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Researcher: Berry, RF (Associate Professor Ron Berry)

Fields of Research

Structural geology and tectonics
Resource geoscience
Igneous and metamorphic petrology
Geology
Geochronology
Exploration geochemistry
Geochemistry
Mineral processing/beneficiation
Pollution and contamination
Resources engineering and extractive metallurgy
Volcanology
Sedimentology
Geomechanics and resources geotechnical engineering
Marine geoscience
Hydrology
Forensic evaluation, inference and statistics
Inorganic geochemistry
Other earth sciences
Mineralogy and crystallography
Agroforestry
Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Bacteriology
Quality assurance, chemometrics, traceability and metrological chemistry
Electrometallurgy
Environmental management
Soil sciences

Research Objectives

Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
Other mineral resources (excl. energy resources)
Mining and extraction of copper ores
Precious (noble) metal ore exploration
Copper ore exploration
Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
Primary mining and extraction of minerals
Mineral exploration
Iron ore exploration
Mining and extraction of energy resources
Oil and gas exploration
Aluminium ore exploration
Mining and extraction of iron ores
Law enforcement
Mining and extraction of aluminium ores
Mining and extraction of precious (noble) metal ores
Environmentally sustainable mineral resource activities
Production of unrefined precious metal ingots and concentrates
Concentrating processes of base metal ores (excl. aluminium and iron ores)
Hardwood plantations
Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments
Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
Energy exploration

Career Best Publications

A North American provenance for Neoproterozoic to Cambrian sandstones in Tasmania?; Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Cambrian metamorphic complexes in Tasmania: tectonic implications; Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
Proterozoic Australia-Western United States (AUSWUS) fit between Laurentia and Australia; Geology
Regional metamorphism of the Mathinna Group, northeast Tasmania; Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
Structural history of the Arthur Lineament, northwest Tasmania: an analysis of critical outcrops; Australian Journal of Earth Sciences

