mineralogy and petrology
Dave Bish, Jim Brophy, Chusi Li, Ed Ripley, Juergen Schieber, Bob Wintsch
DAVE BISH Professor and Haydn Murray Chair of Applied Clay Mineralogy
EAS Professor David Bish was awarded a Ful-
of ceramic production are represented, from un-
bright US Scholar Grant (Fellowship).
fired raw materials, to fired ceramics, to overfired
of 2018, Dave will spend six
months in Napoli, Italy,
studying cultural artifacts
from Pompeii. Scientists
working there recently discovered a ceramic
workshop in ancient Pompeii where all stages
materials. Dave will use mineralogical analyses
such as X-ray diffraction, trace element analysis,
and thermal analysis to interpret the sources of
the raw materials and the firing conditions (tem-
peratures and times). The research will be done at
the University of Federico II in Napoli and the Uni-
versity of Sannio in Benevento, Italy.
JIM BROPHY Professor of Geological Sciences | Chair, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Jim’s primary research interests have centered
His goal is to have every faculty member thrive
around the chemical and physical processes
during these difficult times. Not surprisingly, he
involved in magmatic differentiation. He is cur-
has found little time to retreat to his lab and actu-
rently in his second year as departmental chair
ally get some research done, but there is always
and continues to work with the College and
hope for the future.
University to maintain the Department’s repu-
tation in research, teaching and service.
ED RIPLEY Professor of Geological Sciences | Geochemistry, Economic Geology
Ed’s research interests include the genesis of
He is also preparing for the 2020 International Ni-
metallic ore deposits and the application of sta-
Cu-PGE Symposium which will be held in Duluth,
ble isotopic geochemistry to petrologic prob-
Current research continues to focus on process-
Ed is currently President of the Commission
es that control the genesis of Ni-Cu-PGE deposits.
on Ore Deposits in Mafic and Ultramafic Rocks
Studies are in progress at the Stillwater Complex
(CODMUR). (MT), the Duluth Complex (MN), The Eagle and East
He presented a short course on Ni-Cu-PGE de-
posits with Chusi Li at the September meeting
of the Society of Economic Geologists in Sep-
tember 2017 in Beijing.
Eagle deposits (MI), the Tamarack deposit (MN),
and several deposits in China. Our current NSF pro-
posal centers on the Cu isotope variability in rocks
and mineralization in the Midcontinent Rift System.
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