-Types, District Metallogeny, the Evolution of Geological Provinces, and Exploration Methods. Special Publication 5:409-432.

Telephone: (705) 675-1151 ext 2276
Email: mlesher@laurentian.ca

 

Awards

2009 Wardell Armstrong Prize, Institution of Materials Minerals and Mining

2007 Duncan Ramsay Derry Medal, Mineral Deposits Division, Geological Association of Canada

2002 Julian Boldy Award, Mineral Deposits Division, Geological Association of Canada (with Daniel Layton-Matthews (MSc 2001) and Marcus Burnham (PDF 1995-2001)

1998-1999 Thayer Lindsley Visiting Lecturer, Society of Economic Geologists

1998-1999 University Lecturer, Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

 

Research Interests

  • geology, geochemistry, and genesis of magmatic Ni-Cu-(PGE) deposits
  • geology, geochemistry, and genesis of magmatic Cr deposits
  • physical volcanology, geochemistry, and petrogenesis of komatiites and geochemical composition and evolution of the Earth's mantle
  • geochemistry of felsic volcanic rocks associated with hydrothermal massive Cu-Zn-Pb sulphide deposits
  • geology and genesis of mesothermal lode Au deposits
  • mass-volume-mineralogical changes during hydrothermal alteration
  • geology and metallogenesis of Archean and Proterozoic volcanic belts
  • mineralogy and geochemistry of Precambrian banded iron formations

 

Available Projects

All funded projects for the next several years have been filled. Applications for additional projects will only be accepted from students who 1) have obtained NSERC, CSC, or equivalent national fellowships, and 2) have outstanding academic credentials, strong backgrounds in igneous petrology and igneous geochemistry, and excellent mathematical, computing, and oral-written communication skills.

 

Current Ni-Cu-PGE Projects

Ni-Cu-PGE Theme of Metal Earth , CFREF/FedNor/NOHFC, 09/16-present

Geochemical Discrimination between Raglan Formation and North Claim Sills, Cape Smith Belt, New Québec (McKevitt/Lesher/Houlé), NSERC Discovery, Glencore, and GSC TGI5, 09/2016-present

Geochemistry, Mineralogy, and Genesis of the Eagle's Nest Ni-Cu-(PGE) Deposit, McFaulds Lake Greenstone Belt, Northern Ontario (Zuccarelli-Pegoraro/Lesher/Houlé), Noront , NSERC-CRD, and GSC TGI5, 09/2016-present

Genesis of Ni-Cu-PGE and PGE-(Cu)-(Ni) deposits in China (Lu/Lesher/Deng), China Scholarship Council and NSERC Discovery, 09/2015-present

Geochemistry, Mineralogy, and Petrogenesis of Ultramafic Inclusions in Sublayer Norite, Sudbury Igneous Complex (Wang/Lesher/Lightfoot), China Scholarship Council and NSERC Discovery, 09/2014-present

Mathematical and Computer Modeling of Erosional Processes by Lava Flows (Cataldo/Williams/Lesher), NSF and NSERC Discovery, 09/2013-present

Geology, Mineralogy, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of the South Range Melanorite and Implications for the Crystallization History of the Sudbury Igneous Complex (Strongman/Walker/Baird/Lesher/Lightfoot/Golightly/Pattison), NSERC Discovery

 

Current Cr Projects

Cr Theme of Metal Earth , CFREF/FedNor/NOHFC, 09/16-present

Stratigraphy, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of the Black Thor Mafic-Ultramafic Complex and Associated Cr and Ni-Cu-PGE Mineralization, McFaulds Greenstone Belt, Ontario (Carson/Lesher/Houlé), NSERC-Noront CRD, 04/2012-present

Stratigraphy, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of the Black Label Chromite Zone of the Black Label Mafic-Ultramafic Complex, McFaulds Greenstone Belt, Ontario (Mehrmanesh/Lesher/Houlé), NSERC-Noront CRD, 06/2013-present

Geology and Genesis of Mobilized Chromitite in the Black Label Zone of the Black Thor Mafic-Ultramafic Complex, McFaulds Greenstone Belt, Ontario (Spath/Lesher/Houlé), NSERC-Noront CRD, 05/2013-present

Mineralogy, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of Ni-Cu-PGE Mineralization in the Black Thor Mafic-Ultramafic Complex, McFaulds Greenstone Belt, Ontario (Farhangi/Lesher/Houlé), NSERC-Noront CRD, 01/2013-present

 

Current Petrological Projects

Geology, Geochemistry, and Metallogenesis of the Booth River Complex, Northwest Territories (Mealin-Gordon/Lesher/Bédard), GSC and NSERC Discovery, 01/2009-present

 

