Karen has had a varied career in both mineral and petroleum exploration, and as a consultant.

Her areas of expertise include structural geology/tectonics, integrated interpretation of geophysical and geoscience datasets, and strategic science leadership. Karen's key strengths are delivery of high-level outcomes, building collaborative and long-lasting relationships with key stakeholders, leading high-performing, multi-disciplinary teams, and project management.

As Managing Principal Consultant at Frogtech Geoscience, Karen planned, managed and delivered ~40 data and interpretation projects on basins around the world to petroleum exploration companies. These projects delivered detailed interpretation of basement geology (terranes, composition, and structural fabric), tectonic evolution of basins, stress analysis, fault kinematic maps for key events, paleogeography, depth and 3D geometry of the basement surface (Frogtech’s SEEBASE model), gravity modelling, crustal architecture and basement derived heat flow.

In earlier roles at St Ives and Norseman gold mines, Karen was the first to identify large-scale, E-W structures at St Ives, highlight their potential importance in gold deposit localisation and integrate them into a 3D model of the district. Further mapping and analysis after her departure confirmed and documented these structures in greater detail.

Karen produced the first digital models of gold distribution on the Main Field and Royal orebodies at Norseman and integrated them into a larger 3D model. Her analysis of optimal drill spacing for discovery of “nuggetty” gold deposits provided WMC with a cost-effective exploration plan. This model and analysis are still in use today.

Karen is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders and the Geological Society of London, and a member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia.


Peer-reviewed journals and government publications:

Frogtech Geoscience 2017. 2017 Canning Basin SEEBASE Study and GIS data package. Geological Survey of Western Australia, Report 182, 297p.

Frogtech Geoscience 2018. North West Queensland SEEBASE® Study and GIS. Queensland Geological Record 2018/03.

Frogtech Geoscience 2018. SEEBASE® Study and GIS for greater McArthur Basin. Northern Territory Geological Survey Digital Information Package DIP 017.

Miller, J, Blewett, R, Tunjic, J and Connors, K, 2010. The role of early formed structures on the development of the world class St Ives Goldfield, Yilgarn, WA. Precambrian Research, 183 (2), 292-315.

Connors, K.A, Ansdell, K.M., and Lucas, S.B. 2002. Development of a transverse to orogen parallel extension lineation in a complex collisional setting, Trans-Hudson Orogen, Manitoba, Canada. Journal of Structural Geology, 24:89-106.

Connors, K, Ansdell, K, and Lucas, S. 1999. Coeval sedimentation, magmatism, and fold-thrust development in the Trans-Hudson Orogen: geochronological evidence from the Wekusko Lake area, Manitoba, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 1999, 36(2): 275-291.

Ansdell, K, Connors, K, Stern, R, and Lucas, S. 1999. Coeval sedimentation, magmatism, and fold-thrust development in the Trans-Hudson Orogen: Propagation of deformation into an active continental arc setting, Wekusko Lake area, Manitoba. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 1999, 36(2): 292-312.

Connors, K.A., 1996. Unravelling the boundary between turbidites of the Kisseynew belt and volcano-plutonic rocks of the Flon Flon belt, Tans-Hudson Orogen, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 33: 811-829.

Ansdell, K, Lucas, S, Connors, K, and Stern, R, 1995. Kisseynew metasedimentary gneiss belt, Trans-Hudson Orogen (Canada): back-arc origin and collisional inversion. Geology, 23, 1039-1043.

Connors, K, and Page, R, 1995. Relationships between magmatism, metamorphism and deformation in the western Mount Isa Inlier, Australia. Precambrian Research, 71, 131-153.

Connors, K, and Lister, G, 1995. Polyphase deformation in the western Mount Isa Inlier, Australia: episodic or continuous deformation? Journal of Structural Geology, 17, 305-328.

Connors, K.A. and Graham, D.F., 1995. Multi-season Landsat TM facilitates regional geological mapping. Earth Observation Magazine, January 1995: 30-32.

