Simon Jowitt

Assistant Professor of Economic Geology
Expertise: Tectonics, Mining, Mineral Deposits, Mineral Economics, Global Metal Resources, Magma


Simon Jowitt is an expert the use of geochemistry to unravel geological processes, igneous petrology, mineral exploration, and global tectonics.

His research specialties include mining, mineral deposits, magma, and global metal resources. He also focuses on mineral economics and the “economic” side of economic geology.

Jowitt has published more than 70 scientific papers to date, including in the publications Ore Geology Reviews, the Journal of Petrology, Lithos, and Economic Geology. He has also been called upon by media to discuss mining operations all over the world.


  • Ph.D., Geology, University of Leicester
  • M.Sc., Mining Geology, University of Exeter
  • B.Sc., Geology, University of Edinburgh

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July 30, 2020
In the latest round of feuding between the world’s leading economies, China has vowed to retaliate after the United States ordered its consulate in Houston shut within 72 hours. Although the latest move by Washington is being viewed as an attempt by President Trump’s campaign strategists to deflect attention for his failure to deal decisively with the Covid-19 pandemic, it could quickly escalate into another ugly tit-for-tat trade war. As trade and political tensions between Washington and Beijing flare up, the specter of China using rare earth minerals as a ‘nuclear option’ has once again resurfaced.
Ars Technica
July 21, 2020
The transition to electric vehicles and renewable sources of electricity, now gaining serious momentum, is largely about dispensing with fossil fuels. But in order to end our reliance on those substances, we need a growing supply of other materials—things like lithium and rare earth elements. Unlike fossil fuels, however, these materials need not be consumed when we put them to use. In principle, devices can be recycled at end of life to return these precious materials to a closed loop that could eventually minimize the need for mining.
The Nevada Independent
October 4, 2019
To go big, sometimes you have to start small.
KSNV-TV: News 3
August 23, 2019
One of the most important mining operations in the world is just an hour's drive from Las Vegas.

Articles Featuring Simon Jowitt

Simon Jowitt
PeopleMay 1, 2017
This economic geologist talks about being in a state where the mining industry thrives and about the difficulty of getting his 6-foot 4-inch frame into a running helicopter on rough ground.