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Ignacio González-Álvarez

Adjunct Research Fellow
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)

Contact details


CSIRO, Mineral Resources, Discovery Program
26 Dick Perry Av.
Kensington, WA 6151, Australia

+61 8 6436 8687



Brief background:

Ignacio did his BSc and MSc specializing on stratigraphy and basin analysis at the University of Oviedo, Spain; and did his PhD at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, on geochemistry, on trace element mobility in sedimentary rocks.

Ignacio worked in Industry in Australia and the University of Western Australia for several years leading research and exploration projects in four continents, and today he is the Leader for the Sedimentary basins Team in CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) in Australia.

His work at CSIRO involves the coordination of a diverse portfolio of multi-disciplinary projects and data integration in different regions in Australia, as well as projects in Papua New Guinea, Europe, South Africa, India and South America. At the present, his main research is focussed on landscape evolution, weathering processes, trace element mobility in the continental crust and multi-scale mineral exploration under cover

Research activities:

•    Trace Element Mobility in the Continental Crust (with special emphasis on sedimentary sequences)
•    Landscape Evolution, Weathering Processes, Critical zone/Regolith
•    Mineral exploration and geological data integration (specially in under cover environments)
•    Hydrothermal systems
•    Geoarchaeology


Selected Publications

(34) Chudasama, B., Thakur, S., Muralikrishanan, L.K., Porwal, A., González-Álvarez, I., Kreuzer, O.,  In Press.  Surficial uranium systems in Western Australia: Prospectivity modelling and quantitative estimates of resources Part 3 – Quantitative estimation of undiscovered resources. Ore Geology Reviewsdoi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2018.04.026

(33) Chudasama, B., Porwal, A.,González-Álvarez, I., Thakur, S., Kreuzer, O.,  In Press.  Surficial uranium systems in Western Australia: Prospectivity modelling and quantitative estimates of resources Part 2 – Prospectivity modelling and exploration targets. Ore Geology Reviewsdoi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2018.04.025

(32) Chudasama, B., Porwal, A., González-Álvarez, I., Thakur, S., Wilde, A., Kreuzer, O.,  In Press.  Surficial uranium systems in Western Australia: Prospectivity modelling and quantitative estimates of resources Part 1 – Origin of uranium deposits in surficial environments: A review. Ore Geology Reviewsdoi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2018.04.024

(31) González-Álvarez, I., Krapf, C., Fox, D., Noble, R., Reid, N., Verrall, M., Foss, C., Ibrahimi, T., Dutch, R., Jagodzinski, L., Cole, D., Lau, I., Robertson, J., Pinchand, G.T., 2018. Insights on landscape geochemistry in the Coompana region: implications for geochemical dispersion and mineral exploration through cover, 19–27. The Coompana Drilling Project: Progress towards understanding the crystalline basement beneath the Nullarbor Plain. In: R. Dutch, T. Wise, M. Pawley and A. Petts (Eds), Coompana Drilling and Geochemistry Workshop extended abstracts, Report Book 2018/19. Department for Energy and Mining, Adelaide, South Australia.

(30) González-Álvarez, I., King, A.R., Klump, J., Smith, G., Brønner, M., Pernreiter, S., Ibrahimi, T., 2018. Insights on the paradigms applied for mineral exploration in deeply weathered landscapes. 6–9. In: Krapf, C., Keeling, J., and Petts, A., (Eds), Proceedings for the 5th Australian Regolith Geoscientists Association Conference, Wallaroo, South Australia, Report Book 2018/11. Department of the Premier and Cabinet, South Australia, Adelaide.

(29) González-Álvarez, I., Salama, W., Ibrahimi, T., LeGras, M., 2017. Landscape geochemistry at DeGrussa, Western Australia. CSIRO, Mineral Resources Report, Western Australia, EP177127, 88p.

(28) Pirajno, F., González-Álvarez, I., Border, A., Porter, M., 2017. Mt Weld and Gifford Creek carbonatites and associated REE mineralisation, Western Australia: diversity in one rock type. Invited paper to AusIMM. Book chapter, Australian Ore Deposits Monograph 32, 163–166.

