Paul started in geology at Utah State University, earning a bachelor’s in 1996, and then a master’s in 1998 at the University of Arizona. At Arizona he worked under Dr. Spencer Titley on the Sierrita porphyry copper deposit south of Tucson. Graduating in 1998 was a blessing in disguise as metal prices were near a 60 year low, nudging him to stay in school. He spent one year at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and three years at the Univerisity of Alaska – Fairbanks, learning much more about geochemistry and Alaskan Geology. Rather than finish the PhD, he chose to jump into the mining industry when Ted Wilton offered a position at Kinross’s Fort Knox Mine. While at Fort Knox he held many hats, working on exploration, ore control, pit wall stability and hydrology.
After five years with Kinross, Jack DiMarchi brought Paul to Teck and Sumitomo’s Pogo Project right before it went into production. Paul spent two years as resource geologist and four as chief geologist, handling resource reporting, drilling and regular production issues, but also brainstorming on the fundamental controls of mineralization. Mike Hayes, Steve Newkirk, Eiichi Fukuda and Paul came up with a structural framework for the deposit, which changed their exploration strategy and allowed them to discover the East Deep and North Zone veins, and locate many more targets (AMA conference, 2010).
In 2011, Paul went to work for Midas Gold Corp., as a senior geologist on their Au-Sb-Ag-W deposit in central Idaho. While there he designed the drilling database, completed three resource models, and designed the drilling program to take Midas into Pre-Feasibility studies. They increased the resource significantly in terms of gold, antimony and silver, and in terms of confidence, all in a year and a half (News Release.)
While working at Midas was exceptionally rewarding, when Paul had the opportunity to work as chief geologist on the giant Pebble deposit, he couldn’t refuse. Unfortunately, after a little more than a year on the project, the funding partner, AngloAmerican, exited the Pebble Partnership. This was somber news for Paul, who looked forward to bringing this world class deposit into a mining operation for Alaska.
But, like the low metal prices of the nineties, the Pebble setback has provided an opportunity. While Paul's entire career has been working directly for large mining companies, he now has the opportunity to serve any project, as they need. By spreading the latest mining industry know-how directly to any project, Paul still hopes to bring Alaska's youth new jobs as he hoped for with Pebble. From exploration strategies to resource drilling and calculations, Paul has the ability to provide the best guidance available, Alaskan to Alaskan.