Organising Committee

16th International Conference on Mine Closure
2-5 October 2023 | Nugget Casino Resort, Reno, Nevada, USA

Conference Chair

Jeff Parshley
Corporate Consultant (Mine Closure), SRK Consulting, USA

Jeff is chairman and a corporate consultant at SRK Consulting, with more than 35 years of North American and international mining industry experience. For over 25 years, he has worked on international closure studies that have included planning and design, cost estimating, liability audits, reclamation, and post-closure management. Jeff has overseen abandoned mine closures in the United States and has consulted on feasibility studies, mine permits, detailed mine designs, and corporate financial reporting. Jeff was awarded the 2014 SME/AIME Environmental Conservation Distinguished Service Award for development of the Standard Reclamation Cost Estimator, which is used by numerous companies in North America and abroad.

Organising Committee Members

Professor Andy Fourie
Professor of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering; and Program Director, Future Tails
The University of Western Australia, Australia

Andy is a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering, and program director – Future Tails, at The University of Western Australia in Perth. He has worked at the University of Queensland and the University of the Witwatersrand. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Alberta, the Catholic University of Valparaiso in Chile and the University of Colorado in Boulder. His research is in the field of mitigating the impact of mining and municipal solid waste disposal. Andy has been involved in many industry-focussed projects with current projects including An Evaluation of Tailings Storage Facilities Monitoring Technologies managed by AMIRA and funded by eight mining companies; Future Tails aimed at training, research and education to improve tailings management funded by BHP and Rio Tinto; and Evaluating Potential Static Liquefaction of Tailings to Prevent Failures, funded by six mining companies as well as the Australian Research Council.

Professor Mark Tibbett
Professor of Soil Ecology, University of Reading, UK

Mark is a soil ecologist with over 25 years of experience in a range of fields related to plant-soil interactions, mycorrhizas, decomposition and microbially mediated processes in soil. His research portfolio includes soil carbon, metals in the soil-plant system, phosphorus cycling, bioremediation, metallophytes and mine site rehabilitation. Mark is the co Editor-in-Chief of the international journal “Soil Research” and an associate editor for the “Australian Journal of Botany” and “Restoration Ecology” and has published a book entitled “Mining in Ecologically Sensitive Landscapes”.

Josephine Ruddle
Sponsorship Manager, Australian Centre for Geomechanics

Email: josephine.ruddle@uwa.edu.au