Department of Geology

Jacob J. Hanley


Ph.D., 2005, University of Toronto

Office: Science Building, S415
Contact: Jacob Hanley
Phone: 902-491-6334
Fax: 902-496-8104

Research Interests

  • Quantitative fluid and melt inclusion studies in magmatic ore-forming systems with a focus on Ni-Cu-PGE and alkalic porphyry deposits
  • Ore body characterization with a focus on understanding the mineralogical factors controlling PGE and deleterious metal (e.g., As, Pb) distribution
  • Hydrothermal experimental studies involving the synthesis of fluid and melt inclusions
  • Alteration and stable isotope studies surrounding magmatic ore deposits with a focus on the Sudbury Igneous Complex
  • LA-ICPMS trace element analysis of Archeological slags and metallic artifacts


  • GEOL 3312: Igneous Petrology
  • GEOL 3453: Principles of Geochemistry
  • GEOL 3454: Applied Geochemistry
  • GEOL 4441: Mineral Resources
  • GEOL 4400: International Field School
  • GEOL 4450: Advanced Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

Current research:

Currently, I have a group of 7 M.Sc. students and 2 B.Sc. students working on fluid and melt inclusion studies in hydrothermal-magmatic ore-forming systems, with a focus on:

(i) platinum-group element deposits in unconventional (porphyry) and conventional (mafic-ultramafic) settings, intrusion-related Au-W-Mo deposits, and some sediment-hosted base metal systems

(ii) fluid inclusion stable isotope and noble gas isotope systematics in ore-forming system Sr, Pb, He, Xe, Ar, Kr, Ne),

(iii) the application of synthetic fluid inclusions and novel hydrothermal experimental techniques in quantifying platinum-group element and base metal solubility in aqueous and non-aqueous fluid.

Studies are in progress at the Bushveld Complex (South Africa), Greendale Complex (Nova Scotia), Sudbury Igneous Complex (Canada), Skaergaard Complex (Greenland), Tintina Gold Belt (Yukon and Alaska), and a variety of alkalic Cu-Au porphyry systems in southern and central British Columbia (Afton, Mt. Milligan). Collaborations with Craig Hart (University of British Columbia), Roberto Moretti (University of Naples II), Ilya Veksler (GFZ Potsdam), E.T.C. Spooner/Colin Bray/J. Mungall (University of Toronto), Dan Kontak/Joe Petrus/Harold Gibson (Laurentian University), T. Pettke (University of Bern) and C.Heinrich/M. Guillong/Z.Zajacz (ETH Zürich), J. Potter and F. Longstaff (University of Western Ontario), and Alex Hofstra and Andrew Hunt (USGS). A major goal of these studies is to develop cost-effective geochemical exploration criteria that may be used to identify mineralized intrusions.Close collaborations with ETH Zurich and Laurentian University involves the routine application of laser ablation ICP-MS in analyzing single fluid and melt inclusions for a variety of trace elements including ore metals.

Additionally, I am collaborating with Dr. Katie Cottreau-Robins at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History on a project involving the use of LA-ICPMS to determine provenance of copper artifacts from pre-contact native archeological sites in the Maritimes. Our research is funded by NSERC, CFI, NSRIT, Yukon Geoscience, Geoscience NWT, the Government of Canada, KGHM International, and Vale Canada.

Refereed publications since 2003:

28. M.J. Kerr, J.J. Hanley, G. Morrison, J. Everest, C.J. Bray (2013) submitted, Journal of Geochemical Exploration The application of gas chromatography in characterizing bulk fluid inclusion hydrocarbons in footwall Cu-Ni-PGE ore-forming systems of the Sudbury Igneous Complex

27. D. LeFort, J.J. Hanley, C. Davis, and S. Jackson (2013) submitted, Economic Geology Mineralogy and distribution of arsenic and the platinum-group elements in shear-hosted magmatic sulfide ores, Garson Mine, Sudbury, Canada

26. J.J. Hanley and M. Guillong (2013) accepted, in revision, Economic Geology Gold and palladium-rich sulfide melt inclusions in xenocrysts from a mid-crustal magma chamber, Mt. Milligan porphyry deposit, B.C., Canada.

