Dr. Merline Fonkwe
Earth Sciences and Mineral Deposits
Labrador Institute of Memorial University
P. O. Box 490, Station B
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
Office: Room 113, College of the North Atlantic
Happy Valley-Goose Bay Campus
Tel: (709) 896-8589
Fax: (709) 896-2970
Merline is responsible for conducting scientific research to provide mining and mineral exploration companies, and relevant licensing and governance bodies operating in Labrador, with key technical information that can ultimately lead toward the opening of new mineral mining operations. Her research projects mainly target various mineral deposits in Labrador (Iron ores, REE, U, Ni-Cu Sulfide), using both field- and laboratory- based investigations. She is also undertaking projects related to environmental impacts of mining and other human activities.
Merline is also an adjunct faculty member with Department of Earth Sciences at Memorial University.
B.Sc. in Earth Sciences (1997), University of Yaoundé I (Cameroon).
M.Sc. (1999), University of Yaoundé I.
My thesis project focused on volcanology and petrography of basaltic lavas and basement rocks from Mangoum Area, southern continental part of the Cameroon Volcanic Line, Central Africa.
Postgraduate diploma, DEA (2000) in Petrology-Volcanology, University of Yaoundé I.
My research project was a review and comparison between oceanic and continental alkaline volcanism along the Cameroon Volcanic Line, Central Africa.
Ph.D. in Geology and Igneous Petrology (2005), University of Würzburg (Germany).
My dissertation focused on bedrock mapping, geochemistry, geochronology and mineralization potential of the Pan African granitoids, within the Central Africa Fold Belt in the Bafoussam area, Western Cameroon.
• Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial R&D Fellowship (IRDF) at Kingston Process Metallurgy Inc. (KPM)
• Prospectors Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) membership award
• German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Ph.D. Stipend
• Igneous petrology
• Exploration geochemistry and mineralization footprints
• Process mineralogy and predictive mineral and metallurgical processing
• Environmental Geochemistry/Mineralogy
• Materials characterization and improvement of material structures and properties
Analytical methods and techniques: Petrography, geochemistry of major and trace elements, EMPA, XRD, and SWIR, stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry, geochronology, SEM-MLA, fluid inclusion studies.
Current Research Projects
• Characterization of ore mineral and geometallurgical modeling: Integration and evaluation of optical microscopy-based image analysis
• Handheld x-ray fluorescence (XRF): Evaluation and calibration for quantitative analysis (in-field and laboratory setting) of different sample media (ores, rocks, sediments, soils, artefacts, water, fish, etc.), related to research projects undertaken by research scientists at Labrador Institute and other institutions.
• Orthomagmatic Fe-Ti-V oxide deposit in anorthosite, Southern Labrador: Mineralogy, geochemistry and ore characterization
• Dendrochemistry: Investigation and delineation of subsurface contaminants (trace metals, VOCs, PCBs)
• Characterization of natural stones to assess their quality as building materials: Mineralogical, chemical, physical and mechanical properties
Selected Publications and Presentations
M. L. Djouka-Fonkwé, K.T. Kyser, A H. Clark, C. J. Oates et al. (2012): Recognizing propylitic alteration associated with porphyry Cu–Mo deposits in lower greenschist facies metamorphic terrain of the Collahuasi district, northern Chile – Implication of petrography and carbon isotope relationships: Economic Geology, 107, 1457–1478.
Djouka-Fonkwe, M., Schulz, B., Schuessler, U., Tchouankoue, J.-P. & Nzolang,C (2008): Geochemistry of the Bafoussam Pan-African I- and S-type granitoids in western Cameroon. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 50, 593–618.
Djouka-Fonkwe, M., Kyser, K., Clark, H.A., Oates, J.C. & Ihlenfeld, C. (2009): Petrographic characterization of propylitic alteration associated with porphyry Cu–Mo deposits in the Collahuasi District, Northern Chile: implications for mineral exploration. International Applied Geochemistry Symposium (IAGS), June 1–4, 2009 (Fredericton, Canada).
Kyser, K., Alexandre, P., Polito, P., Djouka-Fonkwe, M., Majdi Geagea & Uvarova, J. (2009): Exploration strategies for uranium deposits. International Applied Geochemistry Symposium (IAGS), June 1–4, 2009 (Fredericton, Canada).
Djouka-Fonkwe, M., Kyser, K., O’Connor, T., Thomas, T.D. & Marlatt, J. (2008): Uranium mineralization potential in Finland: Evidences from Satakunta Basin and Karelian domain. GAC-MAC, May 26–28, 2008 (Québec, Canada).
Djouka-Fonkwe, M., Schuessler, U., Schulz, B. & Tchouankoue, J.-P. (2004): Petrogenesis of Neoproterozoic granitoids within the Central African Fold Belt in Western Cameroon. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Mineralogischen Gesellschaft, 19–22 September 2004, Karlsruhe, Germany- European Journal of Mineralogy 16, Beih. 1: 32.
Djouka-Fonkwe, M., Schuessler, U., Schulz, B. & Tchouankoue, J.-P. (2004): Geochemistry and petrogenesis of Neoproterozoic granitoids within the Central Africa Fold Belt in the Bafoussam area, Western Cameroon (Central Africa). 20th Colloquium of African Geology, 2–7 June 2004, Orléans, France, Abstracts volume, p. 140.
Djouka-Fonkwe, M., Schuessler, U., Schulz, B. & Tchouankoue, J.-P. (2004): Shoshonitic Magmatism within the Central African Neoproterozoic Belt: the case of the Bafoussam area (West Cameroon, Central Africa). TSK 10 Conference, 30 March–2 April 2004, Archean, Germany. Terra Nostra, p. 15.
Prior to joining the Labrador Institute, Merline worked at Queen’s Facility for Isotope Research (QFIR), Department of Geological Sciences of Queen’s University as Postdoctoral fellow (2006-2010) in the field of Geochemistry applied to mineral exploration and environmental monitory and at Kingston Process Metallurgy Inc. (KPM), a consulting company providing Research and Development services to mining, metallurgical and chemical industries, specializing in Applied and Process Mineralogy for two years.
Merline is equally passionate about things outside the world of geosciences, including indoor and outdoor activities, fine cuisine, home decor, and most importantly music and dance.