Simon Jowitt

Associate Professor

Economic Geology

Office: LFG 114
Phone: (702) 895-2447
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BSc. (Hons) in Geology, University of Edinburgh, 2002
MSc. in Mining Geology, Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, 2003
PhD. in Geology, University of Leicester, 2009

Research interests:

My research focuses on the use of geochemistry to unravel geological processes in a variety of settings with direct application to understanding not only mineralizing systems but also igneous petrology, mineral exploration, global tectonics and the links between magmatism and metallogeny. This expertise is not just restricted to high temperature processes but is complemented by my growing interest in low temperature processes, especially those associated with the environmental impact of mining, the use of soil geochemistry in mineral exploration, and the potential uses of mining and other wastes for metal production and CO2 sequestration. I also undertake research in mineral economics, critical metal resources and the security of supply of the critical elements, and the “economic” side of economic geology, as demonstrated by a number of recent publications on global Cu, Ni, Co, rare earth element and indium resources and the impact of COVID-19 on the global minerals industry. I have published more than 90 scientific papers and peer-reviewed book chapters since 2010 and was awarded the Society of Economic Geologists Waldemar Lindgren Award in 2014.

Selected publications:

Li, Y., Yuan, F., Jowitt, S. M., Wang, F., Li, X., Deng, Y., Wang. Y., & Zhou, T. (2021) Molybdenite Re–Os, titanite and garnet U–Pb dating of the Magushan skarn Cu–Mo deposit, Xuancheng district, Middle–Lower Yangtze River Metallogenic Belt. Geoscience Frontiers 12, Article 101116.

Jowitt, S. M. (2020) COVID-19 and the global mining industry. SEG Discovery, 112, 33–41.

Jowitt, S. M., Mudd, G. M. & Thompson, J. F. H. (2020) Future availability of non-renewable metal resources and the influence of environmental, social, and governance conflicts on metal production. Communications Earth & Environment 1, Article 13.

Lee, J., Bazilian, M., Sovacool, B., Hund, K., Jowitt, S. M., Nguyen, T. P., Manberger, A., Kah, M., Greene, S., Galeazzi, C., Awuah-Offei, K., Moats, M. S., Tilton, J. E., & Kukoda, S. (2020) Reviewing the material and metal security of low-carbon transitions. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 124, Article 109789.

Li, Y., Yuan, F., Jowitt, S. M., Deng, Y., Hu, X., Liu, G., Li, X. & Zhou, T. (2020) Geochronology, geochemistry and Sr–Nd–Hf isotopic compositions of the mineralization-related intrusive rocks in the Xuancheng ore district, Eastern China: petrogenetic, tectonic and metallogenic implications. Ore Geology Reviews, 125, Article 103690.

Van Hinsbergen, D. J. J., Spakman, W., de Boorder, H., van Dongen, M. & Jowitt, S. M. (2020) Arc‐type magmatism due to continental‐edge plowing through ancient subduction‐enriched mantle. Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2020GL087484