Chusi Li

Chusi Li

Senior Scientist, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Fellow of the Geological Society of America, Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists

Director, Microprobe Lab


  • Ph.D., University of Toronto, Canada, 1993
  • M.S., Chengdu University of Technology, China, 1986
  • B.S., Chengdu University of Technology, China, 1982

Research interests

My research, conducted through detailed fieldwork and careful laboratory investigation, currently focuses on world-class magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE (platinum-group elements) deposits, the tectonic setting in which they occur, petrogenesis of associated mafic-ultramafic rocks, causes of sulfide saturation in mafic magma, concentration of immiscible sulfide liquids in magma plumbing systems, controls on the compositions of base metals and PGE in sulfide ores, and models that can be used to assist in exploration targeting.

Awards, honors + adjunct status

  • 2009-present, Honorary Lecturer, Society of Economic Geologists
  • 2009-present, Guest Fellow, Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2011, Regional Vice President Lecturer, Society of Economic Geologists
  • 2009, Fellow, Geological Society of America
  • 2006-2010, Guest Professor, China University of Geosciences-Beijing
  • 2005-2010, Guest Professor, Chang’an University, Xi’an, China
  • 2005-2009, Cuiying Chair (distinguished guest) Professor, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China
  • 2003, Fellow, Society of Economic Geologists