• EA2510: Earth Resources, Exploration and Environment (Level 2; TSV)
  • EA3400: Ore Genesis (Level 3; TSV)
  • EA3510: Geological Mapping (Level 3; TSV)
  • EA3511: Field Techniques in Geology (Level 3; TSV)
  • EA5028: Advanced Techniques in Mining and Exploration Geology (Level 5; TSV)
  • EA5043: Ore Genesis (Level 5; TSV)
  • EA5044: Geological Mapping (Level 5; TSV)
  • EA5045: Field Techniques in Geology (Level 5; TSV)
  • EA5320: Earth Resources, Exploration and Environment (Level 5; TSV)
  • EA9003: Field Studies in Geology (Level 9; TSV)
  • 2015 to present - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2012 to present - Director, EGRU (Economic Geology Research Centre), James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2011 to 2014 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2008 to 2011 - Senior Research Fellow, CODES, University of Tasmania (Australia)
  • 2004 to 2008 - Research Fellow, CODES, University of Tasmania (Australia)
  • 2004 - Postdoctoral Research Associate, Washington State University (USA)
  • 2000 to 2003 - PhD, Washington State University (USA)
  • 1997 to 2000 - Assistant Professor, Peking University (China)
  • 1992 to 1997 - PhD, Peking University (China)
  • 1988 to 1992 - BSc, Peking University (China)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2017 - Award for Excellence in Research, James Cook University, Australia
  • 2012 - AMIRA Award 2012 for Geoscience Research Excellence, for research into geochemical vectors as used in exploration for porphyry-related mineralisation
  • 2003 - Bronze Medal, Remick Poster Awards competition, Annual meeting of Geological Association of Canada (GAC) (top 3 out of approximately 175 posters)
  • 2003 - The Joseph W. Mills Endowment Award, Geology Department, Washington State University
  • 2002 - 2nd prize in student poster contest. Annual meeting of NWMA (Northwest Mining Association, USA)
  • 2002 - The Joseph W. Mills Endowment Award, Geology Department, Washington State University
  • 2001 - The Roger V. LeClerc Fellowship “Outstanding Graduate Student in Geology”, Geology Department, Washington State University
  • 1999 - The Gangsong Award for teaching excellence, Peking University, China
  • 2011 - onwards: Guest Research Professor, Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences
  • 2004 - onwards: Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) Fellow
  • 2009 to 2012 - Guest Professor, China University of Geosciences, Beijing
  • 2015 - Geological Society of Australia member
  • 2013 - onwards: AusIMM member
  • 2013 - onwards: AIG member
  • 2010 - onwards: SGA member
  • 2000 - onwards: Geological Society of America (GSAm) member
  • 1998 - onwards: SEG member
  • 2015 - Associate Editor, Mineralium Deposita
  • 2014 - onwards: Chair, IAGOD (International Association on the Genesis of Ore Deposits) Working Group on Skarn Deposits
  • 2013 - onwards: QEC (Queensland Exploration Council) Research Working Group member
  • 2012 - onwards: AusIMM North Queensland Branch Committee member
  • 2013 to 2018 - Editorial Board member, Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition)
  • 2016 to 2017 - Organising Committee Member, SEG 2017 conference in Beijing, China, 17-20 September 2017
  • 2015 to 2017 - SEG International Exchange Lecturer Sub-Committee member
  • 2014 to 2017 - Editor, SEG Special Publication Volume - Mineral Deposits in China
  • 2012 to 2017 - SEG Publications Board member
  • 2016 - Session convener, AESC (Australian Earth Science Convention), Adelaide, Australia, 26-30 June 2016
  • 2015 - Session Chair: Plenary-Keynote session, SEG 2015 conference in Hobart, Tasmania, 27-30 September 2015
  • 2015 - Convener: Skarns and Carbonate Replacement Deposits session, AusIMM PacRim 2015 Congress, Hong Kong, 18-21 March 2015
  • 2015 - Organising Committee member, AusIMM PacRim 2015 Congress, 18-21 March 2015, Hong Kong, China
  • 2015 - Organising Committee member, SEG 2015 Conference, 27-30 September 2015, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  • 2005 to 2014 - 20 keynote or invited presentations
  • 2013 - Chair, FUTORES (Future Understanding of Ores, Resources, Environment and Sustainability) conference, 2-5 June 2013, Townsville, Queensland, Australia (247 delegates from 15 countries)
  • 2013 - Co-convener, Skarn deposits – 138 years after Törnebohm session, SGA 2013 conference, 12–15 August 2013, Uppsala, Sweden
  • 2013 - SEG Nominating Committee member
  • 2007 to 2013 - Taught or co-taught in 22 short courses / workshops; ~1840 participants
  • 2012 - SEG Committee on Committees member
  • 2011 - Chair, North Queensland Resources Development, 19-20 July 2011, Townsville, Australia
  • 2011 - Guest editor: An Economic Geology special issue on the geology and mineral deposits of the Philippines
  • 2008 - Convener: Skarns and Replacement Deposits session, PacRim Congress, 24-27 Nov 2008, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 75+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Zhaoshan Chang from 1995 onwards.

