Web Access Research Portal

Researcher: Barker, SL (Dr Shaun Barker)

Fields of Research

Exploration geochemistry
Inorganic geochemistry
Isotope geochemistry
Structural geology and tectonics
Resource geoscience
Carbon sequestration science
Analytical spectrometry
Mineralogy and crystallography
Atmospheric composition, chemistry and processes
Stratigraphy (incl. biostratigraphy, sequence stratigraphy and basin analysis)
Geomorphology and earth surface processes

Research Objectives

Copper ore exploration
Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
Precious (noble) metal ore exploration
Mineral exploration
Mining and extraction of precious (noble) metal ores
Geothermal exploration
Natural hazards
Climate change mitigation strategies
Expanding knowledge in the chemical sciences
Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
Management of greenhouse gas emissions from mineral resources activities
Mining and extraction of energy resources
Zinc ore exploration
Climate variability (excl. social impacts)
Oil and gas exploration
Other mineral resources (excl. energy resources)
Environmentally sustainable mineral resource activities
Primary mining and extraction of minerals

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

A speedy update on machine learning applied to bedrock mapping using geochemistry or geophysics: examples from the Pacific Rim (and nearby); Mineral Systems of the Pacific Rim Congress 2019 (PACRIM 2019)
Apatite and zircon chemistry; AMIRA P1202 Sponsors Meeting 4
Applying stable isotopes to mineral exploration: Teaching an old dog new tricks; Economic Geology
Carbonate fluorescence, carbonate isotopes and epidote chemistry at Las Bambas Cu-Au-Fe skarn, Peru; AMIRA P1153 Sponsors Meeting 5
Contrasting temperature responses of soil respiration derived from soil organic matter and added plant litter; Biogeochemistry
Cretaceous age, composition, and microstructure of pseudotachylyte in the Otago Schist, New Zealand; New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics
Cryptic alteration at Mount Isa: new isotopic and thermal constraints for fluid flow during copper mineralisation; AMIRA P1202 Sponsors Meeting 2
Defining trace-element alteration halos to skarn deposits hosted in heterogeneous carbonate rocks: Case study from the Cu-Zn Antamina skarn deposit, Peru; Journal of Geochemical Exploration
Determination of carbonate vein chemistry using portable X-ray fluorescence and its application to mineral exploration; Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis
Evolution of fluid chemistry and fluid-flow pathways during folding and faulting: an example from Taemas, NSW, Australia; Geology of the Earthquake Source: A Volume in Honour of Rick Sibson
Exploring for carbonate-hosted ore deposits using carbon and oxygen isotopes; Ore Deposits: Origin, Exploration, and Exploitation
Fault-controlled lateral fluid flow underneath and into a Carlin-type gold deposit: isotopic and geochemical footprints; Economic Geology
Fossilised geothermal surface features of the Whitianga Volcanic Centre (Miocene), Coromandel Volcanic Zone, New Zealand: controls and characteristics; Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research
Hydrothermal alteration revealed by apatite luminescence and chemistry: a potential indicator mineral for exploring covered porphyry copper deposits; Economic Geology
Inventory and assessment of Palaeoarchaean gneiss terrains and detrital zircons in southern West Greenland; Precambrian Research
Isotopic disequilibrium during uptake of atmospheric CO2 into mine process waters: implications for CO2 sequestration; Environmental Science and Technology
Isotopic, chemical, and textural evidence for pervasive calcite dissolution and precipitation accompanying hydrothermal fluid flow in low-temperature, carbonate-hosted, gold systems; Economic Geology
Large-scale stable isotope alteration around the hydrothermal carbonate-replacement Cinco de Mayo Zn-Ag Deposit, Mexico; Economic Geology and The Bulletin of The Society of Economic Geologists
Las Bambas: heat sources vs fertile magmas in a multi-intrusion district; AMIRA P1202 Sponsors Meeting 2
Lithocap exploration tool: alunite; AMIRA P1202 Sponsors Meeting 3 (2)
Magnesite formation in playa environments near Atlin, British Columbia, Canada; Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
Mapping lithology and hydrothermal alteration in geothermal systems using portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF): a case study from the Tauhara geothermal system, Taupo Volcanic Zone; Geothermics
Mica chemistry: challenges and opportunities; AMIRA P1202 Sponsors Meeting 4
Microchemical evidence for episodic growth of antitaxial veins during fracture-controlled fluid flow; Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Mount Isa copper mine, Australia; AMIRA P1202 Sponsors Meeting 2
