Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research
Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences,
The University of British Columbia

PCIGR to collaborate with MDRU on $1M NSERC Alliance-Mitacs project in the Golden Triangle, British Columbia

Posted by the Mineral Deposit Research Unit | June 8, 2022

The Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is pleased to announce the award of $1,042,923 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Alliance-Mitacs Accelerate program (matching $450,000 in industry cash contributions).

This project aims to define a chemical and temporal “fingerprint” for volcanic rocks in the “Golden Triangle” of northwest British Columbia, which are most prospective for precious-and critical metal rich VHMS and epithermal deposits.

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PCIGR welcomes NSERC President

May 26, 2020

PCIGR Director Dr. Dominique Weis, along with team members and graduate students, welcomed NSERC President Dr. Alejandro Adem and an entourage of UBC Science and Applied Science faculty members for a tour of the labs and a discussion about research, HQP support and funding.

The entourage included Mark MacLachlan (Chemistry; Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies), Rachel Fernandez (Microbiology; Associate Vice President Research and Innovation), Matthew Evenden (Geography), Purang Abolmaesumi (Electrical Engineering), Warren Poole (Materials Engineering), Walter Merida (Mechanical Engineering), and Megan Griffith (NSERC Pacific regional office).

L-R: Marg Amini, Dave Daquioag, Brooke Hoppstock-Mattson (PhD candidate), Alice Chang, Corey Wall, President Alejandro Adem, Dominique Weis, Kathy Gordon, Vivian Lai, Dylan Spence (PhD candidate)
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PCIGR to collaborate with MDRU on $2.7M NSERC Alliance funding for mineral exploration research in B.C.

Posted by Mineral Deposit Research Unit | May 12, 2022

The Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is pleased to announce the award of $2,700,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Alliance program (matching $1,350,000 in industry cash contributions). 

The project aims to improve exploration success for porphyry copper deposits in British Columbia. Over the next thirty years, copper demand is expected to more than double, and significant new resources of copper need to be found around the world.

This research project aims to improve the efficiency and pace of porphyry copper discovery in British Columbia by providing mineral exploration companies with new tools and knowledge to identify the most fertile deposits, and “vector” towards those deposits.

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Hello, new Nu TIMS!

March 18, 2022

This week saw the installation and testing of PCIGR’s newest instrument, a Nu TIMS, that has replaced our beloved Triton (see story from February 18, 2022).

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Dr. Wall meets the new Nu TIMS.
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Listen to On Earth, with Dr. Corey Wall

February 24, 2022

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Corey Wall, Geosciences, faculty/staff, studio portrait by Priscilla Grover

In this episode of On Earth, listen to Dr. Corey Wall, facilities manager and geochronology specialist for PCIGR, provide insights on his research in geochronology, his day-to-day management of PCIGR’s labs and systems, how he got into geology, and how he got the facility through the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Hosted by Daniel Gowryluk. Produced by the Pacific Museum of Earth.