Session: D.C. Bear McPhail Memorial Symposium – a celebration of Bear’s legacy as a scientist and mentor

Prof. Bear McPhail left us suddenly on March 12, 2017. This session celebrates Bear’s extensive scientific contribution to the broader field of geochemistry (experimental geochemistry; regolith; groundwater; and so many others). We in particular welcome contributions by students and colleagues celebrating Bear’s legacy as a mentor and inspiration. Vale Bear.


Session convenors

Prof Joel Brugger (Australia)
Monash University

Joël Brugger obtained his PhD at the University of Basel, Switzerland in 1996, for his work on the geochemistry and mineralogy of metamorphosed syn-genetic exhalative Mn deposits. In 2002 he joined the South Australian Museum and the University of Adelaide, and established the Minerals, Microbes & Solutions research group, dedicated to using state-of-the-art experimental techniques to study the transport and deposition of metals and mineral-microbe-fluid interaction in geological environments. In January 2014, Joël took up a new chair in Synchrotron Geosciences at Monash University. Joël has a strong interest in the application of physical sciences (including Synchrotron sciences) to Earth Sciences, and in using Nature as an inspiration for developing new geoengineering solutions, in particular in mineral processing. He also conducts active research in descriptive mineralogy, and in uranium and REE geochemistry.

John Mavrogenes (Australia)
Australian National University

John Mavrogenes moved to ANU after receiving a PhD in geochemistry from Virginia Tech in 1994. His research focuses on processes that lead to ore deposition. Prefered techniques include experimental petrology and hydrothermal geochemistry.

John Keeling (Australia)
Geological Survey of South Australia

John Keeling is currently senior principal geologist and program coordinator of the Mineral Systems Footprints team at the Geological Survey of South Australia with the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. He has an MSc in Industrial Mineralogy from the University of Hull (UK) and over 40 years experience in applied mineralogy related principally to the evaluation of industrial minerals projects and in refining techniques for mineral exploration.