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David Selley

Adjunct Senior Researcher

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Dr David Selley is an Adjunct Senior Researcher at CODES/Discipline of Earth Sciences. His research focusses on the intimate relationships between structural, sedimentological and magmatic evolution of basins, and formation giant ore deposits. He has led major multi-disciplinary research projects on the Central African Copperbelt, and has held senior technical roles in the minerals industry.

Biography

Dr David Selley obtained his PhD from the University of Tasmania in the mid-1990s. Subsequently, he has held research and teaching positions at the University of Tasmania, and worked as a specialist structural geologist in the mineral exploration industry. Early research was focussed on the Palaeoproterozoic basins of northern Australia, where he developed predictive models for the situation of deeply subsident depocentres, the distinctive sub-basin configuration for MacArthur River style supergiant Zn-Pb-Ag deposits. Following a period with North Ltd, providing structural expertise in the exploration of orogenic gold and sediment-hosted base metal ores, he returned to the University of Tasmania as a team member, and ultimately team leader of research into the Central African Copperbelt. The results of these projects have provided fundamental new insight to the setting and formation of the world's largest sediment-hosted stratiform copper province.  He then returned to industry as a Principal Geologist with BHP Billiton, based in Singapore, where he worked on a range of commodity types, including Andean Cu, magmatic Ni-Cu sulphides, sediment-hosted Cu, and potash.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeThesis TitleUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDStructure and sedimentology of the Dundas Group, western TasmaniaUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia1997
BSc (1st Class Hons)The structural geology of the Trephina Gorge area, central Australia: implications for the tectonic development of the northern margin of the Amadeus BasinUniversity of AdelaideAustralia1989

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Research Themes

Dr David Selley's research aligns to the University's research theme of Resources and Sustainability. His research interests include district- to plate-scale structural controls on the formation and location of giant orebodies. This work has involved rock packages that span some 2.5 billion years of Earth's history, and are presently distributed across all continents. Results have contributed significantly to our understanding of some the world's great mineral provinces, and have impacted the exploration methodologies of major mining companies. Communication of concepts and training of young geologists in developing communities is an important part of his research and teaching.

Fields of Research

  • Resource geoscience (370508)
  • Structural geology and tectonics (370511)
  • Geochronology (370502)
  • Sedimentology (370509)
  • Stratigraphy (incl. biostratigraphy, sequence stratigraphy and basin analysis) (370510)
  • Igneous and metamorphic petrology (370503)
  • Exploration geochemistry (370301)
  • Geology (370599)
  • Inorganic geochemistry (370302)
  • Geochemistry (370399)

Research Objectives

  • Other mineral resources (excl. energy resources) (259999)
  • Copper ore exploration (250302)
  • Precious (noble) metal ore exploration (250305)
  • Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences (280107)
  • Zinc ore exploration (250308)
  • Management of gaseous waste from mineral resource activities (excl. greenhouse gases) (250101)
  • Aluminium ore exploration (250301)
  • Mining and extraction of copper ores (250402)

Publications

Dr David Selley has published several cutting edge papers on the evolution of the Central African Copperbelt, and sediment-hosted Cu ores in general. These have included contributions to landmark publications, such as the 100th Anniversary Volume of Economic Geology, and a specialist volume on the Geology and Genesis of Major Copper Deposits and Districts of the World (SEG Special Publication number 16).

Total publications

31

Highlighted publications

(3 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2004Journal ArticleScott RJ, Selley D, 'Measurement of fold axes in drill core', Journal of Structural Geology, 26, (4) pp. 637-642. ISSN 0191-8141 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2003.08.016 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Scott RJ

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2004Journal ArticleTunks AJ, Selley D, Rogers JR, Brabham G, 'Vein mineralization at the Damang Gold Mine, Ghana: controls on mineralization', Journal of Structural Geology, 26, (6-7) pp. 1257-1273. ISSN 0191-8141 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2003.11.005 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 39Web of Science - 42

