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Ignacio González-Álvarez

Adjunct Research Fellow
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)

Contact details


CSIRO, Minerals Resources, Discovery Program
26 Dick Perry Av.
Kensington, WA 6151, Australia

+61 8 6436 8687



Brief background:

I am originally from Spain, and studied the principles of Geology in the Cantabrian Mountains of Spain during my BSc, specializing in structural geology and stratigraphy.

Following that, I engaged in several geoarchaeological research projects in Spain, the P.R. of China and the R.D. of the Congo (former Zaire). I also explored the environmental side of Geology as applied to the steel industry, and was responsible for training the extensive of workforce of ACERALIA on how to optimize production and reduce environmental impact applying new approaches (~5,000 employees in Asturias, Spain).

I then completed a MSc in sedimentology at the University of Oviedo, Spain, then a PhD at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, studying the sedimentary geochemistry of the Belt-Purcell Supergroup in the Rocky Mountains, Canada-USA, specifically describing trace element mobility in the basin triggered by basinal brines.

Next, I was exposed to the practical side of economic geology working in gold exploration for companies in Australia. I joined the Centre for Exploration Targeting at the University of Western Australia and developed techniques in mineral exploration prospectivity analysis at regional and continental scales in Australia and Africa.

At present I am the leader of the Regolith Team at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization). My work at CSIRO involves the coordination of a diverse portfolio of multidisciplinary projects in mineral exploration in different regions in Australia, as well as projects in Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Norway, India and Brazil.

Research activities:

•    Trace element mobility in the continental crust (with special emphasis on sedimentary sequences)
•    Weathering processes
•    Hydrothermal systems
•    Mineral exploration (focusing on greenfields exploration in regolith-dominated terrains and large-scale knowledge-driven prospectivity analysis)
•    Geoarchaeology


Selected Publications

González-Álvarez, I., Boni, M., Anand, R.R., 2016. Mineral Exploration in Regolith-Dominated Terrains. Global considerations and challenges. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 73, 375-379.

Salama, W., González-Álvarez, I., Anand, R.R., 2016. Implications of palaeoclimatic changes on regolith modelling for mineral exploration in the NE Albany-Fraser Orogen, Western Australia. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 73, 500-521.

González-Álvarez, I., Ley-Cooper, Y., Salama, W., 2016. A geological assessment of airborne electromagnetics for mineral exploration through deeply weathered profiles: the southeast Yilgarn cratonic margin, Western Australia. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 73, 522-539.

González-Álvarez, I., Salama, W., Anand, R.R., 2016. Sea-level changes and buried islands in a complex coastal palaeolandscape in the South of Western Australia: implications for greenfields mineral exploration. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 73, 475-499.

Laukamp, C., Salama, W., González-Álvarez, I., 2016. Proximal and remote spectroscopic characterisation of regolith in the Albany-Fraser Orogen (Western Australia) using data. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 73, 540-554.

Porwal, A., Das, R.D., Chaudhary, B.R., González-Álvarez, I., Kreuzer, O.P., 2015. Fuzzy inference systems for prospectivity modelling of and a case study for prospectivity mapping of surficial uranium in Yeelirrie, Western Australia. Ore Geology Reviews 71, 839-852.

Pirajno, F., González-Álvarez, I., Chen, W., Kyser, K.T., Simonetti, A., Leduc, E., leGras, M., 2014. The Gifford Creek ferrocarbonatite Complex, Gascoyne Province, Western Australia, associated fenitic alteration and a putative link with the ~1070 Ma Warakurna LIP. Lithos 202-203, 100-119.

Laird, J.S., Szymanski, R., Ryan, C.G., González-Álvarez, I., 2013. Labview based FPGA data acquisition with integrated stage and beam transport control. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 306, 71-76.

González-Álvarez, I., Pirajno, F., Kerrich, R., 2013. Hydrothermal nickel deposits: Secular variation and diversity, Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 52, 1-3.

González-Álvarez, I., Sweetapple, M., Lindley, D., Kirakar, J., 2013. Hydrothermal Ni: Doriri Creek, Papua New Guinea. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 52, 37-57.

Pirajno, F., González-Álvarez, I., 2013. A re-assessment of the Epoch Ni deposit, Filabusi greenstone belt, Zimbabwe: a possible hydrothermal system. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 52, 58-65.

Lisitsin, V., González-Álvarez, I., Porwal, A., 2013. Regional prospectivity analysis for hydrothermal-remobilised nickel mineral systems in western Victoria, Australia. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 52, 100-112.

González-Álvarez, I., Kerrich, R., 2012. Weathering Intensity in Mesoproterozoic Drainage Basins of Laurentia: a Comparative Study in the Belt-Purcell Supergroup, Canada and USA. Precambrian Research 208-211, 174-196.

Gódel, B., González-Álvarez, I., Barnes, S.J., Barnes, S.-J., Parker, P., Day, J., 2012. Sulfarsenides and sulfides associated with the nickel sulfide mineralization from the Rosie nickel prospect, Duketon Belt, Western Australia. Economic Geology 107, 275-294.

Jiménez-Sánchez, M., González-Álvarez, I., Requejo-Pagés, O., Domínguez-Cuesta, M.J., 2011. Enhancing rescue-archaeology using geomorphological approaches: archaeological sites in Paredes (Asturias, NW Spain). Geomorphology 132, 99-110.

González-Álvarez, I., Kerrich, R., 2011. Trace element mobility in dolomitic argillites of the Mesoproterozoic Belt-Purcell Supergroup, Western North America. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 75, 1733-1756.

Markwitz, V., Maier, W., González-Álvarez, I., McCuaig, T.C., Porwal, A., 2010. Magmatic nickel sulfide mineralization in Zimbabwe: Review of deposits and development of exploration criteria for prospectivity analysis. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue, 38, 139-155.

González-Álvarez, I., Porwal, A., Beresford, S., McCuaig, T.C., Maier, W., 2010. Hydrothermal Ni Prospectivity Analysis of Tasmania, Australia. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue, 38, 168-183.

 Porwal, A., González-Álvarez, I., Markwitz, V., McCuaig, T.C., Mamuse, A., 2010. Weights-of-evidence and logistic regression modeling of magmatic nickel sulfide prospectivity in the Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue, 38, 184-196.

González-Álvarez, I., Kerrich, R., 2010. REE and HFSE mobility due to protracted flow of basinal brines in the Mesoproterozoic Belt-Purcell Supergroup, Laurentia. Precambrian Research, 177, 291-307.