Keith Long, Project Chief, U.S. Geological Survey
Keith Long earned a Master’s in Geosciences from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate in mineral economics from the University of Arizona. Fluent in Spanish, he joined the Mineral Resource Program of the U.S. Geological Survey in 1988 to conduct mineral resource investigations in South America. He turned to domestic duties in 1995, developing mineral deposit and mining cost models, and investigated the history of mining and milling operations in the Coeur d’Alene mining region, including a history of tailings management practices published in the Mining History Journal. For this paper Keith received the John M. Townsley Award from the Mining History Association in 2002. Recently, he was promoted to project chief and tasked with developing a program for assessing future supply of strategic and critical minerals. This project is now underway. Aside from project management, Keith is assessing prospects for increased production of rare earth elements and tungsten, and continues to develop mining cost models.