Co-authors: Tunks AJ

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2002Conference PublicationLarge RR, Bull SW, Selley D, Yang J, Cooke DR, et al., 'Controls on the formation of giant stratiform sediment-hosted Zn-Pb-Ag deposits: with particular reference to the north Australian Proterozoic', CODES Special Publication 4, June 2002, Hobart, Australia, pp. 107-149. ISBN 1-86295-040-7 (2002) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Large RR; Bull SW; Yang J; Cooke DR; McGoldrick PJ

Journal Article

(12 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Chen J, Cooke DR, Piquer J, Selley D, Zhang LJ, et al., 'Hydrothermal alteration, mineralization, and structural geology of the Zijinshan high-sulfidation Au-Cu deposit, Fujian Province, Southeast China', Economic Geology, 114, (4) pp. 639-666. ISSN 0361-0128 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5382/econgeo.4657 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Cooke DR; Zhang LJ; White N

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2018Selley D, Scott R, Emsbo P, Koziy L, Hitzman MW, et al., 'Structural configuration of the Central African Copperbelt: roles of evaporites in structural evolution, basin hydrology, and ore location', Metals, Minerals, and Society: Society of Economic Geologists Special Publication, Number 21 pp. 115-156. ISSN 1547-3112 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5382/sp.21.07 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Scott R; Bull SW; Halpin J

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2018Sykora S, Cooke DR, Meffre S, Stephanov AS, Gardner K, et al., 'Evolution of pyrite trace element compositions from porphyry-style and epithermal conditions at the Lihir gold deposit: implications for ore genesis and mineral processing', Economic Geology and The Bulletin of The Society of Economic Geologists, 113, (1) pp. 193-208. ISSN 0361-0128 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5382/econgeo.2018.4548 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 37Web of Science - 42

Co-authors: Sykora S; Cooke DR; Meffre S; Stephanov AS; Scott R

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2018Sykora S, Selley D, Cooke DR, Harris AC, 'The structure and significance of anhydrite-bearing vein arrays, lienetz orebody, lihir gold deposit, Papua New Guinea', Economic Geology and The Bulletin of The Society of Economic Geologists, 113, (1) pp. 237-270. ISSN 0361-0128 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5382/econgeo.2018.4550 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Sykora S; Cooke DR

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2012Hitzman MW, Broughton D, Selley D, Woodhead J, Wood D, et al., 'The Central African Copperbelt: diverse stratigraphic, structural, and temporal settings in the world's largest sedimentary copper district', Society of Economic Geologists Special Publication 16, (Paper 19) pp. 487-514. ISSN 0361-0128 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Bull S

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2011Bull S, Selley D, Broughton D, Hitzman M, Cailteux J, et al., 'Sequence and carbon isotopic stratigraphy of the Neoproterozoic Roan Group strata of the Zambian copperbelt', Precambrian Research, 190, (1-4) pp. 70-89. ISSN 0301-9268 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.precamres.2011.07.021 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 26Web of Science - 30

Co-authors: Bull S; Large R; McGoldrick P

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2010Hitzman MW, Selley D, Bull SW, 'Formation of sedimentary rock-hosted stratiform copper deposits through Earth history', Economic Geology and The Bulletin of The Society of Economic Geologists, 105, (3) pp. 627-639. ISSN 0361-0128 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2113/gsecongeo.105.3.627 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 115Web of Science - 114

Co-authors: Bull SW

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2009Koziy L, Bull SW, Large RR, Selley D, 'Salt as a fluid driver, and basement as a metal source, for stratiform sediment-hosted copper deposits', Geology (Boulder), 37, (12) pp. 1107-1110. ISSN 0091-7613 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1130/G30380A.1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 30Web of Science - 30

Co-authors: Koziy L; Bull SW; Large RR

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2005Hitzman M, Kirkham R, Broughton D, Thorson J, Selley D, 'The sediment-hosted stratiform copper ore system', Economic Geology, 100, (Anniversary Volume) pp. 609-642. ISSN 0361-0128 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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2005Selley D, Broughton D, Scott RJ, Hitzman M, Bull SW, et al., 'A new look at the geology of the Zambian Copperbelt', Economic Geology, 100, (Anniversary Volume) pp. 965-1000. ISSN 0361-0128 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Scott RJ; Bull SW; Large RR; McGoldrick PJ; Croaker M; Pollington NL

