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Lesher

C. Michael Lesher

Professor of Economic Geology
Research Chair in Mineral Exploration
Principal Investigator and Director, NSERC-CMIC Exploration Footprints Project

BSc 1974, MA 1976 Indiana
PhD 1984 Western Australia

Mineral Exploration Research Centre
Harquail School of Earth Sciences
Goodman School of Mines
Laurentian University
Sudbury, Ontario P3E 2C6
Telephone: (705) 675-1151 ext 2276
E-mail: mlesher@laurentian.ca

Awards

2009 Wardell Armstrong Prize, Institution of Materials Minerals and Mining, for the best paper in IMMM Transactions B: Applied Earth Science, "Geochemistry of komatiites in the Eastern Goldfields Superterrance, Western Australia, and the Abitibi Greenstone Belt, Canada, and implications for the distribution of associated Ni-Cu-PGE deposits", with Steven Barnes and Rebecca Sproule

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-Cr 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

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

Ni-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

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 China
Project supported by China Scholarship Council and NSERC

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

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
Project supported by Cliffs Natural Resources, Noront, NSERC-CRD, GSC TGI4 (RAP), and OGS

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

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)

Spath, Charles, BSc SUNY-Oswego, MSc in progress Laurentian [Lesher/Houlé]
Geology, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of Cr Mineralization in the Black Label Intrusion, McFaulds Greenstone Belt, Ontario
Project supported by Cliffs Natural Resources, Noront, NSERC-CRD, SEG Canada (Foundation Fellowship), and Province of Ontario (Graduate Fellowship)

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

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

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)

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
Winner of 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)
Winner of 1998 UA Outstanding PhD Student Award

Former MSc Students

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

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

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
Sponsored by Vale Inco and 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
Project supported by Inco and NSERC
Winner of 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
Winner of 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
Winner of 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
Winner of 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

Recent Publications

Book Chapters

Burrows D, Lesher CM, 2012, Copper-rich magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE deposits in Hedenquist JW, Harris M, Camus F, (Editors), Geology and Genesis of Major Copper Deposits and Districts of the World: A Tribute to Richard H. Sillitoe, SEG Special Publication 16: 515-552

Houlé M, Lesher CM, 2011, Komatiite-associated Ni-Cu-(PGE) mineralization in the Abitibi Greensone Belt, Ontario. Reviews in Economic Geology 17: 89-121.

Layton-Matthews DM, Lesher CM, Liwanag J Halden N, Burnham OM, Hulbert L, Peck DC, Keays RR, 2011, Mineralogy, geochemistry, and genesis of komatiite-associated Ni-Cu-(PGE) mineralization in the Thompson Nickel Belt, Manitoba. Reviews in Economic Geology 17: 123–143

Layton-Matthews DM, Lesher CM, Burnham OM, Hulbert L, Peck DC, Golightly JP, Keays RR, 2010, Exploration for Ni-Cu-(PGE) Deposits in the Thompson Nickle Belt, Manitoba. Society of Economic Geology. Special Volume 15, p. 513-538.

Journal Articles

Barnes SJ, Mungall JE, Le Vaillant M, Godel B, Lesher CM, Holwell D, Lightfoot PC, Krivolutskaya N, Wei B, in press, Sulfide-silicate textures in magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE sulfide ore deposits: 1. Disseminated and net-textured ores, American Mineralogist [INVITED]

Richan L, Gibson HL, Houlé MG, Lesher CM, 2015, Petrogenesis and mechanisms of eruption and emplacement of Archean komatiitic flows and pyroclastic rocks, Melville Peninsula, Nunavut, Canada, Precambrian Research 263: 174-196

Mukwakwami J, Lesher CM, Lafrance B, 2014, Geochemistry of deformed and hydrothermally-mobilized magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE ores at the Garson Mine, Sudbury, Economic Geology 109 (2): 367-386

Mukwakwami J, Lafrance B, Lesher CM, Tinkham D, Rayner N, Ames DE, 2013, Fabrics and textures of deformed and metamorphosed Ni-Cu-PGE sulfide ores at Garson Mine and their implications for sulfide mobilization processes, Mineralium Deposita: DOI 10.1007/s00126-013-0479-y

Taranovic V, Lesher CM, Houlé MG, Bédard JH, 2012, Physical volcanology and metallogenesis of komatiite-associated Ni-Cu-(PGE) mineralization in the C Zone, Bannockburn Township, Ontario. Economic Geology 107(5): 835-857

Houlé MG, Lesher CM, Davis PC, 2012, Thermomechanical erosion and genesis of komatiite-associated Ni-Cu-(PGE) mineralization at the Alexo Mine, Abitibi Greenstone Belt, Ontario. Mineralium Deposita 47(1), DOI 10.1007/s00126-011-0371-6

Su S, Lesher CM, 2012, Geochemistry and petrogenesis of the Wengeqi mafic-ultramafic complex and associated PGE mineralization, Guyang County, Inner Mongolia, China. Mineralium Deposita 47(1), DOI 10.1007/s00126-011-0351-x

Mukwakwami J, Lafrance B, Lesher CM, 2012, Structural geology of the Garson Mine, Sudbury, Ontario. Precambrian Research 196-197: 81-105, DOI 10.1016/j.precamres.2011.10.020

Williams DA, Kerr RC, Lesher CM, 2011, Mathematical modeling of thermo-mechanical erosion beneath Proterozoic komatiitic basaltic sinuous rilles in the Cape Smith Belt, New Québec, Mineralium Deposita, v. 46, no. 8, p. 943-958, DOI:10.1007/s00126-011-0364-5

Fiorentini M, Barnes SJ, Lesher CM, Keays RR, Burnham OM, 2010, PGE geochemistry of mineralized and non-mineralized komatiites and basalts. Economic Geology, v. 105, no. 4, p. 795 – 823

Complete List

CML Publications - Apr 2016