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Christopher Gonzalez

PhD student
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)

Contact details

Robert Street Building, Rm 104
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway

+61 8 6488 5809


Christopher Gonzalez came to the CET in late January 2012. When Chris left the United States it was -30* Celsius only to arrive in Perth for the 41* Celsius weekend. How was that for a warm welcome? Chris was originally born in Omaha, Nebraska (just northeast of the Geodetic center of the United States) before he left for an even colder Minneapolis for studies at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Chris started his undergraduate career as a chemical engineering student until he was swayed by his student job employer, Minnesota Geological Survey, to study the wonderful world of geology. After three years of chemical engineering, Chris finally made the switch and graduated with degrees in Geology and Geophysics. As an undergraduate Chris excelled in computer modeling and worked on simulations of high Rayleigh number mantle convection on GPU at the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute. Chris presented his findings along with his colleague at the AGU meeting in 2010. Chris also worked five years with the Minnesota Geological Survey as  field assistant completing various tasks from geologic mapping to gamma logging boreholes related to water management and aquifer characterizations.

Chris comes to CET on a SIRF scholarship with ambitions to attain a PhD. Chris hopes to bring a diverse background in chemical engineering and geophysical modeling and integrating that into a project related to thermodynamics far from equilibrium. The goal will to be to lay the non-linear thermodynamic foundation for a variety of geological and physical problems related to ore body formation and lithospheric processes. Chris will be working under the very capable and brilliant direction of Weronika, Bruce, Alison, and Steven.