Graduate student openings

I have interesting, cutting-edge research projects on gem deposits available for motivated students. Please inquire by email (pbelley @ for current opportunities. The Department of Earth Sciences at Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John's, NL, Canada) has a longstanding reputation for excellence in geology. Many analytical instruments are available on-site (see ). More information on the department is available on the website: 

Current Students

Ofure Onodenalore

M.Sc. (2021-  ) - Provenance of detrital corundum in surficial sediments as a potential vector for ruby and sapphire deposits

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Gökhan Keser

M.Sc. (2023-) - Variability of trace element concentrations in metamorphic blue sapphire: A case study on the Beluga deposit (Nunavut).

Joshua Maloney

B.Sc. Hons. (2023) - Mineral and fluid inclusions in amethyst from La Manche, Newfoundland: Insights into the genesis of an epigenetic amethyst-galena vein deposit.

Jake Broders

B.Sc. Hons. (2023) - Pebble lithology of sapphire-bearing colluvium, Rock Creek, Montana, USA.

Past Students

Emma Mercer

B.Sc. Hons. (2022-2023) - Mineralogy & corundum trace element composition at the Hopedale "ruby" occurrence, Labrador: Comparison to till-hosted pink corundum.

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