Assistant Professor
Department of  Earth Sciences
232 Wallace Building
125 Dysart Road
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB
R3T 2N2
Phone: +1-204-474-7266


Academic Background

PhD, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada (2016) - Geology
Diploma (MSc eq.), University of Mainz, Germany (2008) - Geology/Paleontology


GEOL 1410 - Natural Disasters
GEOL 2570 - Energy and Mineral Resources
GEOL 4300 - Economic Geology
GEOL 7740 - Advanced Economic Geology

Research Interests

My research group focuses on (metamorphosed) hydrothermal mineral deposits that were formed from relatively hot, metal-bearing fluids circulating through Earth’s crust. We focus in particular on precious metals gold and silver and various critical metals (e.g., Bi, Co, Sb, Se, Te, V) since they play an essential role in various green, medical and communication technologies and have an increasing global demand in our ever-changing society. Our goal is to understand the transport conditions, deposition mechanisms, ore and alteration assemblage, and source region of the investigated metals for different hydrothermal deposit types (e.g., VMS, epithermal, orogenic gold). We also investigate the role of metamorphism on metal enrichment in hydrothermal mineral deposits, since many mineral deposits are metamorphosed. We use a multi-faceted approach that includes field methods (e.g., core logging, mapping), microscopy and micro-analytical tools to better understand ore-forming processes and the role of metamorphism. I closely work with industry partners, other academic units nationally and internationally, and the government (e.g., Geological Survey).

Recent and Significant Publications

Brueckner, S.M., Johnson, G., Wafforn, S., Gibson, H., Sherlock, R.L., Anstey, C., and McNaughton, K. 2021. Potential for volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) mineralization at the A6 Anomaly, north-central British Columbia, Canada: Insights from geochemistry and alteration mineralogy. Minerals, in prep.

Brueckner, S.M., Kline, A.K., Bilenker, L.D., Poole, J., and Whitney, M.S. 2021. Mineral chemistry and sulfur isotope geochemistry from tonalite-hosted, gold-bearing quartz veins at Hog Mountain, southwestern Appalachians: Implications for gold precipitation mechanism, sulfur source, and genesis. Economic Geology, 116: 357-388.

Brueckner, S.M., Piercey, S.J., Pilote, J.-L., Layne, G.D., and Sylvester, P.J. 2016. Mineralogy and mineral chemistry of the metamorphosed and precious metal-bearing Ming deposit, Canada. Ore Geology Reviews, 72: 914-939.