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Ignacio González-Álvarez

Adjunct Research Fellow

School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting

Contact details


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

+61 8 6436 8687




Ignacio completed his BSc and MSc at the University of Oviedo, Spain, specializing in stratigraphy and basin analysis; and completed his PhD at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, focussing in geochemistry.

Ignacio then worked in industry in Europe and Australia, and in academia as an Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia. He is currently Principal Geochemist at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) in Perth, Australia. He has conducted research or mineral exploration projects on five continents, including Canada, USA, Papua New Guinea, China, Europe, South Africa, India and Brazil.

Ignacio’s work at CSIRO involves the coordination of a diverse portfolio of multi-disciplinary and data integration projects in different regions within Australia. At present, his main research is focussed on landscape evolution, weathering processes, trace element mobility in continental crust and mineral exploration under cover. He is a panel member of several diverse non-profit organizations that promote Earth Sciences, an adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, and an Associate Editor of Journals such as Ore Geology Reviews and Minerals.


Selected Publications

(36) Chudasama, B., Porwal, A., Wilde, A., González-Álvarez, I., Aranha, M., Akarapu, U., Hirsch, M., Becker, E., Accepted. Namibian calcrete uranium province: palaeodrainage mapping and prospectivity analysis. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue.

(35) Noble, R., González-Álvarez, I., Reid, N., Krapf, C., Pinchand, T., Fox, D., Ibrahimi, T., Cole, D., Lau, I., 2019. Coompana geochemistry – results from rapid Surface characterisation and a Deep vertical profile. MESA Journal 89 2019 – Issue 1, 4-14.

(34) González-Álvarez, I., Salama, W., Hilliard, P., Ibrahimi, T., leGras, M., Rondón-González, O., 2019. Landscape evolution and geochemical dispersion of the DeGrussa Cu-Au deposit, Western Australia. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue 105, 487–513, doi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2018.12.008

(33) Porwal, A., González-Álvarez, I., (Editors) 2019. Geologic Remote Sensing. Ore Geology Reviews Special Issue, Elsevier, 108, 158 pp. https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/ore-geology-reviews/vol/108

(32) Porwal, A., González-Álvarez, I., 2019. Introduction to special issue on geologic remote sensing. Ore Geology Reviews 105, 216-222. doi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2018.12.001

(31)  Anand, R.R., Hough, R.M., Salama, W., Aspandiar, M.F., Butt, C.M.R., González-Álvarez, I., Metalka, V., 2019. Gold and pathfinder elements in ferricrete gold deposits of the Yilgarn Craton of Western Australia: A review with new concepts. Ore Geology Reviews 104, 294–355. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2018.11.003

(30) Chudasama, B., Porwal, A., González-Álvarez, I., Thakur, S., Wilde, A., Kreuzer, O., 2018.  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 Reviews 102, 906–936. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2018.04.024

(29) 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.

(28) Godel, B., Barnes, S., González-Álvarez, I., Fiorentini, M., Le Vaillant, M., (Editors) 2016. 13th International Ni-Cu-PGE Symposium. Fremantle, Australia, Abstracts: Geological Survey of Western Australia, Record 2016/13, 80 pp. http://dmpbookshop.eruditetechnologies.com.au/product/13th-international-ni-cu-pge-symposium-fremantle-australia-abstracts.do

(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) 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

 (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) 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

(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