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Name, Last Name: 
Maren Kekelia 

Date of Birth:
12.02.1933

Position:
Head of the Department of Mineral Resources, Geochemistry and Isotope Geochronology of the LEPL Alexandre Janelidze Institute of Geology, Chief Scientist in the same Institute 

Scientific/Academic Degree: 
Candidate of geological-mineralogical sciences (PhD)

Contact Information:
11 Brose st., 0104 Tbilisi, Georgia
Phone: ((+995 32) 299 52 69, mobile phone: 599 71 69 84
E-mail: kekelia33@yahoo.com

Education:
Georgian Polytechnic Institute –engineer-geologist (1951-1956) 

Professional Qualification:
In 1966 was awarded degree of candidate of geological-mineralogical sciences. Ph.D. thesis: "Petrology and Geochemical Peculiarities of the Zekari Massif" 

Scientific Work Experience:
1956-1960 Geologist – Mashavera Geological Survey Party, Geological Department of Georgia;
1960-2000 Head of the Sector – Department of geochemistry of Al.Djanelidze Geological Institute of the Academy of Sciences of Georgia;
2000-2005 Deputy Director of Al.Djanelidze Geological Institute of the Academy of Sciences of Georgia;
2005-2006 Senior Scientist - Department of Geochemistry of Al.Djanelidze Geological Institute of the Academy of Sciences of Georgia;
2006- 2009 Head of the Department of Geochemistry of the LEPL Alexandre Janelidze Institute of Geology; 
2009-present Head of the Department of Mineral Resources, Geochemistry and Isotope Geochronology of the LEPL Alexandre Janelidze Institute of Geology

Sphere of Research:
Geochemistry of magmatic rocks

Total Number of Publications - 70

List of Publications for Last 10 Years:
Geodynamic Fundamentals of Metallogenic Analysis of Mountain-folded Areas (on the example of the Caucasian region).// Proceedings of Geol. Inst. of the Georgian Acad. of Sci., new series, issue 115, (2000). (Co-authors: Kekelia S., Kofman R.) (in Russian)

Comparison of the Mineral Deposits between Georgian and Turkish Sectors of the Tethyan Metallogenic Belt. 2001. (Co-authors: Moon Ch. et al.)

Ore-forming systems in volcanogenic-sedimentary sequences by the example of non-ferrous metal deposits of the Caucasus and Eastern Pontides. Proceedings of International symposium. 2001. (Co-authors: Kekelia S., Otkhmezuri Z.)

Geochemical Indicators of the Geodynamic situation of the late Cretaceous volcanism and sulfide ore formation in the Artvin-Bolnisi zone (SW Georgia).// International Symposium. 2001. (Co-author Gugushvili V.)

Geology and Formation Conditions of Alpine Deposits of Non-ferrous  Metals of Pontides and the Caucasus.//  Proceedings of Geol. Inst. of the Georgian Acad. of Sci., new series, issue 117, 2002. (Co-author Kekelia S.) (in Russian)

Crustal and Mantle Sources of Cretaceous Volcanism and Sulfide Mineralization in the Bolnisi Mining District.// Proceedings of Al. Djanelidze Geol. Inst. of the Georgian Acad. of Sci. New series, issue117, 2002.  (Co-authors: Gugushvili V., Moon C.J., Natsvlishvili M.) (in Russian)

Geodynamic evolution of the Pre-alpine basement of Georgia (Transcaucasus). Geologica Carpatica. 2002. (Co-author Zakariadze et al.)

Metallogeny of the active continental margins. //Proceedings of Geol. Inst. of the Georgian Acad. of Sci., new series, issue 119. 2004 (Co-authors: Kekelia S., Otkhmezuri Z.)

