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Sara Holden

M.S. Geology She/her/her


After graduating in 2015 from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, I spent four years as the ore control geologist of a newly-opened junior gold-silver mine Mojave, California (the Soledad Mountain Project owned by Golden Queen Mining Company). This fortuitous experience proved incredibly valuable, and I learned a great deal about the challenges, rewards, and camaraderie of working in the mining industry. In the fall of 2019, I joined the Center for Research in Economic Geology at the UNR to pursue my M.S. under the guidance of Dr. Lisa Stillings. My research is focused on investigating potential concentration mechanisms for lithium-bearing sediments in the McDermitt caldera along the Oregon/Nevada border.

Research interests

Hydrothermal ore deposits (in particular volcanogenic Au-Ag), clay-hosted Li, low-temperature aqueous geochemistry, using stable isotopes to determine elemental provenance and mobility, age dating.


  • Bachelor of Science in Geology, Fort Lewis College, 2015
  • Associate of Science, Red Rocks Community College, 2012