Alison Ord

Professor, PhD Calif.

  • The University of Western Australia (M004), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


BSc Hons. I University of Edinburgh

PhD University of California at Los Angeles


I received a BSc in geology from the University of Edinburgh in 1977 and a PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1981. Since then I have been a researcher at Monash University, at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia, and most recently at the University of Western Australia.

My research is in structural geology, the mechanics of hydrothermal systems, computer modelling of coupled deforming systems with heat and fluid transport and the thermodynamics of chaotic systems. My interests are in applying the tools developed for nonlinear dynamical systems, particularly multifractal analysis and recurrence plots, to large data sets on alteration assemblages, deformation and mineralisation in mineralising systems in order to quantify and fingerprint various classes of hydrothermal mineralising systems.

My goal is to develop a new paradigm for mineral exploration based on nonlinear dynamics.

External positions

Visiting Professor, Hefei University of Technology

May 2015 → …

Industry keywords

  • Mining and Resources

Research expertise keywords

  • Structural geology
  • Computational geoscience
  • Mineral geodynamics
  • Predictive mineral discovery
  • Nonlinear dynamics


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