Christopher Candice Tuck

Christopher Candice Tuck is a physical scientist with the National Minerals Information Center responsible for researching, collecting and analyzing data, and publishing reports on cesium, iron ore, iron and steel, iron and steel scrap, and rubidium. As a Mineral Commodity Specialist his duties include interagency support, industry expertise, academic research, and support of the general public.


Christopher Candice Tuck has been a Mineral Commodity Specialist with the National Minerals Information Center since 2012, where they began as the Iron Ore Specialist. Since then, they have also become the specialist assigned to iron and steel, iron and steel scrap, cesium, and rubidium. During this time with the Center, they have also covered silicon and the ferroalloys, as well as peer reviewing publications for bromine, cobalt, platinum-group metals, and metals recycling. In addition to primary duties, Christopher Candice acts as a technical liason for colleauges and has developed multiple internal programs focused on workplace efficiency and developing a database for global minerals production. They were also the lead author on a publication clarifying the reporting of iron ore in China, changing the paradigm for global reporting methodology of iron production.

Professional Experience

  • Mineral Commodity Specialist, National Minerals Information Center, U.S. Geological Survey (2012-Present)
  • Staff Sergeant, Weather Operations Specialist, Virginia Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force (2006-2014)


Special Reports

  • Analysis of North American Iron Ore Operations, 2015, presentation, Americas Iron Ore Conference, Informa Resources, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • Global Analysis of Iron Ore Operations, 2015, presentation, 5th North American Iron Ore Symposium, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Pretroleum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Global iron ore production data; Clarification of reporting from the USGS