Yamila Cajal Contreras

PhD student
J2, G-47
 +61 2 61256308



BSc in Geology, Universidad de Concepción


After finishing my bachelor in Geology at the Universidad de Concepcion (Chile), I have been working in copper-gold mining and mineral exploration, both at the industry and at the academia. I did my undergrad research thesis in the possible extension of the middle Eocene to early Oligocene Cu-metallogenic belt in northern Chile. As part of my PhD, I am currently working in the Platinum Group Elements (PGE) geochemistry applied to the study of Cu-Au magma fertility associate to Porphyry Copper Deposits. I have been recently awarded the Graduate Student Fellowship (GSF) by the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) Foundation.


Research interests

I am interested in the application of petrology and geochemistry to the study of ore deposits and their metallogenic processes, particularly in the study of copper and gold deposits. I am currenlty working in the geochemistry of the Platinum Group Elements (PGE) applied to the prediction of copper-gold fertility in mountain belts, supervised by Proffesor Ian Campbell:



Conference papers

Cajal, Y., Rabbia, O. & Valencia, V. (2015) New magmatic-hydrothermal antecedents from Oligocene to Miocene in Andean of northern Chile (latitude 21° to 18°S). XIV Chilean Geological Conference. La Serena, Chile. 

Cajal, Y. & Rabbia, O. (2015) Criteria to define exploration targets in northern extension (latitude 21° to 18°S) of Eocene to Oligocene belt in northern Chile. XIV Chilean Geological Conference. La Serena, Chile. 

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