Rocío Vargas Soto is a PhD Research student at The University of Queensland’s W.H. Bryan Mining & Geology Research Centre (BRC).

She holds a Bachelor and Master of Sciences in Geology from Universidad de Chile. During her studies, Rocío was a teaching assistant in the Geology Department: Crystallography and Mineralogy Fundamentals, Fundamentals of Geochemistry, Metallogeny, and Introduction to Ore Deposits. Both internships were spent in the mining industry: the first in the Production Geology area of CODELCO Radomiro Tomic mine and the second in geological modelling at the Core Mining Studies consulting company.

Rocío was awarded the CODELCO Academic Excellence Scholarship for her undergraduate studies and the CONICYT Scholarship for her Master studies. Rocío performed her MSc. thesis with the support of Teck Resources, in a Porphyry Cu-Mo deposit in Atacama, Chile. During that time, she received two Association of Applied Geochemists and Geological Society of America travel grants to attend international conferences as an author, in New Zealand and in the USA.

Before joining BRC, Rocío worked for the Reflex Company as a Geochemist for their expansion in South America - mainly in Chile and Peru. Additionally, she has worked as a Project Geologist at Exploraciones Mineras Andinas (CODELCO subsidiary) in a brownfield advanced stage exploration project near El Teniente copper mine. The most recent position held was as Geologist at NuevaUnion, a joint venture between Teck and Goldcorp, a combined project of Copper-Gold-Molybdenum in Chile.

Rocío has been awarded The University of Queensland’s Research Training Scholarship to join BRC. She aims to apply her experience trying to identify and quantify - at an early stage - key mineralogical and geochemical features of orebodies, which may be useful in the mineral processing and mine planning. 

In 2019, Rocio became one of only 30 UQ Global Change Scholars, an initiative designed to produce future research leaders. Graduates of the program will possess deep understanding of global trends, the challenges and opportunities they present, and an awareness of how to drive the changes necessary for us to build sustainable futures.