Consultant and Affiliated Professor, Colorado School of Mines
Roundup 2018 Theme Session – Think Zinc!
David Leach received his B.S. degree at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and his M.S. and Ph.D. (1973) degrees from the University of Missouri. He worked for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 5 years as a project scientist on uranium geochemistry, hydrothermal alteration experiments on porphyry ores, and exploration geochemistry. He joined the U.S. Geological Survey in 1978, where he worked for more than 34 years. He held a High Level CNRS Visiting Scientist at the University of Paris VI, Gledden Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. He is currently a Research Professor at the Colorado School of Mines, Guest Professor at China University of Geoscience and consultant to the minerals industry. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 papers on the geology and geochemistry of ore deposits and is a recognized expert on sediment-hosted base metal deposits. His career focused on hydrothermal mineral-rock interactions with special interest in Mississippi Valley-type and CD (SEDEX) Pb-Zn deposits, ore formation in metamorphic environments, global metallogeny and exploration targeting at global to mineral belt to deposit scales. David Leach served as President of SGA, Treasurer of SGA and the SEG International Exchange Lecturer. In 2010, he received the Meritorious Service Medal from the United States Department of the Interior and the Penrose Gold Medal from the Society of Economic Geologists. In 2017, he received the SGA-Newmont Gold Medal from SGA. He is currently working on the connections between evaporites and sediment-hosted base-metal deposits with a focus on Asia, North Africa and the Americas.