Professor Jean Cline

Professor Jean Cline is the Professor Emerita of geoscience at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Professor Cline is an economic geologist who studies the physical and chemical evolution of hydrothermal ore systems, fluid evolution in magmatic systems, and the use of fluid inclusions to constrain ore deposit evolution. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in geology from the Wisconsin State University, Platteville, she worked for industry for 11 years, conducting exploration programs for porphyry copper and epithermal gold deposits in the western US. After obtaining graduate degrees from the University of Arizona (M.S.) and Virginia Tech (Ph.D), she joined the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Research interests include the physical and chemical evolution of hydrothermal ore systems, fluid evolution in magmatic systems, and the use of fluid inclusions to constrain ore deposit evolution. Professor Cline has conducted research on Nevada Carlin-type deposits and similar deposits in China, volcanic-hosted gold, Climax-type molybdenum, and porphyry copper systems, and is a recognized expert on Nevada’s Carlin deposits. Petrography, fluid inclusion analyses, and U-Pb geochronology were recently used to constrain the history of fluid flux at the potential Yucca Mountain high level nuclear waste repository site.
Professor Cline’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and several mining companies including Barrick Goldstrike Mines, Newmont Mining Company, and Placer Dome Exploration.