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Raphael Doutre

PhD student
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)

Contact details

Robert Street Building, Rm 204
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway

+61 8 6488 1241


After completing his Bachelor’s degree in France in the cities of Nice and Clermont-Ferrand, Raphael went to Montreal (Quebec, Canada) to the Université du Quebec a Montreal where he received his Master’s degree. Here his thesis work focused on structural hydrothermalism along a major gold-bearing archean shear zone in the Abitibi greenstone belt. After completion he then went on to work for a junior Canadian exploration company for 2-years.

Raphael’s PhD project will focus on the spatial periodicity, self-organisation and controls on large ore deposits. This study will consider a range of deposit types (lode gold, porphyry Cu-Au, kimberlites, Pb-Zn systems, sedimentary Cu systems) in several mineral provinces over Australia, South and North America and Africa.

It is well recognized that ore deposits display systematic patterns in their spatial and size distributions, however little work has been done to properly quantify these patterns and relate them to clear geological controls. Raphael’s project will analyse this by using statistics. The deposit and geological control statistics will then be examined relative to self-organising behaviour. Basically, the aim will be to understand how the deposits are organised and distributed in a given province, which would be a great predictive tool for exploration. The project is funded by Teck Resources Ltd.