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Leanne Schmitt, M.Sc.

Wissenschaftsbereich 1


Telefon: (0234) 968 3600

E-Mail: leanne.schmitt(at) thga.de

Gebäude 7, Raum 010

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Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Durchführung von Praktika zu Vorlesungen der Geologie


Koordinatorin der geologischen, petrographischen und mineralogischen Sammlungen sowie der Ausstellungen und des Mikroskopierraums



Currently doing a PhD thesis in collaboration with the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and University of Innsbruck. Subject: Geochemistry and mineralogy of volcano-sedimentary iron systems – from sedimentation to metamorphism.

Supervision: Prof. Dr. Thomas Kirnbauer (THGA), Dr. Thomas Angerer (University of Innsbruck), Prof. Dr. Sabine Klein (RUB)


Since 2016: Research Fellow at the Technische Hochschule Georg Agricola.


2014 – 2017: International Master's Program in Economic Geology with focus on geochemistry of ore deposits, at the University of Oulu, Finland. Master of Science degree with Master thesis titled "The Dolerite-hosted Zoroastrian Gold Deposit, Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia: Lithogeochemistry, Mineral Zonation Patterns and Sources of Sulfur".


2014: Internship at the CSIRO, Perth, Australia on "Super High-Grade Gold Veins and the Stability of Zirconium Silicates under Alkaline Conditions of the Wattle Dam Gold Deposit, Western Australia".


2010 – 2013: Studies in Geosciences at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University with focus on mineralogy and geochemistry. Bachelor of Science degree with Bachelor thesis titled "Hydrothermal Alteration related to Mineralization in a Porphyry Copper-Molybdenum Deposit, Bonanza Mining District, Colorado, USA".

Lehr- und Forschungsschwerpunkte

My research interests are focused on geochemical processes related to the genesis of ore deposits. Especially, I am interested in ore deposits related to hydrothermal processes and associated alteration. Mapping mineral zonation patterns related to these hydrothermal alteration processes on not only a local but a regional scale is very important and can provide good exploration tools.



Exercises in (1) “Introduction and identification of minerals”, (2) “Introduction and identification of rocks” and (3) “Introduction to applications of natural rocks”.

Coordination and maintenance of the geological, mineralogical and petrographic exhibition.

Coordination of the transmitted and reflected light microscope as well as the Keyence 3D microscope.


Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft (DMG)

Society of Economic Geologists (SEG)

European Association of Geochemistry (EAG)

Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA)


Conference Abstracts:

Schmitt, L., Kirnbauer, T., Angerer, T., Klein, S., 2019, Diversity of Devonian Lahn-Dill-type iron ores from the Rhenish Massif, Germany: evidence from petrography and geochemistry. 15th Biennial Meeting of the Society of Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits, Glasgow, UK.


Schmitt, L., Angerer, T., Kirnbauer, T., Klein, S., 2019, Genetic processes and source components in submarine iron ores: Insights from the Lahn-Dill-type iron ores, Rhenish Massif, Germany. GeoMünster 2019, Münster, Germany.


Schmitt, L., Kirnbauer, T., Angerer, T., Klein, S., 2019. Ore types and textures of the Lahn-Dill-type iron ore: Examples from the Rhenish Massif and the Harz Mountains. 4th GOOD Meeting, Bremen, Germany.


Schmitt, L., Kirnbauer, T., Krahn, L., Buhl, D., Immenhauser, A., Melchers, C., 2018. Origin of Ba-Sr mineralization within the Muensterland Basin and the northern margin of the Rhenish Massif – preliminary results of a strontium isotope study. 3rd GOOD Meeting, Erlangen, Germany.


Schmitt, L., Bath, A.B., Walshe, J.L., Godefroy, M., 2017. Gold, Alteration and Sources of Sulfur: Insight from the world-class Bardoc Shear Zone. 27th Goldschmidt Conference, Paris, France.