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

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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).

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

February 24, 2022

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.

Listen to On Earth, with Dr. Dominique Weis

February 24, 2022

In this episode of the podcast On Earth, Dr. Dominique Weis, Director of PCIGR, gives insights into the world of geochemistry and how she got into it, some of the exciting research being conducted at the facility, how the facility was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and on being a woman in science. She also provides advice to students who are interested in geochemistry.

Listen here.

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

Goodbye, Triton!

February 18, 2022

Where once upon a time the Triton lived, at PCIGR.

Today, we parted with our Finnigan Triton TIMS, after almost 20 years of analyses (almost 600 wheels, or >12,000 analyses).

Our Triton has found a new home at TRIUMF, in the hands of Dr. Christopher Charles, an ion source physicist. Visit

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