The conference and workshops will commence on Wednesday 19 April 2017. A welcome reception will be held in the evening of Tuesday 18 April 2017. The conference dinner will be held in the University Club on Thursday 20 April 2017 at an additional cost. The conference and workshops will conclude on Friday 21 April 2016.
Dr. Richard E. Ernst was born in Philadelphia, USA and grew up in St. Louis. After finishing undergraduate work at Wesleyan University in 1978, he was attracted north to Canada by geological field research opportunities, and he received an MSc from the University of Toronto in 1981, and PhD from Carleton University in 1989. He then worked until 2003 on contracts mainly through the Geological Survey of Canada. At this point he started his own consulting firm, Ernst Geosciences, and also became an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University. Since July 2011 he has been Scientist-in-Residence at Carleton University, and since 2014 has also been a part-time professor at Tomsk State University, Russia.
Dr. Ernst is author on more than 140 refereed scientific publications (h-index 42, citations 8274; Google Scholar) mostly focused on all aspects of Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs) including links with mineral, metal and hydrocarbon resource exploration, continental reconstructions, extinction events, climate change, and planetary analogues. His comprehensive book on LIPs was published by Cambridge University Press in fall 2014. He has been co-leader (2003-2013), and leader since 2013 of the LIPs Commission of IAVCEI.
He is PI on research and equipment grants totaling more $4.4M CAD since 2009. This includes $2.2M CAD from the mining and hydrocarbon industry and matching government grants for developing the LIP record as an exploration targeting tool.
Nick started off his career with Western Mining Resources in Ni and Au mines of Eastern Goldfields. The he was sent back to school on study leave to get a PhD specializing in Structural Geology and Tectonics at James Cook University, studying in the Appalachian Mountains with Tim Bell. Since then, he has worked for approximately 25 years in various global exploration roles, covering generative and evaluation work for a variety of commodities; mostly Au, Ni, Zn, Cu, and Fe. Much of that was with WMC Resources; then with BHP Billiton for 5 years in the role of Global Practice Leader - Structural Geology and Targeting.
Now he is working with Teck Resources in dual roles as Chief Geoscientist for Asia Pacific and Africa, and as their Global Zinc Commodity Specialist. He feels privileged to have worked with some great discovery teams around the world in companies that focus on geoscience excellence and leading with innovative science.
E. June Hill is a senior research scientist at CSIRO Mineral Resources. She has held research or teaching positions at University of Otago (NZ), Macquarie University, Edith Cowan University and the University of Western Australia. She has degrees in geology, including a PhD in structural and metamorphic geology, and a Masters of Engineering Science in pattern recognition. Her current research interests include extracting geological information from numerical drill hole data (e.g. multivariate geochemistry) to improve geological logging and build more reliable 3D geology models.
Cam graduated with Honours in Geology Energy and Fuel Science from Lakehead University, followed by a PhD in Geology from the University of Saskatchewan. He then enjoyed 10 years with SRK Consulting, becoming a Director of the Australasian practice. In 2005 he became the inaugural Director of the Centre for Exploration Targeting at the University of Western Australia, leading a team focused on applied research with the minerals industry. In August 2016, Cam joined BHP Billiton as Principal Geoscientist in their internal Geoscience Centre of Excellence. Cam's career has taken him to 41 countries on 6 continents, studying a range of mineral systems from Archaean to Neogene in age.
Sandra completed a BSc Geology at Monash University in 1992 and in 1994 she received an MSc for her work on Structural Geology, Metamorphism and Metasomatism in a low-temperature, high-pressure metamorphic belt in New Caledonia. Following this she worked for the Geological Survey of Western Australia in their Regional Mapping Group, where she was part of a team that delineated the complex geological history of the southern Capricorn Orogen, including the presence of an Island Arc accreted onto the northwest Yilgarn Craton in the Palaeoproterozoic.
In 2004 Sandra received a PhD from Curtin University on the tectonothermal development of the Southern Capricorn Orogen using 40Ar/39Ar geochronology and structural and metamorphic analysis. Sandra completed a short post-doc at Curtin University prior to working for Fugro Airborne surveys from 2005 to 2007 as an Interpretation Geoscientist concentrating on West Africa. She worked with AngloGold Ashanti in their Global Greenfields Project Generation team until 2014, before joining the CET, where she works on Mineral Systems Analysis.
Alok is a full professor in the Centre for Studies in Resources Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay). He is PhD in mathematical geology and mineral exploration from ITC, the Netherlands. Before joining IIT Bombay, he worked at Centre for Exploration Targeting at the University of Western Australia, where he continues to hold the adjunct positon. His research interests include GIS-based Mineral prospectivity modelling and mineral systems studies, machine learning and artificial intelligence in geological studies, geologic remote sensing (terrestrial and planetary) and spectroscopy of geologic material. Basically an academic, he works very closely with the industry and has been involved in a large number of projects for mining industry in Australia, Africa and India. A prolific researcher, he has published over 60 highly cited papers in international journals, in addition to being in the editorial boards of several journals. He teaches masters courses at IIT Bombay as well as short-term training courses for the mining industry as well as governmental and intragovernmental agencies.
More details at www.csre.iitb.ac.in/~alok/group/faculty.html
- Carl Brauhart (CSA Global), The OSNACA Project: Navigating in Magmato-Hydrothermal Space
- Glen Masterman (Evolution Mining), Successful targeting and exploration success to the mining industry – a corporate perspective
- Rob Hough (CSIRO), Creating a new frontier in detection and data integration for exploration through cover
- Ross Cayley (GSV), Thinking and targeting on the lithospheric scale as part of an exploration strategy – using pre-competitive datasets
Note: Provisional and is subject to change. Details of confirmed speakers will be added as arrangements are confirmed.