Research Publications

40Ar/39Ar and Re-Os Geochronology of Porphyry Copper- Molybdenum Deposits and Related Copper-Silver Veins in the Collahuasi District, Northern Chile; Economic Geology and the Bulletin of the Society of Economic Geologists
A new laboratory test for leachate quality: the Computed Acid Rock Drainage (CARD) risk grade
A new method for obtaining and quantifying the reliability of structural data from axially-oriented drill core using a fabric of known orientation; Journal of Structural Geology
A North American provenance for Neoproterozoic to Cambrian sandstones in Tasmania?; Earth and Planetary Science Letters
A special issue dedicated to geometallurgy: Preface; Economic Geology
A Statistical Approach to Defining Proterozoic Crustal Provinces and Testing Continental Reconstructions of Australia and Laurentia - SWEAT or AUSWUS?; Gondwana Research
A structural cross-section of the Mt Read Volcanics at 535000N
Age constraints from the Rocky Cape Group: putting Tasmania on the Mesoproterozoic map; 22nd Australian Earth Sciences Convention 2014
Arc-oblique fault systems: their role in the Cenozoic structural evolution and metallogenesis of the Andes of central Chile; Journal of Structural Geology
Assessing mineral dust properties using passive dust samplers and scanning electron microscopy; Environmental Indicators in Metal Mining
Authigenic monazite and detrital zircon dating from the Proterozoic Rocky Cape Group, Tasmania: links to the Belt-Purcell Supergroup, North America; Precambrian Research
Automated core logging technology for geotechnical assessment: a study on core from the Cadia East porphyry deposit; Economic Geology
Cambrian metamorphic complexes in Tasmania: tectonic implications; Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
Cambrian Tasmania; Geological Evolution of Tasmania: Geological Society of Australia Special Publication
Central Chile
Characterising chalcopyrite liberation and flotation potential: examples from an IOCG deposit; Minerals Engineering: An International Journal Devoted to Innovation and Developments in Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy
Characterising liberation and flotation potential using image analysis, simulated fragmentation and small-scale flotation; 1st Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy International Geometallurgy Conference (GeoMet 2011)
Characteristics and origin of the Oak Dam East breccia-hosted, iron oxide-Cu-U-(Au) deposit: Olympic Dam region, Gawler Craton, South Australia; Economic Geology
Chemical U-Th-Pb monazite dating and the Proterozoic history of King Island, southeast Australia; Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
Chemical U-Th-Pb monazite dating of the Cambrian Tyennan Orogeny, Tasmania; Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
Chinese Terranes in Rodinia and Greater Gondwana; 13th Australian Geological Convention
CODES report to Newcrest: Lienetz, Lihir PNG pyrite study
Communicating and integrating geometallurgical data along the mining value chain; XXVII International Mineral Processing Congress
Depositional age and correlation of the Oonah Formation: refining the timing of Neoproterozoic basin formation in Tasmania; Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
Development of a predictive geometallurgical recovery model for the La Colosa, Porphyry Gold Deposit, Colombia; 1st International Geometallurgy Conference (GeoMet 2011)
Development of Framboidal Pyrite During Diagenesis, Low-Grade Regional Metamorphism, and Hydrothermal Alteration; Economic Geology and The Bulletin of The Society of Economic Geologists
Development of recovery domains: examples from the Prominent Hill IOCG deposit, Australia; Minerals Engineering
Estimating comminution indices from ore mineralogy, chemistry and drill core logging; The Second AusIMM International Geometallurgy Conference (GeoMet) 2013
Estimating mineralogy in bulk samples; 1st International Geometallurgy Conference (GeoMet 2011)
Fluid chemistry, structural setting, and emplacement history of the Rosario Cu-Mo porphyry and Cu-Ag-Au epithermal veins, Collahuasi district, northern Chile; Economic Geology
Formation of the Battle mine massive sulfide deposits, Myra Falls, VHMS district, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada; Volcanic Environments and Massive Sulfide Deposits
Geochemical characteristics and tectonic significance of the Permo-Triassic Pak Pat Volcanics, Uttarudit, Northern Thailand; Journal of Geological Society of Thailand
Geochemically discrete fluid bodies formed by convection at the heated edge of porous seafloor aquifer; Beyond 2000: New Frontiers in Isotope Geoscience
Geochemistry and geochronology of Late Triassic volcanic rocks in the Chiang Khong region, northern Thailand; The Island Arc
Geochemistry and provenance of the Turquoise Bluff Slate, northeastern Tasmania: tectonic significance; Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
Geochemistry and tectonic settings of meta-igneous rocks in the Arthur Lineament and surrounding area, northwest Tasmania; Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
Geolgocial, Tectonic and Metallogenic Relations of South China
Geolgoical tectonic and metallogenic relations of South China
Geological and metallogenic relations of mineral deposits in SE Asia, Geologic, tectonic and metallogenic relations of mineral deposits in SE Asia
Geological and metallogenic relations of mineral deposits in SE Asia: geochronological studies
Geological contributions to geometallurgy: a review; Geoscience Canada
Geological evolution of the East Tasman Plateau, a continental fragment southeast of Tasmania; Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
Geometallurgical modelling techniques applicable to pre-feasibility projects: La Colosa case study; 1st International Geometallurgy Conference (GeoMet 2011)
Geophysical data as a control on geological sections
Gold in the oceans through time; Earth and Planetary Science Letters
In situ location and U‐Pb dating of small zircon grains in igneous rocks using laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-quadrupole mass spectrometry; Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems
Late Mesoproterozoic metamorphism in Tasmania: rifting or Rodinia-forming collision?; Geological Society of Australia
Late Mesozoic strike-slip faulting in Tasmania; Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
Lihir pyrite etching as an instrument for visualisation and quantification of pyrite chemistry
Lithochemistry
Lithogeochemistry: report 2
Lithological discrimination of altered volcanic rocks based on systematic portable X-ray fluorescence analysis of drill core at the Myra Falls VHMS deposit, Canada; Journal of Geochemical Exploration
Metamorphic rocks from the southern margin of Tasmania and their tectonic significance; Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
Micro-analytical Technologies for Mineral Mapping and Trace Element Deportment; Environmental Indicators in Metal Mining
