Economic Geology Research Centre (EGRU)

James Cook University

EGRU is an industry-funded centre that has facilitated interaction between researchers, students and the global resources industry for 40 years. Through its extensive network EGRU has built strong connections and productive working relationships with industry and governments in Queensland, in Australia, and internationally. The Centre promotes collaborative research with industry and governments and offers professional development training to the resources industry. EGRU’s collaboration with industry fosters applied and relevant research and the rapid dissemination of research results to the exploration and development of mineral resources. EGRU also works with its industry network to develop relevant training and skills development for students, graduates and professional geoscientists.

Organisation type
  • University Research Centre
Number of research staff
Up to 20 research staff
Building 034, James Cook University, Townsville QLD 4811

Strengths and capabilities

  • Mineral Deposit Research
  • Applying Structural Geology to Mineral Exploration
  • Isotope Geochemistry in Mineral Exploration
  • Isotope Geochemistry in Medical Research
  • Field Geology and Geological Mapping
  • Professional Development Training for Geoscientists
  • Stratigraphy in Resource Exploration

Facilities and major equipment

  • Electron Probe Micro Analyser
  • Scanning Electron Microsope
  • Isotope Clean Lab
  • Radiometric dating of minerals
  • In-situ, high resolution mineral analyses
  • Mineral sample preparation
  • Major, trace element and isotope geochemistry
  • Raman spectroscopy

Lead researcher

  • Professor Paul Dirks—International reputation in ore deposits geology and was closely involved in the discovery of Australopithicus sediba
  • Professor Eric Roberts—International reputation in stratigraphy and basin analyses and geologic histories of vertebrate fossil-bearing continental deposits.
  • Doctor Ioan Sanislav—International reputation in ore deposits geology

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