Brittani McNamee

Assistant Professor
140 Rhoades-Robinson Hall
828.350.4554

Office Hours

  • Tue: 

    • 1 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wed: 

    • noon - 1:00 p.m.

Dr. McNamee teaches courses in mineralogy and petrology and physical geology. She uses different analytical equipment in her research projects such as the polarizing light microscope, electron microscope, scanning electron microscope, and a X-ray diffractometer to characterize minerals. Her current research involves characterizing the chemical composition and morphology of talc, amphiboles, and other associated minerals from the Gouverneur Mining District in New York using a series of analytical equipment. Her other interests are in geoeducation, such a developing a laboratory manual for a one-semester Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy course.

Education

  • B.S.  New Mexico State University
  • Ph.D.  University of Idaho

Courses Taught

  • ENVR 105  Physical Geology
  • ENVR 271  Microscopy
  • ENVR 282  Environmental Geology
  • ENVR 310  Economic Geology
  • ENVR 320  Mineralogy and Petrology
  • ENVR 499  Undergraduate Research

Recent Publications

  • McNamee, B.D. and M.E. Gunter.  [2014].  "Compositional analysis and morphological relationships of amphiboles, talc, and other minerals found in the talc deposits from the Gouverneur Mining District, New York [Part 2 of 2].  THE MICROSCOPE  62[1]: 3-13.
  • McNamee, B.D. and M.E. Gunter.  [2014].  MINERALOGY AND OPTICAL MINERALOGY LABORATORY MANUAL.  Open Access Publications--Mineralogical Society of America, June 30, 2014.  Web publication.
  • McNamee, B.D. and M.E. Gunter.  [2013].  "Compositional analysis and morphological relationships of amphiboles, talc, and other minerals found in the talc deposits from the Gouverneur Mining District, New York [Part 1 of 2].  THE MICROSCOPE  61[4]:147-161.
  • Thompson [McNamee], B.D., M.E. Gunter, M.A. Wilson.  [2011].  "Amphibole Asbestos soil contamination in the USA:  A matter of definition."  AMERICAN MINERALOGIST  96[4]:690-693.

Recent Presentations

  • McNamee, B.D. and M.E. Gunter.  [2014].  "Evaluating the distribution of minerals listed as Group One human carcinogens across the conterminous United States".  GSA Annual Meeting.  Geologic Society of America.  Vancouver, Canada.  October 20, 2014.   [Poster].
  • McNamee, B.D. and M.E. Gunter.  [2014].  "Formation of asbestiform talc from non-asbestiform chain-silicates in the Gouverneur, New York talk mining district".  GSA Annual Meeting.  Geologic Society of America.  Vancouver, Canada.  October 19, 2014.  [Presentation].
  • McNamee, B.D., M.E. Gunter, and C. Viti.  [2014].  "Mineralogical compositional analysis, morphological relationships, and formation of asbestiform talc from the Gouverneur Mining District".  ASTM Johnson Conference.  American Society for Testing and Mateials.  Burlington, VT.   July 21, 2014.  [Presentation].
  • McNamee, B.D. and M.E. Gunter.  [2013].  "Compositional analysis and morphological relationships of amphiboles, talc, and other minerals found in the talc deposits from the Gouverneur Mining District, New York, USA".  GSA Annual Meeting.  Geologic Society of America.  Denver, CO.  October 30, 2013.  [Poster].
  • Buzon, M.E., B.D. McNamee, C.J. Stgeven, and M.E. Gunter.  [2013].  "Fingerprinting talc, talc ore and talc products by composition and mineral assemblage."  GSA Annual Meeting.  Geologic Society of America.  Denver, CO.  October 30, 2013.  [Poster].
  • McNamee, B.D. and M.E. Gunter.  [2012].  "Lab Manual for a Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy Course."  Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC.  November 7, 2012.  [Poster].
  • McNamee, B.D., M.E. Gunter, A.E. Lalonde, and M.C. Rowe.   [2012].  "Mineralogical characterization of talc ore and commercial talc products from the Gouverneur Mining District, New York."  GSA Annual Meeting.  Geologic Society of America.  Charlotte, NC.  November 4, 2012.  [Presentation].
  • McNamee, B.D., M.E. Gunter, and M.A. Wilson.  [2011].  "Using the USDA-NRCS soil survey database to evaluate amphibole content of soils in the United States."  American Society for Testing and Materials Johnson Conference, Burlington, VT.  July 27, 2011.  [Presentation].