Stephen is a numerate geoscientist with over 30 years’ experience in exploration and mining.

Skills and experience:

Stephen is recognised, internationally, for his expertise in the integrated analysis of geoscience and mining data sets; and for his advocacy for the “Common Mine Model” (CMM). The vision of which is now being realised through the development of the ecosystem colloquially known as the “Internet of Mining Things”.

Other achievements include the development of a spatially enabled data-mining tool (SiroSOM) for the integrated analysis of complex geoscientific and mining-related data sets. The development of next-generation elemental logging tools using nuclear methods for both mining and exploration purposes

Current Research Interests:

  • Advocating for data and communications interoperability; and, equipment / software (“API”) standards within the mining technology ecosystem
  • Development and application of geosensing methods for in-situ characterization, and for process and equipment utilisation and optimisation
  • Integrated analysis and interpretation of disparate data sets for geoscientific, mining and processing applications

Stephen is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a member of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the Association of Applied Geochemists. He has authored or co-authored over 260 publications, which include refereed papers, conference proceedings and client-initiated research, and consulting reports.

Stephen joined CSIRO as an Experimental Scientist in 1984. He was transitioned to CSIRO’s Research Scientist Functional Area in 1994, after managing a multi-million dollar, international, science off-sets initiative; contributing to three AMIRA projects, two of which he initiated and led; and significantly contributing to the organisation by his undertakings with the mining industry.


B.Sc. Geology and Mineralogy (1st Class Honours) University of Qld, 1977. (Thesis Topic: The Structure and Stratigraphy of the Cameron River Area, near Mary Kathleen, North-West Queensland).