Weronika Gorczyk


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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I have obtained my PhD degree at Geological Institute of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zurich) in April 2008.

From February 2008 – September 2010 I was employed as Numerical Modeller/Geologist at the Exploration and Mining division of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). During this appointment I had an opportunity to expand my numerical skills by using new geo-modelling software; moreover I was involved in field–based projects, which led to a better link between field observations and geo-modelling. Employment at CSIRO also gave me the opportunity to interact with industry partners and understand how to deliver application-focused outcomes. Although this period was valuable research training, the majority of my work was confidential; therefore I was unable to publish my results in the open literature.

In June 2011 I became a full time APDI Research Fellow with Linkage Grant LP100200785, Multi-scale dynamics of ore body formation at the Centre for Exploration Targeting at the University of Western Australia, UWA. This position allowed me to utilize my skills to tackle unresolved problems of Australian and global geodynamics. I worked in collaboration not only with in-house specialists (at UWA), but also with Geological Surveys of Western and Southern Australia, Macquarie University, and international experts . This position offered to me enhanced opportunities to conduct research and to build a track record of academic publications.  I completed my IPDA position in June 2015. Until November 2018 I was a Research Fellow within ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems . Within this appointment I had an opportunity develop new research in terms of lithosphere-crust interactions, with focus on deep carbon cycle. 


Roles and responsibilities

Since beginning of the 2019, I am leading a MRIWA funded project “Geodynamics through time: Geodynamic, lithospheric and crustal-scale controls on multi-stage basin evolution and orogenesis and links to mineralizing processes”, which is a precursor to the proposed Linkage Project. Holding this role will allow me to grow as an academic and a project leader in terms of integration multidisciplinary efforts to understand the evolution of Paterson basin in Western Australia. 

Current projects


This project uses an integrated basin studies approach combining interpretation of multiple regional data sets (e.g. new seismic reflection, drill core, gravity, magnetics) with numerical modelling to investigate multi-scale (lithospheric and crustal) and multi-stage deformation processes. These provide insight into the link between basement and basin evolution, and subsequent mineralization processes. The ‘natural laboratory’ used for this study is primarily the Paterson Orogen, in central Western Australia.


ARC Linkage LP190100146 /MRIWA 554

This project delivers a new quantitative and integrated exploratory framework for the mineral industry in Australia’s frontier sedimentary basins by integrating the latest advances in laboratory experimental tectonics together with thermo-mechanical numerical, surface process and geophysical modelling. The project uses the basins of the North Australian Craton as a natural laboratory, and will run in parallel with the M521 MRIWA project (Geodynamics through time – lithospheric and crustal-scale controls on multi-stage evolution and orogenesis and link to mineralizing processes), which is focussed on understanding the Proterozoic geology of the Paterson Orogen through basin analyses and geophysical and numerical modelling.


ARC Discovery Project  DP190100216

This project aims to improve our understanding of the role of fluids in controlling exchanges between the deep Earth (>60 km below continents), shallow rocks, and atmosphere. The project expects to revolve some of the key 

weaknesses in the thermodynamic models that are used to predict the behaviour of sulfur, carbon and metals in fluids at high pressure and temperature by using recent advances in computational and experimental (geo)chemistry. Integrated in large-scale geodynamic models, the more reliable predictions will provide a more realistic assessment of the role of sulfur in controlling metal endowment and atmosphere chemistry through geological times. This should provide a useful guide for mineral exploration and planetary science.


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 13 - Climate Action


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