Recently-Completed Projects

Contact Metamorphism and Anatexis in the Footwall Aureole of the Sudbury Igneous Complex (Jorgensen/Tinkham/Lesher), CEMI and NSERC Discovery, 04/2010-04/2017

Genesis of Cu-PPGE-rich veins and Au-Pd-Pt-Ni-Te-rich disseminated footwall mineralization in the Levack-Morrison Deposit, Sudbury Igneous Complex (Nelles/Lesher/Lafrance), NSERC Discovery, 06/2009-08/2012

Pb isotopic variations in the Sudbury Igneous Complex (McNamara/Lesher/Kamber), NSERC Discovery, 07/2009-07/2011

Deformation and Mobilization of Ni-Cu-PGE Mineralization in the Garson Mine, Sudbury, Ontario (Mukwakwami/Lafrance/Lesher), NSERC Discovery, 05/2007-07/2012

Geology and genesis of Ni-Cu-(PGE) mineralization in the Jinchuan Ultramafic Complex, China (Tonnelier/Lesher/Arndt), NSERC Discovery, 09/2005-10/2010

 

Current PhD Students

Lu, Yiguan, BSc MSc China U Geosciences, PhD in progress [Lesher/Deng]
Geology, Mineralogy, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of the Jinbaoshan Pt-Pd deposit, Baimazhai Cu-Ni deposit, and Mojiang Au-Ni deposit, Ailaoshan orogenic belt, Yunnan province, SW
Funded by: China CSC, NSERC-DG, and SEG
Awards: China Scholarship Council

Wang, Yujian, BSc MSc China U Geosciences, PhD in progress [Lesher/Lightfoot]
Mineralogy, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of Ultramafic Inclusions in Sublayer Norite, Sudbury, Ontario
Project supported by NSERC and Vale
Awards: China Scholarship Council

Carson, Heather, MGeol 2012 Leicester, PhD in progress Laurentian [Lesher/Houlé]
Geology, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of the Black Thor – Black Label Intrusion, McFaulds Greenstone Belt, Ontario
Supported by Cliffs Natural Resources, Noront, NSERC-CRD, GSC TGI4 (RAP), and OGS

Gordon, Caroline, BSc Hons MSc Waterloo, PhD in progress Laurentian [Lesher/Bédard]
Geology, Geochemistry, and Metallogenesis of the Booth River Complex, Northwest Territories 
Supported by GSC and NSERC (2009-2013 NSERC PGS-D Scholarship)

 

Current MSc Students

McKevitt, Dylan, BSc Cedarville, MSc in progress Laurentian [Lesher/Houlé]
Geochemical Discrimination between Raglan Formation and North Claim Sills, Cape Smith Belt, New Québec
Supported by NSERC-Discovery, GSC TGI5, and Glencore

Zuccarelli-Pegoraro, Natascia, BSc Toronto, MSc in progress Laurentian [Lesher/Houlé]
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, and Genesis of the Eagle's Nest Ni-Cu-(PGE) Deposit, McFaulds Lake Greenstone Belt, Northern Ontario
Supported by NSERC-CRD, Noront, and GSC TGI5 (RAP)

Mehrmanesh, Kaveh, BMinEng Tehran, MSc in progress [Lesher/Houlé]
Geology, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of Cr Mineralization in the Black Label Intrusion, McFaulds Greenstone Belt, Ontario
Supported by Cliffs Natural Resources, Noront, NSERC-CRD, and GSC TGI4 (RAP)

Farhangi, Naghmeh, BMinEng Tehran, MSc in progress [Lesher/Houlé]
Geology, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of Ni-Cu-PGE Mineralization in the Black Label Intrusion, McFaulds Greenstone Belt, Ontario
Supported by Cliffs Natural Resources, Noront, NSERC-CRD, and GSC TGI4 (RAP)

 

Former PhD Students

Jørgensen, Taus 
BSc MSc Copenhagen, PhD 2017 Laurentian [Tinkham/Lesher]
Evolution of the Sudbury Igneous Complex Contact Metamorphic Aureole and Controls on Anatexis
Supported by CEMI-NSERC CRD

Mukwakwami, Joshua 
BSc MPhil Zimbabwe, PhD Laurentian 2012 [Lafrance/Lesher]
Deformation and Mobilization of Ni-Cu-PGE Mineralization in the Garson Mine, Sudbury, Ontario
Supported by Vale - NSERC CRD and SEG Canada (2008 and 2009 SEG Canada Foundation Award)

Houlé, Michel 
BSc MSc Laval, PhD Ottawa 2008 [Lesher/Fowler]
Physical Volcanology and Metallogenesis of Komatiites in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt, Ontario-Québec
Project supported by Ontario Geological Survey and NSERC

