Travel Award 2018
As Editor-in-Chief of Minerals, I am pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Minerals Travel Awards:
Travel Awards are granted to Dr. Elizaveta Kovaleva, Post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Geology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa and to Dr. Indrani Mukherjee, Post-doctoral fellow at the Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits (CODES), University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia.
Dr. Elizaveta Kovaleva’s research involves the analysis of zircon microstructures in tectonic and impact-produced pseudotachylites, and suggests new criteria for distinguishing them. Until now, such criteria have been lacking, leading to potential misinterpretations of the origin of pseudotachylites, especially in the large impact structures, where both pre-impact tectonic and shock melts are present. Additionally, she suggests that deformation microstructures facilitate the understanding of zircon deformation history and its original provenance where the petrological context is lacking (e.g., alluvial zircon, zircon in breccia). The research is based on a combination of methods, including in situ EBSD and microprobe mapping, CL and BSE imaging, and Raman spectroscopy mapping. She is planning to present her work at the EGU General Assembly 2018 in Vienna, Austria.
Dr. Indrani Mukherjee’s postdoctoral research focusses on understanding pyrite trace element distribution along a single black shale unit (Lower Arthur Creek Formation) across the Georgina Basin (~450 km) in northern Australia. Approximately 2000 pyrite LA-ICP-MS analyses have been undertaken in these organic matter-rich black shales. Her study focuses on the variation in pyrite chemistry with sedimentary facies across the basin and factors controlling these variations, including changes in redox conditions and micronutrient availability. Results provide a measure of how robust the pyrite LA-ICP-MS technique is as a proxy for paleo-redox of the atmosphere–ocean system through time, and its potential for understanding cycles of sedimentary ore deposition. This work will be presented at the Goldschmidt2018 conference, Boston, MA, USA.
The awards consist of 800 Swiss Francs each to attend academic conference during 2018.
Prof. Dr. Paul Sylvester
Travel Awards 2017
As Editor-in-Chief of Minerals, I am pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Minerals Travel Awards:
Travel Awards were granted to Dr. Ayla Pamukçu, who is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Geosciences, Princeton University, USA, and Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Science, Brown University, USA; and to Ms. Jessica Hamilton, Ph.D. student at the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, Monash University, Australia.
Dr. Ayla Pamukçu’s research revolves around understanding the longevity of small and giant rhyolite magma bodies erupted from the same vent using crystal size distributions, melt inclusion faceting, and diffusion chronometry, with a focus on supereruptions—rare but enormous volcanic eruptions, the likes of which have never been witnessed. She is planning to present her work on evaluating the mush + multiple magma body model for the Lake City caldera, CO, USA, at the IAVCEI 2017 Scientific Assembly in Portland, OR, USA.
Ms. Jessica Hamilton’s research focus is developing low-cost treatments for trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) in mineral wastes generated by mining, and investigating the potential for recovery of valuable trace metals (i.e., Ni, Cr, Co) from leachates and precipitates generated by the process. She is planning to present her work on optimising geochemical treatments to accelerate in situ CO2 sequestration in ultramafic mine tailings at the Goldschmidt 2017 conference in Paris, France.
The awards consist of 800 Swiss Francs each to attend any academic conference during 2017.
Prof. Dr. Paul Sylvester
Travel Awards 2016
As Editor-in-Chief of Minerals, I am pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Minerals Travel Awards:
Travel Awards were granted to Mr. Mattia L. Mazzucchelli, Ph.D. student at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Pavia, Italy, and to Dr. Anita Parbhakar-Fox, postdoctoral researcher at the Transforming the Mining Value Chain (TMVC) ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub, University of Tasmania, Australia.
Mr. Mattia L. Mazzucchelli’s research involves making use of crystallography and mineral physics to understand the complex elasticity of mineral inclusions entrapped in Ultra High Pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks. He is planning to present his work at the 2nd European Mineralogical Conference and the associated workshop “Solid inclusions in minerals as records of geological processes”.
Dr. Anita Parbhakar-Fox’s research is focused on delivering new protocols, tools and proxies to the mining industry for improving geoenvironmental practices. She is planning to present her work at the ‘Sustainable Minerals 2016’ and the ‘Biohydrometallurgy 2016’.
The awards consist of 800 Swiss Francs each to attend any academic conference during 2016.
Prof. Dr. Paul Sylvester