Team WA Workshop – Fertility Indicators of Magmatic and Hydrothermal Systems


Date(s) - Monday, 27/05/2019
8:30 am - 1:00 pm

ARRC Theatre


Fertility Indicators of Magmatic and Hydrothermal Systems

Date & Time

Monday 27th of May 2019
8:30am – 1:00pm


Australian Resources Research Centre (ARRC)
26 Dick Perry Avenue, Kensington, WA 6151

Discovery of new deposits is costly and challenging, particularly when exploration is now moving under cover and being more predictive can be the immediate key to discovery. Chemical fingerprinting and fertility assessment of rocks and minerals related to potential exploration targets at different scales have gained a lot of momentum in the last decade. In this workshop leading geoscientists from industry, government and academia share the latest advances in fertility indicators of magmatic and hydrothermal systems, which have the potential to lead to Tier 1 discovery in the future..


  • 08:00 – 08:30 Registrations
  • 08:30 – 08:40 Introduction
  • 08:40 – 09:20 Steve Rowins (CET)
    An apatite for exploration: the use of detrital minerals and soil geochemistry in the search for
    buried mineralisation
  • 09:20 – 10:00 Yongjun Lu (GSWA)
    Zircon fingerprinting of magmatic-hydrothermal systems in Archean Craton and Phanerozoic
  • 10:00 – 10:40 Matt Loader (Natural History Museum, UK)
    Zircon and apatite as indicators of porphyry Cu deposit fertility
  • 10:40 – 11:10 Morning Tea
  • 11:10 – 11:50 Louise Schoneveld (CSIRO)
    Indicator minerals for magmatic Ni-Cu sulphide mineralisation
  • 11:50 – 12:30 Paul Agnew (Rio Tinto)
    Porphyry Fertility – An industry perspective
  • 12:30 – 01:00 Panel Discussion



Stephen M. Rowins

Steve Rowins is the Director of the CET and Professor of Mineral Geoscience at UWA. He was
previously the Chief Geologist and Executive Director of the British Columbia Geological Survey and has held academic appointments at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria. He has worked for major, mid-tier, and junior resource companies including Vice-President of Exploration of Northern Abitibi Mining Corp., which was named the 2010 Prospector/Explorer of the Year by the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (Newfoundland Branch) for the discovery and delineation of the Viking gold deposit. His research interests focus on understanding the genesis of precious and base-metal mineral systems using new concepts and innovative research techniques.

Yongjun Lu

Yongjun Lu is currently the Senior Geochronologist and Isotope Specialist at the GSWA, an Associate Investigator at CCFS, and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET) at UWA. Yongjun’s research interest is primarily in predicting magmatic-hydrothermal mineral deposits by understanding the architecture, fertility and transient geodynamics of a mineral system. He is the recipient of the 2018 Lindgren Award from the Society of Economic Geologists.

Matt Loader

Matt Loader is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Natural History Museum in London. He holds an MSci from the University of Bristol, and a PhD from Imperial College London. His primary research interest is the evolution of subduction zone magmatism, especially those associated with porphyry Cu deposits, as revealed by rock and mineral chemistry. Matt is the recipient of the 2019 Halstead Award from the Geologists’ Association.

Louise Schoneveld

Louise graduated with a PhD from the Australian National University (ANU) in 2018 where she focussed on the experimental partitioning of trace elements between plagioclase, clinopyroxene and melt. Over the past 5 years she has used and operated the laser ablation inductively couple plasma mass spectrometer (LA-ICP-MS) systems at ANU and currently at CSIRO in Perth. With trace element concentrations in minerals her passion and focus, she now is investigating the changes in trace element signatures as possible indicators for magmatic nickel-copper-platinum group element mineralisation as her postdoctoral fellowship at CSIRO.

Paul Agnew

Paul Agnew is an exploration geologist with more than 30 years of experience with Rio Tinto
Exploration searching for a wide range of commodities in diverse environments. He is currently Chief Geologist – Technical Support and Technology Development, leading a team of technical specialists to deliver innovative exploration technologies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of mineral exploration.




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Employed $150
AIG member $120
Unemployed $50
Student $50
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