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Marina Karaevangelou | DERTS Trainees

Marina Karaevangelou

    

 

Marina Karaevangelou

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.

Internship

Rio Tinto: May - August 2018

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