Geoscience | Forensic Chemistry | Mineral Exploration

Mineral Exploration & Geoscience Consulting 


Forensic Chemistry Solutions

Geoscience Consulting

Geoscience – Mineral Exploration Program Management – Technology Innovation

We offer geological consulting services focused on providing innovative business and scientific technology that will lead to the discovery of economic mineral deposits at lower cost and within shorter time frames. 

Forensic Chemistry

Product Quality Control – Route Attribution

We apply isotopic, chemical and geochemical methods for route attribution analyses and product quality control.


Our Consultants

James Marlatt Ph.D. MBA P.Eng. – CEO & Principal Consultant

James Marlatt PhDJim Marlatt, Ph.D, MBA, P.Eng, Founding Partner and GeoTotal’s CEO, has over 40 years of international experience in the management of mineral exploration programs and the development of over 20 applied industry-academia collaborative R&D programs. Jim’s focus is on improving economic mineral deposit discovery rates through the assessment of the investment worth of mineral exploration project portfolios,  and the effective development and management of mineral exploration programs, talent management, and leveraging geoscience for more efficient decision-making. Jim has worked from the front-line to the boardroom in the mineral exploration industry in major, mid-tier, junior, and entrepreneurial start-up companies. He led the team that discovered one of the world’s richest uranium deposits at McArthur River, Canada, and is an expert consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

April Vuletich – President & Principal Geochemist

April Vuletich is GeoTotal’s President and Principal Geochemist. April is recognized as an international expert in forensic geochemical and isotopic analysis and is routinely consulted by industry, academic, and government agencies, including mineral exploration companies, the International Olympic drug-testing labs, U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the U.S. ATF (Alcohol Tabacco and Firearms). April worked for Mobil, Dallas as an essential analyst for all isotopic work in the Geochemistry Labs, where she established the Compound Specific Isotopic Analysis (CSIA) of hydrocarbons. A graduate of Metropolitan State College and the University of Colorado, April worked for the USGS from 1975 to 1988 then managed the Radiogenic Isotope Lab at the University of Saskatchewan through 1994, and is active at the Queen’s Facility for Isotope Research. Her research activities involve the design and implementation of a GC/C/IRMS interface for novel applications in the characterization of geologic material.

Brandi Shabaga – Forensic Technician

Brandi Shabaga is GeoTotal’s Forensic Technician. A graduate of the University of Manitoba (Geology and Biology), she is currently a member of the Manitoba Isotope Research Facility (MIRF), and has conducted laboratory- and field-based studies utilizing isotopic, chemical and geochemical methods for route attribution analyses and product quality control. She has worked in co-operation with government and World organizations such as the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), where she has presented her work at national and international conferences and workshops. Brandi’s laboratory skills include the application of EA-, TC/EA-, GC/C- IRMS, mineral petrography, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques.

Professor T.K. Kyser FRSC  – In Memorium

Kurt bio picProfessor Kurt Kyser, FRSC, Founding Partner & GeoTotal’s President passed away in 2017. Kurt is an internationally recognized expert in geochemistry and metallogeny. One of Kurt’s passions was the development of innovative approaches to mineral exploration. He worked with many mineral exploration companies on projects located around the world for over 30 years. Kurt published many articles and facilitated workshops on exploration geochemistry and the geology of mineral deposits. Kurt founded and directed the Queens’ Facility for Isotope Research.

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CONTACT: JIM MARLATT  +1.613.484.1890