Dr. Russell Harmon, Chairman
Dr. Russell Harmon is a geochemist, now retired after a nearly 50-yr professional career in the geosciences. From 2011-17, Russell was Director of the International Research Office of the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center. Prior to that, he served from 1993-2011 as Program Manager for Terrestrial Sciences at the Army Research Office. Russell also has worked in the Lunar Receiving Laboratory and Geochemistry Division at the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center, at the Scottish Universities Research and Reactor Center, in the UK Natural Environment Research Council and has held faculty positions at Michigan State University and Southern Methodist University. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and National Speleological Society, past Chair of the Geological Society of America Division of Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, & Volcanology and a former President of the International Association of GeoChemistry. His current research interests include riverine geochemistry and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy. Russell holds a BA from the University of Texas, MS from the Pennsylvania State University, and PhD from McMaster University.
Dr. David Hedley MacDonald Alderton
Dr. Alderton is an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Earth Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. Formerly a lecturer in Geology at Royal Holloway with over 35 years of experience teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, his research using field and laboratory-based studies has been carried out at numerous locations around the globe. The results of this research have been widely published, with the focus on two broad themes: the characteristics and genesis of hydrothermal, metalliferous mineral deposits, and the geochemistry of mining-related pollution. Dr. Alderton’s collaboration with the mining and engineering industry has concentrated on the chemical and mineralogical characterization of mining waste and minimizing its effect on the environment.
Professor R. Baskar
Prof. R. Baskar is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar, Haryana, India. He has also been an Academic Guest in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland, Technical University of Munich, Germany, Centre for Geobiology, Norway, Stockholm University, Sweden, VTT, Finland, Jagiellonian University, Poland and Slovak Caves Administration, Slovakia. He actively takes part in several national and international conferences, workshops, field work and training programs, including outreach activities. Prof. Baskar has been professing for the seamless integration of geology and microbiology and has been one of the pioneering Indian workers in cave geomicrobiology. He has published several research papers along with other workers, which has resulted in the significant advancement of fundamental knowledge about mineral-microbe interactions. Prof. Baskar believes that public engagement with science is essential for a high level of outreach activities and delivers popular scientific lectures in schools, colleges, universities, and publishes popular science articles.
Dr. Hamida Diab
Dr. Hamida Diab holds degrees in Geology from the University of Annaba, Algeria (PhD) and the University of Tebessa (BSc and MSc). She has more than 11 years of experience in minerals exploration and exploitation, sedimentary geology, geochemistry, environmental geology, structural and field geology, petrology, and geotechnical applications. She has experience with several mining companies in technical and administrative positions, including as the Technical Coordinator at the National Office of Geological and Mining Research (ORGM). She is currently a Project manager at the National Iron Mining Company (SOMIFER).
Dr. Diab has authored or co-authored more than 10 scientific publications, books, and abstracts, as well as several presentations at national and international conferences in the field of earth science. She has a great passion for geology and aspires to use it to improve the lives of people and communities.
Dr. Mike Katz
Dr. Mike Katz received a BS in Geology from Michigan Tech in 1960, a MSc from McGill in 1963 and a PhD from the University of Toronto in 1967. He was a senior lecturer in Applied Geology from 1971 to 1988 and Director Key Centre for Mines International (KCMI) 1988 to 2009, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia.
Mike has over 50 years international experience starting up with a Canadian Government assignment for the establishment of the first Department of Geology in Sri Lanka from 1967 to 1970 and later as a Councillor for the AGID from 1976 to 1984. With the KCMI, he has worked with AUSAID, UNDP, WB and ADB on over 70 projects in 25 countries. From 1960 to 1967, Mike worked in Canada in mineral exploration and as a geologist for the GSC and the Quebec Government. On retirement from the UNSW in 2010, he has worked for the UNDP in Cambodia, the APEC mining task force, the IM4DC and the Australia Award Africa program. Mike is now a reviewer for the IUCN UNESCO World Heritage geological sites and has recently initiated a social responsibility for geoscience education project.
Dr. Yousif K. Kharaka
Dr. Yousif Kharaka is a senior research hydrogeochemist (emeritus since, 2012) with the U.
S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California. As a Research Scientist at the University of California, Berkeley (1971-1995), and at USGS since 1975, he has been conducting field and laboratory geochemical investigations in the broad areas of water-gas-rock interactions in a variety of natural and contaminated systems. His current investigations cover naturally occurring organics, organic-inorganic interactions, CO2 sequestration in saline aquifers and depleted oil and gas reservoirs, remediation of contaminated agricultural drainage, environmental impacts of water produced with petroleum, and the role of fluids on the dynamics of the San Andreas Fault system.
Dr. Kharaka received his B.Sc. (honors) from Kings College, London, in 1963, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1971. He is currently an associate editor of Applied Geochemistry. Dr. Kharaka was the Secretary General for the Seventh International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction (1992) and was the Chairman of the Working Group on Water-Rock Interaction of International Association of GeoChemistry (IAGC) from 2001 to 2007. He was also a Member of the AAPG Global Climate Change Committee (2007-2010).
