University of Tasmania volcanologist Professor Jocelyn McPhie has been chosen as a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE).

The University’s Head of Earth Sciences is a world leader in the application of volcanology to the exploration for mineral deposits and she has developed techniques to unravel the complex geology of volcanic terrains that have been adopted world-wide.

Her current research includes a focus on how seafloor volcanoes work and, with BHP Billiton colleagues, unlocking the mystery of how the famous Olympic Dam uranium, gold and copper deposit in South Australia was formed. BHP hopes her research uncovers potential for innovative mining methods to be further developed.

Professor McPhie is also recognised internationally for providing high-quality volcanology education to both students and industry geologists.

She now joins Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb and an impressive list of 25 leading academics, prominent commercial innovators, professional and business leaders and high-ranking public sector figures to be elected as Fellows in 2014.

Professor McPhie said that she was honoured to be nominated by her peers and recognised within her field with acceptance into such an “exclusive club.”

“My work is half fundamental research and half applied research – and FTSE particularly recognises excellence in the applied research area and how important it is to industry,” she said.

“It’s very satisfying to join three other University of Tasmania distinguished professors who have been accepted as a Fellow in the past – Ross Large, Jim Reid and Paul Haddad.”

This year’s Fellows come from a wide array of sectors and specialisations, including agriculture, engineering, aviation, astronomy, marine science, government, volcanology, sustainable systems, innovation management, water management, biotechnology and medical research and all are leaders in their field.

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