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Dr Mark Pearce

Research Group Leader - Orebody Geoscience


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Mark leads the Orebody Geoscience Research Group made up of geologists, geophysicists, chemists, engineers and data scientists all working together to image orebodies and understand ore-forming processes across scales. His own research applies micro and nano-scale observations to identify vectors within ore systems and how we can leverage exploration data across the mining value chain. Mark is currently focused on developing applications for core-scale microbeam X-ray fluorescence mapping with the new Maia Mapper instrument and incorporating these results into multiscale orebody analysis.

Prior to joining CSIRO, Mark worked as a structural geologist examining large-scale folding in the northern Zagros Mountains and the application of digital mapping technologies to structural geology. This work followed his PhD at the University of Liverpool where he worked on the deformation and metamorphism of rock at high temperatures in the Scottish Highlands.

Alongside his scientific research and leadership responsibilities within CSIRO, Mark is a member of the Pride@CSIRO network and sits on the CSIRO Mineral Resources Diversity and Inclusion Committee to improve the working environment for all his colleagues.

Current Roles

  • Research Group Leader
    Ore Body Geoscience

Academic Qualifications

  • 2005

    MGeol (N. America)
    University of Leeds

  • 2009

    University of Liverpool

Professional Experiences

  • 2015-Present

    Research Scientist

  • 2009-2012

    Senior Research Geoscientist
    Geospatial Research Ltd.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2018-2018

    Science Excellence Award - Early Career Researcher
    CSIRO Mineral Resources


  • 2017-2020

    ARC Discovery Project 170101893: Wet and Stressed - Nature's mechanisms for leaching and remobilising metals

  • 2018-2019

    ARC LIEF Project 190100176: Cutting-edge electron backscatter diffraction for materials analysis

    Published data & software

    We have published items by Dr Mark Pearce