Keynote Speakers


Clive Foss

Clive is a senior research geoscientist in CSIRO Mineral Resources, based in Sydney. Clive’s specialisation is in potential field geophysics, particularly the inversion and interpretation of gravity and magnetic field data. Clive’s PhD research at Leeds University was on the palaeomagnetism of Archaean rocks in southern Africa, following which he lectured in applied geophysics at the University of Malaya, and then took a position as senior geophysicist with the Indonesian-Australian Geological Mapping Program in Bandung, training Indonesian geophysicists and conducting gravity mapping in Kalimantan. In 1995 Clive moved to Sydney to join Encom Technology, where he led the ModelVision development team and undertook international consultancy projects for petroleum and mineral exploration. In 2009 Clive moved to his current position in CSIRO, where his research focusses on recovery of source magnetization direction and source depth estimation from magnetic field data.

Alan G. Jones

Alan G. Jones, a Manchester lad (Mancunian) and a Manchester United supporter for life, took Physics as his first degree at the University of Nottingham from 1969-1972. At the end of those 3 years, not finding jobs in physics very attractive (which perhaps he should of thought of before), Jones decided to go into geophysics and did the 1 year MSc in Applied Geophysics (1972-73) at the University of Birmingham run by the excellent Don Griffiths and Roy King. His MSc thesis project was a DC resistivity survey, and to model the data he developed a Monte-Carlos inversion code for DC resistivity, which he called CRASH as it kept doing so. Still not enthralled by the idea of work, he then undertook a four year PhD in Geophysics at the University of Edinburgh (1973-77) in magnetotellurics under the pioneering and visionary Rosemary Hutton. One aspect of his PhD work was in developing a Monte-Carlos inversion code for MT data – he did get that one working.

Subsequently lured by German beer, Jones went to Munster University for almost four years (1977-1981) where he studied induction in Scandinavia. A short stint at the Geological Survey of Sweden rounded out 1981, after which he moved to the University of Toronto for two years (1982-83) where multiple lunches with luminaries Nigel Edwards, Dick Bailey, Chris Chapman, Gordon West and George Garland broadened his perspectives tremendously.

An unexpected job offer from the-then Earth Physics Branch (EPB) of Natural Resources Canada took him to Ottawa in 1984, and he then suffered under the subduction (aka “amalgamation”) of the EPB into the Geological Survey of Canada in 1986. The leadership and mentorship of Alan Green during the 1980s at EPB/GSC was a tough trial-by-fire education into the necessity of explaining and justifying electrical conductivity studies, and he learned a lot under Alan Green’s mentorship.

Becoming Section Head of the group in 1987 was Jones’s first taste of management, and a stint as Acting Director in 1989 of the Continental Geoscience Division of the GSC cured him of any managerial aspirations in government.

Jones was very fortunate to be in Canada during the tremendous heydays of the Lithoprobe programme, and he led the EM aspects on most of the transects and had a stint as Chair of the Scientific Committee.

In a post-Lithoprobe world, Jones found the GSC to be too limiting in its vision and outlook (an attempt to convince a manager to allow Jones to be involved in a project in Tibet elicited the response “which province of Canada is Tibet in?”) and eventually managed to escape in 2004 to Ireland, where he became a Senior Professor (appointed by then Irish President Bertie Ahern no less) and Head of Geophysics at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS), a research institute modelled on Einstein’s Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies. Jones stayed 11 years at DIAS undertaking studies on three continents including the largest academic MT study to date in southern Africa (SAMTEX), before the call of Canada brought him home in February 2015. He built up the Geophysics Section from 7 to over 35 during his tenure. He also formed and was Director of the Irish Geoscience Graduate Programme (IGGP), which brought broad teaching to geoscience graduate students across the whole of the island of Ireland.

He is currently Senior Professor Emeritus at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, a Specially-Appointed Professor at the China University of Geosciences Beijing, and Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) and at the University of Western Australia (Perth, Australia). In addition, with former students and a colleague, he formed an MT consulting company – Complete MT Solutions Inc. – in 2016.

