New Director of Center for Research in Economic Geology (CREG)—John Muntean


Announcement from MSESE Director, Russ Fields (12-14-12):

“I am pleased to announce that Dr. John Muntean has been named Director of the Ralph Roberts Center for Research in Economic Geology (CREG) at the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering.  The Mackay School is part of the College of Science, University of Nevada, Reno.

Dr. Muntean will lead CREG in its mission to direct research in the field of economic geology specifically on the deposition of gold deposits. CREG is a unit of Mackay’s Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering.

Following is information about Dr. Muntean:

John Muntean is a Research Economic Geologist and Associate Professor with the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno.  He received his BS from Purdue University, his MS from the University of Michigan, and his PhD from Stanford University.  Before joining UNR in 2005, John worked 12 years in the mining industry for companies exploring for gold in Nevada, including Santa Fe Pacific, Homestake, and Placer Dome.  At Placer Dome, he provided technical support for Placer’s worldwide near-mine and long-term generative exploration efforts.  His research has been on epithermal, porphyry, and Carlin-type gold deposits in Nevada and Latin America.  At NBMG he has also been involved in mineral assessments, mapping projects, database compilations, and reporting on mineral exploration activities in Nevada.  He is an active member of the Society of Economic Geologists and the Geological Society of Nevada.

Please join me in welcoming John as the CREG director.  John’s email address is

I also wish to recognize Dr. Tommy Thompson for his leadership of CREG for approximately the last 16 years.  Dr. Thompson and his graduate students have worked on many of the questions on gold deposition and have advanced our collective understanding.  We wish him well as he continues to serve on the faculty of the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering at Mackay.”

John Muntean would like to add:

“I look forward to working with any who are interested in helping CREG continue to develop and grow into a world-class research unit in the formation and exploration for ore deposits. I have many ideas that I’d like to bounce off people.  If I don’t contact you first, please contact me with your suggestions.  My email is Thank you for your continuing support of the CREG program.”

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