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Constanza Jara Barra

PhD student
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)

Contact details

Robert Street Building, Rm 222
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway


+61 455 120 538



Coni is from Concepción, Chile, where she got her Geology degree at Universidad de Concepción on 2007. She did her Honors Thesis studying the Petrological Relationship between Eocene intrusions at Northern Chile and their relationship with the Zaldivar porphyry deposit, part of the Eocene Escondida-Zaldívar Cluster.
She is proud to be part of Barrick Exploration Team, where she worked from 2009 to 2015 acquiring field mapping, core logging and geological modeling interpretation expertise on different projects and scales, at Au-rich porphyries and HS Epithermal Au-Ag deposits of the Chilean and Argentinean Andes.
With Barrick’s kind sponsorship and support, she enrolled at UWA on June, 2015 in order to pursue a PhD degree. Her project “Gold Pathways: evolution of the lithospheric to crustal architecture of the El Indio Belt, Chile – Argentina” aims at establishing and linking the near-surface, basement, and sub-continental lithospheric structures in an integrated structural and geodynamic model for the prolific El Indio belt, in order to identify the fundamental controls on the location and formation of the giant high-sulfidation epithermal gold deposits, which include Pascua-Lama and Veladero mine. This study will also provide a case study supporting the Mineral System and Self Organized Critical Systems concept.  

She is passionate about Science, loves to travel and doing outdoor activities, including (but not limited to): trekking, mountaineering, rock climbing, mountain biking and scuba diving!