Tristan Childress received his Ph.D. while studying economic geology at the University of Michigan. His thesis and published research centered on using stable isotopes and trace elements in volcanic mineral deposits to elucidate their genetic origins. During two summer seasons, Tristan served as an exploration geologist at the sedimentary Pb-Zn Red Dog Mine in Alaska, performing duties ranging from typical core logging to regional geochemical analysis. Upon graduation, he spent a year conducting successful exploration drilling at the Hog Mountain orogenic gold deposit in Alabama.
Tristan joined the Bureau in 2020 as an economic geologist and is applying his expertise in exploration geochemistry and analytical techniques to the critical mineral deposits of Texas to better understand their occurrences and distributions.