Neal Mankin standing outside wearing a hard hard.

Neal Mankins

M.S. student, Geology


Growing up in the hustle and bustle of California sometimes it’s hard to appreciate the outdoors let alone geology. Wanting to get out of the urban spread I moved up to Corvallis, OR where I worked toward a B.S. in Geology at Oregon State University (OSU). During my 4 years at OSU I was fortunate enough to travel the world in pursuit of my passion for geology. This included taking field mapping courses in New Zealand, short courses in Nevada, and developing a senior thesis regarding veins and structures of the Mt. Thompson Quadrangle in southwestern Montana. After graduating in 2017 I worked as a consulting geologist for a number of Canadian exploration companies including VR Resources, Victory Metals, and Casino Gold. In these roles I progressed early stage exploration projects by field mapping, logging drill core & RC chips, conducting IP geophysical surveys, soil sampling, and staking claims. These projects have introduced to me to geologically unique locations in the far reaches of Nevada spanning porphyry, epithermal, and carlin-type deposits in search for gold, copper, and even vanadium. At UNR I will be working on my M.S. thesis focused on the characterization of an Eocene Intrusion-Hosted Gold Deposit in the Shoshone Range just north of the Cortez Pipeline complex. Aside of ore deposits I enjoy snowboarding, mountaineering, scuba diving, and traveling.

Research interests

Ore Deposits:

  • Porphyry
  • Epithermal
  • IOCG
  • Sediment Hosted Gold (Carlin-type)
  • Reduced Intrusion Related Gold (RIRGS)
  • and their related mineralization and alteration assemblages


  • B.S. Geology, Oregon State University Year, 2017