(27) González-Álvarez, I., Anand, R.R., Boni, M., (Editors) 2016. Mineral Exploration in Regolith-Dominated Terrains. Global considerations and challenges. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 73(3), Elsevier, 375-554, 179 pp. https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/ore-geology-reviews/vol/73/part/P3

(26) Salama, W., González-Álvarez, I., Anand, R.R., 2016. Implications of palaeoclimatic changes on regolith modelling for mineral exploration in the NE Albany-Fraser Orogen, Western Australia. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 73, 500–521.  doi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2015.07.024

(25) González-Álvarez, I., Ley-Cooper, Y., Salama, W., 2016. A geological assessment of airborne electromagnetics for mineral exploration through deeply weathered profiles: the southeast Yilgarn cratonic margin, Western Australia. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 73, 522–539.  doi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2015.10.029

(24) González-Álvarez, I., Salama, W., Anand, R.R., 2016. Sea-level changes and buried islands in a complex coastal palaeolandscape in the South of Western Australia: implications for greenfields mineral exploration. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 73, 475–499.  doi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2015.10.002

(23) Laukamp, C., Salama, W., González-Álvarez, I., 2016. Proximal and remote spectroscopic characterisation of regolith in the Albany-Fraser Orogen (Western Australia) using data. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 73, 540–554. doi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2015.10.003

(22) González-Álvarez, I., Boni, M., Anand, R.R., 2016. Mineral Exploration in Regolith-Dominated Terrains. Global considerations and challenges. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 73, 375–379.  doi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2015.11.017

(21) Porwal, A., Das, R.D., Chaudhary, B.R., González-Álvarez, I., Kreuzer, O.P., 2015. Fuzzy inference systems for prospectivity modelling of and a case study for prospectivity mapping of surficial uranium in Yeelirrie, Western Australia. Ore Geology Reviews 71, 839–852. doi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2014.10.016

(20) Pirajno, F., González-Álvarez, I., Chen, W., Kyser, K.T., Simonetti, A., Leduc, E., leGras, M., 2014. The Gifford Creek ferrocarbonatite Complex, Gascoyne Province, Western Australia, associated fenitic alteration and a putative link with the ~1070 Ma Warakurna LIP. Lithos 202-203, 100–119.  doi.org/10.1016/j.lithos.2014.05.012

(19) González-Álvarez, I., Anand, R.R., Hough, R., Salama, W., Laukamp, C., Swetapple, M., Ley-Cooper, Y., Sonntag, I., Lintern, M., Abdat, T., leGras, M., Walshe, J., 2014. Greenfields geochemical exploration in a regolith-dominated terrain: the Albany-Fraser Orogen/Yilgarn Craton margin. GSWA Report 144, 212 pp.

(18) Pirajno, F., González-Álvarez, I., 2013. The Ironstone Veins of the Gifford Creek Ferrocarbonatite Complex, Gascoyne Province, Western Australia. Geological Survey of Western Australia Record 2013/12, 19 pp.

(17) González-Álvarez, I., Pirajno, F., Kerrich R., (Editors) 2013. Hydrothermal nickel deposits: Secular variation and diversity, Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 52, Elsevier, 112 pp. https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/ore-geology-reviews/vol/52/suppl/C

(16) Lisitsin, V., González-Álvarez, I., Porwal, A., 2013. Regional prospectivity analysis for hydrothermal-remobilised nickel mineral systems in western Victoria, Australia. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 52, 100–112. doi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2012.04.001

(15) González-Álvarez, I., Sweetapple, M., Lindley, D., Kirakar, J., 2013. Hydrothermal Ni: Doriri Creek, Papua New Guinea. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 52, 37–57. doi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2012.10.001

(14) Pirajno, F., González-Álvarez, I., 2013. A re-assessment of the Epoch Ni deposit, Filabusi greenstone belt, Zimbabwe: a possible hydrothermal system. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 52, 58–65. doi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2012.11.005