Jones was awarded the Tuzo Wilson medal of the Canadian Geophysical Union in 2006, was Appointed an International Member of the Geo-Electromagnetism Committee, Chinese Geophysical Society in 2009, was elected to Academia Europaea also in 2009 and was made a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2010. He was a Blaustein Visiting Professor at Stanford University for the Winter Term of 2016, and was appointed a Life Affiliate Member of the Geological Society of South Africa in 2016.

Jones is the most published (almost 200 papers) and most cited (over 12,500 citations) in his chosen field of magnetotellurics. Together with Alan Chave, he published the most authoritative textbook to date on MT – The Magnetotelluric Method: Theory and Practice (Cambridge University Press).

He is a qualified Professional Geoscientist accredited by the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO).

David Groves

David Groves

David Groves, born in Brighton, UK, migrated to Australia as a teenager. Gaining his PhD from the University of Tasmania, he was appointed to the University of Western Australia where he became Professor and Director of a Key Centre for Strategic Mineral Deposits and succeeding centres, leading to establishment of CET. During his academic career, he co-authored approximately 500 journal papers, including several best paper in journal awards, supervised over 150 postgraduate students, was awarded 11 research medals, and given an Honorary DSc, Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science, and made National Geoscience Champion by the Australian Geoscience Council. Since retirement, he has consulted to gold exploration companies, taught at the China University of Geosciences Beijing, and celebrated his love of the English language by writing novels, including The Plagues’ Protocol, the first in a series that emphasize the unique deductive powers of geologists.

David Turvey

David Turvey

David Turvey is a geologist with over 35 years’ experience in the Australian and Asian mining industry.  His career has involved business development and corporate M&A activities in precious & base metals, bulk commodities, industrial minerals and specialty metals. He has held key management roles in large international companies, including several international roles based in SE. Asia. During the last 20 years, David has conducted independent consulting assignments in mineral exploration, R&D, technical marketing and market entry strategies, mining law & foreign investment policy, and commercial project evaluation.

David has been a Non-Executive Director at listed Australian public company Southern Gold Limited since 2011, prior to which he was Executive Director of Lawson Gold Limited and Managing Director of FerrAus Limited.

Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson is the Chief Geoscientist at the Geological Survey of Western Australia where he has worked for the past 13 years. He graduated with a PhD in tectonics from the University of St Andrews in Scotland and has worked in several post-doctoral positions in Australia and Japan before joining the geological survey. Since joining the survey, most of his time has been spent unravelling the tectonic and mineralization history of the Proterozoic Capricorn Orogen. As Chief Geoscientist he now leads a team driving to understand the 4D thermal evolution of the Western Australian crust, as well as compiling, maintaining and modernizing the delivery of State-level pre-competitive geoscience data.

Ken McClay

Ken McClay

Ken McClay, Professor of Structural Geology, graduated with a BSc Honours degree in Economic Geology from Adelaide University, has an MSc in Structural Geology and Rock Mechanics, a PhD in Structural Geology from at Imperial College, University of London and a DSc from Adelaide University.  He is an emeritus professor in the Department of earth Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London and an Adjunct Professor in the Australian School of Petroleum at Adelaide University

From 1991 until December 2018 he was Professor of Structural Geology and Director of the Fault Dynamics Research Group at Royal Holloway University of London.  He has supervised over 50 PhD theses and over 130 MSc theses and has carried out wide-ranging research on all aspects of applied structural geology.  This has included field research in NW Scotland, the Spanish Pyrenees, Indonesia, Yemen, Iran, Australia, Canada, USA, Chile, Argentina, Greenland, Norway, Turkey, Ethiopia and Gulf of Suez and Red Sea Egypt with research interests that include extensional, strike-slip, thrust and inversion terranes.  He ran a large experimental analogue modelling laboratory for the simulation of fault structures and sedimentary architectures at Royal Holloway.  He has written a book for mapping structures in the field, edited five major volumes on thrust tectonics, and has published widely on structural geology and tectonics.  He is a consultant for the international petroleum industry and has given many short courses for the industry.  He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, Chartered Engineer, and Fellow of the Geological Society of London.  He was the 1994 – 1995 Bennison (USA) and the 1999 Roy M. Huffington (International) Distinguished Lecturer of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Ken focuses on field analogues for geological structures, on analogue modelling of faults and fold systems and on seismic interpretation of sub-surface structures. Current major research projects include tectonic evolution of the Northern Chilean Andes, fold and thrust belts in accretionary terranes, tectonic evolution of deepwater fold belts as well as extensional tectonics and structural evolution of the NW Shelf of Australia.