Connors, KA, Proffett, JM, Lister, GS, Scott, R, OLIVER, NHS, and Young, DJ, 1992. Geology of the Mount Novit Ranges, southwest of Mount Isa Mine. In: Stewart A. J. & Blake D. H. eds. Detailed Studies of the Mount Isa Inlier, pp. 137 – 160. Australian Geological Survey Organisation Bulletin 243, 137-160.

Jamieson, R.A., Tallman, P., Marcotte, J.A., Plint, H.E., and Connors, K.A. 1987. Geology of the west-central Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia. Geological Survey of Canada, Paper 87-13.


Abstracts and conference presentations:

Connors, K.A., Lee, J.U., Jorand, C., and Pryer, L. 2018. Uncovering the basement: new SEEBASE® models for Queensland. Digging Deeper, Brisbane, December 2018.

Connors, K.A. and Pryer, L. 2018. Secrets from the deep: greater McArthur Basin SEEBASE® study helps unravel evolution of the basin and its underlying basement AGES 2018 Proceedings, NT Geological Survey 32-39.

Connors, K.A, Cedric J., Haines P.B., Zhan, Y.B. and Pryer, L., 2018. Uncovering the Canning Basin: a new comprehensive SEEBASE® model. The APPEA Journal 2018, 58, 793–798, Extended Abstract https://doi.org/10.1071/AJ17073

Connors K, Jorand, C and Pryer L, 2017, April. Influence of Structural Inheritance on the Moattama – East Andaman Basins and the Present-Day Plate Boundary. SEAPEX Exploration Conference April 26-28, 2017, Singapore.

Debacker T, Connors K, Lee JU, Watters S, Clifford J and Menpes PPS, 2016. Exploring the sub-salt play in the frontier Amadeus Basin–Insights from potential field data analysis. Northern Territory Geological Survey Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar, March, 2016, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.

Pryer L., Jorand, C., Connors K, and Blevin, J. 2015. A New Depth-to-Basement Model of Myanmar: Insights from a Study of Basement Terranes. AAPG/EAGE/MGS 2nd Oil & Gas Conference, Yangon, Myanmar, November 2015.

Johns, R, Julie Mackintosh*, David Lavery, Sandy Watters, Stephen G. Kelemen, Steve Taylor, De Nicholls, and Karen Connors, 2015. Exploring for Unconventional Plays in the McArthur Basin, Northern Territory, Australia: The Application of an Integrated Regional Evaluation in a Data-Sparse Frontier Basin. International Conference and Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia 13-16 September 2015: pp. 500-500.

Pryer L, Connors K and Cathro D, 2015, September. The Role of Structural Inheritance in Strain Localization During Continental Breakup: Examples From Australia, Canada and Greenland. In International Conference and Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia 13-16 September 2015 (189-189). Society of Exploration Geophysicists and American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Connors, K and Krassay, A, 2015. Understanding the Unconventional Petroleum Resources of the Greater McArthur Basin from Potential Field, Well and Seismic Data. Northern Territory Geological Survey Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar, 17-18 March, 2015, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.

Connors K, Pryer L and Shi Z, 2015, September. The Missing Rheic Suture in the Central Atlantic and the Role of Structural Inheritance During Breakup. In International Conference and Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia 13-16 September 2015 (33-33). Society of Exploration Geophysicists and American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Connors K and Pryer, L. 2014. East Coast Magnetic Anomaly: Constraints, Models and Questions. In 4th Atlantic Conjugate Margins Conference, St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, 20-22, August, 2014.

Connors K, Pryer, L, McWhorter, R, and Torguson, B. 2012. Basement Influence within the Lusitanian Basin. In 3rd Atlantic Conjugate Margins Conference, Dublin, Ireland, August, 2012.

Shi, Z., den Hartog, M., Pryer, L., Djomani, Y., and Connors, K., 2013. A new technique for low magnetic latitude transformation: synthetic model results and examples. ASEG Extended Abstracts, 2013:1, 1-4, DOI: 10.1071/ASEG2013ab241.

Stolz, E, Urosevic, M, and Connors, K. 2004. Reflection Seismic Surveys at St Ives Gold Mine, WA. ASEG Extended Abstracts 2004: 17th Geophysical Conference: pp. 1-4.