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Stanislav Ulrich

Adjunct Research Fellow

School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting

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  • July 2012 – date: Senior Manager – Structural Geology in Assets Development Brownfields team, AngloGold Ashanti Australia Limited, Perth
  • July 2011 – July 2012: Research Assistant Professor in the Centre of Exploration Targeting, University of Western Australia
  • From March 2001: 1 year Post-Doc research position in the Laboratoire de Tectonophysique, Universite de Montpellier II, France
  • September 2000 – June 2011: Research Fellow in the Department of Tectonics and Geodynamics, Geophysical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Head of the laboratory group
  • October 1994 – September 2011: Institute of Petrology and Structural Geology, Charles University, Prague, part time appointment
  • 1994-2000: PhD degree in Structural Geology, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • PhD thesis: Deformation microstructures and comparative rheology of marble and quartzite in natural strain and metamorphic gradient
  • 1989-1994: MSc degree in Geology, Komenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia

Key Research

In the AngloGold Ashanti, I am working in the role of Senior Manager – Structural Geology in the Assets Development Brownfields global team of technical specialists. The main task of the team is to collect and synthetise existing and new structural, geophysical and geochemical data in order to provide new targets for Brownfields operations. My further task is to train and mentor local geologists in techniques of structural geology and interpretations of geological observations. I collaborate with the Centre for Exploration Targeting at UWA as an Adjunct Research Fellow and co-supervisor of PhD theses.

In the Centre of Exploration Targeting I worked on the one-to-one research project with AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. The project focuses on controls on the genesis, geometry and location of the Obuasi, Siguiri and Sadiola gold deposits in West Africa within the context of the regional geological framework of the Paleoproterozoic Birimian terrane. I co-supervise three PhD students, Erwann Lebrun in Siguiri and Denis Fougerouse in Obuasi and Quentin Masurel in Sadiola. The project is a part of the AMIRA West African Exploration Initiative (WAXI) between research institutions, mining companies and governments of West African countries.

My PhD and further academic research was focused on understanding orogenic processes in lithosphere through detailed field structural and microstructural studies of deformed crustal as well as mantle rocks. I was dealing mainly with mechanical properties of rocks during natural deformation from orogenic zones. During my PhD, I learned new techniques of microstructural analysis and synthesized the field and lab data into a geotectonic model. In the Institute of Geophysics (IG) of the Czech Academy of Sciences, I combined field-oriented research of naturally deformed rocks with experimental investigation of petrophysical properties of rocks, such as micro-porosity in locations tested for a radioactive waste repository site.


Staněk M, Géraud Y, Lexa O., Špaček P., Ulrich S. and Diraison M., 2013. Elastic anisotropy and pore space geometry of schlieren granite: direct 3-D measurements at high confining pressure combined with microfabric analysis, Geophys. J. Int. 194 (1): 383-394 doi:10.1093/gji/ggt053

Kusbach V., Ulrich S., Schulmann K., 2012. Ductile deformation and rheology of sub-continental mantle in hot collisional orogen: example from the Bohemian Massif. Journal of Geodynamics 56-57, 108-123

Franěk J., Schulmann, K., Lexa O., Ulrich S., Štípská P., Haloda J., Týcová P., 2011. Origin of felsic granulite microstructure by heterogeneous decomposition of alkali feldspar and extreme weakening of orogenic lower crust during Variscan orogeny, Journal of Metramorphic Geology 29/1, 103-130.

Ulrich S., Konopásek J., Jeřábek P., Tajčmanová L., 2011. Transposition of structures in the Neoproterozoic Kaoko Belt (NW Namibia) and their absolute timing. International Journal of Earth Sciences 100/2-3, 415-429.

Janoušek V., Konopásek J., Ulrich S., Erban V., Tajčmanová L., Jeřábek P., 2010. Geochemical character and petrogenesis of Pan-African Amspoort suite of the Boundary Igneous Complex in the Kaoko Belt (NW Namibia), Gondwana Research 18, 688-707.

Machek M., Ulrich S., Janoušek V., 2009. Strain coupling between upper mantle and lower crust: natural example from the Běstvina granulite body, Bohemian Massif. Journal of Metamorphic Geology 27, 721-737.

Schulmann, K., Konopásek, J., Janoušek, V., Lexa, O., Lardeaux, J.-M., Edel, J.-B., Štípská, P., Ulrich, S., 2009. An Andean type Palaeozoic convergence in the Bohemian Massif. C. R. Geoscience 341, 266-286.

Schulmann, K., Martelat, J.-E., Ulrich, S., Lexa, O., Štípská, P. and Becker J. K., 2008. Evolution of microstructure and melt topology in partially molten granitic mylonite: Implications for rheology of felsic middle crust, Journal of Geophysical Research 113, B10406, doi:10.1029/2007JB005508.

Hasalová P., Schulmann K., Lexa O., Štípská P., Hrouda F., Ulrich S., Haloda J. and Týcová P., 2008. Origin of felsic migmatites by ductile shearing and melt infiltration: a new model based on quantitative microstructural analysis. Journal of Metamorphic Geology 26, 29-53.

Konopásek, J., Košler, J., Tajčmanová, L., Ulrich, S., Kitt, S.L. 2008. Neoproterozoic igneous complex emplaced along major tectonic boundary in the Kaoko belt (NW Namibia): ion probe and LA-ICP-MS dating of magmatic and metamorphic zircons. Journal of the Geological Society London 165/1, 153-166.

Závada, P., K. Schulmann, J. Konopásek, S. Ulrich, and O. Lexa (2007), Extreme ductility of feldspar aggregates — Melt-enhanced grain  boundary sliding and creep failure: Rheological implications for felsic lower crust, Journal of Geophysical Research 112, B10210, doi:10.1029/2006JB004820.

Machek M., Špaček P., Ulrich S., Heidelbach F., 2007. Origin and orientation of microporosity in eclogites of different microstructure studied by ultrasound and microfabric analysis. Engineering Geology 89, 266–277.

Ulrich S., Thompson A.B., Schulmann K., Casey M., 2006. Microstructure mechanism map of dynamically recrystallized marble, Tectonophysics 412/3-4, 173-182.

Ulrich S. and Mainprice D., 2005. Does cation ordering in omphacite influence development of lattice-preferred orientation? Journal of Structural Geology 27/3, 419-431.

Baratoux, L., Schulmann, K., Ulrich, S. and Lexa, O., 2005. Contrasting microstructure and deformation mechanisms in metagabbro mylonites contemporaneously deformed under different temperatures (c. 650°C and c. 750°C). In: Gapais, D., Brun, J.P. and Cobbold, P. (Eds.) Deformation mechanisms, Rheology and Tectonics: From Minerals to the Lithosphere. Geological Society, London, Special Publication 243, 97-125.

Špaček, P., Ulrich, S., Baratoux, L., Machek, M. (2004): Calculation of spatial distribution of seismic waves in rocks. Czechoslovak journal for physics 54, 233-235, (in Czech).

Ulrich S., Schulmann K. and Casey M., 2002. Microstructural evolution and rheological behaviour of marbles deformed at different crustal levels. Journal of Structural Geology 24/5, 979-995.