Dr. John B. Chapman

Research Scientist

Research into the geology, formation and distribution of porphyry-style ore deposits

Natural Resources Canada

Current research and/or projects

Dr. Chapman is conducting research under the Government of Canada’s Targeted Geoscience Initiative 4 and Geomapping for Energy and Minerals programs. His work is focused on developing Canada’s understanding of and ability to locate porphyry-related copper, gold, molybdenum, tin, tungsten and rare metals mineralisation.

Research and/or project statements

  • Copper stable isotope systematics of hypogene and reworked copper mineralisation within porphyry deposits of the Canadian Cordillera.
  • Zircon rare earth element composition as a magma redox proxy and exploration guide for porphyry deposits in Yukon.
  • Magmatic and hydrothermal controls on indium endowment within porphyry tin-tungsten and base metals deposits.
  • Elemental and isotopic composition of tourmaline minerals as a guide for porphyry exploration in Canada.

Professional activities / interests

  • IAGOD Working Group on Critical Metals
  • Supervision of M.Sc. and Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers
  • Public outreach and geoscience education

Education and awards

Ph.D. Isotope Geochemistry, Imperial College London (UK), 2007

M.Geol. Geology, University of Southampton (UK), 2003


Geological Association of Canada (GAC)

Society of Economic Geologists (SEG)

Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA)

International Association on the Genesis of Ore Deposits (IAGOD)

Geochemical Society (GS)