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The GECSC welcomes Research Geologist Amy Gilmer

Amy Gilmer

Amy comes to us from England's University of Bristol where she earned her Ph.D., with studies focused on the primary magmatic features and petrogenesis of the Don Manuel igneous complex and associated porphyry copper system in the Andean Cordillera of central Chile. Before that, she received a B.S. in Geology from the College of William and Mary and later attended The University of Texas at Austin, earning a M.S. in Economic Geology with research focused on a porphyry copper deposit in west Texas. Returning to her homestate, where she grew up on a farm in the Appalachian Mountains, Amy worked for 11 years with the Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources conducting mineral resource assessments and geologic mapping in the Virginia Blue Ridge, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain.

Amy's work with the GECSC's Cenozoic Landscape Evolution of the Southern Rocky Mountains Project will involve investigating the Platoro and Dulce dike swarms and post-caldera intrusions of the Platoro caldera complex and how they relate to the San Juan magma reservoir, Rio Grande extension-related magmatism, and ore deposition in the region.

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Our world is being transformed due to climate variability, population growth, intensive land use, and the increasing demands on water, ecological, agricultural, energy, and mineral resources. To address these issues, the Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center (GECSC) conducts research on (1) climatic, environmental, and landscape changes, (2) the geologic framework of natural resources and hazards, (3) ecological disturbance patterns resulting from natural and anthropogenic changes, and (4) the interactions among geologic, biologic, hydrologic, and human systems. This work supports policy and management decisions, the search for new sources of key materials, and the assessment of the combined environmental impacts of climate variability and human activities.

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