An international leader in structural geoscience has been awarded a Western Australia Research Fellowship, based at The University of Western Australia's Centre for Exploration Targeting.
Adjunct Professor Mark Jessell is currently research director at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) in Toulouse, France. He has founded and led three international research teams in fundamental and industry-focused research areas, most recently the West African Exploration Initiative.
UWA Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Robyn Owens said the fellowship would enable Professor Jessell to build an international consortium of geoscientists working in the fields of 3D geological modelling and geophysical inversion.
"His specialised focus on advanced 3D modelling will enable greater success in identifying and discovering mineral deposits in Western Australia," Professor Owens said.
"Professor Jessell is already working in collaboration with geoscientists at UWA through his partnership in the industry-funded West African Exploration Initiative stage two.
"His presence here in Western Australia will ensure the translation of his expert knowledge and skills to local students and mine exploration stakeholders. With Perth hosting the second largest number of mining companies in the world, as well as those Australian companies undertaking mineral exploration in Africa, he is a key person to deliver cutting edge knowledge to their mining exploration.
"UWA is delighted to host this prestigious fellowship and acknowledges the State Government's support in funding such high-quality international researchers to work in WA."