Jessica Walsh

Dr Jessica Walsh

ARC Grant-Funded Researcher (A)

School of Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology


I am an enthusiastic geologist, with a demonstrated background in geochemistry and geochronology, currently working as a Critical Minerals Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Earth Sciences (School of Physical Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology) at The University of Adelaide. Embedded in the Australia Critical Minerals Research Centre, my research focuses on how and where deposits of critical metals, such as rare earth elements, are formed within the Australian continent. I am deeply passionate about the pursuit of a sustainable pipeline of mineral products, zero emissions mines of the future, and communicating the importance of renewable energy to both scientific and non-scientific communities.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2021 - ongoing Postdoctoral Researcher | ARC Grant-Funded Researcher University of Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2016 - 2021 University of Wollongong Australia PhD
    2015 - 2015 University of Wollongong Australia BSc (First Class Honours, Economic Geology)
    2011 - 2014 University of Wollongong Australia Double Degree: BSc (Geology) & BA (Science, Technology and Society)
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2024 Chalmers, S., Zivak, D., Spandler, C., Randle, S., & Walsh, J. (2024). Provenance of the Copi North heavy mineral sands deposit, Murray Basin, Australia, based on the geochronology and geochemistry of detrital zircon, rutile and monazite. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 20 pages.
    DOI
    2023 Willcocks, S., Hasterok, D., Halpin, J., Walsh, J., & Jennings, S. (2023). Compositional Controls on the Thermal Conductivity of Igneous Rocks and a Model for the Conductivity of Antarctic Crust.
    DOI
    2023 Walsh, J. M. J., & Spandler, C. (2023). The role of zircon in hydrothermal heavy REE mineralisation: The case for unconformity-related ore deposits of north-west Australia. Chemical Geology, 629, 121493-1-121493-17.
    DOI Scopus3
    2023 Saktura, W. M., Buckman, S., Nutman, A. P., Walsh, J., & Murray, G. (2023). Magmatic records from the Karakoram terrane: U–Pb zircon ages from granites and modern sediments in the Nubra Valley, NW Himalaya. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 255, 9 pages.
    DOI Scopus1
    2021 Walsh, J. M. J., Buckman, S., Nutman, A. P., & Zhou, R. (2021). The significance of Upper Jurassic felsic volcanic rocks within the incipient, intraoceanic Dras Arc, Ladakh, NW Himalaya. Gondwana Research, 90, 199-219.
    DOI Scopus18 WoS11
    2019 Walsh, J. M. J., Buckman, S., Nutman, A. P., & Zhou, R. (2019). Age and Provenance of the Nindam Formation, Ladakh, NW Himalaya: Evolution of the Intraoceanic Dras Arc Before Collision With India. Tectonics, 38(8), 3070-3096.
    DOI Scopus23 WoS18
    2018 Buckman, S., Aitchison, J. C., Nutman, A. P., Bennett, V. C., Saktura, W. M., Walsh, J. M. J., . . . Hidaka, H. (2018). The Spongtang Massif in Ladakh, NW Himalaya: An Early Cretaceous record of spontaneous, intra-oceanic subduction initiation in the Neotethys. Gondwana Research, 63, 226-249.
    DOI Scopus49 WoS47
  • Position: ARC Grant-Funded Researcher (A)
  • Email: jessica.walsh@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Mawson, floor G
  • Org Unit: Earth Sciences

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