Dr. Kyle's diverse research interests center on mineral resource formation as an integral aspect of the development of the host geologic environment. Rich's major interests are in "strata-controlled" metal and industrial mineral deposits ranging from low-temperature sedimentary basins to volcanic and plutonic environments. He has long recognized the importance of field experience to complement the traditional classroom education and offers students the opportunity to participate in international field work in mineral resources geology.

Areas of Expertise

Ore deposits geology, strata-controlled mineral resources, metals & industrial minerals exploration, ore petrology, characterization of ore-forming fluids, high resolution X-ray computed tomography applications to ore genesis & processing, geology of energy critical elements, resources & society, geology & mineral resources of Texas


Research Locations



Current Research Programs & Projects

Magmatic fluid-wall rock interactions, Grasberg-Ertsberg Cu-Au District, Papua, Indonesia

Application of high resolution X-ray computed tomography to ore and fluid inclusion petrology

Regional controls of mineralization for Trans-Pecos Texas and contiguous Mexico

Geology of rare earths and other energy critical elements


Thayer Lindsley Lecturer - Society of Economic Geologists (2002)

Excellence of Presentation Award - Gulf Coast Association of Geological Sciences (2001)

Third C.E. Yager Professor in Geological Sciences - University of Texas at Austin (1998)

Shell Oil Company Teaching Fellow in Geological Sciences - University of Texas at Austin (1995 - 1998)

Faculty Excellence Award - Houston Oil and Minerals Corporation (1992)

Getty Oil Company Centennial Teaching Fellow in Geological Sciences - University of Texas at Austin (1989 - 1995)

Mineral Deposits Studies Group, Keynote Presentation - Geological Society of London (1988)

Excellence of Presentation Award - Society of Economic and Paleontologists and Mineralogists (1986)

Centennial Teaching Fellow - University of Texas at Austin Geology Foundation Advisory Council (1985 - 1989)

Best Paper Award - Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists Gulf Coast Section (1984)

Teaching Excellence Award - University of Texas at Austin Natural Science Council (1981)

Robert Peele Memorial Award - Society of Mining Engineering (1981)

Faculty Excellence Award - Houston Oil and Minerals Corporation (1980)

Mentor, Student Mentoring Program, Society of Economic Geologists (2009)

Program Representative, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Society of Economic Geologists (2008)

Member/Chair, Distinguished Lecturer Committee, Society of Economic Geologists (2004 - 2006)

Thayer Lindsley Distinguished Lecturer, Society of Economic Geologists (2002 - 2003)

Chair, Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (Central Texas Section) (1999 - 2002)

Secretary, Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (Central Texas Section) (1999 - 2002)

Member, Petrology and Geochemistry Panel, National Science Foundation (1998)

Chair, Committee on Committees, Society of Economic Geologists (1997 - 1998)

Field Trip Leader, Salt dome cap rock geology and mineral resources, Society of Economic Geologists (1995)

Scientific Correspondent, Chronique de la Recherche Miniere, BRGM, Orleans, France (1994 - 2000)

Member, Board of Advisors, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Department of Geological Sciences (1993 - 1996)

Field Trip Leader, Salt dome cap rock geology and mineral resources, The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (1993)

Member, Research Committee, Society of Economic Geologists (1992 - 1995)

Field Trip Leader, Salt dome cap rock geology and mineral resources, New Orleans Geological Society (1992)

Editor in Chief, Ore Geology Reviews, Elsevier (1990 - 2003)

Associate Editor, Economic Geology, Society of Economic Geologists (1990 - 1992)

Leader, Geology and industrial minerals of the Delaware Basin, Society of Economic Geologists (1990)

Convener, Special Session on Fluid-Rock Interactions in the Salt Dome Environment, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (1987)

Chair, Society of Economic Geologists Program, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (1986)

Convener, Special Session on Precious Metals in Carbonate Replacement and Skarn Environments, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (1986)

Member, Program Policy Committee, Society of Economic Geologists (1983 - 1986)

Member, American Association of Petroleum Geologists

Member, Austin Geological Society

Fellow, Geological Association of Canada

Fellow, Geological Society of America

Member, International Association on the Genesis of Ore Deposits

Member, National Association of Geology Teachers

Fellow, Society of Economic Geologists

Member, Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits

Member, Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME)

Member, Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)

Graduate Students

James I Lyons, Ph.D., expected 2009

Laurie C O'neill, M.S., expected 2013

Michael Michaelides, M.S., 2011
Geochemistry, alteration and origin of the White Bentonite deposits, Gonzales Co., Texas.

