Dr Mark Pearce

Research Scientist

Contact details:

  • PO BOX 1130


Mark's research applies micro and nano-scale observations to understand geological processes associated with mineral deposits. He us currently working as part of the Advanced Resource Characterisation Facility with colleagues at Curtin University and The University of Western Australia to apply cutting-edge characterisation techniques to Australian ore deposits. Using atomic to thin-section scale analysis techniques allows the team to understand better the distribution of elements in rocks underpinning the larger-scale analysis methods widely used in mineral exploration.

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.

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Geoscience to Geometallurgy

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


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