International Exchange Lecturer

The International Exchange Lecturer is selected on the basis of widely recognized research in ore deposits science and/or exploration methodology. Lecture sites are selected on the basis of the greatest possible involvement of academic, industry and government-based economic geologists.

Alan J. WilsonAlan J. Wilson

(SEG 1995 F)

  Talk Titles

  • The Cadia Porphyry District, NSW, Australia; Evolution of an Alkalic Giant.
  • Comparative Anatomies: Calc-alkaline vs. Alkalic Porphyry Deposits.
  • Porphyry Copper Deposits: Field criteria for Exploration and Resource Potential Evaluation.
  • Life as an Exploration Geologist: What you need to know!


Alan received his B.Sc. degree in geology from Edinburgh University, United Kingdom, in 1990 and an M.Sc. degree in exploration and mining geology from Leicester University, United Kingdom, in 1991. He joined Rio Tinto’s exploration group in 1991, initially in Ecuador, then in Bolivia before continuing to develop his base and precious metal exploration experience in Peru with Renison Goldfields and Billiton from 1997. In 2000, Alan moved to Tasmania to undertake his Ph.D. degree on the recently discovered Cadia porphyry gold-copper deposits in New South Wales, graduating from University of Tasmania in 2003. Following a period exploring for sediment-hosted gold deposits in Western Australia, Alan chose in 2006 to focus on global copper metallogeny and exploration, first with Anglo American based in Australia and Chile, and since 2010 with Antofagasta Minerals in Chile, Australia, and currently Canada. These largely technical roles have enabled Alan to conduct exploration and property assessments throughout North and South America, Central and Southern Africa, Fennoscandia, China, Australia, and the Indo-Pacific region, evaluating the economic potential of porphyry, skarn, sediment-hosted, iron oxide copper-gold, magmatic, and volcanic-hosted massive sulfide styles of copper deposits. Alan is a Fellow of the SEG and is currently the industry representative for the SEG Student Chapter of James Cook University, Queensland.


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