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Dec 20, 2018



ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)


Mark Lindsay - ‘Optimising the use of geophysical data for modelling the Australian crust.’

This project aims to determine the optimal use of geophysical methods to model the Australian crust in four dimensions. These models provide an understanding of the tectonic history of a region and thus its mineral potential. Mineral resources are mostly being found undercover, requiring geophysical data to locate them. This project will combine recent developments in modelling geological uncertainty with data acquired for locating zones of mineralisation. The outcomes will help guide Australian government policy to draw on publicly-available datasets that provide a basis for mineral exploration performed by companies, and supported by research institutions.


ARC Discovery Projects

Prof. Sandi Cruden, Assoc. Prof. Marco Fiorentini, Dr Stephen Barnes, Dr Andrew Bunger, Prof. Christopher Jackson

‘Magma dynamics and ore deposits (Monash Uni)’


Prof. Joel Brugger, Dr Yuan Mei, Dr Weronika Gorczyk, Dr Marion Louvel, Dr Chris Gonzalez, Prof. David Sherman (Monash Uni)

This project aims to improve our understanding of the role of fluids in controlling exchanges between the deep Earth, shallow rocks, and atmosphere. The project expects to investigate some of the key weaknesses in the thermodynamic models that are used to predict the behaviour of sulphur, carbon and metals in fluids at high pressure and temperature by using recent advances in computational and experimental (geo)chemistry. Integrated in large-scale geodynamic models, the more reliable predictions will provide a more realistic assessment of the role of sulphur in controlling metal endowment and atmospheric chemistry through geological times. This should provide a useful guide for mineral exploration and planetary science.


ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF)


Dr Martin Danisik, Prof. Noreen Evans, Prof. Brent McInnes, Assoc. Prof. Chris Kirkland, Prof. ZX Li, Assoc. Prof. Marco Fiorentini, Dr Mike Wingate

‘The Western Australian ThermoChronology Lab (Curtin Uni)’



CET Alumni Yongjun Lu - Awarded the Waldemar Lindgren Award, 2018 by the Society of Economic Geologists. This award goes to an individual under the age of 37 in recognition of published research that represents an outstanding contribution to economic geology. The Society annually confers honours upon members of the geological profession and/or allied professions, who in the opinion of the Council have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of economic geology.


Anthony (Tony) Kemp – Honoured with a Geological Society of America Fellowship. ‘For his contributions to our understanding of granite petrogenesis and the growth and evolution of continental crust.’


Johannes Hammerli – Awarded the Paul Niggli medal for 2018. Switzerlands‘s most prestigious ‘young scientist award’ in the Earth Sciences.


Jeremie Giraud – Nick Rock Memorial Prize awarded to the student who, among those completing the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in UWA geophysics, is judged to have completed the most outstanding piece of research in the fields of numerical geology or computer modelling in geoscience.


The Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) student grant winners in 2018 were Greg Poole, Eliza Smith and Lilly-Kendall-Langley. Also visiting student Veronica Trevisan.


Mike Tedeschi awarded 2nd place for his oral presentation at the SEG meeting in Denver in August


Jordan McDivitt for the best journal paper (David Elliot Prize) from the Canadian Tectonics Group for their paper ‘The Structural Evolution of the Missanabie-Renabie Gold District: Pre-orogenic Veins in an Orogenic Gold Setting and Their Influence on the Formation of Hybrid Deposits’ published in Economic Geology.


UWA-RTIO patent by Wedge, D., Paine, M., Lewan, A., Holden E-J, Green, T. (2018) “A Method and System for Validating Logging Data for a Mineral Sample”, (WO 2018/136998 A1) and another has been filed titled ‘A method and system for sample classification.’


2018 Ph.D. completions: Dr. Heta Lampinen.