Sean Gryger, M.S., 2010
Geologic Framework of the Sierra Mojada Mining District, Coahuila, Mexico: An Integrative Study of a Mesozoic Platform-Basin Margin

Hyein Ahn, M.S., 2010
Mineralogy and Geochemistry of the Non-sulfide Zinc Deposits in the Sierra Mojada District, Coahuila, Mexico

Lorraine Baline, M.S., 2007
Hydrothermal Fluids and Cu-Au Mineralization of the Deep Grasberg Porphyry Deposit, Papua, Indonesia.

Laurel Gandler, M.S., 2006
Calc-silicate alteration and Cu-Au mineralization of the Deep MLZ skarn, Ertsberg District, Papua, Indonesia

Fabienne Rambaud, M.S., 2005
Nature and source of the mineralizing fluids at the Presidio mine, Shafter district, Presidio County, Texas

Alison Mote, M.S., 2004
A kinematic investigation of the Cripple Creek District, central Colorado: Implications regarding structural controls influencing the location and distribution of gold ore zones

James McGuire, M.S., 2003
Geology and carbonate-replacement Zn-Pb-Ag mineralization in the Hecla area, southwestern Montana

Jennifer Head, M.S., 2002
Stratigraphic and structural controls of Permian carbonate-hosted silver (Pb-Zn) mineralization, Shafter Presidio County, Texas

Asif Muzaffar, M.S., 2001
Relations among sedimentation, diapirism, and cap rock formation at the Davis Hill salt dome, Liberty Co., Texas

Amy Gilmer, M.S., 2001
Age and characterization of the Red Hills porphyry copper-molybdenum deposit and its relationship to the Chinati Mountains caldera, Presidio County, Texas

Cory Hanson, M.S.
Petrographic and isotopic study of carbonates and calc-silicates in the Gunung Bijih skarn, Papua, Indonesia

Michael Kallstrom, M.S.
Origin of calcite-native silver veins, Batopilas district, Chihuahua, Mexico


Undergraduate Students

Mills, Stephanie, BS Honors, 2009
Relation of calcite chemistry and fluorescence in silver-rich veins, Batopilas, Mexico


Laramide magmatism in Trans-Pecos Texas: Geologic history of the Red Hills intrusive center, Presidio County, Texas, South Central Section, Geological Society of America, Symposium, Big Bend National Park and Vicinity: A Decade of Research, Alpine, TX (2012)

Sierra Mojada Ag-Pb-Zn District, Coahuila: An Endmember Carbonate Replacement Mineralization System?, Cordilleran Section, Geological Society of America, Symposium, Ore Deposits of the Cordillera, Queretaro, Mexico (2012)

“The Central Texas Lead District: Geologic, geochemical, and genetic comparisons to the supergiant MVT deposits of southeast Missouri”, Geological Society of America, North Central–South Central Sectional Meeting, Ore Deposits of the Central U.S. Symposium, Rolla, MO (2010)

“Stratigraphic controls of calc-silicate alteration and Cu-Au mineralization in the Deep MLZ skarn, Ertsberg District, Papua, Indonesia”, Joint Assembly, American Geophysical Union and Geological Association of Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2009)

“Regional Geology of Texas and Oklahoma”, Transportable Array Earthquake Recording Station Reconnaissance Workshop (IRIS), Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin (2008)

“Geology of Texas Industrial Minerals”, 44th Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals, Oklahoma City, OK (2008)

“Application of high resolution X-ray computed tomography to fluid inclusion studies of opaque minerals”, International Conference on Geofluids and Fluid Inclusions, Guangzhou, China (2007)

“High Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography Studies for Geological Materials: Emphasis on Contributions to Gold Ore Genesis and Processing”, Department of Earth Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (2007)

