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Virginia T. McLemore

potash mine
V.T. McLemore underground, potash mine,
Eddy Co, NM.
Senior Economic Geologist 
Minerals Outreach Liaison

New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources 
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
801 Leroy Place
Socorro NM 87801-4796
(575) 835-5521

Certified Professional Geologist #CPG-7438 (AIPG)


  • Graduated Woodlawn Senior High School, Baltimore, MD June 1973
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Geology B.S., May 1977
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Geophysics B.S., May 1977
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Geology M.S. May 1980
  • University of Texas at El Paso, Ph.D., Geoscience, December 1993
  • Numerous short courses on: geochemistry, environmental geology, exploration, porphyry copper deposits, design and mangement of databases, GIS ARCMAP, geotechnical engineering of mine slopes and waste rock piles, uranium geology and geochemistry, mine reclamation

Professional Experience (also see Awards & Service)

  • Employed at NMBMMR since June 1980, tenured 1986
  • Appointed Senior Economic Geologist 1993
  • Adjunct faculty appointment Earth and Environmental Science Department and Mineral Engineering Department, 1996-present
  • May 1979 to September 1979 Urangesellschaft, USA, Inc., Denver, CO 80222, Position: Assistant field geologist
  • July 1976 to May 1977 Tax Mapping Supervisor, Battaan Memorial Building, Santa Fe, NM (office in Socorro) Position:Draftsman - plotted tax properties for Socorro County Assessor's Office
  • From January 1976 to May 1976 Employer:NMIMT, Socorro, NM 87801 Position:Teaching assistant (taught surveying lab)
  • From July 1975 to September 1975 Employer:Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America, Houston, TX 77001, Position: Exploration geologist

Current projects (also see full CV)

  • Mineral resources in New Mexico (uses, geology, origin, resource potential, environmental assessment)
  •       Alkaline-related gold deposits
  •       Mining districts in New Mexico
  •       Geology and mineral deposits of the Jicarilla Mountains
  • REE in NM
  • Weathering of mine waste rock piles
  • Presentation on Mining Issues in New Mexico, Leadership Academy, May 2016


Courses Taught


Membership in Professional Societies (also see Awards & Service)

  • American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG)—CPG #7438 (AIPG)
  • Mineralogical Society of America (MSA)
  • Geological Society of America (GSA)
  • Association of Applied Geochemistry, Fellow (AAG)
  • Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME)
  • Mineralogical Association of Canada (MAC)
  • American Society for Surface Mining and Reclamation (ASSMR)
  • Society of Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA)
  • Society of Economic Geologists, Fellow (SEG)
  • American Exploration and Mining Association (AEMA, formerly Northwest Mining Association)
  • New Mexico Geological Society, Life member (NMGS)

Outreach Activities

  • The case of the scarlet mineral: mineral identification
  • The importance of minerals to New Mexico: where they are found and how they are used
  • Gold panning in New Mexico
  • Gold in New Mexico
  • Edible rocks: rock identificationMineral resources in New Mexico
  • Salt and turquoise, how ancient cultures were affected by geology
  • Geology of state parks in New Mexico
  • Mining and mineral resources in New Mexico (see current projects)


Economic Geology Laboratory

Databases managing


  • Faculty sponsor New Mexico Tech Shooting Sports Club
  • Coach New Mexico Tech Rifle Team

Updated May 31, 2016