Dr Laura Jackson obtained a 1st class BSc (Hons) degree from the University of Tasmania in (2014) before obtaining her PhD at the Centre for Ore Deposit and Earth Sciences (CODES).

Laura was part of the Transforming the Mining Value Chain (TMVC), developing new tests and protocols for improving waste characterisation with a focus on integrating waste characterisation across the entire mining value chain to enable the use of new techniques and technologies for early life-of-mine geoenvironmental forecasting.

Professionally, Laura worked at an environmental consultancy as a senior geochemist on a range of industry and government projects from prefeasibility through to closure and rehabilitation (2018-20).

Currently, Laura is a Research Fellow in Geometallurgy and Applied Geochemistry at the W.H. Bryan Mining Geology Research Centre within the Sustainable Minerals Institute. She is involved in a four-year project on secondary prospectivity of mine waste with a focus on critical mineral exploration funded by the Queensland State Government. Specific areas of research include: 

  • Establishment of new mineralogical and hyperspectral mineralogy tools for drill core characterisation to improve prediction of acid and metalliferous drainage
  • Geometallurgical characterisation of tailings and waste rock at historic and abandoned mine sites in Australia