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Leigh Bettenay

Adjunct Research Fellow

School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting

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Leigh completed his PhD at UWA in 1976, examining the geochemistry of granitoid rocks in the Yilgarn. After consulting through the gold boom of the 1980’s, he joined BHP as a geochemist then moved to MIM to take the position of Chief Geochemist, where he was involved in exploration for base metals and gold in 9 different countries. Subsequently he became Chief Geologist at Homestake Australia and later at Sipa Resources. In 2009 he was involved in successfully floating a new uranium explorer Energia Minerals Ltd. As Energia’s Director of Exploration and Development he led the technical team responsible for defining a significant new resource of uranium oxide at Carley Bore in the Carnarvon Basin. He left Energia in 2013 and is now involved in research and part-time consulting.

Research Interests:

  • Primary and secondary geochemical dispersion around mineral deposits
  • Metal speciation in soils
  • Interpretation techniques for geochemical data
  • Contribution of metals and mining to early societies