Contact Information

School: School of Earth Sciences
Address: The University of Western Australia, (M006) 35 Stirling Highway Perth WA 6009
Office Phone: +61 8 6488 7149


Polyanna obtained both bachelor and master degrees in geophysics at the University of Brasilia, Brazil. During her undergraduate degree, she acted as a Seismic Signal Analyst for the Seismological Observatory of the University of Brasília, with expertise in seismographic monitoring and reporting on the reservoir-triggered seismicity observed in Brazilian hydroelectric plants. This work provided her with the chance to participate in the Geophysical and Tectonic Research Group of the Brazilian National Institute of Science and Technology (INCT-ET), working mainly with Applied Geophysics, Geophysics of the Solid Earth, Integration of Geophysical and Geological Methods and Seismotectonics. She has been awarded a CAPES Scholarship for her master’s in 2015, provided by the Brazilian Government. Her master thesis concerned the structural characterization and geophysical modelling of a Paleo/Mesoproterozoic rift-sag basin located in the north-eastern part of the Brasilia Fold Belt from gravity and magnetic data.
Her PhD project is entitled “Geodynamics and basin evolution of the Paterson Orogen based on 3D geophysical modelling and data inversion”. This project is part of the granted MRIWA M521 project entitled “Lithospheric and crustal-scale controls on multi-stage basin evolution: Impacts on Mineralising Systems”. She is working on new technological solutions for integrating geophysical, petrological, geochemical, and petrophysical data to improve the efficiency of mineral exploration across the Canning Basin and Paterson Orogen. The results of her work will help to support the discovery of the next generation of mineral deposits in Western Australia and may have a significant impact on our understanding of basement–basin inversion–mineralization systems around the world.

PhD Project

3D geophysical and geological modelling of the inter-plate region between the West and North Australian Cratons

Additional Information

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Additional Links: MRIWA PhD Scholarship for Women (2019) - Polyanna Moro