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Thayer Lindsley Visiting Lecturer

The Thayer Lindsley Visiting Lecturer is selected on the basis of widely recognized expertise in a field of economic geology. Lecture sites will be primarily at colleges and universities having geologic programs related to mineral resources.

Dan Wood

Dan Wood (SEG 2010 F)

  Talk Titles

  • Discovery of the Kencana Au-Ag Orebody at Gosowong, Indonesia

Theme: What is Mineral Exploration?

  • Exploring for Ore—Why We Get Paid
  • Present Exploration—How We Have Explored
  • Future Exploration—How We Will Need to Explore


Dan is an exploration geologist who retired from corporate mineral exploration in late 2008 after 24 years with BHP and almost 18 years with Newcrest Mining, exploring for a range of mineral resources in Australia, southeast Asia/southwest Pacific, and the Americas.

From the mid-1990s, he led Newcrest's highly successful exploration team, judged by Metals Economics Group of Canada as the world's most successful gold explorer, 1992-2005. The orebody discoveries of the exploration team established Newcrest as a major gold-mining company.

For a period in 2010-2011, he was Director of the W.H. Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre at the University of Queensland, where he is an adjunct professor.

In 2002 he was jointly awarded the Joe Harms Medal by the Geological Society of Australia for discovering the Cadia Au-Cu porphyry orebodies in New South Wales and, more recently, was the 2012 Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) and is presently an SEG Honorary Lecturer.

In 2013 he was given the Robert M. Dreyer Award by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration in the United States, and the Thayer Lindsley Award by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.

He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2015 for distinguished service to the mining and resource industry.


To invite Dan Wood, please review his availability on the calendar below and contact him directly. Please keep in mind, lecturers are working professionals and have busy schedules. They have agreed to keep the calendar up to date, but may not reflect recent activity. Please allow for a seven-day response.

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Airfare, meals, and other transportation costs are funded by the SEG. We require the host university/institution to cover hotel accommodation costs for one or two nights, and if possible, pick up and return the lecturer to the airport.

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