Dr Patrice de Caritat


[PHOTO] Geoscience Australia
Phone: +61 2 6249 9378
Fax: +61 2 6249 9971

Australian National University



  • Hydrogeochemistry, regional geochemical mapping, environmental and exploration geochemistry, weathering, mineralogy (clay minerals), quantitative geology and modelling, medical geology
  • Playing the guitar, sailing, mountain biking, skiing


  • Principal Research Scientist, Resources Division, Geoscience Australia
  • Visiting Fellow, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University

    Brief CV

    Patrice's university training is in geology, mineralogy and geochemistry, and his research interests include environmental and exploration geochemistry, hydrogeochemistry, isotope geochemistry, and low-density geochemical mapping.

    Patrice joined Geoscience Australia (GA) in 1997 to be Program Leader in the Cooperative Research Centre for Landscape Evolution and Mineral Exploration (aka 'CRC LEME 1'), which subsequently morphed into the Cooperative Research Centre for Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration (aka 'CRC LEME 2'). During this time, Patrice worked on developing chemical and isotopic tools to detect interaction between groundwater and mineralised basement below the regolith, e.g., around the Broken Hill and Mt Isa world-class base metal, silver, gold and copper mineral provinces. He also turned his focus to developing a strategy for a continental-scale geochemical mapping project. This culminated in the National Geochemical Survey of Australia (NGSA), which ran from 2007 to 2011 under Patrice's leadership and in collaboration with the geoscience agencies of all States and the Northern Territory. The NGSA was funded by the Australian Government's Onshore Energy Security Program.

    During the period 2007-2014, Patrice was also leading the groundwater monitoring program for the carbon dioxide sequestration pilot project at Otway, Victoria, for the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC). Both the CO2CRC and CRC LEME were funded by the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres Programme.

    Patrice's current role includes leadership of the project 'Hydrogeochemistry for Mineral Exploration', which focusses on developing groundwater as an effective sampling medium in exploration for concealed mineral deposits in northern Australia. Funding for this project is part of the Australian Government's Exploring for the Future new policy proposal.

    Before returning to Australia, Patrice was Senior Research Scientist with the Geological Survey of Norway. There he was involved in the multi-disciplinary, international Kola Ecogeochemistry flagship project in northern Norway and Finland, and northwestern Russia. Earlier he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Geology & Geophysics (now Geoscience) of the University of Calgary (Canada), and in the Department of Geology and the Research School of Earth Sciences of the Australian National University in Canberra (these two institutions have now merged as the Research School of Earth Sciences).

    Patrice has a Lic Sci (BSc Hons) degree in Geology and Mineralogy from the University of Louvain (Belgium), and PhD in Geology from the Australian National University.

    He is a Fellow of the Association of Applied Geochemists (AAG) and a Councillor (2014-present) for the International Association of GeoChemistry (IAGC). Patrice is also the Australian representative on the Governing Board and on the Scientific Committee of the UNESCO International Centre on Global-scale Geochemistry (ICGG). He is an Associate Editor for the international scientific journals Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis and Applied Geochemistry.

    Patrice served the AAG as Councillor (2011 to 2014) as well as Society News Editor in Elements, an international magazine of mineralogy, geochemistry and petrology.

    He is a life member of the 'Dudes of Diagenesis' and was a member (guitar and vocals support) of the legendary, though now-disbanded, 'Ground Water Boys' joint in Trondheim.



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    Last updated: Oct 2016