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Kathryn Watts

Kathryn is a Research Geologist with the GMEG Science Center in Spokane, WA. Her research is focused on crustal magmatism, from processes that fuel volcanic eruptions to those that contribute to the formation of economically valuable mineral resources. Kathryn's areas of expertise include - igneous petrology, geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, geochronology, volcanology, and economic geology.

Current USGS Research Projects

  • 2023-Present: Granite-related (Li-Sn-Ta) and Lacustrine Evaporite-related (Li) Mineral Systems Assessment
  • 2022-Present: Multidisciplinary Investigations of REE Mineralization at Mountain Pass and in the Southeast Mojave Desert, California

Former USGS Research Projects

  • 2019-2023: Lithium from Source to Sink: Genesis and Evolution of Li Brines and Clays
  • 2019-2023: Systems Approach to Critical Minerals Inventory, Research, and Assessment
  • 2019-2022: REE Resources in the Southeast Mojave Desert, California
  • 2019-2020: Mineral Resource Assessment Training (Tungsten)
  • 2016-2018: Geophysical, Geologic, and Geochemical Investigations of REE Deposits in the Southeast Mojave Desert, Including Music Valley, Thor, and Mountain Pass
  • 2015-2018: Magmas to Metals: Melt Inclusion Insights into the Formation of Critical Element-Bearing Ore Deposits
  • 2013-2018: Geologic Framework of the Northern Great Basin
  • 2012-2016: Formation and Eruption of Large Silicic Magma Chambers and Their Potential Genetic Relationship to Carlin-Type Gold Deposits in the Northern Great Basin (Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellowship)