Thomas Angerer

Dr, DSc PhD Heidelberg

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

    6009 Perth


  • 395 Citations
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Personal profile


I am research associate professor and deputy leader of the iron ore theme in the Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET), at the University of Western Australia, Perth. I received a Geology degree (diploma) at Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University, Frankfurt, in 2001 and a PhD at Ruprecht Karls University, Heidelberg, in 2007. I joined the CET in 2008 at the assistant professor level.
My primary research focus is ore genesis, mineral system analyses, and exploration targeting of iron ore in banded iron formation, the major source of iron for the world economy. In this research field I achieved an international reputation amongst relevant academic and industry circles by applying modern techniques of structural geology, geochemistry, mineral system analyses, and exploration targeting to major iron ore districts in collaborations with key industry partner and scientists worldwide.
My secondary research focus is orogenic gold, porphyry-hosted gold-copper, and skarn-related iron-gold-copper mineralisation in the Peruvian Eastern Cordillera.
In my appointment at the CET I am involved in the supervision of MSc students and in other knowledge transfer activities, such as lecturing, holding workshops, and leading field trips. I have published peer-reviewed papers in international journals, co-chaired special sessions at international conferences, and co-led several workshops.
My professional specialties are: structural geology, low-grade metamorphic geology, igneous, hydrothermal, and regolith geochemistry, mineral chemistry, rock magnetism, ore deposit evolution, mineral system analyses, (stable O, C isotope chemistry and radiogenic Pb/Pb, U/Pb, Lu/Hf isotope chemistry).

Roles and responsibilities

I am the deputy-leader of the iron ore stream and interact with research and industry partners and on a regular basis. In addition, I am the direct supervisor of two MSc students and co-supervisor of one PhD student within the iron ore stream.

Funding overview

I was awarded a scholarship from the Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg in 2001, which allowed me to carry out independent research on my thesis within “GRK 237: Fluid-Rock-Interaction” on my doctoral thesis.

During the past five years at the CET, I was the research leader of three industry-sponsored research programmes:
1.) structural control and hydrothermal alteration of BIF-hosted high-grade iron ore in the Yilgarn Craton; regional and mine-scale target generation for high-grade iron ore bodies;
2.) ore genesis of and exploration targeting for orogenic-style gold, porphyry-hosted gold-copper, and skarn-style iron-copper-gold mineralisation in the Eastern Cordillera, Peru, and
3.) ore genesis of and exploration targeting for giant BIF-hosted iron ore in the Eastern Hamersley Province.

Teaching overview

I co-organised two CET short courses (2011, 2013) and two MSc courses (2010, 2012), I presented at CET corporate member days in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012, and recently I contributed in an AusAID-funded workshop for delegates from the geological service of Iraq in 2013. I led several field trips for researchers, students, and industry to research sites, such as the iron ore mines in Yilgarn and Hamersley. I enjoyed representing the CET at the University open days 2010, 2011, and 2012, and during my doctorate studies in Heidelberg I led field trips and gave public lectures on the local geology during the “Night of the Museum” in 2005 and 2006. Most of my research has been applied in nature and I enjoy the challenge associated with the transfer of scientific results to others and making these findings relevant to the general public.


German mother tongue
English full professional proficiency
Spanish limited working proficiency
French basics proficiency

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Research Output 2008 2018

2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access

Iron ore deposits of the Yilgarn Craton

Duuring, P., Angerer, T. & Hagemann, S., 2017, Australian Ore Deposits. Phillips, GN. (ed.). 6 ed. Australia: Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Vol. Monograph 32. p. 181-184

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Iron ore systems in Western Australia

Hagemann, S., Angerer, T. & Duuring, P., 2017, Australian Ore Deposits. Phillips, GN. (ed.). Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (AusIMM), p. 59-62

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

19 Citations (Scopus)

Multiple metal sources in the glaciomarine facies of the Neoproterozoic Jacadigo iron formation in the "Santa Cruz deposit", Corumbá, Brazil

Angerer, T., Hagemann, S., Walde, D. H. G., Halverson, G. P. & Boyce, A. J., 2016, In : Precambrian Research. 275, p. 369-393

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

banded iron formation

BIF-Hosted Fe Ore Mineral System: An Assessment of the Evidence

Hagemann, S. G., Angerer, T., Duuring, P., Rosiere, C. A., Silva e Figueiredo, R., Lobato, L., Hensler, A. S. & Walde, D. G., 2015, MINERAL RESOURCES IN A SUSTAINABLE WORLD, VOLS 1-5. Andre-Mayer, AS., Cathelineau, M., Muchez, P., Pirard, E. & Sindern, S. (eds.). ASGA-ASSOC SCIENTIFIQUE GEOLOGIE & APPLICATIONS, p. 1083-1086 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

Projects 2011 2013

Four Dimensional Lithospheric Evolution & Controls on Mineral System Distribution in Neoarchean to Paleoproterozoic Terranes

McCuaig, C., Barley, M., Fiorentini, M., Miller, J., Jessell, M., Begg, G., Angerer, T., Said, N., Bagas, L., Kemp, A., Belousova, E., Hein, K., Tunjic, J., APAI_1, N. N., APAI_2, N. N., APAI_3, N. N. & APAI_4, N. N.

Australian Research Council


Project: Research