Curator of Collections Marc Wilson Marc Wilson

Minerals, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080
412.622.8837 (fax)

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Academic Training 

  • Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan
  • MS Geology/Mineralogy, 1979
  • BS Geology, 1975

Professional Recognition 

  • Co-recipient of the 1993 Friends of Mineralogy Award of Merit
  • EFMLS Honoree for the 2001 AFMS Scholarship Award
  • Inducted into the National Rockhound and Lapidary Hall of Fame, 2001


  • Friends of Mineralogy; Pennsylvania Chapter
  • Mineralogical Society of America
  • Society of Mineral Museum Professionals; Board of Directors, 1996 to 1999
  • United States Naval Institute; Life Member
  • Rocks & Minerals Consulting Editor, 1998 to present



August 1992 to present
Collections Manager and Head, Minerals, Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Responsibilities include: collections curation; specimen acquisition; maintaining and improving exhibits in Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems; specimen identification; coordinating the public outreach of Minerals, including lectures, special exhibits for gem & mineral shows, preparing quarterly, yearly and special reports and interaction with the public; creation and management of the Carnegie Gem & Mineral Show; and managing all aspects of section business activities.

October 1988 to August 1992
Mineralogist for New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources. Experience includes management of the Bureau’s Mineral Museum with responsibility for attendant public outreach and growth programs; management of the Bureau’s annual mineral symposium; simple to complex identification of rocks and minerals for public and industry; public relations, including talks to amateur and professional mineralogy groups; participation in investigations of abandoned mines and smelter sites to determine possible contamination or future economic merit; mineralogical research, including ore microscopy studies; and supervision of student employees.

March 1982 to October 1988
Head of Geological Interpretation, GeoSpectra Corporation. Experience includes: lithologic, structural and geochemical mapping and base, precious and strategic metal and oil and gas exploration. Projects have utilized Landsat M.S.S., Landsat T.M., H.C.M.M., A.T.M., T.I.M.S., S.I.R. A and S.A.R. data in addition to traditional air photographs and geophysical data sets. Responsibilities include organization and evaluation of resources, choice of proper data sets and combinations of data channels and principal components of data channels for each project; literature review and evaluation; supervision of other geologists and geophysicists of the interpretation group; close interaction with computer programmers in software development and improvement; and image interpretation. Some work in crop discrimination was also performed.

June 1979 to March 1982
Geologist, St. Joe American Corporation. Experience consists of geologic mapping, air photo and ERTS image interpretation, and prospect examination in Proterozoic and Archean terranes of Upper Michigan. This includes hard rock uranium with attendant geophysical surveys and drilling and greenstone gold and massive sulfide exploration. Geophysical examination and drilling of massive sulfide targets in the upper Midwest with special emphasis on winter drilling. Exploration within the Black Hills of South Dakota, including sampling, prospect generation, detailed and semi-regional mapping, and statistical analysis of large scale geochemical program. Most programs have involved long, independent, self-structured periods in the field (up to three months) with and without field assistants.

June 1976 to November 1978
Geologist, Rioamex (spring, summer and fall months). Radiometric reconnaissance of Precambrian terranes in parts of Upper Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota. Massive sulfide and stratabound copper exploration including supervision of field crews of up to four in Michigan and South Dakota. Witwatersrand-type quartz pebble conglomerate exploration in Wyoming, South Dakota and Upper Michigan with attendant magnetic and radiometric surveys. Responsible for the mapping and sampling field crews, and siting, logging and supervision of diamond drill holes. Uraniferous rhyolitic tuffs in Utah and Oregon and uranium veins in the Colorado Rockies were also explored. Projects were largely self-structured with a minimum of supervision, and often involved coordination of field crews in mapping and sampling programs.

1973 to 1976
Mineralogist (part time), A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum. Identified individual and suites of mineral and ore specimens from worldwide localities. Initiated computerization of museum collections. Helped design new museum layout and facilities for both permanent and temporary displays.


Wilson, Marc, Wilson, Debra L., Mathur, Ryan, 2016, Tracing the Source of Native Copper Mineral Specimens with Copper Isotope Values, Rocks & Minerals, Vol. 91, No. 4, pp. 352-356.

Mathur, R., Wilson, M., Parra, M., 2014, Challenges of Using Copper Isotope Ratios to Trace the Origin of Native Copper Artifacts: An Example from the Keweenaw Peninsula, Annals of Carnegie Museum, Vol. 82, No. 3, pp. 241-245.

Mathur, R., Titley, S., Barra, F., Bentley, S., Wilson, M., Phillips, A., Munizaga, F., Makseav, V., Vervoort, J., Hart, G., 2009, Copper Isotope Fractionation Used to Identify Supergene Processes, Society of Economic Geologists Special Publication 14, Chapter 4.

Cooper, Michael P., Wilson, Wendell E., Wilson, Marc L., 2009, Famous Mineral Dealers: Bryce McMurdo Wright (1814-1875) and Bryce McMurdo Wright, Jr. (1850-1895), The Mineralogical Record, vol. 40, no. 6, pp. 445-466.

