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Dr Mark Pearce

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Mark leads the Characterisation Program in CSIRO's Mineral Resources Business Unit. This program provides a wide range of cutting-edge analytical expertise that underpins research across the mining value chain. Mark's uses his own research experience in quantitative microstructural analysis and mineral chemistry and draws on world leading expertise from across his Program to ensure Mineral Resources' analytical capability is second to none.

Mark is a leading expert in applying micro and nano-scale observations to understand geological processes and has worked on diverse mineral systems from across Australia including gold, base metals and critical minerals. He has also applied his knowledge of mineral structure and chemical processes to interpret extreme geological environments found in meteorite impacts.

Mark joined CSIRO as a postdoc in 2012 and has led teams in exploration geology, orebody geoscience. 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. Since 2023 he has been a governing councillor for the Geological Society of Australia.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2005

    MGeol (N. America)
    University of Leeds

  • 2009

    University of Liverpool

Professional Experiences

  • 2018-2022

    Group Leader - Orebody Geoscience

  • 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

  • 2021-2024

    ARC Linkage Project 200200897: Unravelling multi-scale processes leading to high grade gold mineralisation

  • 2018-2019

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

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2023-Present

    GSA Governing Council

  • 2018-Present

    Mineral Resources Diversity and Inclusion Committee

  • 2017-2023

    Mineral Resources Science Committee

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