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Dr Jane Hodgkinson

Senior Research Scientist


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Jane Hodgkinson is a senior research scientist CSIRO Mineral Resources and Team Leader for the Mining Geoscience Team in the Sustainable Mining Technologies Program.

Jane qualified as a geologist in has worked at CSIRO for 16 years on environmental, geological and plantary resources projects. She has performed geomorphology and mine and resource modelling, data analysis techniques using self-organising maps (SOM) and multiple-criteria analyses, Vulcan, coal quality assessments and geosequestration (CO2 storage) projects.

Jane is currently working on in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) - the exploration, collection and use of extra-terrestrial resources for use in space. Working in the Space Technologies Future Science Platform (FSP), Jane and her colleagues are investigating technology options for ISRU. She is a member of the Science Working Groups of the ISECG (International Space Exploration Coordination Group) and co-supervises a PhD student at Swinburne University of Technology who is looking at lunar regolith mechanics. Jane has completed the Space Resources Professional Course at the International Space Agency/Colorado School of Mines and Luxembourg Space Agency.

Working with coal mining companies in Queensland and New South Wales, Jane has been exploring alternative uses of coal, and value from mining waste streams to support the circular economy, while seeking critical minerals in those materials, to support the low-carbon economy and reduce waste. She has led projects developing knowledge and tools related to climate adaptation in mining, to reduce downtime and hazards associated with climate extremes and climate change.

Prior to her career in geology and science, Jane worked in the London money markets in financial, commodities and futures trading and compliance. She moved to Australia in 2002 after completing her BSc (Hons) in Geology. (Birkbeck, London). At Queensland University of Technology Jane completed her PhD in Geology and Geomorphology.

Jane has co-authored two books with Professor Frank Stacey, physicist and fellow at CSIRO: The Earth as a Cradle for Life (2013) and the Practical Handbook of Earth Science, (2017) and co-authored a chapter in Transitioning to a Prosperous, Resilient and Carbon-free Economy (2018).

Other Interests

Jane is a fellow of the Geological Society (London, UK), and a member of AusIMM, the ASEG and the Geological Society of Australia. She is particularly interested in geohazards including earthquakes and volcanoes and is a very amateur astronomer and interested in anything spacey!. Jane also owns several typewriters and masquerades in her free time as a fiction writer.

Jane speaks conversational German and French and is learning conversational Russian.

Jane can be found on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2009

    PhD (Geology and Geomorphology)

  • 2003

    BSc (Hons 1) Geology
    - Birkbeck College University of London

Other highlights

  • 2013-2013

    Co-author of book with Prof Frank Stacey The Earth as a Cradle for Life, Published by World Scientific Press

  • 2018-2018

    Co-authored chapter in Transitioning to a Propserous, Resilient and Carbon-free Economy, Cambridge University Press

  • 2017-2017

    Co-authored book with Prof Frank Stacey: Practical Handbook of Earth Science, CRC Press

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2018-2020

    Energy Culture Committee

  • 2022-Present

    CMR Science Council

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