Professor Bruce Gemmell
Director of CODES
BSc, MA, PhD
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- KEA270 - Marine Geosciences
- KEA303 - Introduction to Mining Geology and Geophysics (Engineering)
- KEA341 - Economic Geology
- KEA343 - Mineral Exploration
- KEA701 - Ore Deposit Models and Exploration Strategies
- KEA703 - Volcanology and Mineralisation in Volcanic Terrains
- KEA705 - Exploration in Brownfield Terrains
- KEA706 - Ore Deposits of South America
Professor Bruce Gemmell is currently Head of the School of Earth Sciences at UTAS, and Deputy Director of CODES. Bruce obtained his BSc (1979) at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and his MA (1983) and PhD (1987) from Dartmouth College, USA. His Masters research was on the metallic trace element geochemistry of volcanic gas from active volcanoes in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. His PhD thesis was on the geology and mineralogy of the Santo Nino epithermal vein deposit in Mexico. After postdoctoral studies at Dartmouth investigating a lead-zinc deposit in Argentina, he arrived in Tasmania in 1988 to undertake further postdoctoral research on the Hellyer deposit on the West Coast. Bruce has six years of mineral exploration experience in the Yukon and British Columbia, Canada, primarily with Anaconda Canada.
Bruce specialises in the geology and genesis of modern and ancient volcanic-hosted massive sulfide and epithermal Ag-Au deposits. He has written more than 80 papers dealing with fundamental and applied aspects of mineral deposit geology and genesis and has supervised over 50 Honours and Masters students and over 20 PhD students. In addition, he has sat on the editorial boards of Economic Geology and Mineralium Deposita and has guest-edited several special issues for Economic Geology. Bruce has been awarded three Teaching Merit Certificates at UTAS and won the Dean's Research Award in 2003 and the AMIRA International Award for Geoscience Research Excellence in 2012.
Bruce has become internationally recognised for his research on the genesis of, and exploration for, modern and ancient volcanic-hosted massive sulfide deposits (VHMS), and low and intermediate sulfidation epithermal deposits. Bruce has led or co-led numerous AMIRA projects including the highly successful P439 (VHMS alteration), P588 (low sulfidation epithermal alteration), and the P765-P765A and current P1060 projects investigating enhancing the ability of exploration geologists to identify productive ore zones in porphyry-related mineral districts. Bruce is collaborating with international colleagues on investigating the mineralogical and geochemical attributes of black shales in volcano-sedimentary environments as an aid to exploration.
2015 PhD Supervision
- P2B3B Genesis of volcanic-hosted copper-lead-zinc-silver-gold massive sulfide deposits
- P2B3C Hydrothermal event recognition and target vectoring in volcano-sedimentary strata
- P2B3D Active base- and precious-metal-rich massive sulfide depositions
- P3B1B (AMIRA P1060) Enhanced geochemical targeting in magmatic–hydrothermal systems
- P3B1C Low and high - sulfidation epithermal mineral deposits