2022 | Perth, Western Australia
Sandra Occhipinti

6IAS Chair

CSIRO - Kensington, Australian Resources Research Centre

Sandra Occhipinti has worked in government, academia and industry. She currently holds the position of Research Director of the Discovery Program (Mineral Resources) at CSIRO. Sandra formerly specialised in Mineral Systems science at the Centre of Exploration Targeting/School of Earth Sciences at UWA, with projects in both Western Australia and South America. Sandra is the current Chairman of Geoconferences (WA) and has been an active committee member for over 15 years.

Allison Dugdale

Treasurer

School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Curtin University

Dr. Allison Dugdale is a Senior Lecturer in economic geology and mineral exploration for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Allison has experience both in the mineral exploration and in academic research/teaching. Speciality in orogenic gold systems.

Yong-Jun Lu

Secretary

Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA)

Dr. Yong-Jun Lu is Senior Geochronologist Isotope Geologist at GSWA, Associate Investigator of ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems (CCFS), and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Centre for Exploration Targeting, School of Earth Sciences, the University of Western Australia. His research ranges from Archean Cratons in Western Australia to Cenozoic porphyry Cu systems in Tibet.

Graeme Broadbent

Committee Member

Dr Graeme Broadbent worked for a long time as an exploration geologist for Rio Tinto Exploration before his retirement in 2018. He has looked in many geological environments for many commodities including gold, iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, diamonds, coal and aluminium. The Archean underpins everything.

Graham Begg

Committee Member

Minerals Targeting International PL

Graham Begg has over 30 years in the mining and minerals exploration sector, and a PhD in tectonics and epithermal deposit geology from Monash University. Since 2002 he has also spearheaded collaborative research at Macquarie University, aimed at systematic multi-disciplinary mapping of the architecture and geodynamic evolution of the continental lithospheric mantle and crust, with the aim to facilitate a breakthrough in greenfields exploration discovery. The outputs contribute towards the commercial Global Lithospheric Architecture Mapping (GLAM) product, a framework for area selection in the resource sector marketed by his consultancy Minerals Targeting International (MTI).

Klaus Gessner

Committee Member

Manager 3D Geoscience, 3D Geoscience Branch
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Dr Klaus Gessner is managing the 3D Geoscience Branch at the Geological Survey of Western Australia, and is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the School of Earth Sciences, UWA. Klaus’ main research interest is understanding tectonic processes that shaped Archean and modern orogens and the ore-forming processes within them.

Linda Iaccheri

Committee Member

University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg,South Africa

Dr. Linda Iaccheri is a Researcher at the Wits Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory. She is interested in isotope geochemistry, magmatic processes and the evolution of the continental crust.

Steven Barnes

Committee Member

CSIRO - Kensington, Australian Resources Research Centre

Dr Steve Barnes is an economic geologist with particular interests in magmatic ore deposits and Archean volcanism. He has been with CSIRO in Perth, Australia, since 1985, with a brief interlude in the exploration industry, and currently holds the position of Science Leader in CSIRO Mineral Resources. He has published over 150 journal papers and book chapters covering ore deposits and host rocks on six continents. He was the 2011 recipient of the Gibb-Maitland Medal of the Geological Society of Australia WA Division for services to Western Australian geology, and is a former member of the Economic Geology editorial board.

Weronika Gorczyk

Committee Member

Centre for Exploration Targeting, SES, University of Western Australia

Dr. Weronika Gorczyk is a research fellow at Centre for Exploration Targeting, School of Earth Sciences, the University of Western Australia, Investigator of ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems (CCFS). She is a geodynamicist who looks at lithosphere-crust interaction at different tectonic settings.

Mark Lindsay

Committee Member

Centre for Exploration Targeting, SES, University of Western Australia

Mark D. Lindsay completed his PhD at Monash University and Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse III) in 2013. Mark is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Exploration Targeting, University of Western Australia and specialises in integrated geological, geophysical and 3D modelling and understanding their interrelated uncertainties. Mark's other research interests include investigating relationships between geodynamic evolution, tectonics and mineral systems in Archean and Proterozoic terranes.

