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Postdoctoral research fellow, The University of Queensland

Currently, Laura is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Geometallurgy and Applied Geochemistry at the W.H. Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre within the Sustainable Minerals Institute. She is involved in a four-year project on secondary prospectivity of mine waste with a focus on critical mineral exploration funded by the Queensland State Government. Specific areas of research include:

Establishment of new mineralogical and hyperspectral mineralogy tools for drill core characterisation to improve prediction of acid and metalliferous drainage
Geometallurgical characterisation of tailings and waste rock at historic and abandoned mine sites in Australia

Laura was part of the Transforming the Mining Value Chain (TMVC), developing new tests and protocols for improving waste characterisation with a focus on integrating waste characterisation across the entire mining value chain to enable the use of new techniques and technologies for early life-of-mine geoenvironmental forecasting.

Professionally, Laura worked at an environmental consultancy as a senior geochemist on a range of industry and government projects from prefeasibility through to closure and rehabilitation (2018-20).


  • 2020–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Queensland


  • 2014 
    University of Tasmania, BSc (Hons)