Mid-Palaeozoic orogenesis, magmatism and mineralisation; Geological Evolution of Tasmania: Geological Society of Australia Special Publication
Mineral Dust Emissions at Metalliferous Mine Sites; Environmental Indicators in Metal Mining
Mineral Dust Properties at the Mt Lyell Cu-Au Mine Site, Australia; Environmental Indicators in Metal Mining
Mineralization, U-Pb geochronology, and stable isotope geochemistry of the Lower Main zone of the Lorraine deposit, north-central British Columbia: A replacement-style alkalic Cu-Au porphyry; Economic Geology
Mineralogy and textures of the Battle Zone massive sulfide lenses, Myra Falls district, British Columbia, Canada; Volcanic Environments and Massive Sulfide Deposits
MINSQ - a least squares spreadsheet method for calculating mineral proportions from whole rock major element analyses; Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis
Modelling mineralogy from whole rock assay data a case study from Productora Cu-Au-Mo deposit, Chile; Resources for future generations
Mt Cripps Fault - evidence for Cambrian movement: provisional results
Multiple deformation episodes at Myra Falls volcanic-hosted massive sulfide camp, central Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada; Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences
Novel approaches to geometallurgy using geochemistry - same data, new tricks!; Tenth International mining geology conference
Optical and SEM-based microscopy integration for optimisation of geometallurgical modelling and ore deposit characterisation; 1st International Geometallurgy Conference (GeoMet 2011)
Ore characterisation and geometallurgy modelling: productora Cu-Au-Mo deposit, Chile; Second International Seminar on Geometallurgy
Palaeozoic tectonics of Tasmania; Geological Society of Australia Specialists Group in Tectonics and Structural Geology Clare Valley Conference
Porphyry-epithermal relationships in the Baguio district, Philippines - telescoping of low sulfidation mineralisation by transpressional uplift and erosion; GSA Annual Meeting
Predicting Cu species classification using geochemistry at the Productora Cu-Au-Mo Deposit, Chile; Third AusIMM International Geometallurgy Conference (GeoMet)
Prediction of Acid Rock Drainage (ARD) from calculated mineralogy; 10th International Conference on Acid Rock Drainage and IMWA Annual Conference
Prediction of Acid Rock Drainage from Automated Mineralogy; Environmental Indicators in Metal Mining
Prediction of mineral dust properties at mine sites; Environmental Indicators in Metal Mining
Predictive models of mineralogy from whole-rock assay data: case study from Productora Cu-Au-Mo deposit, Chile; SEG 2019 Conference
Predictive models of mineralogy from whole-rock assay data: Case study from the Productora Cu-Au-Mo deposit, Chile; Economic Geology
Productora Cu-Au-Mo deposit, Chile - a porphyry related magmatic hydrothermal breccia complex; Gordon Research Conference
Proposed methodology for utilising automated core logging technology to extract geotechnical index parameters; 3rd AusIMM International Geometallurgy Conference 2016
Proterozoic Australia-Laurentia fits: AUSWAS an alternative to SWEAT; 15th Australian Geological Convention
Proterozoic Australia-Western United States (AUSWUS) fit between Laurentia and Australia; Geology
Proterozoic metamorphism in Tasmania: Implications for tectonic reconstructions; Precambrian Research
Proterozoic Tasmania; Geological Evolution of Tasmania: Geological Society of Australia Special Publication
Pyrite and pyrrhotite textures and composition in sediments, laminated quartz veins, and reefs at Bendigo Gold Mine, Australia: Insights for ore genesis; Economic Geology and the Bulletin of The Society of Economic Geologists
Regional metamorphism of the Mathinna Group, northeast Tasmania; Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
Rodinian devil in disguise: correlation of 1.25-1.10 Ga strata between Tasmania and Grand Canyon; Geology
Soil transference patterns on bras: image processing and laboratory dragging experiments; Forensic Science International
Structural aspects of Myra Falls Stratigraphy, Vancouver Island
Structural geology of the Andes of Central Chile: evolution, controls on magmatism and the emplacement of giant ore deposits and implications for exploration
Structural history of the Arthur Lineament, northwest Tasmania: an analysis of critical outcrops; Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
Structural, geochronological and tectonic evolution of the Central Chile porphyry Cu belt Rio Blanco to El Teniente
Structure from photographs of oriented core: STORC; Economic Geology and the Bulletin of the Society of Economic Geologists
Structure of the Westmin Mine, Myra Falls
Tectonic implications of the Nan suture zone and its relationship to the Sukhothai Fold Belt, northern Thailand; Journal of Asian Earth Sciences
The Cambrian metamorphic history of Tasmania: The Metapelites; Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
The Geology of the Nifty Copper Deposit, Throssell Group, Western Australia: Implication for Ore Genesis; Economic Geology
The metamorphic sole of the western Tasmanian ophiolite: new insights into the Cambrian tectonic setting of the Gondwana Pacific margin; Riding the Wave: GSA Specialist Group in Tectonics and Structural Geology Conference
The metamorphic sole of the western Tasmanian ophiolite: new insights into the Cambrian tectonic setting of the Gondwana Pacific margin; Gondwana Research
The pre-Carboniferous geology of Tasmania; Episodes
The Productora Cu-Au-Mo deposit, Chile: A Mesozoic magmatic-hydrothermal breccia complex with both porphyry and IOCG affinities; Economic Geology and the Bulletin of the Society of Economic Geologists
The Rosario porphyry Cu-Mo deposit, northern Chile: Hypogene upgrading during gravitational collapse of the Domeyko Cordillera; Mineral Deposit Research: Meeting the Global Challenge
The structural history of Tasmania: a review for petroleum explorers; PESA's Eastern Australian Basin Symposium II
The structure and metamorphism of the Red Point Metamorphic Complex - a newly discovered high-pressure metamorphic complex from the south coast of Tasmania; Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
The Tulsequah Chief deposit, northwestern BC
The use of automated core logging technology to improve estimation of fracture mineralogy and weathering for geotechnical index calculations; AIG Drilling for Geology II
U-Th-Pb monazite dating and the timing of arc-continent collision in East Timor; Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
Using geochemistry to inform geometallurgy at the productora Cu-Au-Mo deposit, Chile; Society of Economic Geologists 2015: World-Class ore Deposits: Discovery to Recovery
UPb zircon geochronology from the Alexander terrane, southeast Alaska: implications for the Greens Creek massive sulphide deposit; Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences
Whole-rock geochemistry of the Hili Manu peridotite, East Timor: implications for the origin of Timor ophiolites; Australian Journal of Earth Sciences