Resistors in the Infrastructure of the Main Ridge of the Greater Caucasus.// Proceedings of Geol. Inst. of the Georgian Acad. of Sci., new series, issue 119, 2004. (Co-authors: Tsimakuridze G., Akhvlediani R., Shvelidze I). (in Russian)

Petrogeochemical Peciliarities of Metabasites of the Kassari Complex of the Greater Caucasian Main Range.//Proceedings of Geol. Inst. of the Georgian Acad. of Sci., new series, issue 119. 2004. (Co-authors: Abesadze M., Tsimakuridze G., Shavishvili I., Chkhotua T.) (in Russian)

Gold-bearing deposits of the Southern Slope of the Greater Caucasus (within the limits of Georgia), their genesis and prospecting criteria. Report CRDF, 2004. (Co-authors: Kekelia S. et al.)

Metallogeny of active paleomargins of continents (on the example of Alpine metallic deposits of the Caucasus and  Pontides).// Proceedings of Al.Janelidze  Geological Institute of Georgian Academy of sciences dedicated to P.Gamkrelidze’s 100-th birthday anniversary. New Series. Vol.119, Tbilisi, 2004, pp.706-726. (Co-authors: Kekelia C., Otkhmezuri Z., Moon Ch.)

Ore-forming systems in volcanogenic-sedimentary sequences by the example of Base metal deposits of the Caucasus and East Pontic Metallotect.// Bull. MTA, 129, Ankara-Turkey. 2004, pp.1-16 (Co-authors: S. Kekelia, Z.Otkhmezuri, Ch.Moon, N.Ozgur)

Gold Potential of the Northern Part of the Southern Slope of the Greater Caucasus  (within the limits of Georgia).// “Mining Journal”, №6, 2005, pp. 9-11 (Co-author: Kekelia, S., Asatiani G., Gigiadze G., Shavishvili I.)

Gold-bearing deposits in volcano-plutonic complexes of the central part of the Alpine-Himalayan fold belt (South Caucasian states and Eastern Turkey).// Proceedings of the 18th Congress of Carpathian-Balkan Geological Association, Belgrade, 2006, p.258-261. (Co-authors: J. Doebrich, V. Baba-Za¬de, R. Melkonian, S. Kekelia, S. Kuloshvili, S. Bayraktutan, N. Gagnidze, N. Sadradze and A. Razmadze) 

Gold deposits of the Greater Caucasus, Georgia Republic: their genesis and prospecting criteria.// Ore Geology Reviews, 2008.USA, Vol. 34, issue 3, pp.359-386 (Co-authors: M.Kekelia, S.Kuloshvili, A.Razmadze, N.Gagnidze, N.Sadradze, V. Yaroshevich, G. Asatiani, J.L. Doebrich, R. J. Goldfarb, E. E. Marsh). 

Geological conditions of the formation of non-ferrous metal deposits in the Bolnisi districts (Georgia). 2008. Proceedings of Alexandre Janelidze Institute of Geology. Issue 124, pp. 316-328 (Co-authors: S.Kekelia, S.Kuloshvili, G.Asatiani, A.Razmadze, N.Sadradze, N.Gagnidze) 

Geological-geophysical and geochemical models of ore magmatic systems of porphyry copper deposits of the Kedabek mining district. Proceedings of Alexandre Janelidze Institute of Geology. Issue 124, pp. 307-315 (Co-authors: J.L.Doebrich, V.M.Babazade, S.A.Kekelia, V.G.Ramazanov, Z.Y.Mame¬dov, A.M.Ismailova, Sh.F.Abdulaeva, S.I.Kuloshvili, N.E.Gagnidze, N.G.Sadradze)

List of the Best Publications (at the author’s discretion):
Geochemical Peculiarities and Petrology of the Zekari Massif (Georgian SSR). Tbilisi, “Metsniereba”. 1972.

Outcrop  of Serpentinites on the Khrami Salient of the Crystalline Basement. Bulletin of the Academy of Sciences of GSRR. 1977, vol.86, #3 (Co-authors: Kiknadze I.I., Khutsishvili O.D.)

Ophiolite Fragment in the Dzirula Crystalline Basement. Bulletin of the Academy of Sciences of GSRR. 1979, vol.96, #2 (Co-authors: Gamkrelidze I.P., Dumbadze G.D. et al.)

Paleozoic Tectonic Development of the Caucasus and Turkey (Geotraverse G).  Newsletter, Regional volume, Padova, Italy. 1987 (Co-authors: Adamia Sh., Belov A.) 