2004Scott RJ, Selley D, 'Measurement of fold axes in drill core', Journal of Structural Geology, 26, (4) pp. 637-642. ISSN 0191-8141 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2003.08.016 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Scott RJ

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2004Tunks AJ, Selley D, Rogers JR, Brabham G, 'Vein mineralization at the Damang Gold Mine, Ghana: controls on mineralization', Journal of Structural Geology, 26, (6-7) pp. 1257-1273. ISSN 0191-8141 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2003.11.005 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 39Web of Science - 42

Co-authors: Tunks AJ

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Chapter in Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Cooke DR, Sykora S, Lawlis E, Blackwell JL, Ageneau M, et al., 'Lihir Alkalic Epithermal Gold Deposit, Papua New Guinea', Society of Economic Geologists Special Publication Number 23: Geology of the World's Major Gold Deposits and Provinces, Society of Economic Geologists, Inc, RH Sillitoe, RJ Goldfarb, F Robert and SF Simmons (ed), United States, pp. 579-597. ISBN 978-1-629493-12-1 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.5382/SP.23.28 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Cooke DR; Sykora S; Lawlis E; Blackwell JL; Ageneau M; Jansen NH; Harris AC

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2010McGoldrick PJ, Winefield PR, Bull SW, Selley D, Scott RJ, 'Sequences, synsedimentary structures, and sub-basins: the where and when of SEDEX Zinc Systems in the Southern McArthur Basin, Australia', The challenge of finding new mineral resources: global metallogeny, innovative exploration and new discoveries, Society of Economic Geologists, Goldfarb, R.J., Marsh, E.E. and Monecke, T. (ed), Littleton, Co, USA, pp. 367-389. ISBN 978-1-934969-28-1 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: McGoldrick PJ; Bull SW; Scott RJ

Conference Publication

(8 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Selley D, Jansen N, Silitonga D, Bambang A, Wardiman D, et al., 'Stretched to the limit: an extensional detachment setting for the Gosowong epithermal goldfield, Halmahera, Indonesia', SEG 2015 Conference, 27-30 September 2015, Hobart, Australia (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Jansen N

2015Sykora S, Cooke DR, Selley D, Allickson CS, Karaut FI, et al., 'Infrared imaging of geothermal activity within the Lienetz open-pit, Lihir Au mine, PNG; influence of faults and porphyry- and epithermal-style breccias on modern-day high-temperature fluid flow', SEG 2015 Conference, 27-30 September 2015, Hobart, Australia (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Sykora S; Cooke DR

2015Sykora S, Cooke DR, Selley D, Harris AC, 'Evidence for solution collapse of a magmatic-hydrothermal breccia complex at the Lihir gold deposit, Papua New Guinea', Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits Conference 2015, 24-27 August 2015, Nancy, France, pp. 365-368. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Sykora S; Cooke DR

2014Selley D, Duffett M, Scott R, Bull SW, Hitzman M, 'Katangan Basin evolution and architecture: controls on ore location in the world's premier sedimentary copper province', Specialist Group in Tectonics and Structural Geology Biennial Meeting 2014, 2-8 February 2014, Thredbo, Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Scott R; Bull SW

2014Sykora S, Cooke DR, Selley D, Harris AC, 'Structural evolution from porphyry to epithermal conditions recorded by anhydrite veins and cemented breccias at the Lihir Au deposit, PNG', The Society of Economic Geologist 2014 Conference, 26-31 October 2014, Denver, USA (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Sykora S; Cooke DR

2014Sykora S, Selley D, Cooke DR, 'The structure of anhydrite veins and cemented breccias at the giant Lihir epithermal gold deposit, Papua New Guinea', Annual Meeting of The Geological Society of America 2014, 19-22 October 2014, Vancouver, Canada, pp. 461. (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Sykora S; Cooke DR

2014Sykora S, Selley D, Cooke DR, Harris AC, 'Structural evolution and internal kinematics of anhydrite veins at Ladolam, Lihir Island; a dissected volcanic edifice and giant epithermal Au deposit', Specialist Group in Tectonics and Structural Geology Biennial Meeting 2014, 2-8 February 2014, Thredbo, Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Sykora S; Cooke DR; Harris AC