Research Projects

A New Methodology to Date Amphibolites: A Useful Tool to Help Decipher the Tectonic History of Ancient Crustal Blocks; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
An Electron Probe Microanalysis System to Replace an Existing 14 year old Instrument; Australian Research Council (ARC)
An x-ray Fluorecence Analysis System to Replace an Existing 16 year old Instrument; Australian Research Council (ARC)
ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposit Research; Australian Research Council (ARC)
ARC Research Hub for Transforming the Mining Value Chain; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Chemical U-Th-Pb Dating of High Th Phosphates; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Controls on Mineralization, including Sulphide Mineralogy, at the CSA Mine, Cobar NSW; Cobar Consolidated Resources Limited (COBAR)
Dating monazites in sedimentary rocks, applications to eludicdating the geological evolution of Tasmania and southeastern Australia; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Development and testing of tectonic models for Western Tasmania: applications to mineral exploration; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Geology and Geochemistry of the Footwall Phyllite, Greens Creek VHMS Deposit, Alaska: Implications for Ore Genesis and Exploration; Kennecott Greens Creek Mining Company (KGCMC)
Geology of the Escondida District, Chile; BHP Minerals (BHPM)
Geometallurgical Modelling and Mine Planning - Extension (P843A); Australian Research Council (ARC)
Kinematics of Early Palaeozoic faults in Western Tasmania; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Micro-FTIR and EPMA comparison of hydrothermal and metamorphic muscovite.; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Mineralogy and melting relationships in the upper mantle experimental studies directed at diamond, kimberlite and carbonite genesis.; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Myra Falls mine project.; Boliden Westmin Resources Ltd - Canada (BWR)
Scanning Electron Microscope with System for Automated Mineral Mapping and Textural Analysis to Support New Geometallurgy Research Initiative; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Structure & tectonic significance of Cambrian mafic-ultramafic complexes in Tasmania; Australian Research Council (ARC)
The Structure and Deformational History of the Savage River Magnetite Orebodies; Grange Resources (Tasmania) Pty Ltd (GRANGE)
Upgrade the existing Cameca Electron Probe Microanalyser (EPMA) and so extend the Instrument's useful life a further 8 years; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Upgrade the existing Cameca Electron Probe Microanalyser (EPMA) and so extend the Instrument's useful life a further 8 years; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Controls on geochemistry and mineralogy deportment by size: Frieda River and Los Bronces
Geometallurgical applications for sorting by surface analysis: review of status
Ore Characterisation at the Productora deposit, Chile
R&D in Mineral Deportment and Exploration Vectoring
Structural and Thermal History of the Klaeng Area, South East Thailand