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Compania Minera Antamina S.A. - Contract Research

Uplift History, Intrusive Sequence, and Skarn Mineralisation at the Giant Antamina Deposit, Peru

Indicative Funding
$200,250 over 4 years
The Antamina deposit is a giant Cu-Zn skarn and the largest skarn deposits in the world. The known mineralisation occurs continuously over a vertical length of >2.5km, with the extension to the depth still open. In this project we will try to understand why this deposit is so big. We will try to find out the factors controlling the mineralisation and thereby assist in the exploration of similar deposits in this region and world wide.
Zhaoshan Chang in collaboration with L Meinert, Carl Spandler and S Mrozek (College of Science & Engineering, US Geological Survey and Division of Tropical Environments & Societies)
Antamina; Cu-Zn; Intrusive Sequence; Skarn; Uplift history; Mineralisation

Evolution Mining - Contract Research

Geological Characteristics and Genesis of Mt Carlton High-Sulfidation Epithermal Deposit, and the Implications for Exploration

Indicative Funding
$150,000 over 3 years
The project aims to A) Document the geological characteristics, particularly the zoning patterns of Mt Carlton, and understand the ore formation processes and factors controlling the positions of orebodies, to help the exploration for similar deposits, and B) to estimate the position of the porphyry deposit related to the Mt Carlton HS deposit, by first estimating the surface projection of the porphyry deposit at depth, and then estimating the depth of the deposit.
Zhaoshan Chang, Paul Dirks, Jan Huizenga and Christa Placzek in collaboration with Lars Fredrik Sahlstrom (College of Science & Engineering)
Mt Carlton; Gold-Copper; Porphyry Deposit; Queensland; High-Sulfidation Epithermal Deposit; Exploration

Qld Dept of Natural Resources and Mines - Future Resources Program

Characterising and assessing prospectivity of intrusion-related hydrothermal mineral systems in north-east Queensland

Indicative Funding
$1,779,736 over 2 years
The project is to assess the prospectivity of intrusion-related hydrothermal mineral systems in NE Queensland, through characterising the geological features and understanding the genesis and ore formation controls of known deposits, and investigating on regional alteration, magma fertility, geodynamic setting and evolution, and uplift/exhumation histories. The project will introduce new ideas and new approaches to help improve exploration success rate and to invigorate and revitalise exploration activities in NE Queensland.
Zhaoshan Chang, Paul Dirks, Carl Spandler, John Carranza, Jan Huizenga and Bob Henderson (College of Science & Engineering and Division of Tropical Environments & Societies)
Mt Carlton; Queensland; gold-copper; high-sulfidation epithermal deposit; porphyry deposit; Exploration

Evolution Mining - Contract Research

Mt Carlton Gold-Copper Deposit, Queensland

Indicative Funding
The minerals industry is one of the economic pillars of Queensland. However, no major deposits have been discovered in the past decade. Considering the long lead-time from discovery to mining (8-10 years) and the short remaining life span of existing major mines (mostly <10 years), it is imperative to find more mineral resources soon. This project will help the exploration for high-quality porphyry-style gold-copper resources in the Mt Carlton district and eastern Queensland, by better documenting the geology and alteration zoning patterns of the existing Mt Carlton high sulfidation-type gold-copper deposit, and improve the understanding of ore-forming processes and controls.
Zhaoshan Chang (Division of Tropical Environments & Societies)
Mt Carlton; Gold-Copper; Porphyry Deposit; Queensland; High-Sulfidation Epithermal Deposit; Exploration

Glencore - Mt Isa Mine - Contract Research

Ore Genesis and Alteration Paragenesis of the E1 Group of IOCG Deposits, Cloncurry Region, North West Queensland

Indicative Funding
E1 group deposits are located only 8km east of the world renown Ernest Henry deposit in the Cloncurry IOCG district Qld. Despite the short distance fro Ernest Henry (EH), the alteration and mineralisation textures look significantly different from EH, whereas the mineralogy is mainly similar to EG. This PhD project will investi9gate the characteristics of the E1 deposits and their relationship with the EH deposit, understand the genesis and ore-controlling factors, and thereby assist with the exploration of more IOCG deposits in the vicinities.
Zhaoshan Chang, Thomas Blenkinsop and Richard Lilly in collaboration with George Case (Division of Tropical Environments & Societies, Cardiff University and Xstrata Copper - Ernest Henry Mine)
E1 Group Deposits; Gold-Copper; Mineral Exploration; Queensland; IoCG Deposit

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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.

  • Understanding the hydrothermal mobility of rare earth elements in the continental crust (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Geological Characteristics and Origin of the Watershed Tungsten Deposit, Northeast Queensland, Australia (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Magma-related hydrothermal gold and base metal deposits in the Chillagoe district, NE Queensland, Australia: Relationships, transitions, and controls (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Geochronology and Genesis of the Wolfram Camp W-Mo deposit, Queensland, Australia (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Geological setting and mineralisation characteristics of the Pac Lang Au-W Deposits, Bac Kan province, Northeastern Vietnam (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Uplift History, Intrusive Sequence, and Skarn Mineralisation at the Giant Antamina Deposit, Peru (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Zonation, paragenesis and fluid evolution from the root to top of the Far Southeast Lepanto porphyry epithermal system, Mankayan district, Philippines (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Mt Carlton High-sulfidation epithermal deposit, Queensland Australia: Geological Character genesis and implications for exploration. (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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