Shannon Shaw

Geochemist/Mineralogist

Education

M.Sc., Applied Mineralogy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, 1994-1996.
B.Sc. (Honours), Chemistry and Geological Sciences, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 1990-1994.

Affiliations

Geological Society of America,
Mineralogical Society of Canada,
Canadian Association of Women Geoscientist.

Specialization

Experience

Jan. 2005-Present
Mehling Environmental Management Inc.
Geochemist/Mineralogist.
Oct. 1996-2005
Geochemist, Robertson GeoConsultants Inc.
Responsibilities include management and interpretation of geochemical testing programs including sampling, mineralogical characterization, design and interpretation of various geochemical laboratory test programs, geochemical computer speciation modeling, development of ARD control strategies and mine waste management plans, integration of geochemical issues into closure and reclamation alternative analyses and facilitation in multi-stakeholder, multidisciplinary decision making.
1996
Consulting Work
Small scale consulting contracts involving X-ray Diffraction examination and Electron Probe Microanalysis of geological materials.
1994-1995
Teaching Assistant, University of British Columbia
Work entailed preparation and teaching the laboratory portion of the following courses:
  • Introductory Geology
  • Introduction to Mineralogy
  • Field Methods
  • Geology for Non-geologists
  • Teaching assistant for field school for second year students.
1994
Research Assistant, Queen's University
Work entailed sample preparation, mineralogical characterization and interpretation of geological materials.
1993
Teaching Assistant, Queen's University
Work entailed teaching the laboratory portion of the following course:
  • Introduction to Geology for Geological Engineers.
Recently Completed Projects

Grasberg Mine, Irian Jaya, Indonesia. (2001-present) for P.T. Freeport Indonesia.
  • Review of overburden management practices.
  • Conceptual closure planning for ARD related issues
  • Site-wide Load balance evaluation.

Lupin Mine, NWT, Canada (2001-present) for EBA Engineering.
  • Review of geochemical characterization of the tailings.
  • Review of tailings closure plan

Red River Basin, near Questa, New Mexico, U.S.A. (2000-2001) for Molycorp Inc.
  • Field reconnaissance and geochemical characterization of background contamination in the drainage basin near the Questa mine.
  • Geochemical speciation modeling
  • Load balance evaluation of a hydrothermal scar to determine the natural contaminant load into the Red River.

Questa Mine Site, Questa, New Mexico, U.S.A. (1999-2001) for Molycorp Inc.
  • Geochemical characterization of the waste rock, open pit, hydrothermal scars and undisturbed area on the mine site (including field tests and laboratory analyses)
  • Geochemical modeling and predictions of future acid rock drainage potential
  • Load balance evaluation for the mine site.

Zortman Mine Site, Montana, U.S.A. (1999-present) for Montana DEQ and US BLM.
  • Geochemical characterization of the waste rock, spent ore, open pits, etc on the mine site (including extensive field and laboratory analyses)
  • Geochemical modeling and predictions of future acid rock drainage potential
  • Load balance and water quality evaluations for the mine site
  • Integration of geochemical issues into overall reclamation alternative planning
  • Development of Multiple Accounts Analysis for the evaluation and decision making for the proposed reclamation alternatives

Landusky Mine Site, Montana, U.S.A. (1999-present) for Montana DEQ and US BLM.
  • Geochemical characterization of the waste rock, spent ore, open pits, etc on the mine site (including extensive field and laboratory analyses)
  • Geochemical modeling and predictions of future acid rock drainage potential
  • Load balance and water quality evaluations for the mine site
  • Integration of geochemical issues into overall reclamation alternative planning
  • Development of Multiple Accounts Analysis for the evaluation and decision making for the proposed reclamation alternatives

Gilt Edge Mine Site, South Dakota, U.S.A. (2000) for US EPA.
  • Geochemical characterization of the waste rock, spent ore, open pits, facility areas and undisturbed areas on the mine site (including field tests and laboratory analyses)
  • Water quality evaluations, geochemical modeling and predictions of future acid rock drainage potential

Questa Mine Tailings Impoundments, Questa, New Mexico, U.S.A. (1997-1999) for Molycorp Inc.
  • Geochemical characterization of tailings
  • Modeling of seepage geochemistry in tailings porewater
  • Predictions of future acid rock drainage potential in the tailings

Publications

Various technical papers and conference proceedings.