Lowell Program in Economic Geology

The Lowell Program in Economic Geology has consortium-sponsored projects from Freeport McMoRan, Newmont, BHP Billiton, and Bronco Creek Exploration.

Additional projects are funded by other companies and the National Science Foundation.      

Lead faculty are:

Research faculty are:

  • Isabel Barton, Ph.D.
  • Pilar Lecomberri-Sanchez, Ph.D.
  • Frank Mazdab, Ph.D.
  • Alex Andronikov, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator:

  • Rocio Brambila

Graduate Students:

  • Professional Science Masters - 8
  • MS - 2
  • PhD. - 7


  • Rhenium content of molybdenite ores
  • Chukaru Peki characterization
  • Mission-Pima copper skarns
  • Superior, AZ district characterization
  • Extension-related K metasomatism
  • Laramide structures and porphyry copper deposits
  • San Manuel structure characterization
  • Arsenic and apatite geochemistry
  • Copper and nickel ore mineralogy
  • Laramide silver deposits and volcanism
  • Laramide plutons and Na-Ca metasomatism
  • Time-space development of gold mineralization, Washington County, UT
  • Egan Range plutons and structure
  • Tertiary extension in northeast NV
  • Titanium geochemistry
  • Eocene plutonism and gold deposits in northeast NV
  • Pampa Escondida PCD and acid alteration