CODES – ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits

Peter McGoldrick

Peter McGoldrick

Dr Peter McGoldrick

Honorary Senior Lecturer

Contact Details

Contact Campus Sandy Bay Campus
Building Geology/Geography
Room Reference 303
Telephone +61 3 6226 7209
Fax +61 3 6226 2547

Career Summary

Dr Peter McGoldrick is an Adjunct Senior lecturer in the School of Physical Sciences (Earth Sciences) after working in Earth Sciences and CODES at UTAS for many years. He completed a BSc (Hons) at the University of Melbourne in 1976 and subsequently worked as a technical officer in Reid Keays radiochemical laboratory, before completing a PhD (supervised by Reid) on the geochemistry of the Mount Isa Cu-Pb-Zn orebodies. In 1986-87 he was postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tasmania working on western Tasmanian VHMS deposits. He spent the next three and half years as a field geologist in the Kalgoorlie office of the Geological Survey of Western Australia. In 1991, at Ross Large's invitation, he returned to UTAS to lead research into Proterozoic sedimentary zinc systems. This work, funded by AMIRA and the ARC for nearly a decade, supported a team of researchers, and several of these went on to be senior researchers in CODES. In the early part of the last decade he led a group researching sedimentary Cu deposits in Zambia and South Australia. More recently his research interests have turned to re-examine bio-geochemical aspects of Proterozoic SEDEX Zn systems. This work (a collaboration with UC-Riverside researchers) has broad implications for secular changes in ocean chemistry and the evolution and diversification of eukaryotes.

Research Activity

Peter is recognised internationally as an expert on northern Australian sedimentary base metal deposits. His current research is aimed at:

  1. Using sediment geochemistry to decipher the redox structure of the Precambrian oceans and the implications this has for the origin of multicellular organisms;
  2. Understanding the role played by organisms in the formation of sedimentary base metal deposits (particularly Proterozoic Zn-Pb deposits).

More specifically, one study is being undertaken to document microbial textures, microfossils and macroscopic organisms from the earliest Mesoproterozoic Century deposit in north Queensland; and a second is using iron-speciation analyses to decipher the sedimentary redox environment of Horodyskia-bearing rocks from the Rocky Cape Group in North-West Tasmania.


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 Non-UTAS Publications

  • Swager, C. P., Witt, W. K., Griffin, T. J., Ahmat, A. L., Hunter, W. M., McGoldrick, P. J., and Wyche, S., Late Archean granite-greenstones of the Kalgoorlie Terrane, Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia, in Proceedings The Archaean: Terrains, Processes and Metallogeny (Proceedings volume for the Third International Archaean Symposium)1992, p. 107-122.
  • McGoldrick, P. J., and Keays, R. R., 1990, Mount Isa copper and lead-zinc-silver ores: coincidence or cogenesis?: Economic Geology, v. 85, p. 641-650.
  • Large, R. R., McGoldrick, P. J., Berry, R., and Young, C. H., 1988, An isoclinally folded, gold-rich, massive sulfide deposit: Que River Mine, Tasmania: Economic Geology, v. 83, p. 681-693.
  • McGoldrick, P. J., 1985, Lead isotope studies bearing on the genesis of copper orebodies at Mount Isa, Queensland: - a discussion: Economic Geology, v. 80, p. 191-193.
  • Keays, R. R., McGoldrick, P. J., Nickel, E. H., and Groves, D. I., 1982, Iridium and palladium as discriminants of volcanic exhalative, hydrothermal, and magmatic nickel sulfides: Economic Geology, v. 77, p. 1535-1547.
  • McGoldrick, P. J., and Keays, R. R., 1981, Precious and volatile metals in the Perseverance nickel deposit gossan: implications for exploration in weathered terrains: Economic Geology, v. 76, p. 1752-1763. (both authors contributed equally to this paper; top 15% of journals)
  • McGoldrick, P. J., Keays, R. R., and Scott, R. B., 1979, Thallium: a sensitive indicator of rock/seawater interaction and of sulfur saturation of silicate melts: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 43, p. 1303-1311.
  • McGoldrick, P. J., and Gleadow, A. J. W., 1979, Reply to discussion: Fission-track dating of Lower Palaeozoic sandstones at Tatong, north central Victoria: Journal of the Geological Society of Australia, v. 26, p. 108-109.
  • McGoldrick, P. J., and Gleadow, A. J. W., 1977, Fission-track dating of Lower Palaeozoic sandstones at Tatong, north central Victoria: Journal of the Geological Society of Australia, v. 24, p. 461-464.

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