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Jason Bennett

PhD student
School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting

Contact details

Robert Street Building - Room 221
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
School of Earth Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway

+61 8 6488 2771


Jason grew up in Canberra, and completed his Bachelors of Global and Ocean Sciences (Hons) with a double major in Geology at ANU in 2011. During his Honours, Jason conducted high pressure and temperature experiments examining "The effects of Ni and Cu on the Sulfur Content at Sulfide Saturation of Basaltic Magmas". After completing his thesis, he then left academia for some industry experience, joining the BHP Billiton Graduate Program in 2012. After three years of Iron Ore in the Pilbara, working both exploration and mine geology roles, Jason has returned to academia in 2015, enrolling in a PhD at UWA with the Center for Exploration Targeting.

After working on mafic magmas and iron ore, Jason has decided to turn his attention towards something less ferrous. Jason will we working with Tony Kemp, Steffen Hagemann and Marco Fiorentini on "The mineralogy, microgeochemistry and geochronology of accessory and ore minerals in felsic Sn-W mineralised systems". Past studies have constrained the geochronology of Sn-W mineralisation through zircon ages in the assoicated granitoids, or ages obtained from associated hydrothermal micas. This project aims to assess and develop techniques for the direct dating of ore minerals in situ, and combine these techniques with isotopic and geochemical analyses for each mineral phase. These findings will be applied to further our understanding of the history and evolution of these mineralised systems, with a focus on the granite-hosted Sn-W belt in the Sierras Pampeanas in the northwest of Argentina.