CODES – ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits

David Cooke

David Cooke

Professor David Cooke

Deputy Director of CODES
Director – ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Transforming the Mining Value Chain

BSc (Hons), PhD

Contact Details

Contact Campus Sandy Bay Campus
Building Physics
Room Reference 104
Telephone +61 3 6226 7605
Fax +61 3 6226 2547

Teaching Responsibilities

Career Summary

During his tenure at the University of Tasmania, Professor David Cooke has worked as a geochemist and economic geologist specialising in the characteristics and origins of:

  1. Porphyry Cu-Au and Cu-Mo deposits
  2. Epithermal precious metal systems
  3. Sediment-hosted Pb-Zn deposits of northern Australia

He also specialises in chemical modelling of mineralising processes from a variety of hydrothermal environments. The principal techniques that he employs include mineralogical, fluid inclusion, chemical modelling, and isotopic studies, built on a framework on detailed geological and structural field data collection.

David has been a leader of five team-based industry-funded research projects since 1998. Each of these three- or four-year projects has involved a team of academic staff, postdoctoral research fellows, and postgraduate students (PhD, Masters, Honours) working in close collaboration with industry partners.

David is an associate editor of Economic Geology and was the recipient of the SEG Thayer Lindsay Award in 2005. In 2012 David, together with Bruce Gemmell and the AMIRA P765/765A/1060 research team, won the inaugural AMIRA International Award for Geoscience Research Excellence

Research Activity

Since 1985 David, his students and his postdoctoral research fellows have investigated porphyry and epithermal deposits in the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Canada and Chile. The team's most significant contributions to this research field include new insights into ore genesis and exploration models for porphyry deposits (e.g., Cooke and Bloom, 1990; Cooke et al., 2005, 2007; Wilson et al., 2003, 2007a and b; Lickfold et al. 2003, 2007; Hollings et al., 2005; Wolfe and Cooke, 2011; Braxton et al., 2012), the chemistry of ore transport and deposition in epithermal environments (e.g., Cooke et al., 1996; Cooke and Simmons, 2000; Cooke and McPhail, 2001; Cooke and Deyell, 2003; Rae et al., 2011), genesis of hydrothermal breccias (Davies et al., 2008a and b) and genetic relationships between porphyry and epithermal styles of mineralisation (e.g., Cooke and Bloom, 1990; Deyell and Cooke, 2003; Masterman et al., 2004, 2005; Cooke et al., 2011;).

2012 PhD Supervision


Research Project/s