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Mark Jessell

Winthrop Professor / WA Fellow
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)

Contact details

Robert Street Building, Rm 114
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway

+618 6488 5803
+61 (0) 428 082 004

Mark Jessell is a structural geologist and previously a Research Director at the Institute de Recherche pour le Développement in Toulouse, France. Mark received his BSc in Geology from Leicester University in 1980, an MSc in Structural geology and Rock Mechanics from Imperial College, London in 1981 and a PhD from SUNY Albany, New York in 1986. He moved to Monash University in 1987 as a Postdoctoral Fellow and took up a position there as a Lecturer in 1990. In 2005 he was appointed a Research Director at the Institute de Recherche pour le Développement, charged with the development of research and training programs in Africa, including his leadership of the West African Exploration Initiative, a program involving over 40 research and industry partners.

His research interests are divided between the tectonics and mineralisation of West Africa, the development of advanced 3D geological modeling techniques and the numerical simulation of microstructure evolution in rocks. In the realm of microstructure evolution his current research is focused on the evolution of two-phase systems at high strain. He is currently a Western Australian Fellow and Winthrop Professor based at CET.    


Relevant publications 

Wellmann, J.F., de la Varga, M., Murdie, R.E., Gessner, K. Jessell, M.W., 2017, Towards the integration of geophysical and structural geological data into geological modelling of mineral deposits in a Bayesian framework using the Sandstone Greenstone Belt, Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia as an example. GSL Special Issue Gessner, K., Blenkinsop, T. G. & Sorjonen-Ward, P. (eds) Characterization of Ore-Forming Systems from Geological, Geochemical and Geophysical Studies. Geological Society, London, Special Publications https://doi.org/10.1144/SP453.12 

Jessell, M.W., Begg, G.C., Miller, M.S., 2016, The Geophysical Signatures of the West African Craton. Precambrian Research. 274, 3-24. 10.1016/j.precamres.2015.08.010 (citations 3)

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