Zinc-Lead-Copper Metallophytes for Biogeochemical Prospecting and Mine Site Rehabilitation

Roger's PhD is composed of two core parts, the start and end of the mining life cycle. 

The first, is focused on biogeochemical prospecting, a concept which has been explored in the past but had limited growth in Australia for various reasons. Roger now looks at how to apply modern technologies and identify innovative solutions on how the industry may use plants for metal prospecting to improve success rates. The second part of his PhD is focused on mine site rehabilitation, he looks to identify how to create rehabilitation schemes by incorporating machine learning techniques and remote sensing technology.


Roger has an interdisciplinary background in the environmental sciences, he holds an undergraduate degree with honours in Zoology from Anglia Ruskin University and two postgraduate degrees in Environmental and Earth Resources Management with distinction (Kingston University) and Ecological Surveying Techniques with distinction (University of Oxford). Roger won the University of Oxford's IT Innovation Challenge in 2017 for the creation of the Virtual Environments Sampling Platform, a teaching aid to be used at the University of Oxford from 2018. In London he worked in the private sector as a Bid Analyst and Lead Author for Keolis in sustainability and station development, their team won the 15 year contract worth £5bn ($8.8bn) for rail development in Wales. Roger is now undertaking his PhD at CMLR to pursue his passion in sustainability, innovation and mining.


The University of Queensland Centennial Scholarship; International Postgraduate Research Scholarship. 


Dr Antony van der Ent & Associate Professor Peter Erskine