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Dr. Paula Montoya Lopera | Planetary Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Research Fellow, CODES – UTAS, Australia

Dedicated and hard-working Economic Geologist Scientist with 23 years of experience specializing in the exploration and research of various mineral deposits, including Ag/Au polymetallic epithermal, orogenic gold vein systems, and gold, copper-molybdenum porphyry deposits and skarns. Known for strong leadership and project implementation skills in applied geoscience and economic development.


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馃帗 Education:

Specialization in Pedagogy, Universidad del Norte, Colombia (2022). Ph.D. Earth Science (Economic Geology), CGEO, UNAM University, Mexico (2016 – 2020). M.Sc. Earth Science (Geometallurgy), University of Tasmania, Australia (2012 – 2014). B.Sc. Geologist Engineer, National University, Colombia (1999 – 2004)

馃弳 Awards:

馃弳 Throughout her career, Dr. Montoya Lopera has received numerous awards, including the prestigious BAL-UNAM Award for the best Earth Science PhD thesis (2020) and a PhD Honorific Mention from CGEO, UNAM (2020). She was nominated for the Alfonso Caso Medal for outstanding PhD candidates at UNAM University and received the UNAM Recognition Award for PhD graduation on time, all in 2020. Earlier, she was honored with the OAS-CONACYT-AMEXID Award for the best PhD student at CGEO, UNAM (2016) and the CONACYT Scholarship Award for her PhD studies (2016-2020), along with the AngloGold Ashanti Scholarship Award for her MSc studies at UTAS, Tasmania, Australia (2012-2014).

馃捈 Experience:

Senior Economic Geologist Consultant at CCS, North University

Senior Geologist at AngloGold Ashanti

馃攳 Research Interests:

馃敩 Dr. Montoya Lopera’s professional skills span analytical techniques such as XRF, QXRD, and MLA data analysis, complemented by extensive experience in mine geology, geometallurgy, and applied geoscience. She is proficient in using software tools like Datamine (RM – FUSION X), Leapfrog Geo, and IoGas, among others, contributing significantly to her research and consultancy roles in economic geology and mineral exploration.


New insights into the geology and tectonics of the San Dimas mining district, Sierra Madre Occidental, Mexico P Montoya-Lopera, L Ferrari, G Levresse, F Abdullin, L Mata Ore Geology Reviews 105, 273-294 17 2019 Development of a predictive geometallurgical recovery model for the La Colosa, porphyry gold deposits, Colombia. S Leichliter, J Hunt, R Berry, L Keeney, P Montoya-Lopera, … The first AusIMM International Geometallurgy Conference: GeoMet 2011. Brisbane 13 2011 Construcci贸n del pensamiento pedag贸gico BE Garc铆a, JG L贸pez, M Lopera, P Andrea, AF Moreno, PA Osorio Medell铆n: Universidad Pontifica Bolivariana 9 2007 New geological, geochronological and geochemical characterization of the San Dimas mineral system: Evidence for a telescoped Eocene-Oligocene Ag/Au deposit in the Sierra Madre聽鈥

Paula Montoya Lopera | Planetary Sciences | Best Researcher Award

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