Researcher biography

Associate Professor Steven Micklethwaite focuses on innovative approaches to exploration, mineral systems science and mining.

Steven is Program Lead for the cross-centre, transdisciplinary Resourcing Decarbonisation Program, addressing the minerals industry's role in a sustainable future source. We are examining the supply chain risks, policy frameworks, governance, business readiness and decarbonisation technologies particularly associated with the critical metals required for Australia's net-zero commitments. Steven has expertise in the application of geoscience and innovative technologies across the mining value chain. Selected projects include developing a digital twin of Queensland’s minerals geoscience data, drone sensing and mapping infrastructure, 3D geological interpretation and visualisation and the application of seismic to the minerals industry.

Steven served as Discovery Manager (Australia) for Anglo American where the focus was exploration in challenging undercover environments. He is also a qualified drone pilot and previously established the Drone Discovery Platform at Monash University, which was supported by Science, Engineering, Arts and IT faculties. He served on the Queensland Resources Council working groups for Pristine Rivers legislation and Data Confidentiality, as well as the Industry Advisory Board, for EGRU, James Cook University.

Steven's career has spanned exploration, consultancy and research, involving mapping on four continents and he has an abiding interest in mineral systems, low footprint mining methods like in-situ recovery and what it will take to achieve deep discovery and sustainable extraction of mineral resources under cover.