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Steve Garwin

Adjunct Professor

School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting

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Key Research

Steve obtained his B.S. from Stanford in 1984 and M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia in 1987, both degrees in the field of geology. He was awarded a Ph.D. in geology (with distinction) in 2001 from the University of Western Australia for a district-scale study of the Batu Hijau Cu-Au porphyry system in Sumbawa, eastern Indonesia. Steve has more than twenty-eight years of experience as an exploration geologist with large and small mining companies working in SE Asia, SW Pacific, North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, China and Russia. He has extensive knowledge of porphyry-, epithermal- and Carlin like-systems and applies methods of structural geology and geochemistry towards gold and base-metals exploration. Steve was employed by Newmont Mining for ten years, including more than two years as Chief Geologist–Nevada. Steve is now an independent geological consultant based in Perth, Australia and a technical advisor to several exploration groups.

Much of Steve’s consulting work focuses on using multiple datasets to assist in the discovery of mineral resources. He has been an adjunct research fellow at the Centre for Exploration Targeting at the University of Western Australia since 2001 and was appointed a visiting fellow at the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University in 2014.

Selected Publications

Garwin, S., Whistler, B., Poulsen, B., Vaca, S., Rohrlach, B., Ward, J., Silva, J., Rosero, B., and Cruz, A., 2015. The intrusions and vein-stages in the Eocene Alpala porphyry copper-gold deposit, northwestern Ecuador, in Congreso Geológico Chileno, La Serena, Chile, 4 - 8 October 2015.

Garwin, S., 2015. The tectonics, geology and gold-copper metallogeny of New Guinea, in PACRIM 2015 Congress, The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, publication series No 2/2015, p. 151-163.

Wawryk, C.M., Foden, J.D, and Garwin, S.L., 2015. Iron isotope fractionation in magmatic-hydrothermal minerals – a porphyry copper case study from the Batu Hijau deposit, Sumbawa, Indonesia, in PACRIM 2015 Congress, The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, publication series No 2/2015, p. 389-396.

Garwin, S., 2013.Tectonic and structural controls to porphyry and epithermal mineralization in the Cenozoic magmatic arcs of Southeast Asia and the West Pacific, in Vearncombe, J. (compiler), Bulletin No. 57, Australian Institute of Geoscientists Symposium, 27-29 May, 2013, Bali, Indonesia, p. 19-23.

Garwin, S., 2012. District-scale expression of intrusion-related hydrothermal systems near the Batu Hijau porphyry copper- gold deposit, Sumbawa, Indonesia, in N. I Basuki (ed.), Society of Indonesian Economic Geologists (MGEI) Annual Convention Symposium, Malang – Java, Indonesia, p. 133-158.

Fiorentini, M., and Garwin, S., 2010. Evidence of a mantle contribution in the genesis of magmatic rocks from the Neogene Batu Hijau district in the Sunda Arc, South Western Sumbawa, Indonesia, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, v. 159, no. 6, p. 819-837.

Garwin, S., Hall, R., and Watanabe, Y., 2005. Tectonic setting, geology and gold and copper mineralization in Cenozoic magmatic arcs of Southeast Asia and the west Pacific, in Hedenquist, J., Goldfarb, R. and Thompson, J. (eds.), Economic Geology 100th Anniversary Volume, Society of Economic Geologists, p. 891-930.