Dr. Gabriela Perlingeiro Knesel
Dr. Knesel holds degrees in Geology from The University of Queensland (PhD) in Australia and University of São Paulo (BSc) in Brazil, as well as an MBA in Finance from Rome Business School in Italy. She has over 13 years of experience in earth sciences, particularly in the areas of geochemistry, geochronology and petrology, and has conducted fieldwork on four continents. Dr. Knesel works for the Lhoist Group, currently managing the overall mine plan of an 8.5 Mt mine in Texas, following posts within Lhoist’s Global R&D and North American Mining & Exploration teams. She represented Australia as part of the YES Network Leadership Team until she moved to Belgium in 2013, and was the lead organizer of the 2nd World YES Congress, held within the prestigious 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane in 2012 (with 6000+ attendees). She is a supporter and advocate for women in the mining and metals industry.
Mr. Alex Kwatampora Binego
Mr. Alex Kwatampora Binego is a geoscientist, a geotechnical engineer, and a mining, and engineering geologist with 28 years of experience. He is the Executive Managing Director of Mpora Geo-Tech Consultants Ltd. in Uganda and has worked as a Senior Engineering Geologist-Geotech/Materials Engineer with Fichtner Gmbh & Co. Kg in Germany, as Project Manager of Kilembe Mines (copper and cobalt mine), as Senior Geologist and Transaction Advisor to DLA PIPER (USA), and as a Technical Consultant to M2 Cobalt Corp. (Canada) and JERVOIS Mining Ltd. (Australia)
He has an MSc in Geoscience (Geotechnical Engineering) from Atlantic International University, a BSc (Hons) in Mining/Engineering Geology, Diploma in Earth Science, Seismology Hazard Assessment and Risk Mitigation, from Middleham University and the University of Pretoria, and certificates in Mineral Resources Exploration, GIS & Remote Sensing (Korean Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Exploration, South Korea), Public Administration and Management (Makerere University, Uganda), Geophysics and Seismology (National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics, Egypt), Seismology, Nuclear Radiation, and Safety (Institute of Seismology, Nuclear Radiation, and Detection, Helsinki) and in Development Studies – Poverty Alleviation (Zhejiang University, China).
Alex is a member of the International Association for Promoting Geo-Ethics (IAPG # 2843), a Life member of the Geological Society of Uganda, and a member of the Uganda Seismic Safety Association, the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) and the Uganda Chamber of Mines & Petroleum (UCMP), as well as an ISO certified Auditor QMS 9005 – 2015.
Dr. William Berry Lyons
Dr. Lyons is a Distinguished Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Earth Sciences, and Senior Research Scientist at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, The Ohio State University. Lyons and his research group currently conduct research on three specific topics: 1. the biogeochemistry of Antarctic terrestrial/aquatic ecosystems and how they respond to climate change, 2. the interactions and rates of chemical weathering, erosion/sediment transport and carbon dynamics, especially in small, mountainous watersheds, and 3. the impact of urbanization, suburbanization and agricultural activities on water quality. He is a Fellow of GSA, AAAS and AGU. He has been the lead investigator of the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long Term Ecological Research program, one of the two Antarctic LTER sites funded by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Lyons is also a U.S. representative on the Geosciences Scientific Group of the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR), and the former Director of the School of Earth Sciences, and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at OSU.
Dr. Francisco E. Nullo
Dr. Francisco E. Nullo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was a senior researcher at the National Geological Service (SEGEMAR) from 1967 to 1999, and a principal research scientist at Argentina’s National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET). He has carried out numerous investigations in regional geology, mining, environmental geology, volcanology and paleontology. He was a professor of Regional Geology at various universities in Argentina and Brazil: Buenos Aires, La Pampa, Rio Cuarto, Córdoba, Bahía Blanca and Rio Grande do Sul. More than 20 years ago, Dr. Nullo and his son founded Newphoenix SRL consulting, carrying out research in various specialties of applied geology. He participated as an expert in the UN’s seafloor mining program and was an advisor to the IDB in the Republic of Paraguay. Dr. Nullo has directed numerous research projects at Masters and PhD levels. He is currently studying the environmental conditions for the installation of numerous waste repositories in the country, financed by international credit organizations.
Mr. Nathaniel G. Wessel
Mr. Wessel holds a BSc in Computer Science and a BSc in Psychology from Colorado State University. He is currently a Lead Firmware Engineer and Architect for Micron Engineering, where he develops non-volatile storage devices. In those moments when he is not working, he can be found backpacking, changing diapers, chasing toddlers, gardening, riding his dirt bike, or being tackled by his dogs. Mr. Wessel is well traveled and exceptionally versed in internet applications to marketing and development. He has also worked with a number of companies to maintain and upgrade their corporate computer systems, implemented predictive analytics, provided customer support for a variety of platforms and mobile devices, and worked with other scientists and engineers to develop new products for biological applications.