Mathur, R., Titley, S., Barra, F., Bentley, S., Wilson, M., Phillips, A., Munizaga, F., Makseav, V., Vervoort, J., Hart, G., 2009, Exploration Potential of Cu Isotope Fractionation in Porphyry Copper Deposits, Journal of Geochemical Exploration, vol. 102, no.1, pp.1-6.

Richards, P.R., Wilson, M., DeGraef, M., 2009, Twinned Datolite from Dalnegorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia, The Mineralogical Record, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 127-129.

Mathur, R., Titley, S., Hart, G., Wilson, M., Davignon, M., Zlatos, C., 2009, The History of the United States Cent Revealed through Copper Isotope Fractionation; Journal of Archeological Science, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 430-433.

Wilson, M.L., 2003, Calcite from Romania: Breathtaking in Black and White; extraLapis English, No. 4, pp. 74,75.

Wilson, M.L., 2002, Stabilisierung, Reparatur und Rekonstruktion von mineralstuffen: Was ist Erlauht?; Lapis Mineralien Magazin, Jg.27, Nr.12,Dez., pp. 38,39.

Wilson, M.L., 2002, The Four R’s of Mineral Specimen Enhancement; extraLapis English, No. 2, pp. 82,83.

Wilson, M.L., 2001, Minerals of the former Soviet Union in the collections of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History; Rocks & Minerals, vol. 76, no. 1, pp. 44-49.

Wilson, M.L., 1997, Chapter 11: Copper (and other descriptions throughout); pp. 267- 292; in The F. John Barlow Mineral Collection; (Barlow, F.J., R.W. Jones, and G.L. LaBerge, eds.). Sanco Publishing, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Wilson, M.L., 1995, Copper and cuprite pseudomorphs after azurite from the Rose mine, Grant County, New Mexico; Annals of Carnegie Museum, vol. 64, no. 1, pp. 35-50.  Click here for e-print (PDF, 3 Mb).

Wilson, M.L., 1992, The New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources Mineral Museum; Rocks & Minerals, vol. 67, no. 5, pp. 335-337.

Wilson, M.L. and Dyl, S.J., II, 1992, The Michigan Copper Country; The Mineralogical Record, vol. 23, no. 2, 77 p.

Wilson, M.L., 1991, A Section for Teachers: Minerals; New Mexico Geology, vol. 13, no. 4, p. 89.

Wilson, M.L., 1990, New Mexico Minerals I; New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources, set of 10 postcards with text, photographs by Debra L. Wilson.

Wilson, M.L. and Reiche, J., 1990, Mineral-collecting guide to Hansonburg mining district, Socorro County, New Mexico; New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources, 14 p.

McLemore, V.T. and Wilson, M.L., 1989, Mineral-collecting guide to Gonzales mine, Socorro county, New Mexico; New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources, 6 p.

Wilson, M.L., Paces, J.B. and Ruotsala, A.P., 1984, Fluorapatite from the King Lithia mine, Custer county, South Dakota; The Mineralogical Record, vol. 15, no. 6, pp. 361-366.

Herman, J.D., Etzler, P.J., Wilson, M.L. and Vincent, R.K., 1984, Geoscience finds possible Iowa overthrusting; Oil and Gas Journal, Nov. 5, pp. 129-135.

Wilson, M.L., 1984, Crystals from southern Illinois; Michigan Mineralogical Society Conglomerate, vol. 45, no. 5, pp. 13-14.

Wilson, M.L., 1983, Industrial mineral exploration methods; Michigan Mineralogical Society Conglomerate, vol. 43, no. 10, pp. 9-10; vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 4-6.

Routsala, A.P. and Wilson, M.L., 1977, Kinoite from Calumet Michigan; American Mineralogist, vol. 62, pp. 1032-1033.

Wilson, M.L., 1977, Kinoite from Michigan – A new occurrence; The Mineralogical Record, vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 519-520.

Presented Papers 

Mathur, R., Titley, S., Brantley, S., Wilson, M., 2009, Cu isotope fractionation utility as a geochemical exploration tool; International Applied Geochemistry Conference, Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Vincent, R.K., Pleitner, P.K. and Wilson, M.L., 1984, Integration of Airborne Thematic Mapper and Thermal Infrared Multispectral Scanner data for lithologic and hydrothermal alteration mapping; International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, Third Thematic Conference, Remote Sensing for Exploration Geology, Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 16-19.

Vincent, R.K., Ory, T., Etzler, P.J. and Wilson, M.L., 1983, Airborne Thematic Mapper data collection and processing for the Lake Ellen kimberlite region, Iron county, Michigan; The Eastern Great Lakes Region of the American Society of Photogrammetry, April 22, Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan.

Matlen, B.J., Shipley, T.F., Chaurasia, N., Wilson, M.L., Wilson, D.L., & Klahr, D. 2013. A comparison of comparison types: Applications of analogical instruction in mineralogy identification, Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA, April 29.