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Nicole Hurtig

Assistant Professor


  • MSEC 310


Ph.D., Geochemistry/Experimental High Temperature Geochemistry, McGill University, 2014

M.Sc., Geology and Geochemistry/Mineral Resources, ETH Zurich, 2008

B.Sc., Earth Sciences/honors thesis in Mineral Resources, ETH Zurich, 2006

Research Interests

  • Ore forming processes and metal mobility in hydrothermal fluids
  • Re-Os isotope systematics applied to petroleum systems and water-oil interaction
  • Volcanic gas chemistry and fluid-gas-rock interaction in geothermal systems/energy
  • Experimental geochemistry and thermodynamics: metal speciation and partitioning

Professional appointments

Assistant Professor; New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology; 2020 – current: Research in Geochemistry and Economic Geology, lecturer, student supervision

Research Assistant Professor; Colorado School of Mines; 2019 – 2020: Research in Geochemistry and Economic Geology, supervision of students, program manager for non-thesis graduate programs in the Dept. of Geology and Geological Engineering

Postdoctoral Fellow; AIRIE Program, Colorado State University; 2015 – 2019: Experiments on water-oil interaction and Re-Os geochronology

Ph.D. candidate/graduate research fellow; McGill University; 2010 – 2014: High temperature experiments on metal solubility in low and intermediate density fluids

Researcher; University of Iceland; 2008 – 2009: Analyzing fluids from active geothermal systems, compiling a thermodynamic data base

Trainee Geologist; Mega Uranium/Mega Georgetown; 2007: Brownfield Exploration, mapping, field sampling, supervision of drilling and field crew

Teaching and Research Assistant; ETH Zurich; 2006 – 2008: Teaching undergraduate labs, working at the rock collections, field assistant

Junior Geologist; Oekogeo; 2006: Groundwater map compilation using ArcGIS, water protection zoning in SH, Switzerland


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