Bibirabea Sedaghat, mentee in the 2020-21 program in WA (Curtin University).

I have a background in geophysics focused on Electromagnetic (EM) and Magnetotelluric (MT) methods. I have completed my Bachelor of Science in Physics and Master of Science in Geophysics. During my work period as a geophysicist and research assistant at the Institute of Geophysics, University of Tehran, I have gained comprehensive knowledge and experience in magnetic exploration, geomagnetic observatory and magnetotellurics. After moving to Australia in 2015, I decided to apply for a PhD program to follow my passion in Geophysics. I am currently a PhD Candidate in Exploration Geophysics.

My PhD project is about the effects of large geo-electrical structures on MT responses and inversion results. As the first example of large geo-electrical structure, I investigate the effect of Indian Ocean and Darling Fault on MT data collected in Perth Basin. The second example was the effect of very large shallow conductive Kardinya Shale on MT data collected in Perth Basin. All these structures can distort MT data and may create an artefact in MT inversion outcome. And the last example is the effect of conductive paleochannels on MT data collected for mining targets.

During my study, I worked as a mentor for high school students, a Summer Vacation Student at Rio Tinto Exploration Pty Ltd Company, and also a Casual Academic staff at Curtin University.

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