Tonnelier, Nicolas 
BSc Grenoble, MSc Orléans/UQAM, PhD 2010 [Lesher/Arndt] 
Geology and Genesis of the Jinchuan Ni-Cu-(PGE) Deposit, China 
Supported by BHP-Billiton, NSERC, and SEG Canada (2008 and 2009 SEG Canada Foundation Award)

Sha, Peng 
BSc 1987 Nanjing, MSc 1989 Nanjing, PhD 1993 Alabama [Lesher]
Geochemistry and genesis of sediment-hosted gold mineralization at the Gold Quarry Mine, Carlin Trend, Nevada
Awards: 1991-1992 UA Graduate Council Fellowship and 1993 UA College A&S Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award

Williams, David A. 
BSc Astrophysics & Geology 1991 Indiana, MSc 1993 Arizona State, PhD 1998 Alabama [Lesher]
Analytical and numerical models of thermal erosion by komatiite lava channels
Supported by NSF and University of Alabama (1995-1998 UA Graduate Council Fellowship)
Awards: 1998 UA Outstanding PhD Student Award

 

Former MSc Students

Spath, Charles, BSc SUNY-Oswego, MSc in progress Laurentian [Lesher/Houlé]
Geology and Genesis of Hybridized Ultramafic Rocks in the Black Label Hybrid Zone of the Black Thor Intrusive Complex, McFaulds Lake Greenstone Belt, Ontario, Canada
Project supported by Cliffs Natural Resources, Noront, NSERC-CRD, SEG Canada (Foundation Fellowship), and Province of Ontario (Graduate Fellowship)

McNamara, Galen 
BSc Laurentian, MSc 2011 Laurentian [Lesher/Kamber]
Pb isotopic variations in the Sudbury Igneous Complex 
Hosted by Vale and supported by NSERC
Awards: 2010 SEG Canada Foundation Award

Nelles, Edward 
BSc British Columbia,  MSc 2010 Laurentian [Lesher]
Genesis of transitional Cu-PGE-rich footwall mineralization in the Levack deposit, Sudbury
Hosted by Quadra-FNX
Awards: NSERC Industrial Postgraduate Scholarship and SEG Canada Foundation Fellowship

Bazilevskaya, Ekaterina 
BSc Moscow State, MSc 2008 Laurentian
Petrogenesis of Disseminated Ni-Cu-PGE Mineralization in the Katinniq (Québec) Deposit
Supported by NSERC and SEG Foundation (Fellowship)

Taranovic, Valentina 
BSc Wayne State, MSc 2008 Laurentian [Lesher/Bédard]
Physical Volcanology and Metallogenesis of Komatiite-associated Ni-Cu-(PGE) Mineralization in the C-Zone, Bannockburn Township, Ontario
Supported by NSERC, SEG Foundation (Fellowship), GSC TGI3 Program, and Mustang Minerals

Stout, Rianne 
BSc Utrecht, MSc 2009 Laurentian [Lesher]
Geology, mineralogy, and geochemistry of the 4475 and 4810 low-sulfide high-precious metal zones of the McCreedy East 153 deposit, Sudbury, Ontario
Hosted by Vale Inco; Supported by NSERC

Huminicki, Michelle 
BSc Hons 2000 Manitoba, MSc 2003 Laurentian [Lesher], PhD 2008 Memorial
Geology of the Kelly Lake Ni-Cu-PGE deposit, Sudbury, Ontario
Supported by Inco and NSERC
Awards: 1999-2000 OGSST-Tembec Scholarship, 2000-2002 NSERC PGS-A Scholarship, 2002-2005 NSERC PGS-B Scholarship

Dessureau, Gilles 
BSc Hons 2000 St. Mary’s, MSc 2003 Laurentian [Lesher]
Geochemistry and petrogenesis of felsic and mafic norite, Sudbury Igneous Complex, Ontario
Project supported by Falconbridge and NSERC

Chisholm, Kevin M. 
BSc Hons 1998 Laurentian, MSc 2002 Laurentian [Lesher/Fedorowich]
Nature and origin of ore-localizing embayments at the Katinniq Ni-Cu-(PGE) sulphide deposit, Cape Smith Belt, New Québec
Project supported by Falconbridge and NSERC

Gregory, Steven 
BSc Hons Carleton, MSc 2006 Laurentian [Lesher]
Geology, mineralogy and geochemistry of transitional contact/footwall mineralization in the McGreedy East Ni-Cu-PGE deposit, Sudbury Igneous Complex
Project supported by Vale and NSERC

Layton-Matthews, Daniel 
BSc Hons 1998 Manitoba, MSc 2001 Laurentian [Lesher], PhD Toronto
Metamorphic petrology of ultramafic intrusions in the Thompson Nickel Belt, Manitoba
Project supported by NSERC-CRD
Awards: 1999-2000 OGSST Scholarship, 2001 SEG Hugh E. McKinstry Student Research Grant, 2001-2003 Northern Scientific Training Program Research Grant, 2001-2003 NSERC PGS-B Scholarship, 2002 MDD-GAC Julian Boldy Award, 2002 & 2003 SEG Canada Foundation Award, 2002-2003 Mineralogical Association of Canada Foundation Scholarship, 2003-2004 OGS Scholarship

