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Sandra Occhipinti

Research Associate Professor
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)

Contact details

Robert Street Building, Rm 217
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway


Sandra Occhipinti is a structural geologist who until recently worked with AngloGold Ashanti in their Global Greenfields Project Generation team. She completed a BSc Geology at Monash University in 1992. In 1994 she received an MSc for her work on Structural Geology, Metamorphism and Metasomatism in a low-temperature, high-pressure metamorphic belt in New Caledonia. Following this she worked for the Geological Survey of Western Australia in their Regional Mapping Group, where she was part of a team that delineated the complex geological history of the southern Capricorn Orogen, including the presence of an Island Arc accreted onto the northwest Yilgarn Craton in the Palaeoproterozoic. In 2004 she received a PhD from Curtin University on the tectonothermal development of the Southern Capricorn Orogen using 40Ar/39Ar geochronology and structural and metamorphic analysis. Sandra completed a short post-doc at Curtin University prior to working for Fugro Airborne surveys from 2005 to 2007 as an Interpretation Geoscientist concentrating on West Africa.

Key Research

Sandra’s key research interests are centred on understanding how disparate mineral systems develop, and developing systematic techniques in order to explore for them. This involves the methodical integration of geological, geophysical, and geochemical datasets to develop sound 3- and 4-D geological interpretations that may be used to hypothesise on the geodynamic/tectonic development of a region through time.


    Occhipinti, S.A., Sheppard, S., Passchier, C., Tyler, I.M., and Nelson, D., 2004, Palaeoproterozoic crustal accretion and collision in the southern Capricorn Orogen: The Glenburgh Orogeny. Precambrian Research, v.128, p. 237–255. (citations 71)

    Occhipinti, S.A., Tyler, I.M., Spaggiari, C.V., Korsch, R.J., Kirkland, C.L., Smithies, R.H., Martin, K., Wingate, M.T.D., accepted, Tropicana translated – a foreland thrust system imbricate fan setting for c.2520 Ma orogenic gold mineralisation at the northern margin of the Albany-Fraser Orogen, Western Australia, in Advances in the Characterization of Ore-Forming Systems from Geological, Geochemical and Geophysical Data, Journal of the Geological Society of London 453

    Occhipinti, S.A., and Reddy, S.M., 2009, Neoproterozoic reworking of the Palaeoproterozoic Capricorn orogeny of Western Australia and implications for the amalgamation of Rodinia, Journal Geological Society of London, v. 327, p. 445-456. (citations 5)

    Kohanpour, F., Gorczyk, W., Lindsay, M., Occhipinti, S.A., 2017, Examining tectonic scenarios using geodynamic numerical modelling: Halls Creek Orogen, Western Australia, Gondwana Research, 46, 95-113.

    Occhipinti, S.A., Metelka, V., Lindsay, M.D., Hollis, J.A., Aitken, A.R.A., Tyler, I.M., Miller, J.M., McCuaig, T.C., 2016, Multicommodity mineral systems analysis highlighting mineral prospectivity in the Halls Creek Orogen, Ore Geology Reviews, v. 72, p. 86-113 (citations 2)