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James Davis

PhD student
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)

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Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway


James Davis is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Exploration Targeting, University of Western Australia (UWA). James received a BSc (Hons) in Geology from the University of Edinburgh in 2006 and a MSc in Mining Geology from the Camborne School of Mines (CSM) in 2007. James first started work at St Ives Gold Mine, near Kalgoorlie. At St Ives, time was spent working in exploration on various deposits including Athena, Hamlet and Neptune and production roles including underground geologist at Argo and production geologist overseeing mining through the original Victory, Defiance and Repulse underground mines in the Leviathan open pit. James has also worked in the high Artic (Greenland), Northern Kimberly and Northern Territory on various diamond and Au-Cu deposits, and worked as a consultant geologist for companies in Ghana and South America.

James has spent 4 years mapping out the Yanfolila Belt in Southern Mali, along with regional mapping transects through Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana as part of the WAXI2 project at the CET. This forms the basis of his PhD in “A stratigraphic and structural reconstruction of the Birimian Terrane in West Africa and implications for mineral systems”.

James’ research interests are multidisciplinary from the lithosphere to ore deposits geology. James’ main areas of expertise  include:
•    Structural controls on mineral systems
•    Timing of mineralisation in gold and copper systems
•    Integrations of geophysics with field mapping
•    Open pit and underground mapping, in a variety of weathered terranes.
•    Regional geological interpretations

•    Geochronological dating of ancient terranes (SHRIMP and LA-ICP-MS)