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Dr Svetlana Tessalina

Dr Svetlana Tessalina Dr Svetlana Tessalina


Position Senior Research Fellow
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School Office of the PVC Science and Engineering
Department John de Laeter Centre
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 301.001A
Phone 08 9266 9298
Fax 08 9266 2317

Brief Summary

Svetlana joined Curtin University in 2010 as a Senior Research Fellow with John de Laeter Centre for Isotope Research at Curtin University. She completed her graduate and PhD degrees at Moscow State University in Russia. She began her career at the Institute of Mineralogy in Urals, Russia, where she studied the Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide deposits. She continued her studies of ore deposits in the BRGM in France, Natural History Museum in London, and Padova University in Italy. In 2002, Svetlana joined the Institute de Physique du Globe in Paris, where she applied different isotope systematics for the studies of mineral deposits.

Memberships, Awards and Training

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Employment History

2010-present     John de Laeter Centre, Curtin University, Australia

        2010            CSIRO, ARRC, Perth

2009 - 2010       GEMOC, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

2007 - 2008       University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

2002 - 2007       Institut de Physique du Globe, Paris, France

1991 - 2006       Institute of Mineralogy, Miass, Russia

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2011-present    Teaching course of Metallic Mineral Deposits at Curtin University

2007-2008         Teaching courses in geochemistry at the Paris 6 – Pierre et Marie Curie University


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Research Interests

Her main research interests are centered around chemical and temporal evolution of the Earth’s lithosphere and associated mineral deposits formed both by hydrothermal and magmatic processes by means of radiogenic isotope systems, and lithophile and siderophile elements abundances. Actually Svetlana is leading the Radiogenic Isotopes node within the John de Laeter Centre for Isotope Research. She develops Re-Os and Sm-Nd isotope systematics, which will be applied for improved precision in geochronology and isotope stratigraphy, including the dating of ores and oils. Her current project with the Geological Survey of WA is focused on the development of Sm-Nd technique with application to the isotope mapping of fertile, primitive geological terranes which are most likely to host giant ore deposits.

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Specialty Areas

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