Degree program: Master of Science, University of British Columbia
Supervisor: Maya Kopylova
I am a Master’s student working in the Diamond Exploration Laboratory in the University of British Columbia and I am actively enrolled in the DERTS program.
My current research project is
focused on mineral inclusions in diamonds from the Lace mine in South
Africa with the aim of determining their origin and the mantle processes
beneath the Kaapvaal craton. My research duties include description of
morphology and color of the Lace diamond collection, as well as
polishing diamonds to expose mineral inclusions. Part of the research
will be to examine if Lace diamonds belong to the eclogitic or
peridotitic paragenesis. The set of analytical methods applied include
Raman spectroscopy, Electron Microprobe, cathodolumincescence, Infrared
spectroscopy, examination of fluorescence and isotope composition of
carbon by conventional mass spectrometry. Additionally, we will apply
geothermobarometry. Samples for this project have been provided by Diamond Corp PLC.
Prior to my graduate studies, I first attended a 2-year undergraduate program in Physics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and afterwards I completed my 4-year B.Sc. honours degree in Geology and Geoenvironment at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, where I was ranked first in my class and honoured valedictorian. During my undergraduate thesis I worked on the potential microbial biosignatures in supergene oxidation zones of carbonate-replacement Pb-Zn-Ag mineralization, Lavrion District, Attica, Greece, which I presented at the European Astrobiology Network Association Conference (Athens, 2016).
Once I have completed my Masters, I would be interested in applying my current training in the diamond industry as an exploration geologist or working in gemmology.
Rio Tinto: May - August 2018