Stilson, Charles M. 
BSc Geological Engineering & Geology 1997 Alabama, MSc Alabama 2000 [Lesher]
Physical volcanology and petrogenesis of the Boundary Complex, Cape Smith Belt, New Québec
Project supported by Outokumpu and NSF
Awards: 1997-1998 UA Graduate Council Fellowship

Baird, Andrew M. 
BSc 1995 Georgia, MSc 1999 Alabama [Lesher]
Geochemistry of chromites in intrusive and extrusive komatiites in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt, Ontario
Project supported by Falconbridge and NSF

Larson, Michelle S. 
BSc Hons 1994 McMaster, MSc 1996 Alabama [Lesher]
Petrogenesis of komatiitic dunites, komatiitic peridotites, and komatiites in the Shaw Dome, Ontario
Project supported by Outokumpu and NSF
Awards: 1996 UA Outstanding MSc Student Award

Davis, Paul C. 
BSc 1990 Western Ontario, MSc 1997 Alabama [Lesher]
Volcanic stratigraphy in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt, Dundonald and Munro Townships, Ontario
Project supported by NSF and Falconbridge

Gillies, Sally L. 
BSc Hons 1989 Western Australia, MSc 1994 Alabama [Lesher]
Physical volcanology and genesis of the Katinniq peridotite complex and associated Fe-Ni-Cu sulfide mineralization, Cape Smith Belt, New Québec
Project supported by NSF and Falconbridge

Thacker, Joseph L. 
BSc 1989 Alabama, MSc 1995 Alabama [Lesher]
Geology of the 5-8 Peridotite Complex, Cape Smith Belt, New Québe
Project supported by NSF and Falconbridge

Niu, Yaoling 
BSc Hons 1986 Nanjing, MSc 1988 Alabama [Lesher], PhD Hawaii
Hydrothermal alteration of mafic metavolcanic rocks and genesis of Fe-Zn-Cu Sulfide deposits, Stone Hill District, northern Alabama Piedmont
Project supported by SOMED

Tompa, Bradley S. 
BSc 1984 Columbus College, MSc 1989 Alabama [Lesher]
Mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry of tin-bearing pegmatites, Coosa County, Alabama
Project supported by SOMED

 

Former Applied MSc Students

Flank, Steven, BSc Hons 2011 Lakehead, MSc Appl 2016 [Lesher]
Geology, Petrogenesis, and Metallogenesis of the Sunday Lake Intrusion, Jacques Township, Ontario

Carlson, Anders, BSc Hons 2006 Manitoba, MSc Appl 2016 [Lesher]
Geochemistry and Petrogenesis of Winnipegosis Komatiites, Manitoba

Guest, Nicolas, BSc EarthSci/Business 2010 St Francis Xavier, MSc Appl 2013 [Lesher/Gibson]
A geochemical study of the volcanogenic massive sulfide potential of the Wilberforce Lake area, Musselwhite gold mine, Northwestern Ontario

 

Former BSc Students

Strongman, Keaton, BSc Hons 2016 [Lesher/Lightfoot]
Stratigraphy of the South Range Norite, Sudbury Igneous Complex 
Supported by NSERC; logistical support by Vale

Mayer, Cedric, BSc Hons 2015 [Lesher/Azar]
Geology and Geochemistry of Linsey Bay Mafic-Ultramafic Intrusion, Luell Lake, Ontario
Supported by OGS and NSERC

Walker, Joseph, BSc Hons 2014 [Lesher/Lightfoot]
Orthopyroxene chemistry and petrogenesis of South Range melanorite, Sudbury Igneous Complex
Supported by NSERC, logistical support by Vale

Raskevicius, Thomas, BSc Hons 2013 [Lesher]
Reaction between magmatic sulfide melts and wall rocks in the Sudbury Igneous Complex
Supported by NSERC and Vale

Baird, Shannnon, BSc Hons 2007 [Lesher/Lightfoot]
Genesis of the black norite phase of the Sudbury Igneous Complex
Supported by NSERC and Vale

Geddes, Paul, BSc Hons 2002 [Lesher/Lafrance] 
Geology and genesis of polymetallic Ni-Co-Mo mineralization in the White River prospect, Hemlo, ON 
Supported by NSERC

Chaloux, Eric, BSc Hons 1999 [Lesher/Rousell] 
Geology and petrogenesis of the Black Crystal gabbro complex, Struthers Township, Ontario
Supported by NSERC

 

 

 

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