I am currently working as a Geologist in NSW, Australia, specialising in the stratigraphic and structural interpretation of exploration prospects. I have worked across the Western, Central and Eastern Lachlan Orogen in Gold and Copper Exploration and Resource Development, including the Stawell Zone, Bendigo Zone and Girilambone-Wagga Terrain, with an in-depth knowledge of these rocks and deposit styles.
Dargues Gold Mine
March 2022 to Present.
I am currently managing the Near-Mine Exploration drilling campaign at Dargues Gold Mine. The mineralisation is structurally hosted within a granite, localised around conjugate joint sets and dykes of varying composition (andesite, diorite, aplite, pegmatite).
Tritton Copper Mine
August 2021 – February 2022
I worked as a Project Geologist, focussing on regional mapping and the integration of geological data and observations at multiple scales (drill core, underground workings and regional mapping), incorporating all previous observations of explorers and consultants to produce a concise working deposit and geological model. This work assisted with the ranking of regional Sediment- and Volcanic-Hosted Massive Sulfide (both syngenetic and epigenetic) targets for further investigation with geochemical auger sampling, EM and drilling.
I produced a detailed mapping report, literature review and numerous presentations for the exploration team.
KIRKLAND LAKE GOLD
Fosterville Gold Mine
August 2016 – March 2020; March 2021 – June 2021
I worked in various teams at Fosterville Gold Mine, beginning as a Core Logger and then Graduate Geologist in Exploration (19 months), where I undertook soil sampling, managed rigs, logged core and worked with the team to provide a structural and stratigraphic interpretation for a brownfields exploration prospect Robbins Hill for the development of a resource.
I then worked underground as a Mine Geologist (8 months), inspecting stopes, classifying ore and mapping/sampling fresh underground faces. There is a lot to be gained from walking through an orebody 3m at a time, a true feeling of embodying the fluids as they exploded through the crust, cooling and depositing the valuable golden mineral we were all there for!
From there I worked as a Project Geologist, both in the Resource Development Drilling team and in the management of logging and geological interpretation at the core shed as a teacher and coordinator. Drill core is one of the most important and costly tools we have to understand the geology of a deposit. Failure to maximise on the collection of accurate data and apply the interpretation of the people logging the core can have a decisive impact on the success of the project.
My final position as Regional Exploration Geologist involved a structural and stratigraphic interpretation of a Brownfields Exploration prospect, Russells Reef, extending the Fosterville Mine geological model over a kilometre South and creating value for Kirkland Lake Gold.
Geology of Gold Course (AIG)
As part of my role in the Australian Institute of Geoscientists committee, I assisted in running a University/Industry Course for Gold Exploration with Dr. Rodney Boucher in Bendigo and the surrounds. Students visited Fosterville Gold Mine and participated in a presentation by exploration and underground geologists, a bus tour and a tour of the core shed, visited Central Deborah Gold Mine and completed a field-mapping exercise at Victoria Hill, Bendigo, VIC.
Lead Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program
February 2019 – November 2019
A State Government Sponsored leadership program with participants of diverse experiences including farming, science, health care and journalism, from the Loddon-Murray Region. The program aims to develop leaders to empower Regional Communities. This is achieved through increasing awareness of self, teaching important skills such as public speaking and grant writing and, developing an understanding of how different communities operate by actually visiting numerous towns.
Native title and community engagement and development is extremely important in mineral exploration. The ability to hold space for the concerns of community members, the active demonstration of integrity and the commitment to giving back to the communities in which we operate can be the difference between a successful project and a project which fails.
I delighted in the opportunity to give a presentation on the geological story of Kooyoora State Park, an important Aboriginal landmark (Kooyoora translates to ‘mountain of light’) and in return, representatives from the Dja Dja Wurrung community gave the Aboriginal dreaming story and explained the significance of the place for their ancestors.
Australian Institute of Geoscientists
2018 – 2020
For two years I was the treasurer of the AIG Victorian Chapter, based in Bendigo. This involved helping to organise monthly professional development talks in Bendigo as well as a yearly Mining Conference at Mount Macedon involving multiple sponsors, speakers and the hiring of equipment/venues/caterers, etc. I was also responsible for organising all invoices, submitting the annual budget and paying for events with the AIG credit card.
Honours in Geophysics and Structural Geology
2015 – 2016
My Honours Project produced a geological model of a Stawell-Style gold exploration prospect for Navarre Minerals in Western Victoria. The project involved two weeks of field work, the collection of gravity data and gridding of publicly available magnetic data and, integration of other available data (drill core, field mapping, rock chip sampling) to develop 2D-forward-models to assist in drill-targeting. I produced a 20-minute seminar for industry, academia and government as well as a 40-page research thesis for which I received a First Class (H1) Grade.
This exploration prospect has recently (2022) developed into a project with a maiden resource (Resolution and Adventure Prospects).
Bachelor of Science (Geology)
2012 – 2015
In my undergraduate degree I majored in Geology and minored in Environmental Science. I was exposed to numerous structural terrains and deposit-styles, participating in field trips at Buchan, VIC (2 weeks mapping), Broken Hill, NSW (4 weeks mapping), Bermagui, NSW (2 weeks mapping) and Queenstown, TAS (2 weeks mapping). I also completed an independent research project in third year with Laurent Ailleres on the structure of the East African Rift.
- GIS: MapInfo Discover and Discover Mobile, QGIS.
- 3D Visualisation: Leapfrog Geo, MinePlan.
- Database: AcQuire.
- Safety Systems: INX.
- Application for Assessable Prospecting Operations (APO).
- Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
- Internal and Government Reporting.
- Safety: Risk Assessments, Procedures and Competency Assessments, JSAE, Hazard Reporting, Safety Contacts, Audits, Incident Reporting and ICAM Investigations.
- Rig Management: Diamond and Auger Rig Management.
- QAQC practices in sample preparation, assaying and analytical procedures for gold.
- Drill program design for Regional Exploration, Near-Mine (100m step-outs), Resource (50m spacing) and Reserve/Development (25m and 12.5m in-drive drilling).
- Mapping: Structural field mapping and underground face and backs mapping using GIS technologies on tablets and using 3D point-cloud scanners.