Manika Prasad

Manika Prasad

Manika Prasad has been at Colorado School of Mines (CSM) for the past 14 years, and previously at Stanford University and University of Hawai’i. She received her BS from Bombay University and MS and PhD from Kiel University in Germany. Prasad’s main interests lie in understanding microstructural controls on geophysical data. She is the recipient of the Virgil Kaufmman Gold Medal in 2017, Outstanding Educator Award (2015) and the AAPG-SEG Distinguished Lecturer Award (2012).  Known as the mud queen among her peers and students, she pioneered the intergral research in source rich rock and fluid properties using tools and techniques from geoscience and engineering domains. In addition to teaching and research duties at CSM, Prasad serves as Associate Editor for Geophysics and is 2nd Vice President of SEG.

Neil Phillips

Neil Phillips

Neil Phillips graduated in geoscience from the University of Melbourne (BSc), Monash University (BSc Hons, PhD), and from Harvard Business School (Advanced Management Program). He co-founded the Archaean Gold Group at the University of Western Australia in 1980 with David Groves as they developed the geological principles used in gold exploration today. At the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, he led research projects at the 40 operating Witwatersrand gold mines, then maintained these interests as Professor of Economic Geology at James Cook University and Chief of the Division of Exploration and Mining at CSIRO. Honorary professorial appointments at University of Melbourne, Monash University, and Stellenbosch University in South Africa have enabled on-going research collaborations and teaching on gold geology and granites. Neil was Editor of Applied Earth Science (Transactions) journal and the AusIMM Australian Ore Deposit monograph, and he regularly publishes in scientific journals, and has written and edited several books.

Sandra Occhipenti

Sandra Occhipenti

Sandra Occhipinti is the Research Director of CSIRO’s minerals discovery program. Her team is focussed on solving the greatest challenges faced in the mineral industry through innovative science and technology. Through multi-disciplinary, collaborative research and development, CSIRO works to find the best solutions to minerals exploration problems we face today, tomorrow and in future. This includes leveraging CSIRO’s Data61 and deep earth imaging capabilities. Sandra is a structural geologist with over 20 years of experience. She has worked across the government, industry and academia sectors – most notably for the Geological Survey of Western Australia, The University of Western Australia and AngloGold Ashanti. Her recent work in mineral systems science included analyses of the Kimberley and Capricorn regions of Western Australia for a range of commodities. She also worked in the Global Greenfields Group with AngloGold Ashanti in project generation for regions throughout Australia, areas in South East Asia and the Americas.

Steve Garwin

Steve Garwin

Steve has more than 31 years of experience as an exploration geologist with large and small mining companies. He has participated in the gold and copper projects of more than 27 clients in over 16 countries. He worked with Newmont Mining for ten years, including two years as Chief Geologist in Nevada. Steve is a fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists, fellow of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Steve is one of the leading authorities on porphyry, epithermal and Carlin-style mineralization in the circum-Pacific region. He has been involved in several, major exploration and mining projects, including the Batu Hijau porphyry mine in Indonesia, the mines of the Carlin and Battle Mountain Trends in Nevada, and the recently discovered world-class Alpala porphyry deposit in Ecuador.

Steve is an independent consultant based in Perth, Australia. He obtained his B.Sc. in geology from Stanford, M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia and Ph.D. (distinction) from the University of Western Australia. He is an adjunct research fellow at the Centre for Exploration Targeting at UWA and has published more than 40 scientific papers and abstracts. Steve is chief technical advisor to SolGold Plc. (SOLG:L and SOLG:TSX-V) and technical advisor to Japan Gold Corp (JG:TSX-V).

