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EGRU Seminars 2019

EGRU Geoscience Seminar Series  2019

James Cook University
Townsville Campus
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13 November

Up in the Jurassic: a perspective for NE Queensland from zircon U-Th/He and U/Pb data.

  • Bob Henderson
    Emeritus Professor
  • 12 pm
  • 034-124

06 November

Filling and flushing submarine canyons on the Great Barrier Reef

  • Michal Wenderlich
    Post-graduate student
  • 12 pm
  • 034-124

09 October

Honours Exit Seminars

  • 9.30 -11.30am
  • 034-124

02 October

Tungsten precipitation from the hydrothermal fluid: example of the Jiaoxi deposit, Tibet

  • Yong Wang
    Visiting post-graduate student, China University of Geosciences, Beijing
  • 12 pm
  • 034-124

18 September

Julius Kruttschnitt Lecture

New perspectives on the Middle to Late Jurassic evolution of eastern Australia: a case study from the Walloon Coal Measures of the Surat Basin, Queensland, Australia

Dr Carmine Wainman

Postdoctoral Fellow, Australian School of Petroleum
University of Adelaide

Townsville Campus



28 August

New insights into the offshore Canning Basin using a seamless onshore/offshore stratigraphic model

  • Chris Yule
    Post-graduate Student
  • 12 pm
  • 034-124

16 August

AusIMM Sir George Fisher Lecture

A local perspective on the next  40 years for the resources industry in north Queensland

Matt O'Neil
Chief Operating Officer for Glencore’s North Queensland Copper Operation

North Queensland Club
146 Denham Street  

Time: 6.30pm

For more information and to register please click here

14 August

Tracking fluid sources for skarn formation using scapolite geochemistry: An example from the Jinshandian iron skarn deposit, Eastern China

  • Li-Ping Zeng
    Visiting Scholar,
    China University of Geosciences, Wuhan
  • 12noon
  • 034-127

21 June


Transition Metal and Metal Isotopes Used in Mineral Exploration

Professor Ryan Mathur

Juniata College, Pennsylvania, USA

Location: Building 034, Room 011C

Time: 9am - 1pm

James Cook University

Townsville Campus

Free for EGRU Members, JCU Geoscience staff and students, EGRU Isotope  Research Partners, Sn-W Conference delegates.

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This half -day short course will review the current understandings of how metal isotope ratios in waters, soils and rocks can be used to identify buried ore targets.  Isotopic analyses have also revealed interesting processes related to ore genesis.

The course will briefly cover the strategies and challenges of measuring metal isotope ratios, and will focus on how Cu, Zn, Ag and Sn isotope values have been and can be used in exploration. Case studies from various ore deposit types, along with experimental data, will be presented to illustrate how the isotopes can be used.

19 June

Zircon U-Pb dating at JCU in the past, present and in the future

Huiqing Huang
Mineral Separation Laboratory, JCU



12 June

Mineralisation in the Bangong-Nujiang metallogenic belt

Liqiang Wang
Assoc. Prof.
Chinese Academy of Geosciences

12 pm


29 May

Magma fertility in the mary Kathleen Domain, Mount Isa Inlier

Yanbo Cheng
Post- Doc Researcher

12 pm


08 May

Tengger Caldera Volcanic Complex: Mineralogical and geochemical constraints on magmatic evolution

John Wardell
Guest Speaker
Macquarie University



01 May

Microbialite morphology, distribution and environmental significance in the Cryogenian and Devonian carbonate reef complexes in Australian basins

France Champenois
Guest Speaker
University of Western Australia

12 pm


29 April

Technical Talk

Geological Risk in Mining is so Important that Everyone needs to know about it

Mark Berry

Derisk Geomining


Geological Information contributes to all stages of exploration, feasibility, development, mine operations and closure, including estimates of ore reserves and project capital/operating costs. This information is used by both technical and non-technical staff, company management and boards as well as external parties; but almost everything geologists deliver to their stakeholders are estimates and interpretations, rather than facts. SO... how do geologists effectively communicate the fundamental uncertainties and risks associated with their estimates and interpretations, and why are these risks so important?

Mark is a geologist with 40 years experience spanning exploration, feasibility and development, mine operations, management, research and development, and consulting

6 pm for 6.30 commencement

The Mariners Room

Townsville Yacht Club

1 Plume St South Townsville

Catering from 6pm.
Drinks available from cash bar.

Please Register by 23 April 2019

This event is supported by:


17 April - Note 2 seminars this day

New Sn-W exploration tool kit: chemistry of volcanic rocks, cassiterite and zircon

Yanbo Cheng
Post-Doctoral Researcher

12 pm


Earthquake Hazard Mapping and Modelling to Support Queensland’s Rail Infrastructure

David Rubenach
Post-graduate student

2 pm


Abstract: On the 18th of August 2016, the Bowen region experienced a magnitude 5.8 earthquake. This magnitude is moderate but may cause damage to structures. Clusters of small intraplate earthquakes occur in Queensland so as a part Queensland Rail’s routine inspections of their network, response to earthquakes could be more efficient if better information on the distribution, impact and likelihood of earthquakes was available.

This project aims to synthesise existing seismological, geological, geomorphological and infrastructure data using GIS to provide insights into the distribution, magnitude and potential impacts of earthquake activity in Queensland, with special reference to rail system infrastructure. The potential for soil liquefaction in Queensland could be significant; the influence of substrate on earthquake and earthquake-triggered landslide hazards in the Cairns region has also been investigated as part of the project scope.

The presentation is concentrating on aspects of the project relevant to civil engineering. Earthquake clusters have been identified via GIS and the impact of many notable historical earthquakes (pre-1958) have been researched.

04 April (Thursday)

Ta-Nb mineralisation in granites and pegmatites: insights into magmatic metasomatism

Professor Robert Linnen

Robert Hodder Chair in Economic Geology
Western University
Ontario, Canada

11 am


Robert Linnen obtained a BSc from Queen’s University, then MSc and PhD degrees from McGill University, the latter involved Sn-W-Nb-Ta metallogeny in Thailand. After postdoctoral and research associate positions at CNRS at OrlĂ©ans, France and the Bayerisches Geoinstitut, Germany, he took up an Associate Professor position at the University of Waterloo. In 2010 he moved to Western University at London Ontario, where he is the Robert Hodder Chair in Economic Geology. His research focuses on intrusion-related critical metal (Li, Ta, Nb, W and REE), and precious metal (Au and PGE) deposits. His research combines geological constrains from field studies with experiments on the behavior of metal to generate ore deposit models.

03 April (Wednesday)

Timing of skarn formation in the Mary Kathleen Syncline, Mount Isa Inlier: preliminary results

Joshua Spence
Post-graduate student

12 pm


27 March (Wednesday)

The tectonic link to southwest Australia paleovalley evolution

Kelly Heilbronn
Post-graduate student

12 pm


20 March (Wednesday)

Moved to 10th April

13 March (Wednesday)

Geological setting of the Tick Hill Au Mine

Truong Le
Post-graduate student

12 pm


19 April