25. A. Karim, J. J. Hanley, G. Pe-Piper, D.J.W. Piper (2012), in press, AAPG Bulletin Paleohydrogeological and thermal events recorded by fluid inclusions, stable isotopes and geochemistry of diagenetic minerals in Lower Cretaceous sandstones, offshore Nova Scotia, Canada.

24. P. Jutras, J.J. Hanley, R.S. Quillan, and M.J. LeFort (2012) Intra-basaltic soil formation, sedimentary reworking and eodiagenetic K-enrichment in the Middle to Upper Ordovician Dunn Point Formation of eastern Canada: a rare window into early Paleozoic surface and near-surface conditions. Geological Magazine 149: 798-818.

23. T. Pettke, F. Oberli, A. Audétat, M. Guillong, A. Simon, J.J. Hanley, and L.M. Klemm (2012) Recent developments in element concentration and isotope ratio analysis of individual fluid inclusions by laser ablation single and multiple collector ICP–MS. Ore Geology Reviews, 44: 10-38.

22. S. Gilbert, L. Danyushevsky, P. Robinson, C. Wohlgemuth-Ueberwasser, N. Pearson, M. Norman, J.J. Hanley, and D. Savard (2012) The development of a nickel sulphide reference material for the analysis of platinum-group elements and gold by LA-ICP-MS and an assessment of consistency between a range of existing reference materials. Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research, DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-908X.2012.00170.x

21. J.J. Hanley, E.R. Gladney and M. Guillong (2011) The presence of non-aqueous volatiles during the crystallization of sulfide-bearing mafic pegmatites in the North Roby Zone, Lac Des Iles Complex, Ontario. Economic Geology 106: 33-54.

20. T.R. Gray, J.J. Hanley, J. Dostal, and M.Guillong (2011) Magmatic enrichment of uranium, thorium and rare earth elements in late Paleozoic rhyolites of southern New Brunswick, Canada: evidence from silicate melt inclusions. Economic Geology 106: 127-143.

19. A. Teague, J.J. Hanley and T. Seward (2011) Trace element distribution between coexisting phenocrysts, salt melts, and aqueous fumarole condensates associated with natrocarbonatite lavas at Oldoinyo Lengai volcano, Tanzania In (Beccaluva,L., Bianchini,G., and Wilson, M. eds) Volcanism and evolution of the African lithosphere, Geological Society of America Special Paper 478: 159-172.

18. J.J. Hanley, D.E. Ames, J. Barnes, Z.D. Sharp (2011) Interaction of magmatic fluids and silicate residues with saline groundwater in the footwall of the Sudbury Igneous Complex, Ontario, Canada: new evidence from bulk rock geochemistry, fluid inclusions and stable isotopes. Chemical Geology 281:1-25.

17. D. Lefort, J.J. Hanley and M. Guillong (2011) Late-stage hydrothermal veins at the Mt. Milligan Cu-Au deposit, Quesnel Terrane, British Columbia: evidence for epithermal-style processes adjacent to an alkalic porphyry Cu-Au deposit. Economic Geology 106: 781-808.

16. A. Karim, G. Pe-Piper, D.J.W. Piper, J. J. Hanley (2011) Thermal and hydrocarbon-charge history and the relationship between diagenesis and reservoir connectivity: Venture field, offshore Nova Scotia, eastern Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 48: 1293-1306.

15. A. Karim, G. Pe-Piper, D.J.W. Piper, J. J. Hanley (2010) Thermal and hydrocarbon-charge history and the relationship between diagenesis and reservoir connectivity: Venture field, offshore Nova Scotia, eastern Canada. Geological Survey of Canada Open File Report 6557, 30 p. 6

14. J.J. Hanley and C. J. Bray (2009) The trace metal content of amphibole as a proximity indicator for Cu-Ni-PGE mineralization in the footwall of the Sudbury Igneous Complex, Ontario, Canada. Economic Geology, 104: 113-12

13. B. Xianwu, H. Ruizhong, J.J. Hanley, J.E. Mungall, P. Jiantang, S. Linbo, W. Kaixing, S. Yan, L. Hongli, H. Xiaoyan (2009) Crystallisation conditions (T, P, fO2) from mineral chemistry of Cu- and Au-mineralised alkaline intrusions in the Red RiverJinshajiang alkaline igneous belt, western Yunnan Province, China. Mineralogy and Petrology 96: 43-58

