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Dr Peter McGoldrick is a senior lecturer in the School of Earth Sciences and a senior research fellow in CODES. 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.
Peter is recognised internationally as an expert on northern Australian sedimentary base metal deposits. His current research is aimed at:
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.
Authorised by the Head of School, Earth Sciences
8 November, 2012