Klaus J Schulz


Dr. Klaus J. Schulz is a Research Geologist in the Eastern Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey, in Reston, Virginia. Since joining the U.S. Geological Survey in 1982, he has conducted research on the mineral resources, geology, and tectonic evolution of complex geologic regions ranging in age from Precambrian to Cenozoic with an emphasis on volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits and magmatic nickel-copper-platinum-group element deposits. He is a recognized export on the Precambrian geology and mineral resources of the Lake Superior region. From 1989 to 1996, Dr. Schulz served as Chief of the Branch of Eastern Mineral Resources. He holds B.S. and M.S. degree in Geology, and Ph.D. in Petrology/Economic Geology from the University of Minnesota (1977). He is a Senior Fellow of the Geological Society of America and Society of Economic Geologists, is an inducted member of the Academy of Science and Engineering of the University of Minnesota, and a recipient of the Department of the Interior’s Meritorious Service Award.


  • University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Petrology/Economic Geology, Ph.D. 1977
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth, Petrology/Economic Geology, M.Sc.1974
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Geology, B.Sc.1971

Professional Work Experience

  • 2013-2017: Co-Chief of U.S. Critical Mineral Resources in a Global Context Project. The objective of this project was to provide information for 23 selected critical mineral commodities including: 1) the current state of knowledge of their geology; 2) known resources both domestically and globally; 3) environmental issues related to their production and use; and 4) the potential for finding additional resources both domestically and globally. Lead editor of USGS Professional Paper 1802: Critical Mineral Resources of the United States–Economic and Environmental Geology and Prospects for Future Supply.
  • 2001–2007: Chief of USGS Global Mineral Resource Assessment Project. Led a multidisciplinary team, including international cooperators, to conduct quantitative assessments of undiscovered global copper, PGE, and potash resources and to establish protocols for future global-scale mineral resource assessments.
  • 1989–1996: Chief, Branch of Eastern Mineral Resources. Was responsible for the planning, budgeting, coordinating, and supervising the scientific and technical activities of about 40 geoscientists and support staff conducting basic and applied research into mineral resources, particularly in the eastern part of the United States. Also contributed to the planning, organization, and direction of the Mineral Resource Surveys Program of the USGS.
  • 1982–Present: Chief of or member on several mineral resource assessment projects involving the compilation of geology, geophysics, geochemisty, and mineral-resource information, and the prediction of the quality and quantity of undiscovered mineral resources including wilderness areas, 2 degree sheets, the USGS National Assessment of Undiscovered Deposits of Gold, Silver, Copper, Lead and Zinc, the USGS-Costa Rican National Mineral Resource Assessment, and the Global Mineral Resource Assessment Project.
  • 1979–Present: Conduct research on the geology, geochemistry, and mineral resources of complex geologic terranes ranging in age from Precambrian to Cenozoic with emphasis on volcanogenic massive sulfide and magmatic Ni-Cu sulfide deposit types. Recognized expert on the Precambrian geology and related mineral resources of the Lake Superior region.
  • 1979–1982: Assistant Professor of Geology, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1977–1979: National Research Council Research Associate at NASA, Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas.


  • 1974 to Present, Senior Fellow, Geological Society of America
  • 1986 to Present, Senior Fellow, Society of Economic Geologists
  • 1977 to Present, Member, American Geophysical Union