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Sam Ulrich

PhD student
School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting

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



Sam commenced his PhD in June 2016 under the supervision of Allan Trench and Steffen Hagemann. The research has morphed over time and is presently titled “Insights into the Economic Cost Structure of Gold Mining: From All-in Sustaining Costs to Quantifying Externalities.” It investigates the relationships between gold grade and costs in Australian underground gold mines. Then explores externalities such as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Australian gold mines, relating GHG emissions intensities to gold grade and production costs differentiating them by different ore sources. It looks at what companies are doing to reduce their GHG emissions and what the impact of declining gold grades will have on GHG emissions intensities.

Sam is presently putting Australia’s gold mining GHG emissions into a world context, exploring the competitiveness of the local industry to other major gold producers, and investigating the impact of a carbon price on the gold mining industry around the world.

Sam has a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Geology from the University of Otago, New Zealand and has completed a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment. For the last 25 years, he has worked in mineral exploration, resource development and consulting roles within Australia and Asia primarily in gold, base metals and uranium. He is a Member of Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (MAusIMM), Australian Institute of Geoscientists (MAIG) and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FFin).

Outside of university, Sam is a Principal Geologist with CSA Global an ERM Group company within their Corporate Services Division.