CODES – ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits

Garry Davidson

Garry Davidson

Dr Garry Davidson

Senior Lecturer
Leader of the Ore Deposit Characterisation Module (CODES)

Contact Details

Contact Campus Sandy Bay Campus
Building Geology/Geography
Room Reference 304
Telephone +61 3 6226 2815
Fax +61 3 6226 2547 (Earth Sciences) +61 3 6226 7662 (CODES)

Teaching Responsibilities


  • Honours: Project and Candidature Honours Co-ordinator
  • Library Materials Co-ordinator

Career Summary

After gaining a Geology BSc from ANU, Dr Garry Davidson worked for three years in the exploration industry. His PhD was undertaken at UTAS and supervised by Professor Ross Large in the very earliest days of IOCG recognition and definition. Garry's PhD evaluated the geology and origin of the Starr and Osborne IOCG deposits, Mt Isa Inlier. Following the award of two five-year ARC fellowships and several smaller postdoctoral company-sponsored projects (for instance, with Western Mining Corp and BHP Billiton), Garry moved to a senior lecturer position involving a large lecturing role in the School of Earth Sciences, but retained his role as a CODES researcher. His lecturing role also includes responsibility for groundwater teaching in the School of Earth Sciences.

Research Activity

Main Interests

  • Hydrothermal geochemistry with emphasis on stable isotope applications
  • Groundwater geology and geochemistry


  • Iron oxide copper-gold deposits and related systems
  • Ancient and modern volcanic basin seafloor hydrothermal activity (Macquarie Island; Mt Read Volcanic Belt; Yilgarn Craton)
  • Hotspring-related hydrogeology

2012 PhD Supervision

2012 MSc Supervision

  • Paul Ferguson


  • Geological roles outside UTAS: Current Chairman of the Geological Society of Australia (Tasmania division).
  • Editorial Board member of Mineralium Deposita.


New Research Projects

  • Stable isotope applications to the Sunrise Dam gold deposit, Yilgarn Craton (associated with CSIRO (James Cleverley, June Hill) and JCU (Nick Oliver); sponsored 2012-13 by AngloGold Ashanti
  • Stable isotope applications to the Prominent Hill IOCG deposit, South Australia (sub-project within larger project of Stuart Bull and Sebastien Meffre)

Research Project/s