2002Large RR, Bull SW, Selley D, Yang J, Cooke DR, et al., 'Controls on the formation of giant stratiform sediment-hosted Zn-Pb-Ag deposits: with particular reference to the north Australian Proterozoic', CODES Special Publication 4, June 2002, Hobart, Australia, pp. 107-149. ISBN 1-86295-040-7 (2002) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Large RR; Bull SW; Yang J; Cooke DR; McGoldrick PJ

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
1996Berry RF, Selley D, White MJ, 'Lithogeochemistry: report 2', AMIRA (P291A), 5 (1996) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Berry RF

1995Berry RF, Selley D, White MJ, 'Lithochemistry', AMIRA P291A, 4 (1995) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Berry RF

Other Public Output

(7 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Steadman J, Large R, Selley D, 'Trace element characteristics of sulfides and oxides in the Kitumba-Kayoma-Kakozhi IOCG district, Zambia', CODES, Hobart, Australia, pp. 1-71. (2016) [Report of Restricted Access]

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Co-authors: Steadman J; Large R

2010Halpin JA, Selley D, 'Insights into geometry and structural evolution of the Central African Copperbelt from zircon provenance analysis', AMIRA P872 - 'Sediment-hosted copper deposits of Congolese, Zambian and central Australian basin systems' - Final report to Sponsors, AMIRA, Australia, 1, pp. 33-47. (2010) [Report of Restricted Access]

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Co-authors: Halpin JA

2010Scott RJ, Halpin JA, Selley D, Duffett ML, 'Structural and metamorphic history of the Domes Region NW Zambia; Implications for the tectonic setting and structural evolution of the Central African Copperbelt', AMIRA P872 - 'Sediment-hosted copper deposits of Congolese, Zambian and central Australian basin systems' - Final report to Sponsors, AMIRA, Hobart, Australia, pp. 79-123. (2010) [Report of Restricted Access]

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Co-authors: Scott RJ; Halpin JA; Duffett ML

2008Halpin JA, Selley D, 'Detrital zircons from the Lufilian Arc', AMIRA P872 - 'Sediment-hosted copper deposits of Congolese, Zambian and central Australian basin systems' - Field report to Sponsors, CODES, Hobart, Australia (2008) [Report of Restricted Access]

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Co-authors: Halpin JA

2008Halpin JA, Selley D, 'Detrital zircons from the Lufilian Arc', AMIRA P872 - 'Sediment-hosted copper deposits of Congolese, Zambian and central Australian basin systems' - Penultimate report to Sponsors, CODES, Hobart, Australia (2008) [Report of Restricted Access]

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Co-authors: Halpin JA

2008Scott RJ, Halpin JA, Selley D, Duffett ML, 'Tectonic history of the Domes Region, NW Zambia: implications for setting and structural evolution of CACB', AMIRA P872 - 'Sediment-hosted copper deposits of Congolese, Zambian and central Australian basin systems' - Field report to Sponsors, CODES, Hobart, Australia (2008) [Report of Restricted Access]

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Co-authors: Scott RJ; Halpin JA; Duffett ML

2007Halpin JA, Selley D, 'Detrital zricon geochronology of Palaeozoic strata from the Carlin District', AMIRA P923 - 'Controls on the formation and sulfide trace-element signatures of sediment-hosted gold deposits', Final Report to Sponsors, CODES, Hobart, Australia (2007) [Report of Restricted Access]

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Co-authors: Halpin JA

Grants & Funding

  • ARC-AMIRA P384A: Sediment-hosted base metal deposits of northern Australia
  • ARC-AMIRA P544: Proterozoic sediment-hosted copper deposits
  • ARC-AMIRA P872: Sediment-hosted copper deposits of Congolese, Zambian and central Australian basin systems

