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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review




JoAnne Nelson, M.Sc., P.Geo.


Job title: Emeritus Geoscientist

Geological mapping and related studies aimed at solving tectonic and metallogenetic puzzles in northwestern BC; project design; collaboration and mentoring.



University of Washington (B.Sc., 1973)
University of British Columbia (M.Sc., 1976)



JoAnne combined consulting work in mineral exploration with contract petrography for Vancouver Petrographics and sessional lecturing at UBC, Douglas College during 1978-1985. In 1986 she joined the BCGS as a Project Geologist.


At the BCGS, responsible for continuing field mapping and related geological studies in northern British Columbia. JoAnne’s primary area of expertise is the tectonics and metallogeny of the Cordillera of northern British Columbia, developed over 30 years of detailed field studies throughout the region, from the Rocky Mountains through the inner accreted terranes (Yukon-Tanana, Quesnellia, Stikinia) to the Insular terranes of the coast. She has also developed expertise in aspects of the evolution of the BC-Yukon-Alaskan Cordillera as a whole. Her current project involves structural and geochonological studies of the Mesozoic porphyry belt of the Golden Triangle.