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Joshua Chong

PhD student
School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting

Contact details

Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
School of Earth Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway


Joshua was born and raised on the sunny urban island of Singapore. It was there that he obtained a Diploma in Marine Offshore Technology at Ngee Ann Polytechnic and briefly worked in a shipyard for a short time. He decided to pursue his long-standing interest in both geology and archaeology and travelled to Perth to undertake a combined degree in those fields at the University of Western Australia (2018). A fascination with how the Earth’s mantle works naturally led to an Honours project under Marco Fiorentini (2019). The project revolved around working alongside an international assemblage of researchers including David Holwell and Daryl Blanks from the University of Leicester and Greg Derring from UWA to constrain the petrogenesis of sulfide mineralisation associated with the La Balma-Monte Capio intrusion in Northwestern Italy; and the role of localised earlier emplaced nodes enriched in metals, volatiles and alkalis may play in enriching through-faring magmas in the post-collisional lower crust.

Joshua’s PhD project is centred around the Nova-Bollinger Ni-Cu sulfide deposits in the Mesoproterozoic Albany-Fraser Orogen in Western Australia. The project is conducted under the supervision of Marco Fiorentini, Laure Martin and Naomi Tucker and looks to understand the role volatiles play in the transport and concentration of metals in the lower crust. This project will investigate and refine the metamorphic history associated with the Nova-Bollinger deposits and to identify the role garnets may play in Ni sulfide mineralisation.


Joshua Chong