Casey Blundell has recently commenced her third year of a PhD in Structural Geology and Geophysics at Monash University, Victoria. Her project is multidisciplinary and utilizes potential field data (aeromagnetic and electromagnetic data) in combination with detailed field structural analyses to reconstruct a litho-structural history for the polydeformed Otago Schist region of New Zealand. This study then uses these data to identify the prospective locations for, and provide insight into the possible controls on orogenic-style gold mineralisation such as that known at the active Macraes deposit (OceanaGold).
Casey is interested in applying this methodology to other, under-explored terranes to constrain the traditional exploration window. She is also keen to develop her skills across a range of potential field analyses to provide comprehensive assessment of new terranes and maximizing the use of existing potential field datasets. In 2015 Casey completed her honours degree at Monash University exploring the structural controls on IOCG-type mineralisation within the remote Mt Isa block using a combination of field structural mapping and geophysical analyses. She is a passionate teacher and has been involved in numerous field mapping camps for undergraduate and honours-level students in a range of geology disciplines since commencing her PhD. She is also active within her local geological community, serving as VP to the Monash Student SEG chapter in 2018, and involved in two successful field trips to the Iberian Pyrite Belt in southern Spain (2018), and to the alkalic porphyry systems of the Macquarie Arc (2017).
Casey Blundell, PhD student at Monash University, joins the Young Leaders Forum panel within the Collaboration Theatre at the International Mining and Resources Conference. Download the programme now.