Marcello Veiga


Biography
B.Eng., Metallurgical Engineering, Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
M.Sc , Environmental Geochemistry, Fluminense Federal University, Brazil
Ph.D., Mining and Mineral Process Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada

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Dr. Marcello Veiga has worked for the past thirty one years, as a metallurgical engineer and environmental geochemist for mining and consulting companies in Brazil, Canada, US, Venezuela, Chile and Peru. He has worked extensively on environmental and social issues related to mining. As an associate professor of the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia, since 1997, his research and teaching topics are focused on different topics that lead to improve the image of mining and contribute for sustainable mining communities.

From 2002 to 2008, he has worked as an expert and Chief Technical Advisor of the GEF/UNDP/UNIDO Global Mercury Project for UNIDO – United Nations Industrial Development Organization, in Vienna. This includes the implementation of Environmental and Health Assessment of mercury pollution in artisanal gold mining in Asia, Africa and South America. The project also included the implementation of procedures to reduce mercury emissions and local fabrication of pieces of equipment to reduce exposure of miners to mercury vapors and increase gold recovery.

Research Interests

  • Biogeochemical cycle of heavy metals in the environment
  • Bioaccumulation and adverse health effects of metals in the environment, specially
    mercury
  • Artisanal and small-scale gold mining
  • Mercury pollution from gold mining and hydroelectric reservoirs
  • Acid Rock Drainage
  • Process mineralogy applied to mining and mineral processing
  • Sustainable development in mining
  • Mining communities and social issues related to mining
  • Mine closure and reclamation planning
  • Remedial procedures for metal pollution
  • Indicators of bioaccumulation of heavy metals from mining effluents
  • Mobility of Selenium from coal mines
  • Industrial minerals

Dr. Marcello Veiga

Dr. Marcello Veiga

509 Frank Forward
t: 604 822 4332
e: veiga@mining.ubc.ca

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