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Jordan McDivitt

PhD student
School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting

Contact details

Robert Street Building - Room 224
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
School of Earth Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway

+61 412 897 104



Jordan grew up in the Okanagan valley—an agricultural district of western Canada where orchards, vineyards, and lakes blanket the western fringe of the Monashee mountains. It was here that Jordan completed his undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia (2007-2011), and conducted his honours year’s research under the supervision of Dr. John Greenough. Jordan’s honours thesis utilised analyses from >3700 basaltic samples representative of 10 continental flood basalt provinces around the globe to investigate the geochemical characteristics of the Archean and Proterozoic subcontinental lithospheric mantle. This was done to further understand the geodynamic differences between the Archean and Proterozoic, constrain the origin of mantle components, and provide metallogenic insight into the formation of magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE deposits.

From 2011-2014, Jordan worked as a consulting exploration geologist for Vancouver-based firm Archer, Cathro, and Associates 1981 Ltd. His time spent working as an exploration geologist coincided with a gold-exploration boom in the remote Yukon Territory of northern Canada. As a result, Jordan spent the entirety of his employment exploring for, discovering, and developing sediment-hosted, reduced intrusion-related and Carlin-type gold mineralisation in the Rackla Gold Belt (ATAC Resources Ltd.) of the east-central Yukon. Jordan received exceptional mentorship and opportunity from accomplished senior geologists and academic consultants; as such, he has a strong practical knowledge of mineral exploration, ore-deposit definition, and industry-academic overlap. It was during this period that Jordan gained the practical experience necessary to register as a Professional Geoscientist, and developed a strong interest in hydrothermal gold deposits.

As all good things must come to an end, so too did the Yukon gold boom. Jordan took this opportunity to explore a part of the globe that had long interested him, bought a one-way ticket to Guatemala City, and began backpacking south. After a long and arduous overland trip, he arrived in Colombia and fell in love with the coffee districts of Antioquia. He took the opportunity to brush up on his Spanish, and spent 3 months based in Medellin studying at Universidad EAFIT.

Jordan returned to Canada to undertake a research-based M.Sc. study (2014-2016) at Laurentian University (Sudbury, Ontario) with the Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC). Under the supervision of Drs. Bruno Lafrance and Daniel Kontak, Jordan spent two years working as a bedrock mapper for the Ontario Geological Survey (OGS) in the Wawa subprovince of the Superior craton studying Archean gold mineralisation. The study was of a multidisciplinary nature and integrated regional- to outcrop-scale structural field mapping with numerous geochemical and geochronological techniques. Jordan’s thesis provides an in-depth understanding of the metallogeny of the Wawa Gold Camp, and earned him the prestigious Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience award in 2016. His time spent working with the OGS also provided Jordan with an understanding of the roles that government geological surveys play in the mineral exploration industry.

The morning following his M.Sc. defence, Jordan departed for a 6 month journey to Africa. He spent a semester at the University of Limpopo (South Africa) as a visiting geoscience lecturer funded by the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee scholarship as part of the ‘Mining Life Cycle; Discovery, Development, and Remediation’ project. During his time in this position, Jordan was further exposed to Archean geology in the Kapvaal Craton and spent time visiting PGE mines and outcrops of the Bushveld complex. At semesters end, Jordan felt another backpacking trip was in order and spent 3 months travelling from South Africa northwards, eventually arriving in Addis Abbaba Ethiopia to catch his return flight to Canada.

Jordan comes to UWA and the CET as the inaugural recipient of the Dean’s Excellence in Science PhD Scholarship. Under the supervision of Drs. Steffen Hagemann, Anthony Kemp, and Nicolas Thébaud, he aims to understand fundamental issues regarding gold endowment and the timing and origin of mineralisation in the Archean Kalgoorlie Gold Camp of Western Australia. His research will focus on porphyritic intrusions in the Camp, and integrate outcrop- to camp-scale structural field mapping with detailed zircon geochemistry (i.e., U-Pb, Lu-Hf, O-isotope, REE), and other geochemical/geochronological techniques. The projected is funded by Newmont Asia Pacific and supported by Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines.