PhD, BSc. (Hons) Geology & Geophysics (University of Tasmania)
Nick is a multi-award winning geoscientist, recognised for his contributions in both geophysics and geology by both ASEG and the GSA (Stillwell & Howchin Medals). He is also one of Australia’s most versatile geoscientists, having worked across his career in government (Geoscience Australia 1999-2002), academia (U.Adelaide 2002-2007), minerals & energy consulting (Frogtech Pty Ltd 2007-2013) and in the global energy industry (ExxonMobil 2013-2021). He joined Mitre in 2021 after returning from the USA to Australia.
Nick has expertise in the theory and application of potential fields (gravity & magnetics) methods to structural and tectonic problems, and for subsurface prospecting for many mineral commodity types and hydrocarbons. He was a pioneer of the use of multi-scale edge analysis of gravity and magnetic data (“worms”); of the integration of gravity, magnetics and petrophysics with seismic reflection profiling; and of the application of the magnetotelluric method to minerals systems. He was a co-author of the well-known “finger of GOD” paper on Olympic Dam in 2006, among many other contributions to exploration geoscience.
Prior to joining Mitre, Nick completed projects on the structure and fluid pathways around the Lachlan foldbelt porphyry Cu-Au deposits; the Olympic Dam IOCG system; and the Challenger Au mine. Nick has successfully worked in the field in the USA, UK, Canada, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Romania, India & Nepal. He has been a crucial member of teams that discovered the Muruk gas field in PNG, Bajo del Choique unconventional field in Argentina, the Barracuda & Dorado discoveries offshore Sri Lanka, and the Pirmam field in Kurdistan / Iraq.
At Mitre, Nick has worked for clients evaluating IOCG in the Tennant Creek mineral field, Besshi-style polymetallics in the New England Orogen, Cu-Au skarns in the Lachlan foldbelt, orogenic Au in the eastern Victorian goldfields and the Koonenberry Belt (WNSW), polymetallic Cobar style deposits and MVT Ag-base metal deposits in NSW, and Ni and W skarn deposits in Tasmania. Nick utilises a synoptic approach to his work for clients, integrating gravity, magnetics, seismic (where available), airborne EM, DHEM and ground EM, together with structural and assay information for optimal target analysis.
Nick also holds a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia, and worked for 3 years at ExxonMobil as a business development portfolio analyst; as such, he intimately understands the fundamental economic drivers for resource development projects.
Nick is a member of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the Geological Society of Australia; and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and the Society of Economic Geologists.