School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting
Robert Street Building
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
School of Earth Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
+61 439 413 575
Valérie commenced as a MPhil candidate with the CET in February 2015. Her Master’s project is aligned with other studies nested within the ‘Capricorn Distal Footprint of Giant Ore Systems’ project to achieve the greater aim of expanding the detectable footprint of mineralisation under cover as part of a larger framework initiative of the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) and Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA) co-funded program that aims to greatly reduce the risk and expense of mineral exploration in the future.
The primary objective of her research is to expand the detectable footprint of mineralisation under cover by: 1) developing a conceptual hydrogeological model of the Fortnum, Peak Hill and Horseshoe Lights Cu/Au and Au deposits within the Bryah and Padbury basins to better understand the interaction of groundwater with aquifer minerals; 2) compiling and analysing existing hydrogeological and groundwater geochemical data within the Bryah and Padbury basins, complimented by additional groundwater sampling to determine hydrogeochemical patterns, particularly related to distal footprints of alteration and mineralisation related to these deposits; and 3) compare the hydrogeochemical analyses to regional lithogeochemistry and high resolution geophysical data to define regional background, and to samples of ore and related hydrothermal alteration from mineral deposits to determine pathfinder element suites for this and similar ore systems.
Valérie completed her undergraduate BASc (Hons) in Geological Engineering at The University of Waterloo in Canada in 1994. Since then, she has gained more than 15 years of experience as a hydrogeologist on geothermal, environmental, mining, oil & gas, land development and CCS related projects throughout Canada and Australia. Her technical experience includes: resource studies input for mine and land development sites including dewatering, water supply and hydrogeological assessments. She has also worked for several years in the Oil and Gas industry, primarily involved in environmental site characterisations, hydrocarbon and process water delineation and basin hydrodynamic analyses. Other projects includes hydrogeological assessment of groundwater dependent ecosystems (Northern Perth Basin), basin hydrodynamic analysis of the North West Shelf and Timor Sea, and hydrodynamic study related to CO2 geosequestration in the Gippsland Basin. As part of her curriculum at Golder Associates Pty Ltd (Australia), she was involved in developing the geothermal energy and geosequestration initiatives in Australia.
In her spare time, Valérie is a member of the WA Floral Art Society where she actively participates in judging, demonstrating and competing throughout WA. She also enjoys combat and defense style sports such as Zen do Kai and Krav Maga. She is currently training to obtain her brown belt in Zen do Kai in September 2016.