Rocks and Minerals: Guests (2008)
Dr. Virginia Gillerman
Geologist, Idaho Geological Survey
Ginna has been a research geologist with the Idaho Geological Survey (part of the University of Idaho) since 1989. She staffs a one-person office in Boise for the Survey, and she is also their economic geologist. Prior to moving to Boise from Reno, Ginna received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her undergraduate degree from Carleton College. She started her career in mineral deposits with AMAX Exploration, working in the Railroad Mining District of Elko County, Nevada. After grad school she spent 5 years in exploration with Anaconda Minerals Company in Reno, exploring for gold and polymetallic deposits in Utah, Nevada and Alaska. Following a year of teaching back at Carleton College, she returned to Nevada as a contract geologist, working mostly on gold exploration for several major companies.
In 1989, she moved to Boise to staff a new satellite office (located at Boise State University) for the Survey. She learned about Idaho mining from Dr. Earl Bennett, then the State Geologist, and was given the task of preparing the annual review of Idaho's mining industry. With the IGS, she has multiple responsibilities, including reports and public inquiries on ore deposits, energy and the geology of SW Idaho, the annual mining and exploration review (typically presented at Northwest Mining Association meeting and in print), and research projects. Specific projects have included geologic mapping in the Mayfield, Hagerman and other areas in Idaho, inventories of abandoned and inactive mines on public lands, and research on geology and geochronology of rare earth and thorium deposits in the Lemhi Pass District of Lemhi County, Idaho. Over the past 20 years, she has also taught several classes on "Mineral Resources and Mining" at Boise State University. Current research projects include studies on quality and chemistry of rock types in aggregate used for highway concrete and gold deposition in the Stibnite Mining District of central Idaho.
Dr. Virginia Gillerman was also a guest scientist for this topic in 2002.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Idaho State University
No bio is available.
Scott Hughes was also a guest scientist for this topic in 2002.
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