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Murray Hitzman - Research for Responsible and Sustainable Mineral Exploration and Production

Updated: May 31, 2020

The Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG) is a Science Foundation of Ireland (SFI) supported research centre that includes approximately 60 academic leaders, 90 PhD and post-doctoral researchers at seven universities and research institutions across Ireland who work with over 60 industry partners and five State policy partners to address critical questions regarding natural resources including raw materials, energy, and water.  Much of the research conducted by iCRAG is aimed at solutions for a sustainable future for mineral exploration and production.  This includes developing innovative new geochemical, geophysical, and machine learning methodologies for less impactful, more socially acceptable mineral exploration.  iCRAG is also working towards a circular economy by becoming a technological leader in establishing the deportment of critical elements in a wide variety of materials and waste streams.  iCRAG is also examining perceptions of risk in a variety of settings and responsible decision making, all critically important for the social acceptance of mineral exploration and mining.


Murray Hitzmanholds a Professorship in the School of Earth Sciences at University College Dublin and is Director of the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG).  He served as Associate Director for Energy and Minerals at the U.S. Geological Survey (2016-17), was the Charles Fogarty Professor of Economic Geology at Colorado School of Mines from 1996-2016, and as a policy analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (1994-96)andthe U.S. Senate (1993-94).He worked in the petroleum and minerals industries from 1976 to 1993 primarily conducting mineral exploration worldwide and was largely responsible for Chevron Corporation’s Lisheen Zn-Pb-Ag discovery in Ireland (1990). Hitzman holds degrees in geology and anthropology from Dartmouth College (B.A.1976), geology from University of Washington (M.S.1978), and geology from Stanford University (Ph.D.1983).  He has previously served on the boards of a number of mineral exploration and mining companies. He has received a number of awards including the Society of Economic Geologists Silver Medal (1999), Daniel C. Jackling Award by Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration and Des Pretorius Award by the Geological Society of South Africa (both 2015), and Haddon Forrester King Medal by the Australian Academy of Sciences (2016). Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences, O’Brien Centre for Science (East), University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4 Ireland

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