Helen McCoy-West (Helen Cocker on OrcidID and Google Scholar

Lecturer and Researcher in Geoscience

Economic Geology Research Centre (EGRU)

Originally from New Zealand, I became interested in science at school. A particular intrigue in dynamic geological processes like earthquakes and volcanoes lead me to study geology at university and ultimately become a geologist!

My main areas of interest are petrology, geochemistry, mineralogy, and geochronology, with a focus on igneous systems and ore deposits. My research primarily investigates the role of magmas in ore deposit formation.

My current research at JCU is focussed on:

  • The geochemistry and geochronology of igneous rock suites in the Mt. Isa Inlier, predominantly in the Mary Kathleen Domain
  • Stable metal isotopes in magmatic and hydrothermal systems
  • Magmatic processes

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


Other roles:

Bachelor of Geology coordinator

Earth Science Major coordinator (Townsville)

Honours (Geology/Earth Science) coordinator

CSIRO STEM professionals in schools participant


  • EA2220: Minerals and Magmas (Level 2; TSV)
  • EA3130: Advanced Petrology (Level 3; TSV)
  • EA5048: Minerals and Magmas (Level 5; TSV)
  • EA5130: Advanced Petrology (Level 5; TSV)
  • EV3454: Natural Hazards (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • EV3606: Disasters, Communities and Planning (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • EV5454: Natural Hazards (Level 5; TSV)
  • EV5606: Disasters, Communities and Planning (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • Igneous petrology
  • Economic geology
  • Magmatic and hydrothermal ore deposits
  • Geochemistry
  • Geochronology
  • Natural hazards
  • Volcanology
  • Mineralogy and petrology
  • Geochemistry
  • 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)
  • 2009 to 2011 - Research and teaching assistant, University of Auckland (Auckland, New Zealand)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives

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Geoscience Australia - Contract Research

North Queensland Proterozoic Metallogenesis

Indicative Funding
$333,000 over 2 years
This project will assess the metallogenic potential of the Croydon and southern Etheridge provinces including their potential to host critical mineral resources
Ioan Sanislav and Helen McCoy-West (College of Science & Engineering)
critical minerals; metallogeny; mineral deposits; proterozoic Australia

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • A local perspective on cultural integration and complexity in the early historic period: 1st Millennium AD Archaeology in Northeast Thailand. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Understanding the geologic connection between Cape York and Zealandia: Insights from the Laura Basin (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Refining Tephrostratigraphic approaches in Deep Time through Glass Melt Inclusion and Isotopic Fingerprinting of Heavy Mineral Separates in Heavy Minerals (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • The critical mineral potential of the Kennedy Igeous Association: petrogenesis, tectonic setting and metallogeny (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Investigating Global REE ion adsorption deposits to understand their genesis: Investigating trace element and REE stable isotope systematics. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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