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Stefanie Brueckner

Research Areas: (1) Economic Geology (2) Formation of hydrothermal and metamorphosed ore deposits (3) Mineralogy and textures of (metamorphosed) ore minerals (4) Analytical Chemistry of ore minerals and their isotopes

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2050 Beard Eaves Coliseum
Auburn, AL 36849

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PhD, Geology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Diploma (eq. to MSc), Geology/Paleontology. University of Mainz, Germany

Professional Employment

Lecturer, Auburn University
2016 – Present
Scientific Staff, Geochemistry Division, Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany

Honors and Awards

Gold Medal Governor’s Award, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Fellowship of Memorial University of Newfoundland
‘Best Talk by a Student’, Goldschmidt Conference, Montreal, QC, Canada

Research and Teaching Interests

Stefanie Brueckner teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Geochemistry, Aqueous and Environmental Geochemistry, and Economic Geology. These courses provide basic and advanced principles in geochemistry and economic geology and focus on processes through geologic.

Active research involves: (1) genesis of hydrothermal ore deposits; (2) geochemistry and mineral chemistry of mineral deposits with special focus on metamorphosed, precious metal-bearing hydrothermal deposits; (3) mineralogy and mineral textures of ore minerals and silicates; (4) use of micro-analytical techniques (SEM, EPMA, (LA-)ICP-MS, SIMS) for mineralogical and metallurgical applications in research and industry; and (5) application of geochemical and mineral data in order to constrain the genesis of mineral deposits and to give indications for their tectonic setting.

Selected Publications

  1. Pilote, J.-P., Piercey, S.J., Brueckner, S.M., and Grant, D. 2016. Testing the origins of Au-enrichment in volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits using scanning electron microscopy-mineral liberation analysis: Empirical evidence from the Ming deposit, Newfoundland, Canada. Economic Geology, v. 111:1495-1508.
  2. Brueckner, S.M., Piercey, S.J., Pilote, J.-P., Layne, G.D., and Sylvester, P.J. 2015. Mineralogy and mineral chemistry of the metamorphosed and precious metal-bearing Ming deposit, Canada. Ore Geology Reviews, v. 72:914-939. doi: 10.1016/j.oregeorev.2015.09.016.
  3. Brueckner, S.M., Piercey, S.J., Layne, G.D., Piercey, G. and Sylvester, P.J. 2015. Variations of sulfur isotope signatures in sulfides from the metamorphosed Cu(-Au) volcanogenic massive sulfide Ming deposit, Newfoundland Appalachians. Mineralium Deposita, v. 50: 619-640. doi: 10.1007/s00126-014-0567-7.
  4. Brueckner, S.M., Piercey, S.J., Sylvester, P.J., Maloney, S. and Pilgrim, L., 2014. Evidence for syngenetic precious metal enrichment in an Appalachian volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) system: The 1806 Zone, Ming Mine, Newfoundland, Canada. Economic Geology, v. 109: 1611-1642. doi: 10.2113/econgeo.109.6.1611.

Last updated: 09/29/2016