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Dave Stevenson

PhD student
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)

Contact details

Robert Street Building, Rm 205
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway

+61 8 6488 7152


Dave was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada. Having joined the CET in February 2012 he will be working to create a 4D (3D+Time) model of the Paleoproterozoic Granites – Tanami Orogen, and its mineral systems. This PhD project will involve integration and interpretation of reflection seismic data, gravity data, and aeromagnetic data with structural, stratigraphic, magmatic, isotopic, geochronological, and metamorphic constraints obtained from analysis of samples from outcrop and drilling. The objective of this project is to create a 4D model of the entire lithosphere that will clarify the geodynamic setting and evolution of the Northern Australian Craton, and will produce a whole lithosphere model for the gold mineral systems of the Granites –Tanami Orogen.

After completing a BSc at University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada Dave has developed a skill-set through over 6 years industry, and government experience within the mining and exploration sector. Various projects and locations Dave has spent time include:

  • Regional mapping on British Columbia’s Vancouver Island, with the BC Geological Survey
  • Au exploration of a Greenstone belt in Canada’s Arctic, Hope Bay, Nunavut Territory
  • Drilling, and mapping a reduced, intrusive Au deposit of the Tombstone Suite in Canada’s Yukon Territory
  • Grassroots exploration for unconformity related uranium in Australia’s Northern Territory
  • Mapping and drilling of various porphyry Au (+/- Cu) within the Maricunga Trend of Chile’s Atacama Desert
  • Mapping and prospecting of a Au + Cu porphyry / skarn belt in southern Peru
  • Drilling for base metals in New Brunswick Canada’s Bathurst Camp.
  • In addition he has untaken various reconnaissance style grassroots projects exploring for various mineral deposits in Australia, South America, and Canada

After years of industry based exploration experience Dave has decided to take his career to the next level by undertaking a PhD project at the CET. He feels confidant that progression in geophysical interpretation, and integrating geology with geophysics is his chosen path, and is instrumental in the future discovery of world-class mineral deposits.

Outside of the work environment Dave leads an active lifestyle traveling, surfing, cycling, and snowboarding. He was raised on a ski hill in Canada, but has now opted for beach life in Western Australia.