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Rebecca Montsion

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


Rebecca (Becki) Montsion is a cotutelle PhD Candidate at the University of Western Australia’s Center for Exploration Targeting (CET) in Perth, Australia and Laurentian University’s Mineral Exploration Research Center (MERC) in Sudbury, Canada.  Her work focuses on improving mineral exploration using computer-based techniques and multi-disciplinary geoscientific datasets. Her current research includes developing feature extraction techniques to gain new geological knowledge from legacy data such as geospatial compilations, structural databases, and geochemical analyses. Additionally, her work will investigate techniques to quantitively map gold and Ni-Cu-PGE prospectivity while focusing on knowledge gathering and uncertainty estimation.  A comparative study in the gold-rich Abitibi Province of the Superior Craton, near Timmins, Ontario and the Western Wabigoon Province, near Dryden, Ontario, will be used to demonstrate new techniques and investigate factors controlling gold mineralization in Precambrian greenstone belts.

Recently, Becki has been awarded several scholarships in recognition of her PhD research and contributions to mineral exploration. These include the Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Post-Graduate Scholarship (2020-2023), the Canadian Federal Government’s Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (2020), the Prospector and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) Joan Bath Bursary for Advancement in the Mineral Industry (2019), Young Mining Professionals (YMP) and Orefinder’s Innovation in Mining Scholarship (2019), and the Goodman School of Mines Fellowship (2018).

Rebecca has 6 years of experience with geological 3D modelling and geostatistical analyses. In 2017, she completed a Master’s of Science in Earth Science at the University of Ottawa, where she tested 3D geological modelling methods in regionally extensive and structurally complex settings. She worked as a research assistant for four years with the Geological Survey of Canada in their 3D Earth Imaging and Modelling group and as a geospatial specialist with MERC. In 2017 Rebecca and a team of young geoscientists also won the 2017 Frank Arnott Award Challenge in the ‘experienced’ category.

Rebecca Montsion