Ignacio Gonzalez-Alvarez

Assistant Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M006), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Ignacio is Spanish born, and he is Principal Geochemist at CSIRO in Australia. He completed his BSc and MSc specializing in stratigraphy and sedimentary basins analysis. His PhD focussed on the geochemical characterization of sedimentary packages.

Ignacio has conducted geological research and mineral exploration projects on five continents, including Canada, the USA, Papua New Guinea, Australia, China, India, Spain, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Congo and Brazil.

Ignacio’s work at CSIRO involves coordinating a diverse portfolio of multi-disciplinary and data integration projects in different regions within Australia. His leading research is focused on various aspects related to trace element mobility in the earth’s crust, mineral systems, REE and HFSE, surface processes and geochemistry of sedimentary systems.

In the last 15 years, Ignacio has focussed on studying basement and cover features and their applicability to detect distal footprints of ore deposits as mineral exploration tools.

Ignacio is a panel member of several diverse non-profit organizations that promote Earth Sciences. He is an adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. Ignacio has broad experience as Associate Editor of several International Journals such as Ore Geology Reviews, Frontiers for Earth Sciences and Minerals.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Geology, BSc, University of Oviedo

Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, MSc, University of Oviedo

Geochemistry of sedimentary systems, PhD, University of Saskatchewan

External positions

Chair, Australian Regolith Geoscientists Association (ARGA)

2021 → …

Member of the Advisory Panel of MDPI Science Open Journal


Associate Editor, The Frontiers in Earth Sciences in Economic Geology


Committee Member, Geoconferences, Western Australia

2018 → …

CSIRO STEM representative

2018 → …

Expert panel member, European Union Research and Innovation

2018 → …

Chair of the GSA WA Division


Associate Editor, Minerals


Associate Editor, Ore Geology Reviews


Principal Geochemist, CSIRO - Mineral Resources

2010 → …

Industry keywords

  • Government
  • Education
  • Mining and Resources
  • Not for Profit

Research expertise keywords

  • Geochemistry earth's crust
  • Mineral systems
  • Hydrothermal ore deposits
  • Mineral exploration targeting
  • Surface processes
  • REE and HFSE
  • Geochemical dispersion processes
  • Critical zone science


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