About Dr. Phil Belley

Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Dr. Belley completed his B.Sc. Honours in Geology at the University of Ottawa. He then completed his Ph.D. in Geological Sciences at the University of British Columbia, where he conducted research on the genesis of gem spinel, sapphire, and lapis lazuli in metacarbonate rocks in southern Baffin Island (Canadian Arctic). 

He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL, Canada, where he leads the Gem Science Research Group. The research group's work focuses on coloured gemstone deposits, particularly gem corundum (ruby/sapphire) deposits and exploration method development.