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Madeleine Ince

PhD student
School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting

Contact details

Robert Street Building - Room 226
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
School of Earth Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway


Madeleine completed her Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) in 2018 at UWA with a geology and marine science double major which included a semester abroad at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver).  Although she should have probably spent her summers doing internships, she spent them travelling to North America, South America and Europe where she gained an appreciation of how little she knew about geological processes around the world, which motivated her to continue studying.

Her honours project focused on small orthomagmatic Ni-Cu deposits in Northern Czech Republic and focused on characterising these deposits through geochemistry, sulfur isotope analysis and U-Pb isotope analysis to understand the geodynamic environment at the time of emplacement.

In 2019, she continued her studies at UWA and started a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Steffen Hagemann and A. Prof. Marco Fiorentini. Her project focuses on Cu-Au porphyry systems of the Argentinian Central Andes and aims to examine the petrogenesis of different porphyry intrusions, including the Bajo de la Alumbrera and Taca Taca deposits, and link this to Cu-Au mineralisation. She will be tackling some fundamental questions in the region, including why some systems are more mineralised than others, what the physico-chemical conditions of magma formation are and the source of magma/metals/sulfur in the studied systems, and what the geodynamic evolution actually looked like in the Oligocene to late Miocene period. This will be investigated through a combination of fieldwork, petrography and isotope geochemistry, with a focus on U-Pb geochronology, stable isotope analyses and Lu-Hf systematics of zircons from mineralising and barren porphyries within the Bajo de la Alumbrera and Taca Taca systems.

Madeleine Ince