Arizona Geological Society

J. Harold Courtright Scholarship

Harold Courtright had a life-long interest and career in mining and geology in the Cordillera of North and South America. His field mapping skills and exploration expertise led to the discovery of now well known porphyry copper deposits in Arizona and Peru. The scholarship fund, set up after his death in 1986, is designed to promote graduate research in the Cordillera and, while the Society may support exciting studies in any geologic discipline, we do place special emphasis on field geology, economic geology, and the study of ore deposits.


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Daniel A. Favorito

2016 Courtright Scholarship Recipient


Daniel (Dan) received his B.S. in Geology from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 2014, his M.S. in Geosciences from the University of Arizona in 2016, and currently is pursuing a Ph.D. in Geosciences at the U of A. Dan was Valedictorian of his class at Richard Stockton College and is on the verge of publishing the results of his M.S. thesis in Geosphere. In research for his dissertation, “Characterization and Reconstruction of Laramide Contractional Deformation Near Porphyry Copper Deposits in Southeastern Arizona”, Dan is trying to better understand the character of Laramide contractional deformation and the space-time relationships between contraction and porphyry copper formation in this region. Dan is conducting detailed field investigations along the San Pedro River Valley where the Laramide structure has been strongly overprinted and dismembered by Tertiary extensional structures and associated sedimentation. By determining the initial orientations, timing, and kinematics of Laramide structures within multiple field locations along the San Pedro River Valley, Dan will use geologic markers and piercing points to palinspastically restore displacements and tilting along the Tertiary normal faults, then further map Laramide reverse faults and folds, intrusive bodies, and other geologic features, to better constrain palinspastic reconstruction of the Laramide reverse faults. Dan’s ultimate goal is to develop an enhanced model for understanding pre-ore and post-ore deformation in this segment of the Laramide porphyry copper belt.


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