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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Simon Jowitt In The News

September 2, 2021
A global shortage in semiconductor chips has been wreaking havoc on diverse sectors, including the tech, automotive, consumer electronics industries, and everything in between.
June 11, 2021
This edition covers recent events that have been hosted by the Society and the broader AusIMM, touches on other materials that may be of interest, and introduces the Committee.
June 1, 2021
Three days of protests against a major mining conference in Australia have highlighted the resource sector’s role in achieving a low-carbon future was misunderstood, according to an economic geologist based in the United States.
June 1, 2021
Las Vegas is better known for its elaborate casinos, its high-rolling, jet-setting gamblers, its incredible buffets and, of course, A-list entertainers — Elvis and Sinatra in the old days, and Celine Dion and Garth Brooks today. So how, on this good earth, did a Las Vegas-based firm, become the world’s second-largest producter of rare earth elements (REEs)?

Articles Featuring Simon Jowitt

Campus News | June 8, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.
Simon Jowitt
People | May 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.