Photo of Daniel Chafetz rock climbing in Yosemite.

Daniel Addison Chafetz

M.S. in Geology


My geology career began in 2011 with Lithium One, Inc. exploring on the Salar del Hombre Muerto in the Andes of Argentina on a program drilling for lithium brines. Immediately falling in love with the adventurous nature of the work, I applied to study geological engineering at the Colorado School of Mines from the camp at an elevation of 14,000 feet. I continued exploration work in the summers, engaged in enriching field trips (i.e., New Zealand Geology) and graduated from the rigorous program in 2016 with a BS. To resume my career hunting for lithium, I moved to Nevada to work for Pure Energy Minerals in Clayton Valley on an exploration project during the recent lithium boom. During this period, I explored for lithium through drilling, sampling and geophysics, worked with some graduate students taking an interest in lithium and contributed to the development of Tenova Advanced Technologies’ novel process that extracts lithium directly from brine. I also enjoyed a 5-month exploration program in the Salar de Pocitos, Argentina, with Pure Energy. Since May 2019, I have been working on ioneer USA Corp’s Rhyolite Ridge Li-B project and have explored it extensively. The unique nature of this deposit and its unconventional mineralogy inspire many questions that I hope to answer through my MS research with UNR. Hopefully, with support from CREG and a plethora of existing data from ioneer, a new conceptual model for this type of lithium-boron deposit can be developed and will lead to additional successful exploration. My free time, when I have any, is spent entirely in the mountains.


BS Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2016