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Luis Parra-Avila

Research Associate
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)

Contact details

Robert Street Building, Rm 210
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway

+618 6488 2771

Dr Luis A. Parra Avila, from Venezuela, earned his Bachelor degree in 2007 at the University of Central Missouri, then moved to the state of Illinois to work on his Masters’ degree, which he earned in 2010 at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. His Masters’ thesis involved Co-Ni enriched Mississippi Valley-type deposits in southeast Missouri. For the project, he had the support of The Doe Run Company.

After concluding his master degree, he decided to continue his education at the Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET), University of Western Australia, where he earned his PhD in 2016. His PhD project at CET focused on establishing the crustal tectonic history of the Paleoproterozoic Domain of the West African Craton across Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Ivory Coast and Guinea and its links to mineral deposits. The project was funded through the ARC linkage program and was part of the AMIRA West Africa Exploration Program (P934A).

In October of 2015, Luis joined the CCFS as a post-doctoral research associated. His research focused on evaluating zircon characteristics and its link to porphyry Cu deposits. The project seeks to develop new pathfinders to assist with the exploration of porphyry Cu deposits and to understand the difference between fertile and unfertile tectonic environments for such deposits.

In 2017 Luis started a new project to unravel the geologic history of Northern Thailand. This project focuses on the tectonic history (collision and amalgamation) of continental and arc terranes, including closure of ocean basins across the Sukhothai (arc) terrane, Nan Suture zone and western Indochina terrane.  This project follows and expands on existing work in the Loei-Phetchabun Foldbelt and mid-Triassic intrusive magmatism associated with subduction of Paleotethys seafloor beneath western Indochina. The project is multidisciplinary and will integrate new field-based data collection with state-of-the-art geochronological techniques, as well as geochemical and isotopic fingerprinting, to substantially build on previous petrological and geochemical studies in the region.  The results of this study will provide a geologically ‘young’ example of continental crustal evolution to compare with Archean and Proterozoic examples in Australia and other ancient cratonic regions elsewhere, as well as a context for understanding the formation of particular mineral deposits


Parra-Avila, L.A., Belousova, E., Fiorentini, M.L., Eglinger, A., Block, S., Miller, J., 2018. Zircon Hf and O-isotope constraints on the evolution of the Paleoproterozoic Baoulé-Mossi domain of the southern West African Craton. Precambrian Research 306, 174-188.

Mercedes E. Belica, Eric Tohver, Miquel Poyatos-Moré, Stephen Flint, Luis A. Parra-Avila, Luca Lanci, Steven Denyszyn, Sergei A Pisarevsky, 2017. Refining the chronostratigraphy of the Karoo Basin, South Africa: magnetostratigraphic constraints support an Early Permian age for the Ecca Group. Geophysical Journal International, v. 211, p. 1354–1374

André-Mayer, A-S., Eglinger, A., Le Mignot, E., Fontaine, A., Reisberg, L., Zimmerman, C., Miller, J., Jessell, J., McCuaig, T.C., Thebaud, N., Masurel, Q., Lebrun, E., Parra-Avila, L.A., Fougerouse, D., Siebenaller, L., Perrouty, S., Beziat, D., Baratoux, L., Salvi, S., Bourassa, Y., and Naba, S., 2017. Proterozoic West African gold: why ‘When’ leads to ‘Where’. Proceedings of the 14th SGA Biennal Meeting, v. 1, p. 15-18.

Parra-Avila, L.A., Fiorentini, M.L., and Eglinger, A., 2017. Southern Mali crustal evolution, a geochemical and isotopic study and its implications for the petrogenesis and metallogesis of the Rhyacian Baoulé-Mossi domain, southern West African Craton. Proceedings of the 14th SGA Biennal Meeting, v. 1, p. 269-272.

Parra-Avila, L.A., Kemp, A.I.S., Fiorentini, M.L., Belousova, E., Baratoux, L., Block, S., Jessell, M., Bruguier, O., Begg, G.C., Miller, J., Davis, J., McCuaig, T.C., 2017. The geochronological evolution of the Paleoproterozoic Baoulé-Mossi domain of the southern West African Craton. Precambrian Research 300, 1-27.

Block, S., Baratoux, L., Zeh, A., Laurent, O., Bruguier, O., Jessell, M., Ailleres, L., Sagna, R., Parra-Avila, L.A., Bosch, D., 2016. Paleoproterozoic juvenile crust formation and stabilisation in the south-eastern West  African  Craton  (Ghana);  new  insights  from  U-Pb-Hf  zircon  data  and  geochemistry. Precambrian Research, v. 287, p. 1-30.