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Sandra is a geologist with 30 years of experience. She has worked across the government, industry and academia sectors. Her work has bridged the scales from mapping and understanding the tectonic development of a region to vectoring to ore deposits at the prospect scale using geology, geophysics, mineralogy and geochemistry. More recent work in mineral systems science includes integrating multi-scale interdisciplinary datasets in order to complete multicommodity analyses using fuzzy logic methods that include integrated geological domain knowledge into the analyses. She has worked in project generation for the minerals industry within regions of Australia, areas in southeast Asia and the Americas. In her current role, she is focussed on supporting fundamental science programs and working to translate them into application for advancement of minerals discovery and recovery, to aid the energy transition. Sandra currently serves as President of the Australian Geoscience Council (AGC), is an ex-officio member of the National Committee for Earth Sciences and is working or has worked across advisory committees for AuScope, MinEx CRC, geophysical research, Universities, and allocation of public funding for cooperative research programs.

Academic Qualifications

  • 1992

    Bachelor of Science
    Monash University

  • 1994

    Master of Science
    Monash University

  • 2004

    Doctor of Philosophy
    Curtin University


  • 2018-2021

    MRIWA 521: Geodynamics through time: Geodynamic, lithospheric and crustal-scale controls on multi-stage basin evolution and orogenesis and links to mineralizing processes.

  • 2016-2017

    Department of Geology, Ministry of Mineral Resources, Government of Greenland: Integrated Geological-Geophysical mapping techniques in remote access areas

  • 2016-2019

    MRIWA 476: An integrated multi-scale study of crustal structure and prospectivity of the eastern Yilgarn Craton and adjacent Albany-Fraser Orogen

  • 2015-2018

    MRIWA 465: Deep crustal-scale structure, geological evolution and multi-commodity prospectivity analysis of the Halls Creek Orogen, Kimberley region, Western Australia

Professional Experiences

  • 2014-2019

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Centre of Exploration Targeting, University of Western Australia

  • 2008-2014

    Project Generation Geologist
    AngloGold Ashanti

  • 2005-2007

    Geophysical Interpreter
    Fugro Airborne Surveys

  • 2004-2005

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Curtin University

  • 1994-2001

    Regional Geologist
    Geological Survey of Western Australia