"High Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography Studies for Geological Materials: Emphasis on Contributions to Gold Ore Genesis and Processing", Seminario de Geociencias, Centro de Geociencias, UNAM, Queretaro, Mexico (2006)

"Texas Energy Resources", University of Texas at Austin Continuing Education Program, UT Forum Adult Enrichment Program, Austin, TX (2005)

"Geology of Texas Dimension Stone" , Association for Preservation Technology Texas Chapter and the Building Industry Council of Preservation, 2004 Preservation Day Seminar, Austin, TX (2004)

"Historical Silver Mining in Central Texas: Myth vs. Reality", Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Central Texas Section, Austin, TX (2003)

"Giant Pilocene porphy-skarn Cu-Au deposits, Ertsberg District, Papua, Indonesia: Exploration, production and research in a challenging environment", and "The Economic Geology of Microbes: Relation between Mineral Resources and Bacterial Processes", Society of Economic Geologists Thayer Lindsey Lecture Tour (17 presentations at 12 sites), U.S., Canada, and Mexico (2002)

"Origin of the Tertiary sandstone-hosted Jinding Zn-Pb-Ag deposit, Yunnan China", Society of Economic Geologists' Symposium on Sediment-Hosted Lead Zinc Deposits, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (2001)

"Formation of giant Pilocene porphyry-skarn Cu-Au deposits, Ertsberg District, Irian Jaya, Indonesia", and "Dynamic interaction of salt tectonics, depositional and diagenetic systems, and mineralization in the Gulf of Mexico Basin", Institute for Science and Technology, Xi'an, China (2000)

"Formation of giant Pliocene porphyry-skarn Cu-Au deposits, Ertsberg District, Irian Jaya, Indonesia", and "Dynamic interaction of salt tectonics, depositional and diagenetic systems, and mineralization in the Gulf of Mexico Basin", Xinjiang Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Urumqi, China (2000)

"Origin of the Tertiary sandstone-hosted Jinding Zn-Pb-Ag deposit, Yunnan, China", Society of Economic Geologists' Symposium on New Silver Deposits, Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Salt Lake City, UT (2000)

"Relation of energy and mineral resources in the Gulf of Mexico Basin to the dynamic interaction of salt tectonics, depositional systems, and formation waters", The University of Tulsa, Department of Geosciences, Tulsa, OK (2000)

"A Century of Fire and Brimstone: The Rise and Fall of the Gulf Coast Frasch Sulfur Industry", Austin Geological Society, Austin, TX (1999)

"Delaware Basin sulfur deposits: Genetic relations among evaporites, petroleum, bacteria, formation waters, and tectonics", New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources, Socorro, NM (1999)

"Formation of the supergiant Grasberg porphyry Cu-Au deposit, Irian Jaya, Indonesia", Department of Geology, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile (1999)

"Metallogeny of Zn-Pb-Ag deposits in sedimentary basins: characteristics and genesis of the Tertiary sandstone-hosted Jinding Zn-Pb deposit, Yunnan, China", Denver Regional Exploration Geologists Society, Denver, CO (1999)

"A century of fire and brimstone: The rise and fall of the Gulf Coast Frasch sulfur industry", Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Central Texas Section, San Marcos, TX (1999)

"Formation of giant porphyry-skarn Cu-Au deposits associated with Pliocene intrusions into a continental margin, Ertsberg District, Irian Jaya, Indonesia", Department of Earth Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (1998)

"Dynamic interaction of salt tectonics, depositional and diagenetic systems, and mineralization in the Gulf of Mexico Basin", Centre for Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (1998)

"Exploration and production of mineral resources in a challenging environment, Ertsberg Cu-Au District, Irian Jaya, Indonesia", and "Dynamic interaction of salt tectonics, depositional and diagenetic systems, and mineralization in the Gulf of Mexico Basin, Geological Society of Australia, Broken Hill Section, New South Wales, Australia (1998)

"Dynamic interaction of salt tectonics, depositional and diagenetic systems, and mineralization in sedimentary basins: The Gulf of Mexico Basin example" (Turner Lecture), and "Exploration and production of mineral resources in a challenging environment, E, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1998)

