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Stefano Caruso

PhD student
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)

Contact details

Robert Street Building, Rm 222
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway

+61 8 6488 3423


Stefano obtained both bachelor and master degrees in geology at the University of Milano. His master thesis, developed in partnership with the CET and the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), concerned the meticulous mineralogical, geochemical and isotopic characterization of a representative section of the Wannaway Ni-Cu-PGE deposit (Yilgarn Craton, WA).
Afterwards he collaborated at the structural study, sampling and 3D modelling of the Valmaggia mine located in the Ivrea-Verbano Zone (Italy). The main goals was the understanding of the geometry and the collection of representative samples essential to disclose the petrology and the processes relate to the emplacement of this mineralized ultramafic pipe-shaped body.

Stefano joined the CET as PhD candidate in February 2015 under the supervision of Marco Fiorentini. His Phd project operates within the framework of the recently started MRIWA-funded M436 project in the Capricorn Orogen of Western Australia. The main goal of this study is to enhance the understanding of multiple sulphur isotopes as tracers of ore forming processes in Archean and Proterozoic terranes.

Mineralised samples from different metallogenic environments will be characterized using state of the art facilities, such as SIMS and LA-ICP-MS. The data obtained will be organized in a map which integrates multiple sulfur isotopes and trace elements in order to better evaluate the genetic and spatial relationships of some selected areas of the Yilgarn Craton. This will help to extent our current knowledge on  sulfur as the source for various magmatic and hydrothermal ore deposits. In fact, in any given setting S and other trace metals may occur in a wide range of stratigraphic intervals and/or geological units. However, the specific reservoir implicated in the ore-forming process may be very localized.

Therefore, the ability to quickly and reliably map different S reservoirs and trace-metal reservoirs in terms of their metal ratios and isotopic signatures within specific zones of terranes would impact on targeting criteria at the deposit, camp, and regional scale, in brownfields and greenfields terranes.