About

My main research interest is in economic geology, structure and tectonics with a focus on exploration for mineral deposits, field geology and geological mapping, structural controls on mineralized systems and the interplay between tectonic process and mineralized systems. My experience includes lode gold, IOCG, SEDEX, manganese and chromitite deposits as well as epithermal and porphyry systems. Current areas of interest are:

  • The Proterozoic Mt Isa region of northern Queensland, with research related to copper, SEDEX and IOCG mineralization as well as the structural, metamorphic and tectonic evolution of the region.
  • NE Queensland, with research related to critical metals mineralization and developing a comprehensive metallogenic and tectonic model for the region
  • The Archean Tanzania Craton, with research related to gold mineralization, tectonic evolution and crustal growth
  • NE Egypt, with research related to REE, Nb and Ta mineralization hosted by Precambrian granites emplaced along the Najd Fault System

I use a multidisciplinary approach in my research frequently dwelling into one or more of the following disciplines: geochemistry, mineralogy and mineral chemistry, field geology, structural and geological mapping, metamorphic petrology, geochronology (zircon, monazite and titanite), igneous geochemistry, isotopes (Lu-Hf, Sm-Nd, O, S) and numerical modelling.

 I maintain an active collaboration with the mining industry with students working on a range of industry sponsored projects from Honours to PhD level.

 

 

Teaching
  • EA2220: Minerals and Magmas (Level 2; CNS)
  • EA2510: Earth Resources, Exploration and Environment (Level 2; TSV)
  • EA2900: Introductory Field Geology (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • EA3400: Ore Genesis (Level 3; TSV)
  • EA3510: Geological Mapping (Level 3; TSV)
  • EA3511: Field Techniques in Geology (Level 3; TSV)
  • EA5043: Ore Genesis (Level 5; TSV)
  • EA5045: Field Techniques in Geology (Level 5; TSV)
  • EA5330: Field Techniques (Level 5; TSV)
Interests
Research
  • lode gold, Cu-Au, IOCG, SEDEX, manganese, epithermal, porphyry deposits
  • mineral footprint and vectoring tools
  • structural controls on mineralization
  • geotech and ore body knowledge
  • structural geology and tectonics
  • tectonic styles through geological time
  • crustal growth mechanism
  • Archean deformation and geology
  • thermodynamic modelling and metamorphism
  • deformation partitioning and porphyroblasts
  • monazite, titanite and zircon geochronology
  • field geology and geological mapping
Experience
  • 2015 to present - Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2009 to 2014 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2006 to 2009 - PhD student, James Cook University (Townsville)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 30+ research outputs authored by Dr Ioan Sanislav from 2006 onwards.

Current Funding

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Department of the Environment and Energy - Contract Research

The mineralization potential for nickel, scandium, chromium and cobalt of ultramafic complexes in NE Queensland

Indicative Funding
$60,000 over 4 years
Summary
NE Queensland has exploration potential for a wide range of critical metals. Nickel, cobalt and scandium mineralization in NE Queensland occurs at Greenvale Nickel, Lucknow, Brolga, Kokomo and Bell Creek deposits and is mostly associated with laterites developed on altered ultramafic complexes. Un-explored ultramafic complexes occur north of Greenvale, near the Valley of Lagoons, in the Hodkinson and Kangaroo Hill Formations, Barnard and Running River Metamorphics. This project seeks to provide more detailed characterization and an improved geological perspective, for ultramafic occurrences of northeast Queensland. It is intended to attract the attention of explores to their mineralization potential.
Investigators
Ioan Sanislav and Paul Dirks in collaboration with Vladimir Lsitsin (College of Science & Engineering and Geological Survey of Queensland)
Keywords
Critical Minerals; Ultramafic; Metallogenesis; NE Queensland; Mineralisation

Department of the Environment and Energy - Contract Research

The potential for indium mineralization in the Herberton Mineral Field, NE QLD

Indicative Funding
$60,000 over 4 years
Summary
The project aims to: 1. Investigate the mineralogy, paragenesis and geochemistry of indium at the Baal Gammon deposit and other similar occurrences in the region; 2. Determine the distribution of indium in the host rocks; 3. Identify the factors controlling the location and formation of the indium mineralisation and; 4. Discover mineralogical, textural and geochemical zoning patterns that could be used as vectors to ore. In so doing, we will identify the factors controlling the location and formation of the indium mineralization in association with tin-tungsten and polymetallic ore deposits. A geological model will be developed for use in exploration targeting.
Investigators
Ioan Sanislav and Paul Dirks in collaboration with Avish Kumar and Vladimir Lsitsin (College of Science & Engineering and Geological Survey of Queensland)
Keywords
Indium; Herberton; Metallogenesis; North East Queensland; Mineralisation; Critical Minerals

MMG Ltd - Contract Research

Architecture of the hanging wall shear zone and faults affecting the ore zone at Dugald River Mine

Indicative Funding
$62,400 over 4 years
Summary
This is a PhD project to develop a better understanding of the larger scale geometry of the shear zone and fault system that occur within the immediate hanging wall of the zinc-sulphide ore body in Dugald River Mine, near Cloncurry, NW Queensland. We aim to understand how shear controls the distribution of the ore zone both from a genetic and mechanical (displacement and remobilization) perspective, to optimize ore recovery in a predictive manner.
Investigators
Paul Dirks and Ioan Sanislav in collaboration with Pieter Creus (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Dugald River; Shear Zone; SEDEX; modelling; geotechnical

QLD Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy - Contract Research

Magmatic History, Fertility and Metallogenesis of the Mary Kathleen Domain of the Mt Isa Inlier

