Karen Smit

Fellowship: 2014-2016; Research Scientist: 2016-2020, GIA Research & Development, New York, USA

Area of Study: Diamond geology and geochemistry

Title: Post-doctoral Research Associate, GIA Research & Development, New York, USA


  • Bachelor of Science, Geology, with honors, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 2005
  • Masters of Science, Geochemistry, with distinction, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 2008
    • Thesis: Aggregation State of the Ellendale diamonds, Kimberley Province, Australia
    • Advisors: John J. Gurney, Anton P. le Roex, Stephen H. Richardson, Steven B. Shirey (DTM)
  • Ph.D. in Geology, University of Alberta, Canada, 2013
    • Thesis: Age, origin and composition of the Attawapiskat lithospheric mantle and its diamonds (western Superior craton, Canada)
    • Advisors: Thomas Stachel, Graham Pearson

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