Mindat.org Management Team
This is a current list of all mindat.org management team members. If you have a problem or wish to discuss something in more detail, click on the management member's name and you can contact them via their contact form.
Jolyon & Katya RalphJolyon is the founder of mindat.org. He started mindat as a personal mineral information database in 1993, which was later launched as a web site in October 2000. He also runs the gemdat.org website with his wife Katya. They have a young son, Roman, born in 2014.
Area of expertise: British Minerals
Alfredo PetrovAlfredo Petrov: Geologist, collector of microminerals and geological oddities, member of the management team since Mindat first went online in 2000, currently living in California. On Mindat, primarily works on locality information for Japan, Bolivia, Argentina. First field collected specimens were selenite crystals from a clay pit in Bracknell, England, at 7 years old, and ever since then has been in battle over how many rocks are allowed in the house.
Amir C. AkhavanAmir Akhavan is a biologist and hobby mineralogist with an interest in petrology and geochemistry. Since 2005 he is running a website on quartz and is a member of the management board since 2011.
Areas of expertise: quartz, silica minerals, silicious rocks, photography, microscopy.
Andrew G. ChristyMindat Manager since 2006. Main managerial actions have been to add, complete and correct information on mineral data pages on an ad hoc basis. Relevant expertise is mainly in crystallography, crystal chemistry, optics, analytical methods, mineral characterisation and classification, mineral associations and paragenesis rather than in specific regions or localities.
Bill CorduaBill is proud to be part of the management board. He is a retired geology professor, with nearly 40 years of teaching experience at the Univeristy of Wisconsin- River Falls. for MINDAT he has done major work editing entries for Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Chester S. Lemanski, Jr.Chester S. Lemanski, Jr. is a retired criminal investigator with extensive experience in contract fraud matters and data mining. He has been a mineral collector since an early age and worked as a miner at the New Jersey Zinc Co.'s Sterling Mine, Ogdensburg, NJ. A former President Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society and former Vice-President Franklin Mineral Museum. He now specializing in Franklin, New Jersey, minerals, systematic mineralogy, and fluorescent minerals. Lemanskiite was named in his honor. He has been a member of the Mindat management team since near the beginning of the on-line project and concentrates on the maintenance of locality files, especially the USA, and other Mindat support functions as required.
Christof SchäferChristof Schäfer, mining engineer and amateur mineralogist for more than 35 years with main focus on volcanic minerals especially those from Mt Vesuvius and the Eifel area. If he finds the time he adds and corrects data.
Debbie WoolfDebbie is a housewife and a small business owner in garden machinery. Since the millennium Debbie has had a passion for minerals and found a website called 'mindat' and her area is South Africa and Namibia.
Ernst A. SchnaitmannErnst A. Schnaitmann is married, is a father of three children and is a full time business management professional.
Ernst has a significant spare time interest in Namibian minerals and localities and works together with various researchers and publishers to this effect while also assisting Mindat in improving all information relating to Namibian specimens.
Area of expertise: Namibian Minerals
Frank de WitI am a housefather for two kids on a small farm in the hills, the founder of www.strahlen.org , try to help on Mindat where I can, and love to travel around the world to be outside in beautiful nature and mountains, meet nice people, eat good food, enjoy different cultures, find minerals, go underground in old mines, and relax in an onzen or spa afterwards. If you want to travel with me: drop me an email.
Area of expertise: To travel and find minerals.
George R. RossmanGeorge R. Rossman is Professor of Mineralogy at Caltech, in Pasadena, California, and a research collaborator with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the American Museum of Natural History, and other researchers, world-wide.
Areas of expertise: origin of color, spectroscopic methods of mineral analysis and identification.
Georges FavreauGeorges has liked minerals since he was a kid, but decided that becoming a computer engineer would be better for a living. His greatest pleasure is to go collecting on the field in company of friends who share his weird love for microscopic crystals. When he is not in his favourite places in the South of France, Morocco, Spain, SW of the USA, he dreams of travelling back there.
Harjo NeutkensHarjo is a musician and visual artist from the Netherlands. He's married to Rachel and together they have a beautiful daughter, Sarah.
When Harjo isn't playing concerts or creating his artwork he can be found collecting minerals in the mountains, in quarries, in mines or on mine dumps. He can also often be found sitting behind his camera making mineral micro photos.
Area of expertise: Belgian minerals and to a lesser extent the minerals of the Hohe Tauern region of Austria.
Jean-Marc JohannetAgronomy engineer by hazard - he wanted to be a geologist but he failed at the entrance examination - he works, now, as a biomass recycling project manager. So, the Earth Sciences and specially mineralogy became his passion instead of his job. Surely better like that !
Mineral collector since he was a teenager, he started to collect only micro-minerals since 30 years when he began to move frequently.
