Geological Science and Engineering

Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

Chris Schuh

Ph.D. Environmental Geochemistry

Office: Bruce 346
Thesis Topic: Arsenic geochemistry of roaster-impacted lakes in the region of Giant Mine, Northwest Territories, Canada
Supervisor: Dr. Heather Jamieson

Research Interests

Environmental geochemistry and mineralogy

Tailings and mine waste management

Economic geology and mineral exploration

Brief Biography

My research is focused on characterizing the behaviour of arsenic in the environment, with an emphasis on arsenic contamination arising from mining activities. Specifically, I am using geochemical and mineralogical methods to determine the extent to which roaster-generated arsenic species undergo post-depositional transformation in lake sediments in the region of Giant Mine, Northwest Territories, Canada, and how these changes influence arsenic mobility and bioavailability. The ultimate goal of this research is to improve risk assessment and remediation design at Giant, which in turn can be applied to other sites affected by arsenic contamination.

In addition to my interests in environmental geology, I have a strong background in mineral exploration. My Master's project was focused on the metallogenesis of Carlin-type gold deposits, and I have spent several field seasons working on mineral exploration projects in BC and the Yukon.

I graduated from the University of Guelph in 2012 with a B.Sc. (Honours) in Environmental Geoscience and completed my Master’s degree at Queen’s in 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Gema Olivo.


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