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Cameron Adams

PhD student
School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting

Contact details

Robert Street Building - Room 107
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
School of Earth Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway

+61 8 6488 3423


Cam is a fiercely proud New South Welshman, having grown up in Sydney’s North Shore. An equally proud Jeep owner/lover, Cam made the long arduous trip across Australia, with “Gerald” the Jeep, to arrive in Western Australia in 2012. He has since called Perth home.

Cam completed a Geophysics/Geology Honours programme, with First Class Honours, at Macquarie University in 2012, having graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree with a dual coherency in Geology and Geophysics in 2011.

Cam’s Honours thesis focused on data acquisition, petrophysical analysis, and geophysical applications and interpretations utilising the gravity method, with the chosen project area being the Thomson Fold Belt of north-western New South Wales.

Cam has worked as an exploration geophysicist, principally within the uranium industry, and has been engaged in target generation projects within both Western Australia, and Northern Territory.

One of Cam’s fondest memories of his industry experiences, to date, is being dropped off via helicopter, and then left behind each morning to conduct an on-foot magnetic survey across the Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia. Cam is living proof that the pilot did indeed have an excellent memory, and remembered to pick him up.

After having a brief hiatus from industry, Cam has decided to further his studies in exploration geophysics and geology. He was awarded a MRIWA post-graduate scholarship, and joined the CET in February, 2015 to undertake his PhD.

Cam’s PhD involves investigating the relationship between positive magnetic anomalies and nickel-sulphide deposits, Kambalda, Western Australia. Previous work at the University of Western Australia suggests mineralisation is not the source.  The hypothesis to be tested is that the source of the magnetic anomalies is abnormal thickening and alteration of the host komatiite sequence in the mineralised environment, and hence is indicative of the presence of mineralisation and thus useful targeting criteria

One of Cam’s main aims will be to build and interpret a more comprehensive petrophysical database, paying close attention to the effects of alteration and differences between mineralised and barren areas. As well, Cam will develop 3D geological models of the mineralised environment using drilling data from well-characterised deposits to further investigate the source of the magnetic anomalies.