Dr Hugo Olierook

Banner photo: Gorges of mid-Paleozoic Tumblagooda Sandstone, Kalbarri National Park. Photo courtesy of S. Olierook.

Hugo Olierook is a Research Fellow at the John de Laeter Centre and School of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Curtin University. His primary focus is designing, executing and managing geochronology and geochemistry projects for the mining and mineral exploration industry. He has recently received an Australian Research Council-funded DECRA project to complement his industry-focussed management. Hugo is always keen to hear from companies that have geochronological or geochemical questions that need answers; chances are we can solve them with the wealth of instrumentation and expertise in the John de Laeter Centre.

Hugo has had a long-standing history with Curtin; he completed an Honours degree in Geology and was awarded a PhD in Geology, both from Curtin University, for his thesis entitled "Tectono-stratigraphic evolution during rifting of the southwestern Australian margin". After a postdoc position at the University of Liverpool, UK, he returned to Perth as a postdoctoral research associate working on the "Distal Footprints of Ore Systems" project in the Capricorn Orogen, Western Australia. Hugo has a broad expertise in tectonics, mineral systems, geochronology, isotope geochemistry and basin analysis.

Hugo enjoys spending time with his family, playing and watching sports, board games and  – naturally – making epic advancements in science.