Professor Ross Large

Professor Large is a Distinguished Professor of Geology at the University of Tasmania and the recent past Director of CODES, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits. Professor Large gained his PhD from the University of New England in 1973 and undertook a CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto in 1974. He then worked for ten years in mineral exploration in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Tasmania. In 1984, he joined the University of Tasmania and, five years later, established CODES as a National Key Centre jointly funded by the Australian Research Council, University of Tasmania, the Mining Industry and the State Government. Under his leadership, CODES has grown to become recognized as one of the top ore deposit research centers in the world, with a current research staff of 40 geoscientists, 80 postgraduate students, and an annual operating budget of around $11 million.
His research has involved close collaboration with the global mining industry to determine the geological and geochemical factors that control the genesis of, and exploration for, stratiform sediment- and volcanic-hosted gold and base metal mineral deposits. Recently he has developed an interest in the history of trace elements in the ocean and their relationship to ore deposits through time. Professor Large has gained a number of awards for his research, including the 1983 SEG Lindgren Award, 1989 AusIMM Presidents Award, 2005 Haddon King Medal, 2010 SEG Silver Medal and the 2011 BJ Skinner Award. Research Themes. Professor Large is the President of the Royal Society of Tasmania, and Chairman of the Tasmanian Division of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). He is also Fellow of the Geological Society of Australia, Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists and Fellow of the ATSE.
Professor Large leads two research directions at CODES, both connected by the mineral pyrite. The first research direction involves studying the trace element chemistry of hydrothermal pyrite in ore deposits to interpret chemical evolution of the ore fluid and its relationship to mineral paragenesis, using a specialist analytical method developed at CODES. The second research direction led by Professor Large is to develop the potential of marine pyrite as a deep time proxy for temporal changes in ocean chemistry, an exciting development being pioneered by CODES at the University of Tasmania. Professor Large's team has achieved a break-through and opened a window into understanding nutrient supply and consequent evolutionary patterns in the past oceans.