Craig Hart

ESB 5198
(604) 822-5149

Yukon Alaska Metallogeny Project - an MDRU industry consortium project evaluating regional geology and controls on gold mineralization in west-central Yukon and Alaska.

Regional and Magmatic Controls on Gold and Porphyry Deposits in Colombia - an MDRU industry consortium research project. 

Western Tethyan Metallogeny Project - an MDRU industry consortium research project in Turkey, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Armenia and Iran.

Exploration Footprints of Hydrothermal Ore Systems - determining predictable patterns of detectable features in and beyond the region of observable alteration.

Intrusion-related Gold Metallogeny  -  establishing relationships between magma character, redox state, igneous processes, metal enrichment mechanisms and associated metallogenic expressions.  Development of Reduced Intrusion-related Gold Systems model.

Metallogenic and Magmatic Evolution of the Cordilleran Orogen - Integrated mapping, geochemistry, isotopes and geochronological characterization of the different plutonic suites and their relationships to the spatial and temporal distributions of mineral districts.  Particular emphasis on the Cretaceous.

Porphyry Deposit Formation and Exploration - evaluating the processes and controls on the formation of porphyry copper deposits and the development of strategies and methods for more successful exploration and discovery.

Carbonate Alteration Footprints - using the MDRU Mineral Isotope Analyser to determine the C and O isotopic footprints of ore systems in carbonate rocks or with carbonate alteration, and to develop exploration methods using C and O isotopes.

PIMS -  Porphyry Indicator Minerals - establishing the characteristics of resistate minerals in different parts of altered porphyry systems to establish their use as an exploration tool or fertility indicator, particularly in covered terranes.  

Geochronology of hydrothermal ore deposits dating timing relationships between complex, inter-related magmatic and hydrothermal events requires integrating and understanding differing minerals and dating methods, such as SHRIMP and TIMS U-Pb, Ar-Ar and Re-Os. 

Predictive GIS-based Prospectivity Analysis -  evaluations and comparisons of differing methods of numerical prospectivity analysis (weights of evidence, fuzzy logic, and hybrids) for the recognition of important components in numerical ore system prediction, particularly in frontier areas

Phanerozoic Orogenic Gold Systems - orogenic gold systems have significant crustal extents and their upper parts may be represented as systems dominated by Hg and Sb, that might otherwise be considered to be small epithermal occurrences.  Evaluating the geochemistry and fluid character of these systems can potentially identify large gold systems.

EOSC 531- Exploration Methodologies

EOSC 546 - Advanced Field Skills, taught by MDRU Research Associates

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Top 5 finisher at the Integra Gold Rush Challenge (2016), w Sara Jenkins
  • Audience Choice Award at Integra Gold Rush Challenge presentations (2016)
  • SEG Whistler Conference Co-Chair, w Gerry Carlson (2013)
  • SEG Distinguished Lecturer (2012)
  • GAC Boldy Poster Award for Most Significant and Creative presentation at annual meeting (2009)
  • GAC Distinguished Service Award (2005)


  • MDRU Director and Associate Professor, University of British Columbia (2009 to present)
  • Senior Research Fellow, University of Western Australia (2006-08)
  • Project Geologist, Yukon Geological Survey (1992-2006)
  • Exploration Geologist, various industry


  • PhD, University of Western Australia (2001-2004)
  • MSc, University of British Columbia (1995)
  • BSc, McMaster University (1985)

Brief Bio

Dr. Craig J.R. Hart
Craig Hart is the Director of MDRU - Mineral Deposit Research Unit at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where he initiates and facilitates a wide range of mineral exploration industry-sponsored research projects that focus on gold and porphyry systems, regional metallogeny and exploration methods.  Craig has degrees from McMaster University (BSc 1986), University of British Columbia (MSc 1995) and University of Western Australia (2005) spacing academic intervals over three decades separated by employment in industry and government.  Craig previously worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Exploration Targeting at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth where he pursued research gold metallogeny of China and Mongolia.  Most of Craig’s early career was with the Yukon Geological Survey where he undertook regional mapping and metallogenic surveys in the northern Cordillera.  He played a significant role in developing intrusion-related gold models, and understanding redox controls on regional metallogeny. 

