Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
An anomaly in the pack, I’m actually a local West Australian from Albany. I graduated high school in 2002 and began study at UWA in 2004. I was the first student to undertake the Mineral Geoscience degree and after a few teething problems it all worked out well in the end and I graduated with honours at the end of 2009. My honours project was supervised by Dr John Miller and was focussed on the Kambalda Dome area of the St Ives belt and was therefore sponsored by Gold Fields Ltd. The project looked at structure and alteration on the dome and their relationships with gold, a much under explored for commodity in a famous nickel area. Gold Fields subsequently offered me a job as a graduate at their St Ives operation so I packed up and moved to Kalgoorlie where I have been since.
I spent my first year at St Ives in their exploration team and then moved to the Argo underground operation as a mine geologist. I have since moved from St Ives and started working for a Kalgoorlie based junior explorer by the name of Phoenix Gold as exploration geologist. In its fairly early stages and with some very exciting projects it has been a great 8 months. Phoenix is sponsoring me to do a PhD project with the CET on the Kunnanalling-Zulieka-Ora Banda areas under the primary supervision of Nico Thebaud, with input from Steve Micklethwaite, Iris Sonntag and John Miller. It will be a 4D study of the area to gain a better geological understanding of the region which will ultimately refine exploration and (hopefully) go some way to finding Phoenix that big one!