Mount Isa copper mine, Australia; AMIRA P1202 Sponsors Meeting 2
Mount Isa copper mine, Australia; AMIRA P1202 Sponsors Meeting 3 (2)
Mount Isa copper mine, Australia; AMIRA P1202 Sponsors Meeting 1
Ore Fluid properties and sources from quartz-associated gold at the Betze-Post Carlin-type gold deposit, Nevada, United States; Economic Geology
Oscillatory zoning and trace element incorporation in hydrothermal minerals: insights from calcite growth experiments; Geofluids
P1202 Module 1 green and white rocks program: introduction; AMIRA P1202 Sponsors Meeting 3 (2)
P1202 Module 1 Green Rocks Program: Introduction; AMIRA P1202 Sponsors Meeting 3
P1202 Module 2 lithocap program; AMIRA P1202 Sponsors Meeting 4
Potential for exploration vectoring and fertility assessments using epidote and stable isotopes at Las Bambas
Precise measurement of the hydrogen isotope composition of phyllosilicates by continuous flow off-axis integrated cavity output spectroscopy; Analytical Chemistry
Processes affecting the chemical composition of Blue Lake, an alluvial gold-mine pit lake in New Zealand; Marine and Freshwater Research
Pseudotachylyte-generating faults in Central Otago, New Zealand; Tectonophysics
Quantifying the role of hydrothermal alteration in creating geothermal and epithermal mineral resources: The Ohakuri ignimbrite (TaupA Volcanic Zone, New Zealand); Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research
Quantitative mineral mapping of drill core surfaces I: a method for XRF mineral calculation and mapping of hydrothermally altered, fine-grained sedimentary rocks from a Carlin-type gold deposit; Economic Geology and the Bulletin of the Society of Economic Geologists
Quantitative mineral mapping of drill core surfaces II: long-wave infrared mineral characterization using μXRF and machine learning; Economic Geology and the Bulletin of the Society of Economic Geologists
Simulation and sensitivity of isotopic alteration and vein development in carbonate rock formations; Journal of Geochemical Exploration
Sm-Nd, Sr, C and O isotope systematics in hydrothermal calcite-fluorite veins: Implications for fluid-rock reaction and geochronology; Chemical Geology
Stable isotope (δ13C, δ18O) analysis of sulfide-bearing carbonate samples using laser absorption spectrometry; Economic Geology
Stable isotope systematics of fluids and epidote in the Bacon-Manito Geothermal Field, Philippines: Indicators of fluid origin and evolution; Geothermics
Subarctic weathering of mineral wastes provides a sink for atmospheric CO2; Environmental Science and Technology
Sweep by sweep data processing: ongoing analytical developments in CODES Analytical Research Program; AMIRA P1202 Sponsors Meeting 3 (2)
Sweep-by-sweep epidote data from Batu Hijau: implications for epidote vectoring studies; AMIRA P1202 Sponsors Meeting 4
Taking the temperature of hydrothermal ore deposits using clumped isotope thermometry; Economic Geology
The brevity of hydrothermal fluid flow revealed by thermal halos around giant gold deposits: implications for Carlin-type gold systems; Economic Geology
The lithogeochemical signatures of hydrothermal alteration in the Waihi epithermal district, New Zealand; New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics
The role of the upper plate in controlling fluid-mobile element (Cl, Li, B) cycling through subduction zones: Hikurangi forearc, New Zealand; Geosphere
Uncloaking invisible gold: use of nanosims to evaluate gold, trace elements, and sulfur isotopes in pyrite from Carlin-type gold deposits; Economic Geology
Use of laser spectroscopy to measure the 13C/12C and 18O/16O compositions of carbonate minerals; Analytical Chemistry
Using paleoseismology and tephrochronology to reconstruct fault rupturing and hydrothermal activity since c. 40 ka in Taupo Rift, New Zealand; Quaternary International
Using portable XRF to infer adularia halos within the Waihi Au-Ag system, New Zealand; Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis
Using trace element chemistry of magnetite as an indicator mineral at the Starra iron-oxide copper gold deposits, Northwest Queensland; Australian Earth Sciences Convention 2021
Volcanogenic processes and petrogenesis of the early Pleistocene andesiticdacitic Maungatautari composite cone, Central Waikato, New Zealand; New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics
White rocks exploration tools and background for P1202; AMIRA P1202 Sponsors Meeting 3

Research Projects

Identifying unique Resistate Indicator Mineral (RIM) chemistry as a guide in prospectivity for sediment-hosted copper mineralisation
Investigating Mineralisation in the Tarraji-Yampi (West Kimberley) and Illaara (Yilgarn) project areas.
Mineral Geochemistry Vectoring uncovering North West Queensland's hidden potential

Research Candidate Supervision