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Lara Ramos

PhD student
School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting

Contact details

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

+61 8 6488 3423


My PhD project is focused on the Bryah and Padbury Basins which is situated in the southern Capricorn Orogeny in Western Australia. The Capricorn Orogen is currently the target of a major multi-institution research project that aims the understanding of the distal footprint of giant ore systems, and how these systems can be imaged in common geological and geophysical datasets. My research comprises geophysical and geological data collection programs and re-analysis of existing data to characterize geology, basin geometry and geophysical signatures of the basin and relationships of these to mineral occurrences. Understanding of the Bryah and Padbury basins geological features, including primary sedimentary structure, subsequent deformation events and basement controls on sedimentation is pertinent to this study. The project also seeks the understanding of the ore-forming processes that operate in these basins, with the identification of signatures related to these in geophysical data. Datasets used for this study will include radiometric, aeromagnetics, ASTER, Landsat TM, gravity, magnetotellurics and seismic data.

This project aims to generate new approaches to detecting mineralizing systems that will aid in exploration practices that may lead to increased discovery rates. I will be working under the supervision of Alan Aitken, Sandra Occhipinti and Mark Lindsay.

I have a BSc degree in Geology in 2005 and MSc in Exploration and Economic Geology in 2010 from the University of Brasilia. My master research was focusing on applied geophysics to mineral exploration and geological mapping and resulted in the dissertation entitled: “Airborne Gamma-Ray and Magnetic Data Applied to Geological Mapping and Gold Prospection in Fazenda Nova Region, East Portion of the Arenópolis Magmatic Arc”.

I have worked with geological mapping and core logging in mineral exploration of base metals in different regions of Amazon, and have experience with airborne and ground geophysical data processing for mineral industry. I started my PhD project with CET in October 2015. I am seeking to improve my knowledge in applied geophysics, as it is an increasingly powerful tool for mineral exploration.