Dr Kate Tungpalan completed her PhD in 2016, at The University of Queensland's Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC), where she focussed on investigating the key textural drivers to separation performance of a variable and complex copper porphyry deposit.

Kate's research included a pioneering work on meso-scale texture analysis that provided quantitative evidence of the role of vein-type mineralisation in mineral liberation. During her PhD, Kate was also involved in the Designer Tailings project which is a cross disciplinary project within the Sustainable Minerals Institute. Kate was the recipient of the prestigious Ian Morley Prize in 2014, and was selected by the Minerals Engineering Journal Editor in 2017 as a “Rising Star”.

After completion of her PhD, Kate worked as an academic in the University of the Philippines, where she had been a lecturer since 2007. Her research was primarily focussed on small-scale mining in the Philippines. Kate was involved in the establishment and deployment of a mercury and cyanide free process of recovering gold that significantly benefitted the small-scale mining communities.

Kate is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at W.H. Bryan Mining & Geology Research Centre, working on developing research on geometallurgy and drill-core scale texture analysis.