Ayesha Ahmed


Ayesha is the recipient of the 2017 AusIMM Education Endowment Fund (EEF) PhD Award. She is in her third and final year of a PhD in Economic Geology at the University of Tasmania Centre for Ore Deposit and Earth Sciences (CODES). Her project focuses on identifying patterns in alteration mineral chemistry around porphyry deposits and using those patterns to provide insights into ore-forming processes. Her field site is the Yerington porphyry Cu– Mo–Au district in Nevada, USA.

Ayesha is passionate about integrating new technologies into the exploration workflow. In 2010, she completed a master’s degree at the University of British Columbia Mineral Deposits Research Unit in Canada. She used a number of different analytical techniques (ASD, C-O isotopes, apatite fission track thermochronology, XRD) to define the distal alteration footprint of Carlin-type gold deposits. She spent summers working in remote field camps near the Arctic Circle of Canada exploring for VMS Cu-Pb-Zn, and BIF-hosted gold deposits.

Following successful completion of her master’s degree, Ayesha spent five years exploring for orogenic gold deposits in Western Australia. She was a project geologist at Gold Fields St Ives where she was fortunate to be part of the team to discover the multi-million ounce Invincible gold deposit (Gold Fields Ltd).

Ayesha is an active member of the geological community. She is the chair of the 2018 Gordon Research Seminar: Geochemistry of Ore Deposits, which will be held in New Hampshire, USA in August. She was the 2017 University of Tasmania Women in Mining Network representative. Her role included organising a series of lectures that highlighted the balancing act required of young professional mothers and fathers working in the resources sector. As the mother to a young boy, the issue of equal opportunity in the mining industry has been especially important to her.


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