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Aileen Robert

PhD student
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)

Contact details

Robert Street Building, Rm 204
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway

+61 8 6488 1241


I’m Aileen Mirasol-Robert, I was born and raised in the Philippines.  At an early age, I was already fascinated with the diverse geologic events that we experience in my country and with the eagerness to understand these processes I took Geology for my studies. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Geology at the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 2003.  With a strong passion for scientific research, I stayed in the academia, teaching undergraduate geology courses in the same university while doing an MSc degree and research focused on geo-hazards and geomorphology. 

I moved to Europe in early 2007 and explored France. In 2008, I was selected to do an MSc (hons) in System Earth Modelling and awarded with the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.  My MSc focused on the applications of computer models to the different disciplines in the geosciences: geo-hazards, hydrological and geological systems, mineral and petroleum exploration.  I became very interested on the combination of field and remote sensing data to create 2D and 3D mineral maps and models used for mineral exploration studies, also on the dynamics of fluids and their different behaviours seen through computer models. My MSc thesis is entitled, “Analysis of Submarine Groundwater Discharge to Manila Bay: 3D Density Dependent Hydrogeological Modelling of the South-eastern coastal zone of Bataan, Philippines.” After completing my degree in 2010, I was hired by Deltares as a trainee and worked on hydrological models in West Flanders (Belgium and Netherlands) and Dodo Project in Mauritius. 

December last year, I was granted with an IPRS Scholarship which brings me to UWA to do a research project supervised by Campbell McCuaig, Paul Greenwood, Kliti Grice (CU) and Caroline Jaraula (CU). My PhD project is part of the CSIRO National Research Flagship “Minerals Down Under” – Organic Geochemistry of Mineral Systems Cluster.  I will focus on field characterisation of Australian gold deposits.  This research aims to investigate the role of organic matter in the actual source, transport and deposition of gold.