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Helen McFarlane

Research Fellow 

School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting

Contact details

Robert Street Building, Rm 211 
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
School of Earth Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway

+61 8 6488 6794


Research Output / Publications
UWA Research Repository

Research profile:

Helen McFarlane currently holds a post-doctoral position as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Exploration Targeting at the University of Western Australia. Her current research, conducted under the supervision of Professor Steffen Hagemann, focuses on the structural modification and associated remobilization of the San Vicente MVT deposit during the Andean Orogeny. Helen is using a multi-disciplinary approach that integrates structural geology, basin architectural studies and 3D modelling to provide insight into the paragenesis of the San Vicente deposit and the role of deformation during its evolution. 

Helen completed her BEnvSc (Honours) at Monash University in 2011, followed by a position as a student geologist/independent contractor at MMG’s Rosebery polymetallic base metal deposit in western Tasmania. She returned to her studies in 2013 to commence an ambitious PhD project under a Joint Award (Cotutelle) program between Monash University, Australia and Université Paul Sabatier -Toulouse III (France) under the supervision of Laurent Ailleres (Monash, Australia), Peter Betts (Monash, Australia), Mark Jessell (UWA, Australia/ UPS, France), Jérôme Ganne (GET-UPS, France) and Lenka Baratoux (IFAN, Senegal/UPS, France). The project was entitled “The geodynamic and tectonic evolution of the Palaeoproterozoic Sefwi Greenstone Belt, West African Craton.” The study formed part of the larger West African Exploration Initiative (WAXI).  encompassed a multi-scale and multi-disciplinary approach combining field mapping, structural geology, structural geophysics, metamorphic petrology and P-T modelling, geochemistry and geochronology.

Helen moved to UWA in February 2018 for a post-doctoral project with  Prof. Mark Jessell, examining the 3D architecture of the Sefwi Belt and developing one of the first complete tectonic reconstructions of the West African Craton using GPlates.



MCFARLANE, H. B., AILLERES, L., BETTS, P., GANNE, J., BARATOUX, L., JESSELL, M. W. & BLOCK, S. 2019. Episodic collisional orogenesis and lower crust exhumation during the Palaeoproterozoic Eburnean Orogeny: Evidence from the Sefwi Greenstone Belt, West African Craton. Precambrian Research, 325, 88-110

GANNE, J., FENG, X., MCFARLANE, H., MACOUIN, M., ROUSSE, S., NABA, S., TRAORÉ, A. & HODEL, F. 2018. When Proterozoic Crusts Became Thick: New Insights from Magma Petrology. Geosciences, 8, 428.