Veronica Di Cecco
Technician (Minerals & Gems, Rocks & Ores, Meteorites)
Exhibitions & Galleries: Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth's Treasures
B.Sc. (Honours), Geology, University of Toronto, 2011
M.A.Sc., Mineralogy and Geochemistry of Ore Deposits, University of Toronto, 2013.
Veronica is a mineralogy technician in the Department of Natural History. Here she is responsible for the analysis and identification of minerals, meteorites, gems and other inorganic material. She also maintains the analytical equipment, supervises students in the lab, and is responsible for maintaining safety standards, both in the mineralogy lab and as the ROM’s Radiation Safety Officer. Her primary research interest is the mineralogy of ore deposits.
Veronica’s love for mineralogy was ignited by her early visits to the ROM in primary school. She graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons.) in 2011 with a specialist in Geology. Over the summers, Veronica held NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards at the ROM with Dr. Kim Tait. Through this position she discovered the mineral backite, named for Malcolm Back, former ROM mineralogy technician.
Veronica continued her education at the University of Toronto with an M.A.Sc. (2013) under Profs. Tait and Spooner. As part of her research, she traveled to Madagascar where she collected samples for her thesis on the mineralogy and geochemistry of a vanadium-graphite property (owned by NextSource Materials Ltd.). After graduating, Veronica worked for Activation Laboratories Ltd (Actlabs), where she was a member of the Business Development team.
In 2015, Veronica join the ROM in her current role.