Dr Heather Sheldon

Senior Research Scientist

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Using numerical models to investigate the formation of mineral deposits and the behaviour of geothermal/groundwater systems.

  • 2016 - present: CSIRO, Canberra, Australia
  • 2003 - 2016: CSIRO, Perth, Australia
  • 1999 - 2003: PhD "Numerical modelling of reactive fluid flow and deformation in geological systems". University of Liverpool, UK

Current research activities:

  • Collaborative project with the Northern Territory Geological Survey investigating controls on the McArthur River Zn-Pb mineral system
  • Development of PorousFlow module for MOOSE (Multiphysics Object Oriented Simulation Environment), enabling simulation of coupled deformation, fluid flow, heat and solute transport. MOOSE is an open source, parallel finite element framework that has been designed to solve coupled partial differential equations simultaneously, such as those that govern geological processes.

Past research activities:

  • CSIRO Groundwater Cooling project (using groundwater to cool the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre)
  • Western Australian Geothermal Centre of Excellence (exploring options for low-temperature geothermal energy in Western Australia)
  • Predictive Mineral Discovery Cooperative Research Centre

Other Interests

  • Groundwater
  • CO2 sequestration
  • Reactive transport modelling

Academic Qualifications

  • 2003

    University of Liverpool


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