Advisory Board

Gilles Bellefleur

Gilles Bellefleur

Gilles Bellefleur is a research scientist involved in the development and application of seismic methods for mineral exploration at the Geological Survey of Canada. His research interests include petro-physics of ore and alteration minerals, and modeling and imaging of mineralized deposits with vertical seismic profiling, 2D and 3D seismic data. He has led several research projects in a variety of mining camps across Canada. He is a member of SEG and EAGE, and currently serves on the editorial board of Geophysical Prospecting.

Ute Weckmann

Ute Weckmann

Ute Weckmann obtained her PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin. With an Emmy-Noether Fellowship from the German Science Foundation, she did her PostDoc at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Ireland, before joining GFZ in 2006. Her primary research interests are on various aspects of electromagnetic induction in the Earth. Over the last couple of years, she has been involved in many large scale magnetotelluric experiments to investigate active and fossil tectonic regimes in all parts of the world, particularly within multi-disciplinary, integrative projects.

Another focus is laid on the combination of geodynamic with applied research on e.g. imaging and modelling geothermal and unconventional gas systems. She has worked on electromagnetic data processing, modelling and inversion methods as well as on electrical anisotropy. Ute Weckmann is associate professor at Potsdam University and is on the editorial board of Geophysical Journal International.

Giuseppe Di Capua

Giuseppe Di Capua

Researcher geologist at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (Rome, Italy), his fields of experience cover engineering geology, geoethics, geoscience education and communication. He is Founder Member and Treasurer of the IAPG – International Association for Promoting Geoethics; Task Leader on ethical aspects in the European Horizon 2020 project ENVRI-Plus, and Team Leader of the Erasmus+ project GOAL – Geoethics Outcomes and Awareness Learning; Member of the International Advisory Board of the European projects INTERMIN – International Network of Raw Materials Training Centres and SMART EXPLORATION; Webmaster and Member of the Publications Committee of the IUGS – International Union of Geological Sciences; Convener in sessions on geoethics, author of articles in international journals and Editor of books on geoethics.

Richard Hillis

Richard Hillis

Richard Hillis is CEO of the Deep Exploration Technologies CRC. He graduated BSc (Hons) from Imperial College (London) and PhD from the University of Edinburgh. Richard was previously Mawson Professor of Geology and Head of the Australian School of Petroleum at the University of Adelaide. He has published ~200 research papers in the fields of basin tectonics and petroleum geomechanics and has been involved in establishing and selling technology and resources companies. Richard was previously a director of ASX-listed Petratherm and is currently a director of AuScope, an NCRIS company, and of the CRC Association. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).

John Carranza

John Carranza

John Carranza started his career as exploration geologist/geochemist (1983–2001) in the Bureau of Mines & Geosciences of the Philippines. He was researcher (2001-2003) then Associate Professor (2003-2012) at the Department of Earth Systems Analysis of the International Institute of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (The Netherlands). He was Associate Professor (2013–2016) and currently Adjunct Associate Professor (2017-present) in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences of James Cook University (Australia). He was Visiting Professor (2015-2017) at the Institute of Geosciences of the State University of Campinas (Brazil).

He is now Professor of Geological Sciences (2017-present) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). His fields of expertise are geochemistry (for mineral exploration, ore genesis and geo-environmental studies), spatial mathematics/statistics (for predictive modeling of mineral resources and geological hazards) and remote sensing for geological/mineral exploration.

He has written a book “Geochemical Anomaly and Mineral Prospectivity Mapping in GIS”. He is Editor-in-Chief of Natural Resources Research journal, Associate Editor of Ore Geology Reviews, Journal of Geochemical Exploration, and Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis.

Chris Wijns

Chris Wijns

Chris Wijns has been the Group Geophysicist since 2008 for First Quantum Minerals Ltd, a global copper miner. Previously, he held a similar role with gold company Resolute Mining. Chris studied geophysics degrees in Canada, and worked in gold exploration in West Africa for Placer Dome before moving to Australia in 1999, where he completed a PhD in 2004. He has enjoyed working inside sizeable companies for the opportunity to have constant interaction with geologists, geochemists, and assorted engineers and metallurgists. Chris enjoys the challenge of bringing research results into the mining and exploration industry, as well as finding opportunities for geophysics to add value to mine development and operations.

Milovan Urosevic

Milovan Urosevic

Milovan Urosevic received BSc (Hons) in geophysics from the University of Belgrade in 1980, MSc in geophysics from the University of Houston in 1985 and PhD in geophysics from the Curtin University of Technology in 2000. He acquired over ten years of industry experience working in areas of seismic data processing, AVO, inversion, multi-component seismology and seismic anisotropy. After joining Curtin University in 1991 he has taken part in various industry projects related to the oil, coal and mineral exploration. His main interest is in the utilisation of new technologies to advance exploration of natural resources.

He is currently involved in two major Australian corporative research centres (CO2CRC and DETCRC). He is also leading a large ANLEC R&D (Australian National Low Emissions Coal Research and Development) project that is investigating and evaluating the applicability of novel, alternative seismic methodologies for rock characterisation. Milovan is associate editor of the Exploration Geophysics Journal. He is in the advisory board of EU “Smart Exploration” project. He is Associate Professor at the Dept. Of Exploration Geophysics and co-founder and principal advisor to HiSeis P/L, the world leading geophysical company dedicated to the application of seismic methods for exploration of mineral resources. He is a member of SEG, ASEG, EAGE and AGES.

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