Helen McCoy-West (Helen Cocker) 

My main areas of interest are igneous petrology, volcanology, and economic geology. My current research at JCU is focused on the geochemistry and geochronology of igneous rock suites in the Mt Isa Block, with a focus on the Mary Kathleen Domain. My research focus is investigating the role of magmas in ore deposit formation.

My previous research projects include:

  • Mineralogy and geochemistry of epithermal Au-Ag deposits in New Zealand
  • Mineralogical aspects of ironsands in New Zealand and how mineralogical variation affects the iron and steel manufacturing processes
  • Geochemistry and geochronology of igneous suites associated with porphyry Cu±Au deposits to investigate the impact of sulfide saturation on porphyry formation


  • EA2220: Minerals and Magmas (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • EA3130: Advanced Petrology (Level 3; TSV)
  • EA5048: Minerals and Magmas (Level 5; TSV)
  • EV3454: Natural Hazards (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • EV5454: Natural Hazards (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • Igneous petrology
  • Economic geology
  • Magmatic and hydrothermal ore deposits
  • Natural hazards
  • Volcanology
  • Mineralogy and petrology
  • 2020 to present - Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2020 - Post doc researcher, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2012 to 2016 - PhD candidate, Australian National University (Canberra)
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