"Formation of giant porphyry-skarn Cu-Au deposits associated with Pliocene intrusions into a continental margin, Ertsberg District, Irian Jaya, Indonesia", Mackay School of Mines, University of Nevada, Reno, NV (1997)

"Challenges in exploration and production of mineral resources in a dynamic environment, Ertsberg Cu-Au District, Irian Jaya, Indonesia" , Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Central Texas Section, San Antonio, TX (1997)

"Magmatic-hydrothermal - epithermal transition in the Ertsberg district, Irian Jaya, Indonesia", Society of Economic Geologists symposium on the magmatic-hydrothermal - epithermal transition, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO (1996)

"Bacterial processes in salt dome cap rock formation, Gulf Coast Basin, southern North America", Symposium on Geomicrobiology, Geological Association of Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1996)

"Pliocene porphyry-skarn Cu-Au deposits of the Ertsberg district, Irian Jaya, Indonesia", , Department of Geological Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (1996)

"Development of giant copper-gold deposits associated with Pliocene intrusions into a continental margin, Ertsberg district, Irian Jaya, Indonesia", Economic Geology Division, Geological Society of South Africa - Kalahari Branch, Kuruman, South Africa (1995)

"Metallic deposits in the Gulf Coast Basin of southern North America: Diverse mineralization styles in a young sedimentary basin", Society of Economic Geologists, International Field Conference on Carbonate-hosted Lead-Zinc Deposits, St. Louis, MO (1995)

"The origin of zinc-barite-fluorite deposits in Lower Ordovician carbonates, Tennessee", Irish Association for Economic Geology Weekend Course, Models for Carbonate-hosted Base Metal Deposits, Killarney, Ireland (1995)

"Metallic deposits in the Gulf Coast Basin of southern North America: Diverse mineralization styles in a young sedimentary basin", Irish Association for Economic Geology Weekend Course, Models for Carbonate-hosted Base Metal Deposits, Killarney, Ireland (1995)

"Diverse styles of sediment-hosted mineralization in the Gulf Coast Basin", Symposium on The Impact of New Ideas in Southeastern Geology on Ore Depositional Models, Geological Society of America Southeastern Section, Knoxville, TN (1995)

"Pliocene porphyry-skarn Cu-Au deposits of the Ertsberg district, Irian Jaya, Indonesia", Department of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX (1995)

"Pliocene porphyry-skarn Cu-Au deposits of the Ertsberg district, Irian Jaya, Indonesia", Department of Geological Sciences, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM (1995)

"Pliocene porphyry-skarn Cu-Au deposits of the Ertsberg district, Irian Jaya, Indonesia", Department of Earth Sciences, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN (1995)

"Sedimentary Pb-Zn Deposits", Two-day short course, The Earth Resources Foundation, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (1994)

"Skarn Cu-Au deposits of the Ertsberg district, Irian Jaya, Indonesia", Symposium on Gold and Base Metal Skarns, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Sydney, (1994)

"Zinc-lead-silver mineralization in sedimentary environments: Lessons from the Gulf Coast Basin", Department of Geology, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (1994)

"Salt structures and Pb-Zn-Ag-Ba mineralization in the Gulf Coast Basin, southern North America" and "Porphyry-skarn Cu-Au deposits, Ertsberg district, Irian Jaya, Indonesia", Department of Geology and Mineral Resources, China University of Geosciences, Beijing (1993)

GEO 335 Geology and Mineral Resources of Texas (Undergraduate)

GEO 381R Regional Studies in Mineral Resources Geology (Graduate)

GEO 391G Ore Deposits in Volcanic Environments (Graduate)

GEO 391H Ore Deposits in Sedimentary Environments (Graduate)

GEO 341 Mineral Resources, Society, and the Environment (Undergraduate)

GEO 335 Geology & Mineral Resources of Texas (Graduate)

GEO 386E Economic Geology (Graduate)

Geo 386 Geology of Earth Resources) (Graduate)

- Energy & Earth Resource (Graduate)

GEO 358K Volcanology (Undergraduate)