12. Z.Zajacz, J.J. Hanley, C.A. Heinrich, W. E. Halter, M. Guillong (2009) Diffusive reequilibration of quartz-hosted silicate melt and fluid inclusions: Are all metal concentrations unmodified? Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 73: 3013-3027

11. J.J. Hanley, J.E. Mungall, T. Pettke, E.T.C. Spooner, and C.J. Bray (2008). Fluid and melt inclusions of magmatic origin in the Ultramafic and Lower Banded Series, Stillwater Complex, Montana, U.S.A. Journal of Petrology, 49, 6, 1133-1160

10. J.J. Hanley (2007) The role of arsenic-rich melts and mineral phases in the development of high grade Pt-Pd mineralization within komatiite-associated magmatic Ni-Cu sulfide horizons at Dundonald Beach South, Abitibi subprovince, Ontario, Canada. Economic Geology, 102:303-315

9. J. J. Hanley, D.E. Ames, J Barnes, Z. Sharp, and T. Pettke (2006) Stable isotope evidence for multiple sources of Cl in ore fluids at the Sudbury Igneous Complex, Ontario, Canada. The Gangue, 90: 1, 6-9.

8. J.E. Mungall, J.J. Hanley, N.T. Arndt, and A. Debecdelievre (2006) Evidence from meimechites and other low-degree mantle melts for redox controls on mantle-crust fractionation of platinum-group elements. Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States 103: 12695-12700

7. J.J. Hanley (2005) The aqueous geochemistry of the platinum-group elements (PGE) in surficial, low-T hydrothermal and high-T magmatic-hydrothermal environments. In (J.E. Mungall, ed.) Exploration for Platinum-Group Element Deposits. Mineralogical Association of Canada, Short Course Volume 35: 35-56

6. J.J. Hanley, J.E. Mungall, T.Pettke, and E.T.C. Spooner (2005). Ore metal redistribution by hydrocarbon-brine and hydrocarbon-halide melt phases, North Range footwall of the Sudbury Igneous Complex, Ontario, Canada. Mineralium Deposita, 40: 237-256

5. J.J. Hanley, T. Pettke, J.E. Mungall, and E.T.C. Spooner (2005). Investigations of the behavior and distribution of platinum and gold in silicate melt – brine mixtures at 1.5 kbar, 600 to 800C using synthetic fluid inclusions methods: a laser ablation ICPMS pilot study. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 69: 2593-2611

4. J.J. Hanley, J.E. Mungall, C.J. Bray and M.P. Gorton (2004). The origin of bulk rock and water-soluble Cl and Br enrichments in footwall Cu-Ni-PGE ore-hosting Sudbury Breccia in the Fraser Copper Zone, Strathcona Embayment, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Canadian Mineralogist 42: 1777-1798

3. J.E. Mungall, D.E. Ames, J.J. Hanley. (2004) Crustal redistribution in large bolide impacts: geochemical evidence from the Sudbury Structure. Nature. 6990: 546-548 7

2. J.E. Mungall and J.J. Hanley (2004). Origin of Outliers of the Huronian Supergroup within the Sudbury Structure. Journal of Geology. 112: 59-70

1. J.J. Hanley and J.E. Mungall (2003). Chlorine enrichment and hydrous alteration of the Sudbury Breccia hosting footwall Cu-Ni-PGE mineralization at the Fraser Mine, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Canadian Mineralogist, 41: 857-881


Invited and keynote lectures and seminars

Note: Not listed here are ~50 other non-invited, regular oral and poster contributions as first author or with student first-authors since 2001

17. J.J. Hanley (August 2013) Melt inclusions in ankaramitic and high-K ultramafic lavas in southern British Columbia, Canada: a record of the transfer of highly-siderophile elements from mantle to crust. Invited oral presentation. Invited oral presentation at the V.M. Goldschmidt Conference, Florence, Italy

16. J.J. Hanley (January 2012) The origin of early hydrothermal fluids associated with the Sudbury structure deduced from fluid inclusion Sr, C and H isotope analysis. Invited lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science Department, Cambridge, U.S.A.

