Lukas Zurcher

Lukas is a Research Geologist with Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center. He received a Ph.D. and MS in Geosciences from the University of Arizona, and a BS in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He has worked on topics under the broad category of mineral resources.


Lukas has expertise in geologic, alteration, and mineralization mapping, structural geology, igneous and hydrothermal geochemistry, statistical methods, mineral resource assessments, and GIS-based favorability mapping. His research has included local- to regional-scale geologic, geochemical, metallogenic, and crustal preservation level studies of porphyry, skarn, impact-generated, IOCG, lateritic and orogenic Au, and Ni-Cu-PGM deposits.

Professional Experience:

  • 2011 - Present, Research Geologist, United States Geological Survey, Tucson, AZ
  • 2002 - 2011, Program Manager, Lowell Program in Economic Geology, University of Arizona, and Consulting Geologist, Exploration Services for the Minerals Industry, Tucson, AZ
  • 2002 - 2005, Postdoctoral Fellow, Lunar and Planetary Sciences Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • 1991 - 2002, Research Associate, Dept. of Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • 1988 - 1991, Project Geologist and Field Operations Manager, Dundarave Resources Inc., Vancouver, B.C.
  • 1985 - March 1988, Geologist, Compañía Minera de Cananea S.A. de CV., Sonora, Mexico
  • 1981 summer, Intern, Compañía Minera de Cananea S.A. de C.V., Sonora, Mexico


  • Ph.D., Geosciences, University of Arizona, 2002
  • M.S., Geosciences, December, University of Arizona, 1994 
  • B.S., Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 1985


  • 2009- Present, American Institute of Professional Geologists – CPG, Tucson, AZ
  • 1988 – Present, Society of Economic Geologists – Fellow, Tucson, AZ
  • 1991 –Present, Arizona Geological Society – officer 2007 - 2009, Tucson, AZ