Jocelyn Thomson

Committee Member

Geoconferences

Jocelyn has been the Geoconferences Secretariat for over 10 years, as well as the long-serving branch Secretariat of AIG-WA. Jocelyn has been a major force behind delivering workshops and courses to West Australian geoscientists.

Tim Johnson

Committee Member

School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Curtin University

Tim Johnson is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Curtin University. He is a field and metamorphic geologist with expertise in phase equilibria modelling and the generation, segregation and migration of melt in the lithosphere. He is particularly interested in the geodynamics of the early Earth and the genesis and modification of Earth's first stable continental crust.

Helen McFarlane

Committee Member

Centre for Exploration Targeting, SES, University of Western Australia

Dr Helen McFarlane currently holds a post-doctoral position as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Exploration Targeting at the University of Western Australia. Her research, conducted under the supervision of Professor Steffen Hagemann, focuses on the structural modification and remobilization of the San Vicente Zn-Pb MVT deposit during the Andean Orogeny. Helen is using a multi-disciplinary approach that integrates structural geology, basin analysis and 3D modelling to provide insight into changes in the subsurface geometry of the deposit and the broader exploration potential of the San Vicente MVT district.

Margaux Le Vaillant

Committee Member

CSIRO - Kensington, Australian Resources Research Centre

Margaux has been working with CSIRO as a research scientist specialised in mineral exploration, and more specifically in magmatic deposits (Ni, Cu) since March 2017. She is Team Leader for the Hydrothermal Footprint Team. Before this, she did a 3-year Post-doc at CSIRO, focused on understanding of the physical processes related to the genesis of magmatic nickel sulphide deposits. She previously studied at the following institutions: PhD at the University of Western Australia - Hydrothermal footprints around magmatic nickel sulphide deposits, Masters of science at Lulea University of Technology (Sweden) - Mineral Exploration Engineer degree from the ENSG (Ecole Nationale Superieure de Geologie) in Nancy, France, and Bachelor in Science from the National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine.

Michael Richards

Committee Member

Paramount Geoscience PL

Mike Richards has 35 years of experience in the exploration and the mining industry in Australia, Africa and the Arabian Peninsula across a range of commodities. These include copper, cobalt, gold, lead-zinc, uranium, rare earths, PGM and nickel. He has primarily been an exploration geologist involved in grassroots exploration through to resource definition and feasibility studies across a range of deposit styles including sediment-hosted copper-cobalt, IOGC, orogenic gold, VHMS and unconformity and metamorphic uranium. His passion is the use of rigorous multidisciplinary geoscience in exploration and the definition or ore deposits. Economic geology, geochemistry, field mapping, structural geology, geophysical interpretation and GIS geology are key skills with ancillary specialties including mentoring, training, data QA/QC, project generation, evaluation and mineral resource Competent Person / Qualifies Person sign-off.

Nicholas Thebaud

Committee Member

Centre for Exploration Targeting, SES, University of Western Australia

Nicolas Thebaud's research focused on tectonic processes, their petrological and geochemical impacts, and their control on the formation of ore deposits. During his Ph.D (2002-2006), Thebaud's conducted competitive and interdisciplinary research to characterise and model the geometry and hydrodynamics of a Mesoarchean plumbing system in the Pilbara, to constrain the scale and magnitude of fluid circulations, their relationships with Archaean crustal geodynamics and their impact on the formation of ore deposits. In October 2007 Thebaud became Research Fellow within the Centre for Exploration Targeting, School for the Earth and Environment, the University of Western Australia. He has, since then focus his work on the tectonostratigraphic reconstructions of key 2.7 and 2.9 Ga nickel and Au systems in the Yilgarn Craton using a GIS integrated geological, (U-Pb SHRIMP geochronology and Hf-isotopic geochemistry) and geophysical approach combined with 3D and 4D digital modelling.