Geodynamic Fundamentals of Metallogenic Analysis of Mountain-folded Areas (on the example of the Caucasian region).// Proceedings of Geol. Inst. of the Georgian Acad. of Sci., new series, issue 115, (2000). (Co-authors: Kekelia S., Kofman R.) (in Russian)

Crustal and Mantle Sources of Cretaceous Volcanism and Sulfide Mineralization in the Bolnisi Mining District.// Proceedings of Al. Djanelidze Geol. Inst. of the Georgian Acad. of Sci. New series, issue117, 2002.  (Co-authors: Gugushvili V., Moon C.J., Natsvlishvili M.) (in Russian)

Metallogeny of the active continental margins. // Proceedings of Geol. Inst. of the Georgian Acad. of Sci., new series, issue 119. 2004 (Co-authors: Kekelia S., Otkhmezuri Z.)

Petrogeochemical Peculiarities of Metabasites of the Kassari Complex of the Greater Caucasian Main Range. // Proceedings of Geol. Inst. of the Georgian Acad. of Sci., new series, issue 119. 2004. (Co-authors: Abesadze M., Tsimakuridze G., Shavishvili I., Chkhotua T.) (in Russian)

Gold-bearing deposits in volcano-plutonic complexes of the central part of the Alpine-Himalayan fold belt (South Caucasian states and Eastern Turkey).// Proceedings of the 18th Congress of Carpathian-Balkan Geological Association, Belgrade, 2006, pp.258-261. (Co-authors: J. Doebrich, V. Baba-Zade, R. Melkonian, S. Kekelia, S. Kuloshvili, S. Bayraktutan, N. Gagnidze, N. Sadradze and A. Razmadze)

Gold deposits of the Greater Caucasus, Georgia Republic: their genesis and prospecting criteria (Co-authors: M.Kekelia, S.Kuloshvili, A.Razmadze, N.Gagnidze, N.Sadradze, V. Yaroshevich, G. Asatiani, J.L. Doebrich, R. J. Goldfarb, E. E. Marsh.) 2008. Ore Geology Reviews, USA, vol. 34, issue 3, pp.359-386

Participation in International Scientific Forums (for last 10 years):
1. 4th International Symposium on Eastern Mediterranean Geology, (Isparta, Turkey, 2001)
2. 5th International Symposium of Eastern Mediterranean Geology (Belgrade, Serbia, 2006)

Participation in Research Grant Projects (for last 10 years):
1) 1999 – 2001 – “Elaboration and quantification of metallogenic evolution of Alpine fold system: The Pontides-Lesser Caucasus sector of the Tethyan Eurasian Metallogenic belt” (INTAS/GEORGIA-97-1416);
2) 2003 – 2004 – “Geology and gold favorability of carbonaceous metasedimentary rock sequences of the Southern Slope Zone, Greater Caucasus, Republic of Georgia (CRDF/GRDF, BGPI, Award Number – GG2-3300-TB-02);
3) 2005 – “Metallogeny and resource evaluation of volcano-plutonic complexes in the Pontide-Lesser Caucasus island arc” (2005-2006, CRDF/GRDF, BGPII, Award Number – GEG2-3324-TB-02).
4) 2005 -2007 – “Development of genetic and exploration models to aid in exploration, development, and environmental mitigation of gold-bearing deposits of the Lesser Caucasus” (CRDF, South Caucasus Cooperative Research Program, Award Number – SCI-010000-SC-05). 
5) 2007–2008 – “Copper-ore deposits in volcano-plutonic complexes of the Lesser Caucasus: their genesis and prospecting (exploration) signs” (INTAS, Collaborative Call with South-Caucasian Republics, Project № 06-1000017-9365)
6) 2008-2010 – GNSF grant – “Assessment of gold potential of south-western part of Georgia (Adjara-Trialeti fold zone)”.    GNSF/ST07/5-202. # 07-197-5-152

Scientific Activity: 
Member of Geological Society of Georgia, reading a course of lectures in geochemistry.