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Ellen Davies

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 5807


Hello! I’m Ellen, a new PhD student here at CET, working on the emplacement dynamics of mineralised ultramafic rocks in the Ivrea Zone in Italy. I will investigate the bigger picture of how and why the mineralisation appears where it does, in conjunction with others in the team who are studying the mineralogy in detail. Returning to being a student will be a big change, but I am looking forward to really getting my teeth into this project. But first I need to get my tongue around some more Italian if I’m going to survive the fieldwork!

I am originally from near Manchester in England, and graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2007 with an MESci in Geology. During my degree I was lucky enough to score an Exploration Geology internship here in Western Australia, where I got a taste of how life could be. On my return to the UK I rejected the oil and gas route I had been headed down, packed up my bags and moved to Perth. Since then I’ve worked in Nickel and Gold mines around Kalgoorlie but spent most of my time on a greenfields exploration project, swagging out in the beautiful eastern Pilbara in the search for Manganese.

When not geologising, I’m normally to be found out bush walking, sewing something pretty, drinking Matsos Mango Beer (or Emu, at a push), playing my Euphonium in a brass band or following the mixed fortunes of the West Coast Eagles.