Craig has considerable field and mapping experience which he integrates with geochronology, geochemistry and geophysics to develop new exploration concepts and targets.  He has raised >$20M in research funding to contribute to the training of more than 40 graduate students and 20 senior researchers.  He has given and continues to provide numerous invited scientific presentations, short courses and industry training session throughout the world.  He was a top 5 finisher and Audience Choice winner at the Integra Gold Rush Challenge, and was awarded the Boldy Award in 2009 by the Geological Association of Canada for best presentation, and was the 2011 Society of Exploration Geologists Distinguished Lecturer.

Graduate Students

  • MSc Geological Sciences
  • MSc Geological Sciences
  • PhD
  • MSc Geological Sciences
  • MSc Geological Sciences


F Bouzari, CJR Hart, 2019.  Assessing British Columbia porphyry fertility using zircons.  In: Geoscience BC Summary of Activities 2018: Report 2019-1, p.

G Lesage, K Byrne, WA Morris, RJ Enkin, RG Lee, R Mir, CJR Hart, 2019.  Interpreting regional 3D fault networks from integrated geological and geophysical data sets: An example from the Guichon Creek batholith, British Columbia.  Journal of Structural Geology.


E Galanopoulos, P Voudouris, C Mavrogonatos, P Spry, CJR Hart, V Melfos, ... 2018.  A New Porphyry Mo Mineralization at Aisymi-Leptokarya, South-Eastern Rhodope, North-East Greece: Geological and Mineralogical Constraints.  Geosciences 8 (12), 435

S Nadolski, M Samuels, B Klein, CJR Hart, 2018.  Evaluation of bulk and particle sensor-based sorting systems for the New Afton block caving operation.  Minerals Engineering 121, 169-179.

S Nadolski, C O ‘Hara, B Klein, D Elmo, CJR Hart, 2018.  Cave fragmentation in a cave-to-mill context at the New Afton mine Part II: implications to mill performance. Mining Technology, p. 1-12.

F Bouzari, CJR Hart, T Bissig, G Lesage, 2018.  Mineralogical and Geochemical Characteristics of Porphyry-Fertile Plutons: Guichon Creek, Takomkane and Granite Mountain Batholiths, south-central British Columbia (NTS 092I, P …), Report 2018-17, p. 36.

MJ Tucker, JC Lane, CJR Hart, 2018. Overview of Carlin-Type Prospects of the Nadaleen Trend: A Yukon Analogue to Carlin-Type Gold Mineralization of the Great Basin.  In: Diversity in Carlin Gold Deposits, Reviews in Economic Geology v. 20, p. 235.

S Nadolski, B Klein, CJR Hart, A Moss and D Elmo, 2018.  An approach to evaluating block and panel cave projects for sensor-based sorting applications.  Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on Block and Sublevel …

JJ Angen, CJR Hart, RS Kim, M Rahimi, 2018. Geology and Mineral Potential of the TREK Area, Northern Interior Plateau, Central British Columbia, Parts of 1:250,000 NTS Sheets 093B, C, F and G. Geoscience BC Report 2018-12

M Rahimi, JJ Angen, CJR Hart, 2018.  Application of ASTER Data to Identify Potential Alteration Zones on Microwave Ridge, Northeastern Search Project Area, West-Central British Columbia (part of NTS 093L).  Summary of Activities 2017.


JJ Angen, JL Nelson, M Rahimi, CJR Hart, 2017.  Mapping in the Tatsi and Zymo ridge areas of west-central British Columbia: Implications for the origin and history of the Skeena arch.  Geological Fieldwork 2016 Paper 2017-1, 35-48.

MM Allan, DA Rhys, CJR Hart, 2017. Orogenic gold mineralization of the eastern Cordilleran gold belt, British Columbia: Structural ore controls in the Cariboo (093A/H), Cassiar (104P) and Sheep Creek.  Geoscience BC Report 2017-15

I del Real, F Bouzari, A Rainbow, T Bissig, J Blackwell, R Sherlock, ... CJR Hart, 2017.  Spatially and temporally associated porphyry deposits with distinct Cu/Au/Mo ratios, Woodjam district, central British Columbia.  Economic Geology 112 (7), 1673-1717

Nadolski S, Munkhchuluun M, Klein B., Elmo D, Hart C. 2017. Cave fragmentation in a cave-to-mill context at the New Afton Mine part I: fragmentation and hang-up frequency prediction. Mining Technology. :1–9.

