As part of the Geosciences Department colloquium series, and in conjunction with the Institute for Mineral Resources, Murray Hitzman, associate director for the Energy & Minerals Area of the U.S. Geological Survey will present "The Central African Copperbelt: New Perspectives on the World's Greatest Sedimentary Rock-hosted Copper District."
Hitzman has executive leadership oversight responsibility for Federal scientific research programs in energy and mineral resources, minerals information, and an interdisciplinary Science and Decisions Center. He came to the USGS in September 2016 after a 20-year career with the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO, bringing with him a breadth of skills and experience. He most recently served as the Charles F. Fogarty Professor of Economic Geology at the Colorado School of Mines. In this role, he built one of the largest academic economic geology teaching and research programs in the United States with research focused in southern Africa but stretching across the globe. He also served as head of the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at Colorado School of Mines for five and a half years. Prior to this, he was an American Association for the Advancement of Science/Sloan Foundation Fellow in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and served for a year as the Geological Society of America/USGS Congressional Fellow in the office of Senator Joseph Lieberman. Murray worked for Chevron Corporation from 1982-1993 primarily overseas; he discovered and helped put into production a major zinc mine in the Republic of Ireland. Murray conducted his Masters and doctoral research in Alaska where he worked with the Anaconda Company. Murray was presented the Haddon Forrester King Medal by the Australian Academy of Science in 2016; in 2015, he received the Daniel C. Jackling Award from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc. and the Des Pretorius Award from the Geological Society of South Africa. He has published over 75 peer-reviewed scientific papers, primarily on mineral deposits and natural resources policy, and published three geological maps.