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Laura Petrella

PhD student
School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting

Contact details

Robert Street Building, Rm 205
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
School of Earth Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway

+61 8 6488 7152



Laura received a Bachelor degree in geoscience and an Applied Master’s degree in economic geology from the “Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais” in France in 2010. After graduation she worked for almost two years in Canada as a geologist for Québec’s geological exploration bureau. Laura then entered a research based MSc programme at McGill University in Montreal (Canada). Her Masters research focussed on rare-earths mineralisation in an igneous body of relatively rare composition in Northern Quebec. After completing this degree in 2012, she moved to Australia where she worked as an exploration geologist for three years before joining the CET as a PhD candidate early 2016. Laura's research focuses on the Callie world class gold deposit and adjacent satellites held by Newmont Asia Pacific. These deposits are hosted in the Granites-Tanami Goldfield located approximately 600 km NW of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Combining field based geology with high-end analytical techniques including but not limited to in-situ LASER ablation trace element sulphide analyses, isotopic geochemistry and geochronology (SHRIMP), the aim of this project is to establish the 4D structural evolution of the Callie and adjacent deposits via integrating the structural, temporal and alteration footprint of the deposits within the broader regional geological context. The research outcomes of this project aim at providing the holistic geological framework furthering resource delineation in existing deposits and supporting future exploration strategies.