Marita Bradshaw

Marita Bradshaw is a petroleum geologist with over 30 years of experience in government and industry. With Geoscience Australia she had a series of technical, managerial and executive roles with a focus on revealing and promoting the petroleum prospectivity of Australia. Marita lead a program of new data acquisition in offshore frontier basins and established the continent-wide framework of Australian petroleum systems. Marita worked in exploration and resource assessment for a number of multi-national and Australian companies, including ESSO Australia and WMC. One of her current interests is helping develop the National Rock Garden in Canberra. She has a BSc Hons from University of Sydney, a PhD from University of Western Australia and is a Distinguished Member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia. Marita has been awarded the Lewis G Weeks gold medal by APPEA and was recently recognised by the Australian Geoscience Council as a National Geoscience Champion.

Mike Hatch

Michael Hatch has over 30 years of experience in geophysics, specialising in electrical and electromagnetic methods. He started in mineral exploration in the mid 80’s, working for Zonge Engineering in the US. Time out was taken for an MSc (1991) from the University of Arizona under Jon Sumner where they used high precision GPS data to investigate subsidence due to groundwater over-pumping for agriculture in the Tucson basin. A transfer to Zonge Australia in 1993 gave him the opportunity to start thinking about the use of electrical methods to environmental problems. He began applying these methods in earnest to groundwater issues along the Murray River in 2003. In 2004 through 2006, with Zonge, he participated in three projects that produced a continuous high-resolution resistivity-depth section image of the sediments under the Murray River between the end of the river at Lake Alexandrina in South Australia and Echuca in New South Wales – a total distance of almost 2000 river kilometres. Following his interest in environmental geophysics, Mike completed a PhD at the University of Adelaide in 2012, specialising in the application of near-surface geophysics to imaging the floodplain environments of the Murray. Since then he has held research positions at both the University of Adelaide and Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, working on projects around Australia, and other countries. These projects have ranged from using GPR to locate and image wombat burrows in far western South Australia, to imaging shallow soil structure in the Northern Adelaide plains to assess farmland for irrigation, to Laos to expose local geophysicists to new geophysical techniques to help them find groundwater in their country. He is currently working on a project based at the University of Adelaide to use electrical geophysics to map hydrological properties at a proposed in-situ mining site in South Australia. Mike also works with Vista Clara Inc., an American company specialising in the application of NMR technology to the search for water, and continues to work for Zonge Engineering Australia. He is the assistant editor of the ASEG’s magazine Preview looking after the Environmental Geophysics column since 2015.

Simon Lang

Professor Simon Lang is a sedimentologist/stratigrapher with global experience including regional geological mapping, sedimentology/stratigraphy research, and petroleum exploration & development. He worked at the Geological Survey of Queensland (1979-92), then Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology and Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide (1992-2005). He was manager of Stratigraphy/Reservoir Analysis for Woodside (2005-13), then Senior Stratigrapher with the Seismic Geomorphology & Clastic Stratigraphy teams for Chevron Energy Technology Company (Houston), and Geologic Services Manager & Stratigraphy Advisor (Perth) for Chevron Australia (2013-18).

He joined University of Western Australia as Professor of Petroleum Geoscience, and Director of the Centre for Energy Geoscience, leading industry-funded research consortia on seismic stratigraphy and reservoir analogues.

He has published extensively, supervised numerous graduate students, led industry-oriented training courses and research consortia, and run numerous field courses & core workshops. He was PESA Distinguished Lecturer (2010), and a member of PESA, AAPG and SEPM.

Linda Stalker

Linda Stalker is Group Leader in Exploration Geosciences and Science Director for the National Geosequestration Laboratory at CSIRO. An Applied Geologist and Petroleum Geochemist, Linda has worked at Statoil, Norway before joining CSIRO in 2000. Research in gas geochemistry and stable isotopes led to carbon capture and storage research in monitoring and verification. Science communication has become increasingly important to working in pilot scale and demonstration projects, and Linda has sought better approaches to open science dialogue.

She obtained a BSc. (Hons) in Applied Geology from Strathclyde University, and PhD in Petroleum Geochemistry and CO2 Generation at Newcastle University.

Dave Moffat
Michael Hatch

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Sun, 1 Sep to Mon, 2 Sep
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Mon, 2 Sep
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