Dr Terry Mernagh

Honorary Associate Professor
ANU College of Science
T: +61 (0)2 6125 2109

Areas of expertise

  • Geochemistry Not Elsewhere Classified 040299
  • Structural Chemistry And Spectroscopy 030606
  • Ore Deposit Petrology 040307

Research interests

Laser Raman spectroscopy

Fluid inclusion analysis

Hydrothermal geochemistry

Ore deposits


Terrence Patrick Mernagh obtained a B.Sc. (Hons) and a Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. Previously, he worked at the Bureau of Mineral Resources/AGSO/Geoscience Australia from 1984 to 2014. His work involves studies of mineral systems and the geochemical modelling of fluids and alteration associated with ore deposits and he has over 30 years experience in fluid inclusion, laser Raman and infrared spectroscopic techniques. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of Australia and has over 100 refereed publications in scientific journals. These publications cover work on a large variety of mineral deposits including copper mineralisation at Mt Isa, gold deposits in the Yilgarn Craton, Pilbara Craton, Lachlan Fold Belt, Tennant Creek, and the Tanami region, unconformity uranium deposits in the Northern Territory, tin-tungsten deposits in the New England Fold Belt and China, VHMS deposits at Hellyer and Mt. Chalmers, porphyry copper-gold deposits in Papua and the Philippines, platinum group minerals in layered intrusions in the Pilbara Block, and a number of related mineralogical studies. He has also conducted research on CO2 sequestration and Australian salt lakes.


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