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Sasha Banaszczyk

PhD student
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)

Contact details

Robert Street Building, Rm 107
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway

+61 8 6488 1873


I commenced as a PhD candidate with the CET in April 2014 to work on a geophysical component of the SIEF Distal Footprints project over the Capricorn Orogen of Western Australia. The Capricorn Orogen is the result of convergence and collision between the Yilgarn and Pilbara Cratons, representing a major region within Western Australia of significant deformation, metamorphism and deposition of overlying sedimentary basins. This region of the West Australian Craton is however, significantly less endowed with current mining operations, compared to the gold deposits in the Yilgarn and iron ore in the Pilbara. This is heavily due to the thick conductive overburden and lack of outcrop making exploration difficult. I aim to develop a workflow useful for understanding and processing electrical datasets taken across geological terranes with little outcrop and significant conductive overburden. My project will also provide the opportunity to understand how to identify the footprints of large ore systems and how to best model these features in electrical data sets within this terrane.

I completed my undergraduate BSc Hons at The University of Western Australia in 2011. Since my second year at UWA I worked part time with Barrick (Australia Pacific) as a student geologist, gaining valuable experience in the exploration industry. I was also provided with the opportunity to complete my geophysical honours project with Barrick on the 3D magnetic modelling of the Wallaby Gold Deposit, WA. Since finishing my degree I gained valuable experience as Graduate Underground Geologist at the Darlot Gold Deposit, with Barrick Gold and subsequently Goldfields. Now I plan to take my geophysical knowledge to the next level with this PhD project.
Outside of work I enjoy an active lifestyle travelling, whitewater kayaking and playboating – taking every opportunity to get out on the water.