Madrid AL Rodríguez; Bissig T; Hart, CJR; Mantilla Figueroa LC,  2017. Late Pliocene High-Sulfidation Epithermal Gold Mineralization at the La Bodega and La Mascota Deposits, Northeastern Cordillera of Colombia. Economic Geology. 112:347–374.

Hart, CJR, Jenkins S. 2017. Surficial Geochemical Map Packages for British Columbia Porphyry Systems. Summary of Activities 2016, Report 2017-1, p. 59–164.

Bissig T, Leal-Mejía H, Stevens RB, Hart, CJR. 2017. High Sr/Y Magma Petrogenesis and the Link to Porphyry Mineralization as Revealed by Garnet-Bearing I-Type Granodiorite Porphyries of the Middle Cauca Au-Cu Belt, Colombia. Economic Geology. 112:551–568.

M Rahimi, JJ Angen, CJR Hart, 2017.  Aeromagnetic Correlation with Bedrock Geology, TREK Project Area, Northern Interior Plateau, Central BC [map].  Geoscience BC.

AJ Buckingham, DP Core, CJR Hart, S Jenkins, 2017. TREK project area gravity compilation, enhancement filtering and structure detection.  Geoscience BC

JJ Angen, M Rahimi, CJR Hart, 2017. Bedrock Geology, TREK Project Area, Northern Interior Plateau, Central BC [map].  Geoscience BC


Blaine FA, Hart C.J.R, Jenkins S. 2016. Surficial Geochemical Exploration Data for British Columbia Porphyry Copper Deposits. Geoscience BC Report 2016-15. 

Bouzari F, Hart, CJR, Bissig T, Barker S. 2016. Hydrothermal alteration revealed by apatite luminescence and chemistry: a potential indicator mineral for exploring covered porphyry copper deposits. Economic Geology. 111:1397–1410.

Symons DTA, Kawasaki K, McCausland PJA, Hart, CJR. 2016. Paleopole for the 69 Ma Prospector Mountain Stock: A critique of the Carmacks/“Baja BC” transport estimate for Yukon, Canada. Geophysical Journal International. :ggw398.


Lu Y-J, T McCuaig C, Li Z-X, Jourdan F, Hart, CJR, Hou Z-Q, Tang S-H. 2015. Paleogene post-collisional lamprophyres in western Yunnan, western Yangtze Craton: mantle source and tectonic implications. Lithos. 233:139–161.

Hart CJR. 2015. MID-CRETACEOUS PLUTONIC EVOLUTION OF ALASKA AND YUKON. GSA Cordilleran Section - 111th Annual Meeting (11–13 May 2015) Abstracts with Programs. 47

Symons DTA, McCausland PJA, Kawasaki K, Hart, CJR. 2015. Post-Triassic para-autochthoneity of the Yukon-Tanana Terrane: paleomagnetism of the early Cretaceous Quiet Lake batholith. Geophysical Journal International. 203:312–326.


Bordet E, Mihalynuk MG, Hart CJR, Mortensen JK, Friedman RM, Gabites J. 2014. Chronostratigraphy of Eocene volcanism, central British Columbia. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES. 51:56-103.

Sánchez MG, Allan MM, Hart, CJR, Mortensen JK. 2014. Extracting ore-deposit-controlling structures from aeromagnetic, gravimetric, topographic, and regional geologic data in western Yukon and eastern Alaska. Interpretation. 2:SJ75–SJ102.

Bissig T, Figueroa LCarlos Man, Hart, CJR. 2014. Petrochemistry of igneous rocks of the California-Vetas mining district, Santander, Colombia: Implications for northern Andean tectonics and porphyry Cu (–Mo, Au) metallogeny. Lithos. 200:355–367.