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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I am a Professor and Western Australian Fellow at the Centre for Exploration Targeting at The University of Western Australia.

I studied up to MSc level in the UK, then moved to the USA to do a PhD, went to Melbourne to do a Postdoc and take up a teaching and research position at Monash University before moving to Toulouse, France where I had a position withe the Institute de Recherche pour le Developpement, and most recently came to Perth in 2013.

My scientific interests revolve around microstructure studies (the Elle platform), integration of geology and geophysics in 3D (the Loop/MinEx CRC project), and the tectonics and metallogenesis of the West African and Guyanese Cratons (WAXI & SAXI). My recently completed Western Australian Fellowship was focused on improving the links between geological and geophysical data analysis in 3D via analysis of the geological and topological uncertainty. 

Roles and responsibilities


Industrial relevance

The WAXI and SAXI projects are primarilly funded by AMIRA Global industry consortiums, and you can hear us discuss this project on the Exploration Radio podcast. The MinEx CRC is a partnership between industry and the Australian Government. The recently annouced DARE ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre brings together a diverse range of industry partners to work on analysing risk in a natural science context. I am also involved in a MRIWA industry/state government collaboration on the Paterson Orogen, and a follow-up project related to numerical and analogue modelling of Basins has just received ARC and MRIWA funding, with further industry support.

Teaching overview

I am involved in teaching microstructures and thegeological interpretation of geophsyical datasets.


I regularly teach a course to professionals on the geological interpretation of regional geophysical datasets.

 I am the Associate Directory for Industry Engagement with the Africa Researcha nd Engagement Centre, UWA (AfREC).

Click here to watch a video on the Capacity Building activities of WAXI.

 In 2020 along with Ncolas Thebaud and Corinne Debat, we established Agate Project Ltd a not-for-profit company that offers a range of education opportunities for professionals, researchers and students based in Africa in the field of earth and planetary sciences.


English, French

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 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

External positions

Adjunct, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences

1 Oct 2016 → …

Directeur de Recherche, Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD)

2005 → …

Adjunct, Monash University (Australia)

1 Oct 2001 → …

Industry keywords

  • Education
  • Mining and Resources

Research expertise keywords

  • West African craton
  • Deformation microstructures
  • Geomaterials simulation
  • 3D modelling
  • Structural geophysics


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