Stan is a structural field geologist with extensive experience in petrology, geochemistry, plate tectonics, mineralogy and economic geology. He began his career working for the Arizona Geological Survey as state geologist and for Kennecott’s Geological Research Group as a geological mapper. In 1979 Exxon Research funded him to follow up his field observations and ideas about ore-forming processes and plate tectonics. In 1983 he co-founded MagmaChem Exploration Inc. as its president for the purpose of following-up the Exxon research and soon developed a chemical classification of igneous rocks and mineral deposits that has helped lower exploration risk. He has taught numerous seminars for the resource industries, government surveys and Universities. Stan’s first love is geologic mapping, especially when he is able to integrate geochemistry, structure, mineralogy, isotopic age dates, and stratigraphy in the context of plate tectonics. He has extensive experience using structural fabric, fault kinematics and geochemistry to map fluid migration and trapping mechanisms for the purpose of identifying drill targets. He has applied this approach to plays in North and South America, and Africa with great success.
Stan earned a BSs. Degree in Philosophy and an MSc. degree in Geology from the University of Arizona. He has presented and published hundreds of geological papers. He is a member and has served as an executive for numerous professional associations including the Arizona Geological Society (AGS), the Geological Society of Nevada (GSN), the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the American Mineralogical Society, the Canadian Mineralogical Society (CMS), and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), the Geological Society of America (GSA), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), and the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG).
Monte began his career as a research geologist for Kennecott’s Geological Research Group focusing on basement lithology and structure and as an exploration geologist for Newmont Mining Company at the time of their initial major gold discoveries in Nevada. In 1983 he co-founded MagmaChem Exploration, Inc and helped built a client base to fund the MagmaChem concept. Clients included virtually all the major mining and oil and gas companies, in addition to groups such as the USGS and DOE. Over the years Monte continued to spend time in the field mapping, sampling, and targeting ore deposits as-well-as managing drill projects. Monte has special interest in basement geology, kinematic analysis and fluid flow and has compiled large exploration databases for Mexico, British Columbia, the Western US, and Eastern Canada. He is an adjunct professor and a published author.
Monte earned a BSc. degree in Geological Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a MSc. degree in Geology from the University of Arizona. He has been a member and presented papers to numerous professional geologic associations such as; Arizona Geological Society (AGS), the Geological Society of Nevada (GSN), the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG), Denver Region Exploration Geologists Society (DREGS), Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME), the Geological Society of America (GSA), the American Institute of Mining Engineers (AIME), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), and the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG).