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Jon Hronsky

Adjunct Professor and Order of Australia Medal [OAM] recipient 2019

School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting


Contact details

Western Mining Services (Australia) Pty Ltd
Suite 26/17 Prowse St
West Perth WA 6005

P: +61 (0)8 9322 4601
M: +61 (0)417 992 518
+61 (0)8 9322 4602

Jon Hronsky has almost 30 years experience in the mining and mineral exploration industry. He is currently a Principal of Western Mining Services (WMS), a consultancy group with offices in Perth and Denver that provides strategic-level services to the global mineral exploration industry. In addition, Jon is a Director of Encounter Resources, a Western Australian focused base-metals junior explorer.

Prior to his current role, Jon was Manager of Strategy and Project Generation for BHP Billiton’s global mineral exploration group, and before that Global Geoscience Leader for WMC Resources.

Jon graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mining Geology from the West Australian School of Mines in Kalgoorlie in 1983 and completed a PhD at UWA under Professor David Groves in 1994.

His exploration targeting work led to the discovery in 2000 of the West Musgrave NiS province in WA. Jon was awarded the Gibb Maitland Medal in 2005, the highest award of the WA Division of the Geological Society of Australia and was the 2009 Society of Economic Geology Distinguished Lecturer.

Jon is also an Adjunct Professor at Macquarie university, Sydney and the Chair of the external advisory group to the CSIRO Discovery research theme,  within their “Minerals Down Under” research flagship.

Dr Hronsky was awarded an Order of Australia Medal [OAM] in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List, in recognition of his service to the mining sector.

Research Interests:

  • The Mineral System framework and elucidating the generic unifying factors that govern ore-forming systems
  • The  effective integration of technical geoscientific knowledge with the practical commercial process of mineral exploration to increase exploration success rates
  • The development of optimum  pragmatic targeting methodologies
  • Mineral exploration management


Significant Publications

HRONSKY J.M.A, GROVES D.I., LOUCKS R.R., BEGG G.C., 2012. A unified model for gold mineralisation in accretionary orogens and implications for regional scale targeting methods. Mineralium Deposita.

HRONSKY J.M.A., 2011. Self-organized critical systems and ore formation: The key to spatial targeting? Society of Economic Geology Newsletter, Vol. 84, 14-16.

BEGG G.C., HRONSKY J.M.A., ARNDT N.T., GRIFFIN W.L., O’REILLY S.Y., HAYWARD N., 2010 Lithospheric, cratonic and geodynamic setting of Ni-Cu-PGE sulfide deposits. Econ Geol 105: 1057-1070

MCCUAIG  T.C., BERESFORD S., and HRONSKY J.M.A., 2010. Translating the mineral systems approach into an effective exploration targeting system. Ore Geology Reviews, Vol. 38, 128-138.

BEGG G.C., GRIFFIN W.L., NATAPOV L.M., O'REILLY S. Y., GRAND S., O'NEIL C. J., HRONSKY, J.M.A, POUDJOM DJOMANI Y., DEEN T. and BOWDEN P., 2009.. The lithospheric architecture of Africa: Seismic tomography, mantle petrology and tectonic evolution. Geosphere 5;23-50. doi:10.1130/GES00179.1

GAO H., HRONSKY J., CAO D., LI R., ZHANG P., 2009.  An analysis on metallogenic model and ore-control factors of Jinchuan Cu-Ni (PGE) magmatic sulphide deposit and its exploration implications. Geology and Exploration, Vol. 45 (3), 218-228.

HRONSKY J.M.A., 2009. The exploration search space concept: key to a successful exploration strategy. Centre for Exploration Targeting Quarterly Newsletter No. 8., 14-15, June 2009

O’REILLY S.Y., ZHANG M., GRIFFIN W.L., BEGG G. and HRONSKY J.M.A., 2009.  Ultradeep continental roots and their oceanic remnants: A solution to the geochemical “mantle reservoir” problem? Lithos Vol. 211S, 1043-1054.

HRONSKY J.M.A and GROVES D.I., 2008.  Science of targeting: Definition, strategies, targeting and performance measurement. Australian Journal of Earth Science Vol. 55, 3-12.

ZHANG M., O’REILLY S.Y., WANG K-L., HRONSKY J. and GRIFFIN W.L., 2008. Flood basalts and metallogeny: The lithospheric mantle connection. Earth Science Reviews 86, 145-174.

SEAT Z., BERESFORD S.W., GRGURIC B.A., WAUGH R.S., HRONSKY J.M.A., GEE M.A., GROVES D.I. and MATHISON C.I., 2007. Architecture and emplacement of the Nebo-Babel Ni-Cu-PGE deposit, West Musgrave, Western Australia: A chonolithic gabbronorite-hosted magmatic sulfide system. Mineralium Deposita Vol. 42, 551-581.

GRGURIC B.A., ROSENGREN N.M., FLETCHER C.M. and HRONSKY J.M.A., 2006. Type 2 deposits: Geology, mineralogy and processing of the Mount Keith and Yakabindie orebodies, Western Australia. In Society of Economic Geologists Special Publication No. 13 Nickel Deposits of the Yilgarn Craton: Geology, Geochemistry and Geophysics Applied to Exploration. 119-138.

HRONSKY J.M.A and SCHODDE R.C., 2006. Exploration history of the Yilgarn Craton: From the Nickel Boom to today. In Society of Economic Geologists Special Publication No. 13  Nickel Deposits of the Yilgarn Craton: Geology, Geochemistry and Geophysics Applied to Exploration. 1-11.

SCHODDE R.C. and HRONSKY J.M.A., 2006.  The role of world-class mines in wealth creation. In Society of Economic Geologists Special Publication 12, 71-90.

GROVES D.I., CONDIE K.C., GOLDFARB R.J., HRONSKY J.M.A and VIELREICHER R.M., 2005. Secular Changes in Global Tectonic Processes and Their Influence on the Temporal Distribution of Gold-Bearing Mineral Deposits. Economic Geology  Vol.100, 203-224.

MCCUAIG  T.C. and HRONSKY J.M.A., 2000. The current status and future of the interface between the exploration research and economic geology research. Society of Economic Geology Reviews, Vol. 13, 553-559.