Thomas Bissig

Research Associate

ESB 5101-2
(604) 822-5503
  • Deposit and district scale studies on epithermal systems
  • Petrochemistry and metallogeny in cordilleran settings
  • Linkages between landscape evolution and mineralizing processes in shallow crustal depths
  • Characteristics and metallogeny of alkalic Cu-Au systems

I am a geologist with research interest in the metallogeny of active continental margins. I graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in 1997 where I carried out my diploma thesis research on the tectonic evolution of the alpine suture zone in the Val Malenco, Northern Italy.  After working for Barrick Chile Ltda. I initiated my PhD research at Queen's University in 1998. My thesis topic was the relationship of the Miocene geomorphologic evolution and magmatism to the high-sulfidation epithermal deposits in the El Indio-Pascua belt, situated at the Chile-Argentina border.  In early 2002 until early 2004 I was a post doctoral researcher at the Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU), University of British Columbia working on the Cuale VMS deposit west-Central Mexico and the Central Peruvian polymetallic belt. Between 2004 and 2007 I held an assistant professorship at Universidad Católica del Norte in Antofagasta, Chile. I assumed my current position at MDRU in late 2007. I have since worked on a variety of topics broadly related to the metallogeny of Cordilleran settings. My main research interests are epithermal and porphyry style deposits and the related igneous rocks of the Andes and British Columbia, the relationship of tectonics, landscape evolution and volcanism to mineralizing processes (Andes and Nevada) as well as geochemical and mineralogical exploration methods. Most of my projects are industry or Geoscience BC funded and involve graduate students.  

Graduate Students

MSc Geological Sciences
MSc Geological Sciences