As a Mindat Manager (since 2010) he adds, makes updates, checks and corrects the locality pages for France.
Main interests : phosphate and uranium minerals and photography.
Knut Edvard LarsenKnut Edvard Larsen is a Norwegian amateur mineralogist and has been a passionate mineral collector (systematic) since he was 13. By profession he is a theologian (missiologist). Co-editor of the STEIN magazine He has written several articles, and is active in the mineral community in Norway.
As a Mindat Manager (since 2009) he add, update, check and correct locality and mineral pages.
Area of expertise: Madagascar and Scandinavian Minerals, especially Norwegian.
Knut EldjarnKnut Eldjarn is a medical doctor by profession and currently president of a biotech company that manufactures quality controls for laboratories world wide. He has been a dedicated mineral collector since childhood more than 50 years ago. He has had a life long passion for self collecting and studying specimens and rare species from a wide variety of localities especially in Scandinavia and Greenland. He is currently trying to recruit future collectors and mindaters hosting a very local rock club among the mineral display cabinets with his 4 grandchildren and contributing to Mindat when time allows.
László HorváthLászló Horváth, Canadian amateur mineralogist and field collector for the last 44 years, specializing in the mineralogy of Mont Saint-Hilaire and other alkaline complexes worldwide, miscellaneous Québec localities and Canadian type minerals.
Marco E. CiriottiItalian member of the IMA CNMNC; Member of IMA UM (Unnamed Minerals) Commission; Founder and president of AMI (Associazione Micromineralogica Italiana - Italian Micromineralogical Association); Founder and President of the Editorial Board of Micro (a mineralogical journal); Member of the Research Mineralogical Group at the Department of the Earth Sciences of the University of Torino (the group includes
Fernando Cámara, Erica Bittarello, Cristian Biagioni, Luca Bindi, Fabrizio Nestola); Systematic Collectors.
Area of expertise: Systematic mineralogy, crystallography and crystal chemistry, minerals from Italy.
Olav RevheimOlav is a Petroleum Engineer of profession and his interest in mineralogy, petrology and geology is on an amateur level. He enjoys field collecting and is fortunate to have some decent localities not too far away from Krstiansand, Norway where he lives. His main contribution to mindat is as a participant in the Best Minerals project in addition to a fascination for the amphiboles.
Paul De BondtPaul De Bondt is a biochemist and an amateur mineral collector and contributed to several mineralogical magazines and books. He collect since his childhood and specialises in Katanga, Tsumeb, Cornwall and Ste Marie minerals.
He works on Mindat since 2008 by adding and improving data and as a manager since 2014.
Areas of expertise, Katanga and the U.K.
Ralph BottrillRalph Bottrill is a geologist, mineralogist, petrologist and mineral collector, living near Hobart in Tasmania, Australia. Specialising in minerals from Tasmania, Broken Hill, South Australia and quite a few other areas. He runs the state mineralogy/petrology laboratories and rock collections, studies Tasmanian mineral deposits and occurrences (field and lab) and does some general geology and database work. He is an associate curator for minerals with several Tasmanian Museums, an associate editor of the Australian Journal of Mineralogy, and president of the Mineralogical Society of Tasmania.
Areas of expertise include Tasmania, Australia, geology, petrology and general mineralogy.
Rob WoodsideRob Woodside is a retired college physics teacher who has collected minerals since he was 8 years old. For many years he collected elements and sulfides systematically, attempting to find small hand specimens with the best crystallization. Recently that collection was sold and I started collecting odd things like polymorph specimens where at least two chemically identical, but structurally different, minerals occur on the same piece, etc. He just loves minerals.
Rock CurrierInitially I learned something about chemistry in school. My first job was working for US Borax at their big borate mine and refinery at Boron, California. This is where I was bitten by the mineral bug. I worked 10 years in the chemical industry and chased minerals in my spare time which included a lot of underground field collecting. Four of these years was spent in NY during which time I did a lot of photography of specimens in private collections and museums.
I then took my first trip to India, concentrating on visiting quarries in the Deccan basalts. When I returned I started a business I called Jewel Tunnel Imports. I spent the next 35 years traveling internationally to many countries to buy specimens for my business. Jewel Tunnel operates a wholesale only 1000 square meter warehouse in Baldwin Park, California.
I have written articles for Rocks and Minerals, the Mineralogical Record and Mindat. I now spend a lot of time Mindat as a moderator of several forums.
Uwe KolitschProfessional mineralogist (Curator of the Mineral and Ore Deposit Collections at the Natural History Museum Vienna. As a Mindat Manager (since 2005) in my spare time, I mainly add, update, correct and generally improve locality and mineral pages.
Area of expertise: Systematic mineralogy, crystallography and crystal chemistry, ore deposits, secondary minerals, slag "minerals", minerals from Austria.