Indicative Funding
$352,500 over 4 years
Summary
This project aims to highlight the exploration potential in the Mary Kathleen Domain of the Mt Isa Inlier by providing key mineralisation insights that can assist mining companies to plan their exploration strategy for better targeting and enhance the potential for new discoveries. To achieve this, the project has three main objectives: (1) Establish the extent, character and timing of the dominant magmatic epochs in the Mary Kathleen Domain of the Mt Isa Inlier (2) Develop an understanding of the tectono-magmatic history of the Mary Kathleen Domain and its links to metallogenesis; (3) Explore the applicability of magma fertility concepts as a tool for exploration for a variety of deposit types.
Investigators
Paul Dirks, Ioan Sanislav and Carl Spandler (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Mary Kathleen Belt; Metallogenesis; Mineralisation; Magma Fertility; Geochronology

Department of the Environment and Energy - Contract Research

Magmatic History, Fertility and Metallogenesis of the Mary Kathleen Domain of the Mt Isa Inlier

Indicative Funding
$352,500 over 4 years
Summary
This project aims to highlight the exploration potential in the Mary Kathleen Domain of the Mt Isa Inlier by providing key mineralisation insights that can assist mining companies to plan their exploration strategy for better targeting and enhance the potential for new discoveries. To achieve this, the project has three main objectives: (1) Establish the extent, character and timing of the dominant magmatic epochs in the Mary Kathleen Domain of the Mt Isa Inlier (2) Develop an understanding of the tectono-magmatic history of the Mary Kathleen Domain and its links to metallogenesis; (3) Explore the applicability of magma fertility concepts as a tool for exploration for a variety of deposit types.
Investigators
Paul Dirks, Ioan Sanislav and Carl Spandler (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Mary Kathleen Belt; Metallogenesis; Mineralisation; Magma Fertility; Geochronology

Qld Dept of Natural Resources and Mines - Contract Research

Geological characteristics, genesis and ore controlling factors of the Tick Hill Au deposit, Dajarra District, NW Queensland, Australia

Indicative Funding
$59,000 over 5 years
Summary
The project aims to: 1. investigate and document the geological and geochemical features of the Tick Hill gold deposit, including understanding the structural evolution lmagmaticl history, alteration style andl mineralisation; 2. classify the deposit and improve the understanding of the genesis; 3. identify the factors controlling the locationh and formation of the deposits such as structural architecture, controls of host rocks and intrusions; and 4. discover lmineralogical, textural and geochemical zoning patterns that could gbe used as vectors to ore. A geological model will be developedfor use in exploration targeting.
Investigators
Paul Dirks and Ioan Sanislav in collaboration with Le Thruong (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Tick Hill; Gold; mineralisation

Australian Synchrotron - Beamline Proposal

X-ray tomography of Archean putative trace fossils and microfossils

Indicative Funding
$1,650
Summary
The 2700 Ma metasediments from the Tanzania lCratpon contain centimeter size structures that resemble Phanerozoic trace fossils. They have a tube-like shape with an s-like curcature and are more than 15 centimeters long. Thin section studies and elemental mapping revealed that the grain size and comp;osition of the 'concretions' are very different from the surrounding matrix. They contain a complex internal structure which is inconsistent with an inorganic origin opening the extraoredinary possibility for the existence of complex life forms 2700 Ma ago.
Investigators
Ioan Sanislav and Paul Dirks in collaboration with Rosalie Hocking (College of Science & Engineering and Swinburne University of Technology)
Keywords
Archaean fossils; Imaging; origin of life; x-ray tomography

Australian Synchrotron - Beamline Proposal

X-ray fluorescence microscopy of Archean macro and microfossils

Indicative Funding
$1,473
Summary
The 2700 Ma metasediments from the Archean Tanzania Craton contain centimeter size ?concretionary? structures that resemble Phanerozoic trace fossils and unusually large and complexly shaped microfossils. Thin section studies and EPMA elemental mapping revealed that the grain size and composition of the ?concretions? are very different from the surrounding matrix. They contain a complex internal structure, which is inconsistent with an inorganic origin suggesting the existence of complex life forms 2700 Ma ago. Herein we ask for beam-time to collect detailed high resolution and high sensitivity compositional data for the macrofossils and the microfossils.
Investigators
Ioan Sanislav and Paul Dirks in collaboration with Rosalie Hocking (College of Science & Engineering and Swinburne University of Technology)
Keywords
Archaean fossils; imaging; Origin of life; x-ray fluorescence microscopy
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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.

Current
  • Establishing a Tectonic Framework for the Cretaceous break-up of Eastern Gondwana: Insights from Papua New Guinea and Offshore Geology of the Coral and Tasman Seas. (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Base Metal Genesis, Geology, and Structural Evolution of the Central Tommy Creek Domain, Mt Isa Inlier (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Fluids in the lower crust: storage and mobilization (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Geological characteristics, genesis and ore controlling factors of the Tick Hill Au deposit, Dajarra District, NW Queensland, Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Environmental Strategies for Mining in Northern Queensland, Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Structural Geology/Engineering Geology/Geotechnical Engineering, focused on developing a model for the Geotechnical Behaviour of the Ore Zone and immediate Wall Rock at Dugald River Mine, North of Cloncurry, Australia (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Platinum Group Elements, Rare Earth Elements and Base Metals Investigation along the Indus Suture Zone, Kohistan Island Arc and Shyok Suture Zone, North Pakistan (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Fluid Characterisation of Hydrothermal Mineralisation in the Mt Isa-Cloncurry District (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Mineral indicators of magma fertility in the Eastern Succession of the Mt Isa Inlier (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • The structural and intrusive history of the Mary Kathleen Syncline, Mary Kathleen Domain, Mt Isa Inlier, Australia (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Genesis and Economic Potential of Mafic-Ultramafic Complexes in North Eastern Queensland (PhD , Primary Advisor)
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