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

Lecturer and Researcher in Geoscience, Economic Geology Research Centre (EGRU)

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.

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:

Earth Science Major coordinator (Townsville)

Honours (Earth Science) coordinator

Gender Equity Action and Research (GEAR) committee

CSIRO STEM professionals in schools participant


  • EA2220: Minerals and Magmas (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • EA2900: Introductory Field Geology (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • EA3130: Advanced Petrology (Level 3; TSV)
  • EA5048: Minerals and Magmas (Level 5; TSV)
  • EA5330: Field Techniques (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
  • 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)
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