Research Candidate Supervision

An experimental study into the behaviour of titanium-rich and chromium-rich oxide mineral phases at high pressures and temperatures
Basaltic melt segregation in partially molten ultramafic rocks- Effects of deformation on diapiric processes in the upper mantle
Characterization of Footwall Lithologies to the Greens Creek Volcanic-hosted Massive Sulfide (VHMS) Deposit, Alaska, USA
Determining the Specification of Carbon and Sulfur in Sulfidic Rocks- New Testing Procedures and Protocols
Focussed Hydrothermal Alteration in Upper Crustal Oceanic Faults on Macquarie Island
From Rodinian break up to Tyennan Reassembly; A critical examination of the early tectonic history of Tasmania
Genesis and Structural Architecture of the CSA Cu-Ag (Pb-Zn) Mine, Cobar, New South Wales
Geochemistry & Geochronology of Palaeproterozoic Fe-rich Tholeiites and Metasediments from the Georgetown Inlier, North Queensland- Their Petrogenesis, Metamorphic History, Tectonic Setting and Implications for Relationship with the
Geological effects of oblique impact cratering, South Australia
Geological evolution of the northern margin of the Kontum massif, Vietnam
Geological Framework of the Mineral Deposits of the Collahuasi District, Region d Tarapaca, Chile
Geology and Genesis of Nifty CU deposit, WA
Geology and Genesis of the Battle Zone VHMS Deposits, Myra Falls District, Brittish Columbia, Canada
Geology and Genesis of the Polymetallic Ridge Zone West VHMS Deposit, Myra Falls, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Geology and Genesis of the Ridgeway Porphyry Au-Cu Deposit, NSW
Geology and geochemistry of the hanging wall argillite, Greens Creek VHMS deposit, Alaska- Implications for ore genesis and exploration
Geology and Tectonic Setting of the Tawallah Group, southern McArthur Basin,Northern Territory.
Geology, Geochronology and Structural Evolution of La Escondida Copper District, Northern Chile
Geometallurgical Mapping and Mine Modelling - Comminution Studies- La Colosa Case Study, AMIRA P843A
Gold Deportment and Geometallurgical Recovery Model for the La Colosa, Porphyry Gold Deposit, Columbia
Integration of Geotechnical and Structural Data from Savage River Mine, Tasmania
Iron Oxide Cu-Au related alteration history of the Mt Woods Inlier, South Australia, with special emphasis on the Prominent Hill prospect
Mineralogical, geochemical and textural changes related to metamorphism of stratiform Zn-Pb-Ag deposits. the metamorphism of stratiform Zn-Pb-Ag deposits.
Modern and Recent Seafloor Environments (Sedimentary, Foraminiferal & Ostracode) of the Pitt Water Estuary, South-East Tasmania
Origin and distribution of corundum from intraplate alkali basaltic province in Thailand- evidence from field and inclusion studies
Petrochemistry, Geochronology and Tectonic Implication of the Chiang Khong-Lampang-Tak Volcanic Belt, Northern Thailand
Petroleum Source Rocks, Maturation and Thermal History, Onshore Tasmania
Structual Geology of the Andes of Central Chile- Evolution, Controls on Magmatism and the Emplacement of Giant Ore Deposits and Implications for Exploration
Structural and Geochemical Evolution of the Rosario Copper-Molybdenum Porphyry Deposit and related Copper-Silver Veins, Collahuasi District, Northern Chile
Structural and Metamorphic Evolution of the Arthur Lineament, NW Tasmania
Structural geology of the southern Ashanti belt, Ghana West Africa
Structure and sedimentology of the Dundas Goups, western Tasmania
Sulphur isotopoers & trace element geochemistry of sulfides as a discriminator of world-class Early Proterozoic Iode gold mineralisation
The Cambrian Metamorphic History of Tasmania
The geology and geochemistry of granitoides in the Chilara Region, Western Gawler Craton, South Australia- implications for the Proterozoic Tectonic history of the Western Gawler Craton, and development of lode-style gold mineralisation at Tunkillia
The geology of Mount Lyell
The Mineralogical and Textural Characteristics of Copper-gold Deposits Linked to Mineral Processing Attributes
The Mt Isa Deep Copper Orebodies Characteristics and Structural Controls on Mineralisation Isa
The Structural Evolution of the Broken Hill Pb-Zn-Ag Deposit, New South Wales, Australia
The Structural History of Tasmania from the Devonian to the Recent
Title- Deformation and Metamorphism of the Sukhothai Fold Belt, Northern Thailand
TITLE- Metamorphism, structural evolution and experimental petrology of Lambert Glacier granulites, Antarctica
Volcanic facies architecture of the seventy mile range group, Qld