Councillor Graham Sylvester (2018-2019)

Graham Sylvester

Graham obtained his BSc in Geology from the University of New South Wales in 1967, his MSc from the University of Toronto in1973, and then an MA from the University of Western Australia  in 2013 and a PhD from the University of Western Australia in 2017.

Between 1971 and 1972, Graham worked as an exploration geologist for Rio Tinto Canadian Exploration in Canada and the USA. From 1973 to 1974, he was the Exploration Manager for Consolidated Morrison Exploration, Toronto, conducting mineral exploration in Canada. From 1977 to 1980, he worked as a senior geologist for CRA Exploration conducting mineral exploration and research. Graham worked as an exploration geologist from 1969-1970 exploring for diamonds for Anglo-American Corporation in East Africa. Between 1980-1985, he was the District Geologist and State Manager, for Noranda Australia, working on mineral exploration projects and as business manager. From 1985 to1987, he worked for Western Biotechnology Ltd, as Managing Director biotechnology for the start-up company.

He was Senior Resource Manager for Porter Western Stockbrokers providing mining and exploration stock broking advice between 1987-1991.  From 1991-1993, Graham was a business manager for CSIRO in the Mineral Exploration Division. He worked between 1993-2009 as an independent geological/geochemical consultant on mineral project evaluations, mainly in Australia, Russia, and Asia. From 2009 to present, he Research and evaluation of the use of geochemical techniques in geoarchaeology and archaeology.

Graham has spent the majority of his professional life working as a geologist/geochemist in the minerals industry around the world. Currently, he is actively involved in expanding the role that geochemistry can play in providing greater understanding of archaeological sites and researching the processes of formation of soil geochemical anomalies. He has not previously held any positions within AAG.