Advisory Board

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.

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 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 CarranzaJohn 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.

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