15. J.J. Hanley (June, 2012) The origin of early hydrothermal fluids associated with the Sudbury structure deduced from fluid inclusion Sr, C and H isotope analysis. Keynote oral presentation at the PACROFI-XI Conference, Windsor, Ontario

14. T. Pettke, F. Oberli and J.J. Hanley (June 2010). LA-(MC-)ICP-MS element and isotope ratio analysis of fluid inclusions in minerals. Keynote oral presentation at the 20th Goldschmidt Conference, Knoxville, Tennessee

13. Zajacz, Z, Hanley, J.J., Henrich, C.A., Halter, W.E., and Guillong, M. (July, 2009) Diffusive re-equilibration of quartz-hosted silicate melt and fluid inclusions: are all metal concentrations unmodified ? Invited oral presentation at the 19th Goldschmidt Conference, Davos, Switzerland

12. J. J. Hanley and Maureen MacKenzie (May, 2009) Incorporation of platinum-group elements into subsidiary pyrite in alkalic Cu-Au porphyry deposits: significant implications for precious metal distribution in felsic magmatic-hydrothermal systems. Invited oral presentation at the Spring Joint AGU-GAC-MAC assembly, Toronto, Canada

11. J. J. Hanley (May, 2009) New geochemical techniques for exploration in the footwall of the Sudbury Igneous Complex, Invited Seminar to Vale-Inco Technical Services, Sudbury, Ontario

10. J.J. Hanley (December, 2008) Molten halides in mafic igneous systems: Legitimate melts or artifacts of post-entrapment modification ? Seminar at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

9. J. J. Hanley (July, 2008) Salt melts, sulfide melts and silicate melts: the origin of the Merensky Reef and other platinum-group-element deposits in mafic magma systems. Invited oral presentation at the Gordon Conference on the Geochemistry of Ore Deposits, Lucca, Italy

8. J.J. Hanley (June, 2008) Molten halides in mafic igneous systems: Legitimate melts or artifacts of post-entrapment modification ? Seminar at GFZ Potsdam, Germany

7. J.J. Hanley (May, 2008) Hydrothermal origins of footwall-style sulfide deposits in the Sudbury Igneous Complex. Seminar at the PDAC Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop, Sudbury, Ontario

6. J. J. Hanley (March, 2008) The aqueous geochemistry of the platinum group elements in surficial, low-T hydrothermal and high-T magmatic-hydrothermal environments. Lead short course seminar at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada.

5. J.J. Hanley (March, 2008) In-Situ Analysis of Silicate Melt Inclusions by Laser Ablation ICP-MS and its Application to Understanding Ore-Forming Processes in Platinum-Group Element-Rich Alkalic Porphyry Cu-Au Systems, Seminar at Dalhousie University

4. J.J. Hanley (December, 2007) Comparison of synthetic fluid inclusion and quartz-trap methods for determining platinum-group element (PGE) solubility in hydrous salt melts at magmatic conditions. Oral presentation at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, USA. In: Eos Trans. AGU, 88 (52), Fall Meeting Suppl., Abstract V22B-05

3. J.J. Hanley, E.T.C. Spooner, C.J.R. Hart and C.A. Heinrich (November, 2007). Melt inclusion evidence for contrasting metal enrichment processes during magmatic fractionation in intrusion-related gold deposits at Clear Creek, Yukon, Canada and Fort Knox, Alaska, U.S.A. Seminar at the Yukon Geoscience Forum, Whitehorse, Yukon

2. J.J Hanley, T. Pettke, and J.E. Mungall, E.T.C. Spooner, C.J. Bray (2005) Ore metal transport by hydrocarbon vapour in the footwall of the Sudbury Igneous Complex, Canada. Oral presentation at the 15th Goldschmidt Conference, Moscow, U.S.A. In: Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. pp. A738.

1. J.J Hanley, T. Pettke, J.E. Mungall, and C. Heinrich (December, 2003). Pt and Au solubility and partitioning behavior in magmatic brines: constraints from LA-ICPMS analysis of synthetic fluid inclusions and vesicles. Oral presentation at the Geological Society of America– Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington