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Nicolas Mériaud

PhD student
School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting

Contact details

Robert Street Building - Room 205
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
School of Earth Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway

+61 8 6488 1241 


Born and raised in France, Nicolas received a BSc. in Geology at the University of Bordeaux in 2011. Nicolas then took on the opportunity to go undertake his MSc in economic geology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada). His MSc project focused on a deposit-scale study of the Wasamac gold deposit in the Rouyn-Noranda area. The applied research was supervised by Prof. Michel Jébrak and consisted in a multiscale and multidisciplinary study to pull apart the structural and alteration history of the gold deposit. Nicolas’ research led to suggest a two-stage ore-forming process including early intrusion-related gold overprinted by orogenic gold mineralization (Paper status: submitted to Ore Geology Reviews and currently in review).

Nicolas’ desire to come live and study in Western Australia became true right at the end of his MSc degree in June 2016 when he was granted the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS). Nicolas will spend the next 3 years working on an exciting and challenging project in West Africa under the supervision of Nicolas Thébaud, Mark Jessell, Quentin Masurel, and Alain Kouamelan. The PhD project is part of the broader West African Exploration Initiative (WAXI-3). Nicolas will aim to establish the 4D evolution of the Bonikro-Agbaou gold camp via integrating the structural, metamorphic, magmatic and hydrothermal alteration history of the gold deposits within the Oumé-Fétékro greenstone belt context. Additional constraints will be obtained from focussed geochronology, whole rock geochemistry, and interpretation of geophysical data sets. The research outcomes will help resource delineation in existing deposits and support exploration targeting at both the brownfields and greensfields scales.