AusIMM Geoscience Society Committee member profile: Stella Marris Martinez MAusIMM(CP)

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Stella Marris Martinez MAusIMM(CP) is one of the incoming AusIMM Geoscience Committee members for 2017.

crop_slm0217Originally from the Philippines, Stella’s interest in geology was triggered not so much by economic geology or mining but rather by a curiosity to understand the prevalence of earthquakes and volcanic activity in her native country. Similar to Japan, Indonesia and New Zealand, the Philippines is located in the Circum-Pacific Ring of Fire, which is the site of about 90 per cent of the world’s earthquakes and more than 75 per cent of the world’s volcanoes.

Stella’s fascination with structural geology and 3D geometry visualisation resulted in landing her first job as a pit geologist/modeller for an active coal mine in the Philippines.  This experience has been career defining as Stella has decided that 3D modelling will be her life’s work. Since moving to Australia ten years ago during the peak of the mining boom, Stella has worked for Anglocoal Australia and Snowden mining industry consultants. She is in her seventh year working with BHP Billiton Coal as a resource geologist, modeller and resource estimator and as the resource Competent Person for several active metallurgical and thermal coal mines operated by the company in the Bowen Basin and Hunter Valley Region.

Following a Bachelor degree in Geology from the University of the Philippines, Stella has an extensive training in geochemistry, having gained her Post Graduate Diploma in Mineral Exploration in ITC, the Netherlands and PhD in Earth Resources Engineering, Major in Coal Geochemistry in Kyushu University, Japan.

Stella lives in Brisbane with her two nearly adult boys and an adolescent female rescue Boxer/Bull Arab named Juno. She maintains an ongoing interest in mentoring and skills development for her younger colleagues, takes part in the QRC WIMARQ program as a mentor and is an active volunteer for the BHP Coal Inclusion and Diversity Task Force.

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