Ross Large is internationally renown for his research related to metallic mineral deposits, including gold, zinc and copper. His research has focused on the geological and chemical processes involved in ore formation and techniques to assist mineral discovery. He established the ARC Centre for Ore Deposit and Exploration Science (CODES) in 1989 and was the Director of the Centre until 2012. He has published over 100 peer reviewed publications; in 2011 he received the Brian J Skinner Award for the best paper in Economic Geology, outlining a new theory for the genesis of sediment-hosted gold deposits.
He is currently studying trace metals in the ocean through time and their controls on the cycles of marine life and mineral deposits.