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Professor Hausel has worked as a research geologist and consultant specializing in diamond and colored gemstone exploration, Archean gold deposits, other precious metal deposits, base and strategic metals as well as Cratonic environments and Archean greenstone terrains. His work led to the discovery of several diamondiferous kimberlites, numerous gold anomalies and deposits, some nickel, copper, cobalt, platinum and palladium occurrences, several gemstone deposits and other mineral occurrences.


A signifiant part of the Archean basement of the Wyoming Craton was mapped by Hausel. His contributions included maps of the South Pass greenstone belt, the Seminoe Mountains greenstone belt, the Rattlesnake Hills greenstone belt and Tertiary alkalic intrusives, the Copper Mountain supracrustal belt, Cooper Hill metamorphic complex, as well as the largest field of lamproites in North America (Leucite Hills) and the two largest kimberlite districts in the US (State Line and Iron Mountain).


While working as a consultant for Western Gold Exploration and Mining in Alaska (a subsidiary of DeBeers and Anglo American), he provided the initial detailed mapping on the Donlin Creek gold deposit, which in currently recognized as the largest (39.5 million ounces) undeveloped gold deposit in North America and with its additional 140 million ounce inferred resources, makes it one of the top ten gold deposits ever to be discovered.


While employed by Western Archon, he discovered sapphire and benitoite during exploration of an unconventional diamond deposit in California. As a consultant for Echo Bay, he identified and proposed several excellent diamond projects to the company including one that later became a diamond mine.


In 1992, he was the recipient of the American Association of Petroleum Geologist's President's Certificate for Excellence and was awarded the Wyoming Geological Association's Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Endeavors and Contributions. In 2001, his contributions were further recognized by several other national and international organization and he was awarded the Education Award by the National Rock Hound & Lapidary Hall of Fame (HOF). In 2004, the Wyoming Geological Association awarded him their highest honor – the association’s ‘Distinguished Service Award’ for outstanding endeavors and contributions to the work and progress of the association and understanding of Wyoming’s geology. The association was so impressed that a 5 minute standing ovation accompanied the presentation. He is also hi-lighted in Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Two Thousand Notable American Men, Five Thousand Personalities of the World, and several other related documents.



  • B.Sc. in Geology - University of Utah (1972).
  • M.Sc. in Geology - University of Utah (1974). Focus on high P,T igneous systems and petrology.
  • Post Graduate - University of New Mexico (1974-1975). Focus on high P,T igneous systems.
  • Hydrothermal Alteration Short Course - University of Idaho, Moscow (1983).
  • PhD (honorary) - Japanese Martial Arts Science – International University of Sports & Martial Arts Sciences (2006).



  • Present-2007 Independent Geologist and Author.
  • 2015 Consultant, RC Minerals & Rocks, Atlantic City, Wyoming.
  • 2012 Consultant, Strathmore Resources, Vancouver, BC, gold exploration. 
  • 2012 Consultant, Saratoga Gold Mining Company, gold and copper exploration.
  • 2012 Consultant, Wyoming Gold Mining Company.
  • 2012 Consultant, Giant King Gold Mines, Washington, California.
  • 2012-2006 President, W. Dan Hausel Geological Consulting LLC, Gilbert, Arizona. 
  • 2009 Consultant, Rattlesnake Hills gold project, Endurance Gold Corp., Vancouver.
  • 2008 Consultant, Base & precious metals, Black Range Minerals, Perth, Australia.
  • 2008-2007 Vice President, US Exploration, DiamonEx Ltd, Brisbane, Australia.
  • 2007-2006 US Exploration Manager, DiamonEx Ltd, Brisbane, Australia.  
  • 2007-1991 Senior Economic Geologist (Archean geology, gold, gemstones, base & strategic metals), Wyoming Geological Survey, Laramie, Wyoming.
  • 2006 Consultant, Gold prospects, Teras Gold Company, Alberta, Canada. 
  • 2006 Advisory Board, Ice Resources, Alberta, Canada. 
  • 2003 Consultant, Diamond Exploration, Western Archon, Reno, Nevada. 
  • 1998 Instructor, Diamond Exploration Short Course, Wyoming Geological Association, Casper.
  • 1998 Instructor/Consultant, Diamond Exploration Short Course, American Diamond Co, Vancouver BC.
  • 1995 Instructor/Consultant, Diamond Exploration, MK Gold, S.L.C., Utah. 
  • 1994 Consultant, Diamond Exploration, Echo Bay Exploration, Spokane, Washington.
  • 1994 Instructor/Consultant, Diamond Exploration, North American Exploration, Kaysville, UT
  • 1994 Instructor, Diamond Exploration Short Course, University of Wyoming, Laramie
  • 1993 Consultant, Diamond Exploration, Bald Mountain Mining Co., Lead, South Dakota.
  • 1994 Instructor, Diamond Exploration Short Course, Wyoming Geological Association, Casper.
  • 1994 Consultant, Diamond Exploration, A & E Resources, Jackson, Wyoming. 
  • 1992 Consultant, Gold Exploration, Fowler Resources, Hamilton, Montana.
  • 1990 Consultant, Gold Exploration, Chevron Resources, Georgetown, Montana.
  • 1989-88 Consultant, Gold Exploration, Western Gold Exploration & Mining (Anglo American/DeBeers), Anchorage, Alaska.
  • 1988 Instructor, Gold & Gemstones, University of Wyoming.
  • 1984 Consultant, Rock identification, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Rawlins, Wyoming.
  • 1982 Instructor, Prospecting & Exploration Methods, University of Wyoming.
  • 1981 Instructor, Prospecting Methods, University of Wyoming Adult Education.
  • 1981 Consultant, Feldspar, silica sands & titaniferous magnetite, Twin Buttes Corp., Cheyenne, Wyoming.
  • 1991-1981 Deputy Director & Economic Geologist (Metals, Gemstones, Industrial Minerals, Uranium), Wyoming Geological Survey, Laramie, Wyoming.
  • 1981-1977 Staff Minerals Geologist (Metals, Gemstones, Industrial Minerals, Uranium), Wyoming Geological Survey, Laramie, Wyoming.
  • 1977-1976 Research Geologist, US Geological Survey, Casper, Wyoming.
  • 1976-1975 Project Geologist, Uranium, Warnock Consultants, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1975-1974 Teaching Assistant, Mineralogy and Petrology, University of New Mexico Department of Geology, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • 1974-1972 Research Assistant, Terrestrial Igneous Petrology and Lunar Petrology and Mineralogy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1972-1968 Astronomy Lecturer, Hansen Planetarium, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • 1968 Geological Assistant, Cobalt & tungstenSachem Prospects, Idaho.


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