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Dr Ravi Anand

Program 2 Leader
CSIRO Exploration and Mining
PO Box 1130, Bentley WA 6102.
(ARRC, 26 Dick Perry Avenue, Kensington WA 6151)
Tel: 08 6436 8672 Fax: 08 6436 8555 Mobile: 0409 120 329

Alternate: Mr John Keeling

Dr Ravi Anand


PRESENT APPOINTMENT: Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Exploration and Mining

DATE OF BIRTH: 27 December 1951


  • BSc (Himachal University, India) in soil science; 1972
  • MSc (Punjab University, India) in geomorphology and pedology (soil science); 1974
  • PhD (Western Australia) in regolith geology, weathering processes and geochemistry; 1984


February 2004 - present

  • Leader, Program 2, Mineral Exploration in Areas of Cover, CRC LEME
  • Member of Executive Committee CRC LEME

July 2001 - January 2004

  • Leader, Program 1, Regolith Geoscience, CRC LEME
  • Member of Executive Committee CRC LEME

January 2001 - present

  • Adjunct Professor in regolith geology, School of Applied Geology, Curtin University
  • Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Exploration and Mining

July 1999 - present

  • Leader, Thematic volume: Regolith-landscape Evolution of the Australian Continent
  • Leader, Mineral Hosts Project for Au and Trace Elements in Regolith
  • Leader, Objective looging of regolith

January 1998 - July 2000

  • Leader, Yandal Greenstone Belt Regolith Project (in collaboration with Great Central Mines and Normandy Mining).

July 1995 - June 2001

  • Co-ordinator, Applications CRCLEME 1
  • Member of Executive Committee CRCLEME 1
  • Leader, Transported Overburden Project
  • Leader, Applications Manuals Project

July 1995 - present

  • Deputy Leader, CSIRO Regolith Terrains Group

April 1994 - December 1997

  • Leader, North Queensland Regolith Project (CSIRO/AMIRA P417)
  • Leader, Hamersley Province Regolith Project (Funded by Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd).

July 1993 - June 1999

  • Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Exploration and Mining

Sept 1992 - July 1994

  • Co-ordinator, Working Group on Regolith-landform mapping in Australia

Dec 1993 - June 1995

  • Leader, Lateritic Environments Group

Jan 1990 - December 2000

  • Adjunct Senior Fellow, School of Applied Geology, Curtin University of Technology

July 1991 - Dec 1993

  • Co-Leader, Lateritic Environments Project (AMIRA P240A)

Nov 1987 - June 1991

  • Deputy Leader, Laterite Geochemistry Project (AMIRA P240)

July 1989 - June 1993

  • Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Exploration Geoscience

Nov 1987 - June 1989

  • Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Exploration Geoscience

Aug 1984 - Oct 1987

  • Research Fellow, Soils Department, UWA

July 1983 - Oct 1987

  • Mineralogical consultant to several mining companies and analytical laboratories

Aug 1978 - Nov 1978

  • Soils expert to Iraq Government

Jan 1975 - 1981

  • Assistant Professor/Assistant Scientist (Soil Science) Himachal University/Punjab University


Four dimensional models of regolith-landscape evolution; processes (inorganic and organic) of regolith development; distribution, dynamics and diagenesis of sediments; genesis of geochemical anomalies; integration of geophysics, regolith geology, geochemistry and geology for developing methods for exploration in regolith covered terrains; regolith-landform processes and salinity.


Outcomes of the research, transferred to industry by reports, seminars, workshops, publications and consultancies, have been major contribution to significant changes in the philosophy and practice of geochemical exploration in Australia, South America and Africa, resulting in more effective exploration, reduced exploration costs and in new mineral discoveries (e.g. Bronzewing, Jundee, Nimary, Turrett, Waroonga gold deposits-valued over $3 billion).

Leader and Co-leader of industry funded projects and research teams since 1991, include large, interdisciplinary AMIRA projects. Industry funding for research projects exceeds $2 million since 1991 (in part with Dr R.E. Smith).

Presentation of short courses and field workshops to Australian companies (including WMC Resources, ALCOA, Billiton Australia, BHP, Great Central Mines, North Limited, Wiluna Mines) and foreign industry consortia (ADIMB in Brazil, and Goldfields, JCI, AVMIN, Anglo American, Gencor and Billiton SA, in South Africa).

Invited speaker, workshop and field excursion leader at national and international conferences in Australia, Canada, South Africa and Brazil.


Supervision of total of 27 industry-sponsored Honours students and 6 PhD students. Adjunct Professor in regolith geology, School of Applied Geology, Curtin university of Technology, since January 2001. Invited lecturer at University of Western Australia, University of Tasmania, Australian Mineral Foundation since 1990; Queens University Kingston, Ontario, 1996.


1984: Publication medal, Australian society of Soil Science - Feldspars weathering in lateritic saprolite.

1994: Sir Ian McLennan achievement for industry award (Co-leader of recipient team).

1997: CSIRO medal for developing laterite geochemistry based exploration methods for the regolith-dominated terrains (Co-leader of recipient team).


Fellow, The Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Australian Institute of Geoscientists


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