A message from Jim Faulds: Please welcome several new members of the NBMG team. This includes Lora Robb, our new Business Manager, who will oversee NBMG’s fiscal and administrative functions and Matthieu Harlaux, an Assistant Professor in Economic Geology. In addition, our Geothermal Center is growing with the additions of Rozena Brecke (who is handling important administrative aspects of the Center), Cary Lindsey (a post-doctoral scholar), and Eli Mlawsky (Geothermal Data Manager). These additions will greatly enhance our ability to analyze natural resources in the state and region. Please see short biographies of everyone below. We are very fortunate to have such a talented group joining NBMG.
New Faculty Members at NBMG:
Matthieu Harlaux, Assistant Professor–Economic Geologist
Dr. Matthieu Harlaux recently joined the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno as an Assistant Professor in economic geology. Dr. Harlaux received his MS in Geosciences from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie in 2012 in Nancy (France). Then, he completed a PhD in Geosciences from the Université de Lorraine in 2016 (Nancy, France) focusing on granite-related tin-tungsten deposits in France. After completing his PhD, Dr. Harlaux joined the University of Geneva (Switzerland), where he did a two-year postdoc working on tin deposits in the Peruvian Central Andes.
Dr. Harlaux’s research focuses on understanding the formation processes of hydrothermal ore deposits. He uses a combination of field-work and modern analytical techniques (LA-ICP-MS, MC-ICP-MS, ID-TIMS, SIMS) for studying the trace element and isotope geochemistry of rocks, minerals, and fluid inclusions. More specifically, his research interests concern the processes at the magmatic-hydrothermal transition that occurs at the end of magma crystallization when exsolution of high-temperature volatile fluids occurs. This research aims to better understand the physico-chemical conditions (temperature, pressure, salinity, pH, gas content, and metal content) allowing the deposition of metal-bearing minerals by hydrothermal fluids.
Dr. Harlaux is excited to concentrate his research on the Nevada’s metallogeny, which has an incredible variety of hydrothermal ore deposits, including Carlin-type gold deposits, porphyry copper deposits, and epithermal gold-silver deposits, among the most important. Dr. Harlaux will help to strengthen the economic geology group at NBMG and to develop new research projects in strong collaboration with the mining industry and other universities. One of his ambitions will be to develop a new laboratory at NBMG focusing on the study of fluid inclusions applied to hydrothermal systems. His work will examine the ore-forming processes (fluid mixing, cooling, fluid-rock interaction, etc) in link with the Cenozoic magmatic and tectonic evolution of Nevada.
Lora Robb, Business Manager
Lora Robb joined NBMG in December as its new Business Manager. Her role includes overseeing the Bureau’s financial, administrative, and human resources operations working closely with the Director to make sure everything runs efficiently and effectively. She has worked in land use and water resources planning and as a business manager for several public agencies in the Reno area including Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, Washoe County, Truckee Meadows Water Authority, and Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency. Lora holds an MA in Geography from California State University, Chico, and grew up in Truckee, California.
Lora is excited to join NBMG and return to a world where earth science and mapping are core to the organization’s mission. Her first real job out of college was working for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Mapping Division so joining the Bureau feels like returning home. When not at work, Lora is often with her husband Paul hiking, camping, boating, and otherwise exploring the wide open spaces of the great state of Nevada.
New Staff at Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy
Rozena Brecke, Administrative Assistant
Rozena attained a dual degree from the University of Nevada, Reno Honors Program, earning a BA in Philosophy, a BS in Health Sciences and a minor in Biochemistry (2000). She pursued an internship at the UNR’s Medical School, and presented at Cancer Research conferences in the U.S. and abroad, with plans of an MA in Biomedical Ethics. After a change of plans and searching for her purpose and passion, in 2004 she opened up her own business, a tiny organic grocery store called Vegetus, Latin for “fresh, whole, lively and sound.” In 2006, she decided that it was time to seek that advanced degree, closed up shop, but then life happened, quite literally, and she welcomed her son, Soren, into the world.
In 2014, Rozena returned to University of Nevada to work at the Wolf Shop, the student-owned and operated campus store, where she curated the General Books department, led the bookstore’s first U.S. Passport Acceptance Facility and ultimately did her best to inspire and support students to become ‘real’ adults. In 2018, she transferred as an Administrative Assistant to the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy, housed in the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, where she is proud to contribute to the global transition to renewable energy.
Rozena loves clean food, plants, great coffee, libations, ideas, kindness and humor. When she is not reading or cross-wording in the sunshine, she is appreciating the warm sound of vinyl in her 1938 brick home with the love of her life, son, and cat, Tuna.
Cary Lindsey, Postdoctoral Scholar
Dr. Cary Lindsey recently joined the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy in the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno as a Postdoctoral Scholar. She received her BS in Geology from Mississippi State University and a PhD from University of Idaho. Dr. Lindsey’s research primarily focuses on exploration and characterization of geothermal systems. She uses techniques such as geostatistical and statistical modeling in her work as well as foundational concepts in hydrogeology and heat and mass transfer. She has worked in the Basin and Range of Oregon as well as Yellowstone National Park.
Dr. Lindsey is pleased to join the team at GBCGE-NBMG to participate in international capacity building for geothermal development where she will share her skills and training with scientists in countries on the cusp of geothermal development and looks forward to learning about and exploring geothermal systems in other regions of the world. She also continues to develop geostatistical techniques and modeling for refined characterization of heat and mass flow in geothermal systems.
Eli Mlawsky, GBCGE Geoscience Data Manager
Eli joined NBMG in October 2018 as the Geothermal Data Manager at GBCGE. His main focus is developing and maintaining an online relational database to warehouse all subsurface data for Nevada and the encompassing Great Basin region. Eli’s other roles include automation of organizational processes and project support via curating and distributing NBMG data products. He is a UNR alumnus, holding an MS in hydrogeology and BS in geophysics. Prior to joining NBMG, Eli worked as a consultant geophysicist. He enjoys data-driven modeling and all things computer science. He has pursued a lateral move in his early career to cultivate his programming skills while still working with familiar data and a welcoming earth science community that he knows and loves.
After hours, Eli can be found road biking, bouldering, painting, or fabricating in one of Reno’s great community art spaces.