Funding Summary

Number of grants

6

Total funding

$4,337,825

Projects

Controls on copper mineralising processes in the McArthur Basin, NT, and its implications for the metallogeny of extensional basins (2016)$32,561
Description
In this study, we will evaluate a mineral province which is celebrated for its zinc‐lead‐silvermineralisation, but we will be focussing on copper. The Proterozoic McArthur Basin is part ofthe north Australian Carpentaria Zinc Belt; it contains one very major example of stratiformshale‐hosted zinc‐rich ore deposit (McArthur River/HYC), and a host of similar minor deposits,in a structurally complex region called the Batten Fault Zone (BFZ). Because of this, theMcArthur Basin has long been thought to be a single commodity basin. However, both 50 kmwest and east of the main line of zinc deposits, there are camps with a significant number ofoccurrences of copper‐rich historical workings, that are stratigraphically in the RedbankPackage (Rawlings 1999), which is dominated by the Tawallah Group (the basal unit of theMcArthur Basin), ie stratigraphically deeper than the hosts to the zinc deposits. There are alsosome deposits in the lower McArthur Group. Key prospect examples are Johnstons,Coppermine Creek, Sly Creek, Darcys, Margoo, and the Tawallah Pocket. Most of these wereprospected over the last 100 years, but at least one (Coppermine Creek) has been the subjectof recent (2006) exploration drilling, and yielded a significant intercept of copper (17 m @ 0.5%Cu, with a high of >8% Cu; Sandfire Resources, 2006) from an electrical geophysical target thatis 1.8 km long.
Funding
Northern Territory Geological Survey ($32,561)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bull SW; Selley D; Davidson GJ
Year
2016
Controls on Mineralization, including Sulphide Mineralogy, at the CSA Mine, Cobar NSW (2010 - 2013)$150,000
Funding
Cobar Consolidated Resources Limited ($150,000)
Scheme
Agreement-Postgraduate Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Gemmell JB; Selley D; Berry RF
Period
2010 - 2013
Exploring the Porphyry Environment (2009 - 2015)$2,336,890
Funding
Australian Research Council ($2,336,890)
Scheme
Grant-ARC Centres of Excellence
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Cooke DR; Jansen N; Selley D
Period
2009 - 2015
CODES/Earth Sciences 2007 Student Research Income [non scholarship funding] (2007)$25,570
Funding
Mineral Resources Tasmania ($4,000); St Ives Gold Mine ($6,570); ZZ Exploration Pty Ltd ($15,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Roach MJ; Bull SW; Selley D
Year
2007
P872 - Cu-Co Mineralisation in the Congolese, Zambian and Central Australian Basin Systems (2005 - 2007)$777,360
Funding
AMIRA International Ltd ($777,360)
Scheme
Agreement
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Selley D; Bull SW; Large RR; McGoldrick PJ; Hitzman M; Broughton D
Period
2005 - 2007
Geology and Geochemistry of Proterozoic Sedimentary Copper Deposits (2001 - 2003)$1,015,444
Funding
Australian Research Council ($395,270)
Scheme
Grant-SPIRT
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McGoldrick PJ; Bull SW; Hitzman M; Selley D
Period
2001 - 2003
Grant Reference
C00107201

Research Supervision

Dr David Selley's past students include:
  • Peter Winefield, PhD (1999)
  • Mawson Croaker, PhD (2010)
  • Wallace McKay, PhD (2010)
  • James Farrell, BSC (Hons.) (2001)
  • Wyjnand von Eijnhofen, BSc (Hons.) (2006)
  • Laura Frankcombe, BSC (Hons.) (2007)

Completed

5

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
MastersLitho-chemo-stratigraphic, Structural and Mineral Prospectivity Aspect of the Rosebery Group, an Enigmatic Cambrian Volcano-sedimentary Succession in Western Tasmania
Candidate: Eyob Fisseha Andemeskel
2018
PhDOrigin, Evolution and Significance of Anhydrite-bearing Vein Arrays and Breccias, Lienetz Orebody, Lihir Gold Deposit, Papua New Guinea
Candidate: Stephanie Sykora
2017
PhDGenesis and Structural Architecture of the CSA Cu-Ag (Pb-Zn) Mine, Cobar, New South Wales
Candidate: Roisin Kyne
2014
PhDStructure and Sedimentology of the Curdimurka Subgroup, Northern Adelaide Fold Belt, South Australia
Candidate: Wallace Gordon Mackay
2011
PhDThe Geology of the Nkana-Mindola Sediment-hosted Copper-Cobalt Deposit, Zambian Copperbelt, Zambia
Candidate: Mawson Richard Douglas Croaker
2011