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Maria Cherdantseva

PhD student
School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting

Contact details

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



Maria was born in Kyrgyzstan, and then relocated to Novosibirsk, Russia to get higher education. She received her B.Sc (2013) and M.Sc. (2015) from the Novosibirsk State University. Her research project has been dedicated to study of compositions of base metal sulfides, precious metal and platinum group minerals in Cu-Ni-PGE deposits. In particular, she investigated the distribution patterns of trace elements in sulfide droplets from gabbroid intrusions in Mongolia and Kazakhstan. Moreover, Maria has been the president of The SGA Siberian Student Chapter for 5 years; she organized several student field trips to different mineral deposits in Russia. Upon graduation, Maria took an opportunity to work in industry and got a position of an exploration geologist at Ltd “Norilskgeologia” (subsidiary of Ltd “Norilsk Nickel”, Saint Petersburg, Russia). Her work in mining company was focused on management of exploration and research projects on Cu-porphyry deposits in Russian Far East. Thus, Maria’s research interests lie in study of magmatic petrology, mineralogy, ore geology and field geology.

Maria joined the CET in November 2019. She is going to work on the exciting and challenging project in Greenland under the supervision of Marco Fiorentini and Nicolas Thebaud. The project aims at applying the latest whole-rock and in-situ mineral chemistry techniques to unveil the potential for the picrites of Disko Island to host significant nickel-sulfide mineralisation. The project will focus on understanding any sulfide saturation processes that may have occurred and link geochemical signatures with the emplacement dynamics of pipe conduits hosted in a wide range of country rocks.