Philip studying rock structures on a geology fieldtrip to Nambucca Heads, New South Wales.

I first became interested in geology while collecting fossils and minerals from the north east coast of England when I was a child. I later started studying engineering for my A-levels, however on moving to Australia in 2008 I decided to change direction. I went back to my original interest of geology and completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in extended geological science at the University of Queensland.

I subsequently decided to undertake an Honours degree to further develop my understanding of how mineral deposits form. My Honours focused heavily on dating copper–gold deposits in the Carájas region of Brazil. The aim of the study was to determine the thermal history of the deposits from their formation through to the present day.

I applied for the Geoscience Australia Graduate Program to broaden my knowledge in a variety of areas. The rotation system at Geoscience Australia will allow me to study a variety of topics that I would not otherwise have been exposed to.

For my first rotation in the Geoscience Australia Graduate Program I will focus on a geochemical study of the southern Thomson Orogen, located in north-west New South Wales. The Thomson Orogen represents an area of basement rock covered by younger sediment with poor exposure. The aim of the project is to create a baseline geochemistry map to provide pre–competitive data to companies, aiding them in the exploration for deposits in this area.

Meet the 2014 graduates