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Fariba Kohanpour

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 3423


Fariba received her BSc in Geology from Isfahan University and her MSc in Economic Geology from Shiraz University in the year 2000. Master thesis was titled “Discrimination of alteration zones in Meiduk area (porphyry copper deposit) by TM Landsat data”. The main goal of this study was to evaluate the use of remote sensing data for the exploration of porphyry-copper deposits. Shortly after MSc, she joined a holding mining Company for 10 years where she was involved in some national projects for planning detailed exploration and resource estimation, required for the feasibility studies of mining projects, as well as monitoring the physical progress of exploration and mine development and also planning a project for targeting possible areas prospective for REE deposits in Iran. 
After years of industry-based experience she has joined the CET as a PhD candidate since January of 2015 to complete a “Multi-scale Mineral System Prospectivity Analysis of the east Kimberley; Insights from Geophysical and Numerical Geodynamic Modelling” under the supervision of Drs. Campbell McCuaig, Sandra Occhipinti, Mark Lindsay, and Weronika Gorczyk. This work will build upon the recently completed regional-scale Mineral Systems Analyses in the region by a CET-GSWA (Geological Survey of Western Australia) collaboration, and it is sponsored by Panoramic Resource Ltd and MRIWA. Fariba is also awarded Australian Postgraduate Award to undertake her PhD.
For the first time, her PHD thesis will focus on a multi-scale and multi-dimensional prospectivity analysis of the east Kimberley region in the north of Western Australia based on mineral system approach (MSA) by applying geodynamic modelling. The main objective of the project is to understand the lithospheric architecture, geodynamic triggers through time, and delineate mineral system components and prospective sites of gold and nickel in the region on a scales ranging from regional to camp to deposit scales. Such a multiscale analysis with applying scale dependent targeting criteria and implications of geodynamic modelling, has the potential to produce a new model for prospectivity analysis.