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

C. Jayamali Maha Kumarage

Ph.D. (2024-present) - Geology of sapphire deposits in Sri Lanka.

Gökhan Keser

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

Samantha Pike

B.Sc. Hons. (2024-present) - Ruby from Badakhshan, Afghanistan: Petrography, inclusions, and trace element composition, Collaboration with field gemologist Vincent Pardieu.

Ofure Onodenalore

M.Sc. (2021-present, finishing part time while working in industry) - Provenance of detrital corundum in surficial sediments as a potential vector for ruby and sapphire deposits

Mineralogist, Elemission Inc.

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.

Geologist, Matador Mining

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.

Geologist, Tata Steel Minerals Canada

Jake Broders

B.Sc. Hons. (2023-2024) - Pebble lithology of sapphire-bearing colluvium and petrography of selected mafic pebbles, Rock Creek, Montana, USA.

Geologist, New Found Gold Corp.