Dr Sam Spinks

Senior Research Geoscientist

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Sam is an exploration and mining geologist with expertise in base metal and gold mineral systems in sedimentary basins and regolith-dominated terranes. His research interests are broad but keys areas of focus are characterization of and genesis of large mineral systems; metal and trace element deportment in ore bodies; understanding the interface between geochemistry and geophysics in mineral exploration; development of new geochemical exploration tools; and Earth surface redox evolution in deep geological time. he is perhaps best known for his work on sediment-hosted zinc-lead and copper mineral systems, battery metal deposits (manganese, vanadium, cobalt), and microbe-metal interactions in the deep subsurface.

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Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sam_Spinks

LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/in/sam-spinks-07762b3b

Achievements and Awards

  • November 2017-November 2017

    John Philip Award for Best Young Scientist

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD
    University of Aberdeen

Professional Experiences

  • 2012-2013

    Exploration geologist
    Equator Gold

  • 2013-2014

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of Aberdeen

  • 2014-2016

    Postdoctoral Researcher
    CSIRO Mineral Resources

  • 2016-2018

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO Mineral Resources

  • 2018-Present

    Senior Research Scientist
    CSIRO Mineral Resources

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