(13) González-Álvarez, I., Pirajno, F., Kerrich, R., 2013. Hydrothermal nickel deposits: Secular variation and diversity, Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 52, 1–3. doi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2012.11.006

(12) Laird, J.S., Szymanski, R., Ryan, C.G., González-Álvarez, I., 2013. Labview based FPGA data acquisition with integrated stage and beam transport control. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 306, 71–75.  doi.org/10.1016/j.nimb.2012.12.045

(11) González-Álvarez, I., Kerrich, R., 2012. Weathering Intensity in Mesoproterozoic Drainage Basins of Laurentia: a comparative study in the Belt-Purcell Supergroup, Canada and USA. Precambrian Research 208-211, 174–196.  doi.org/10.1016/j.precamres.2012.04.008

(10) Godel, B., González-Álvarez, I., Barnes, S.J., Barnes, S.-J., Parker, P., Day, J., 2012. Sulfarsenides and sulfides associated with the nickel sulfide mineralization from the Rosie nickel prospect, Duketon Belt, Western Australia. Economic Geology 107, 275–294.  doi.org/10.2113/econgeo.107.2.275

(09) Jiménez-Sánchez, M., González-Álvarez, I., Requejo-Pagés, O., Domínguez-Cuesta, M.J., 2011. Enhancing rescue-archaeology using geomorphological approaches: archaeological sites in Paredes (Asturias, NW Spain). Geomorphology 132, 99–110.  DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2011.04034

(08) González-Álvarez, I., Kerrich, R., 2011. Trace element mobility in dolomitic argillites of the Mesoproterozoic Belt-Purcell Supergroup, Western North America. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75, 1733–1756.  doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2011.01.006

(07) González-Álvarez, I., Kerrich, R., 2010. REE and HFSE mobility due to protracted flow of basinal brines in the Mesoproterozoic Belt-Purcell Supergroup, Laurentia. Precambrian Research 177, 291–307.  doi.org/10.1016/j.precamres.2009.12.008

(06) González-Álvarez, I., Porwal, A., Beresford, S., McCuaig, T.C., Maier, W., 2010. Hydrothermal Ni Prospectivity Analysis of Tasmania, Australia. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 38, 168–183. doi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2010.04.003

(05) Porwal, A., González-Álvarez, I., Markwitz, V., McCuaig, T.C., Mamuse, A., 2010. Weights-of-evidence and logistic regression modeling of magmatic nickel sulfide prospectivity in the Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 38, 184–196. doi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2010.04.002

(04) Markwitz, V., Maier, W., González-Álvarez, I., McCuaig, T.C., Porwal, A., 2010. Magmatic nickel sulfide mineralization in Zimbabwe: Review of deposits and development of exploration criteria for prospectivity analysis. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 38, 139–155. doi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2010.07.004

(03) Manikyamba, C., Kerrich, R., González-Álvarez, I., Mathur, R., Khanna, T.C., 2008. Geochemistry of Paleoproterozoic black shales from the Intracontinental Cuddapah basin, India: implications for provenance, tectonic setting, and weathering intensity. Precambrian Research 162, 424–440.  doi.org/10.1016/j.precamres.2007.10.003

(02) González-Álvarez, I., Kusiak, M.A., Kerrich, R., 2006. A trace element and monazite chemical Th-U total Pb dating study in the lower Belt-Purcell Supergroup, western North America: provenance and diagenetic implications. Chemical Geology 230, 140–160. (Selected by Economic Geology as Interesting Paper in Other Journals in 2006).  DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2005.12.004

(01) Kusiak, M.A., Kedzior, A., Paszkowski, M., Suzuki, K., González-Álvarez, I., Doktor, M., Wajsprych, B., 2006. Provenance implications of Th–U–Pb electron microprobe ages from detrital monazite in the Carboniferous Upper Silesia Coal Basin, Poland. Lithos 88, 56–71. (Selected by Economic Geology as Interesting Paper in Other Journals in 2006).  doi.org/10.1016/j.lithos.2005.08.004