Faculty of Science and Technology

McKnight, Stafford

Position Lecturer  
Office Y236 (Y Building, Level 2, East wing)
Phone +61 3 5327 9262
Fax +61 3 5327 9144
Email s.mcknight@federation.edu.au


B.Sc. (Hons) Newcastle

Teaching areas

  • Mineralogy
  • Petrology


Porritt, L.A. Cas, R.A.F.Schaefer, McKnight, S.W. 2012. Textural analysis of strongly altered kimberlite: Examples from the Ekati Diamond Mine, 2 NWT, Canada . Canadian Mineralogist (in press)

Chang, Z. Hedenquist, J. W. White N C Cooke, D. R. , Roach, M,. Deyell, C. L., McKnight, S. W. 2011. Exploration tools for linked porphyry and epithermal deposits: Example from the Mankayan intrusion-centered Cu-Au district, Luzon, Philippines. Economic Geology Vol 106 pp1365-1398

Carey, S.P. Camens, A.B. Cupper, M.L. Grun, R. Hellstrom, J.C.  McKnight, S. W., Mclennan , I., Pickering, D. A. Trusler, P. Aubert, M. 2011. A diverse Pleistocene marsupial trackway assemblage from the Victorian Volcanic Plains, Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews Vol 30, Issue 5-6, pp591-610

Hough, M. A. Bierlein, F. P. Alilleres, L., McKnight, S. W. 2010. Nature of gold mineralisation in the Walhalla Goldfield, southeast Australia. 2010 Australian Journal of Earth Sciences Vol. 57 Issue 7, pp 969-992

Wilson, C.J.L., McKnight, S.W., Dugdale, A. L. Rawling, T. J. Farrar, A. D., McKenzie, M.J., Melling, W.D. 2009. Illite crystallinity and the b-spacing values of white micas and their implications for gold mineralisation in the Lachlan Orogen. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences Vol. 56 Issue 8, pp 1143-1164

Koroznikova, L., Klutke, C., McKnight, S.W., Hall, S. 2008. The use of low-toxic heavy suspensions in mineral sands evaluation and zircon fractionation. Journal of The South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy 108 (1) pp 25-33

Evins, P. M.; Wilde, A. R.; Foster, D.R.W., McKnight, S.W., Blenkinsop. 2007. Significance of monazite EPMA ages from the Quamby Conglomerate, Queensland. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 54 (1): 19-26.

Whittam, RR; Bierlein, FP; McKnight, S. W. 2006. Leven Star deposit: an example of Middle to Late Devonian intrusion-related gold systems in the western Lachlan Orogen, Victoria. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences Vol. 53 Issue 2, pp 343-362

Bierlein, F.P. & McKnight, S. 2005 Possible Intrusion-related Gold Systems in the Western Lachlan Orogen, S.E. Australia. Economic Geology v.100 pp 385-39 8

Spaggiari, C.V., Gray, D. R., Foster, D. A & McKnight S. W. 2003 Evolution of the Boundary Between the Western and Central Lachlan Orogen: Implications for the Tasmanide Tectonics. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 50, 725-749 .

Bierlein, F.P.; Christie, A.B.; McKnight, S. 2002. The Fosterville (central Victoria, Australia) and Globe-Progress (Reefton, South Island, New Zealand) deposits; examples of shear zone-related disseminated-style gold systems in low-grade metamorphic terrains. Abs. Geological Society of America, 34(6), p.141; Geological Society of America, 2002 annual meeting, Denver, CO, Oct. 27-30, 2002. Pub. GSA.

Bierlein, F.P., McKnight, S., Radojkovic, A.; Witham, R.; Waldron. 2002 . Atypical gold mineralisation at Malmsbury; the case for intrusion-related ore systems in the western Lachlan Orogen . Abs - Geological Society of Australia, Vol.67, p.275 ; 16th Australian geological convention, Adelaide, South Aust., Australia, July 1-5, 2002, edited by V.P. Preiss. Publisher: Geological Society of Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia.

F. P. Bierlein, M. J. Hughes, J. Dunphy and S. McKnight. 2002. Tectonic and economic implications of trace element, 40 Ar/ 39 Ar and Sm-Nd data from mafic dykes associated with orogenic gold minerals in central Victoria, Australia: reply Lithos Vol 63 Nos1-2 119-123

Bierlein, Frank P. Wilde, Andrew; Maher, Simon: Fulton, Russell; McKnight, Stafford & Smith Paul K. 2000. Disseminated sediment-hosted gold mineralization; a new type of ore deposit in slate belts? Abs. Geological Society of Australia Vol. 59, pp. 36.

Bierlein Frank P., Cartwright, Ian, & Stafford McKnight. 2001 The Role of Carbonaceous "Indicator" Slates in the Genesis of Lode Gold Mineralisation in the Western Lachlan Orogen Victoria, Southeastern Australia. Economic Geology Vol 96 No.3 pp 431-451

F. P. Bierlein, M. Hughes. J. Dunphy, S. McKnight, P. Reynolds, & H. Waldron. 2001. Tectonic and economic implications of trace element, 40Ar/39Ar and Sm-Nd data from mafic dykes associated with orogenic gold mineralisation in central Victoria, Australia. Lithos Vol 58, pp 1-31.

McKnight, S., Dowling, K., Kotsonis, A. 2001. High grade Au-Sb vein-type mineralization at Fosterville. Bulletin - Australian Institute of Geoscientists Vol. 34, pp29-36.

Kotsonis, A.; McKnight, S.; Hughes, M.J.; Arne, D.C.; Carey, S.P.; Joyce, E.B. 2000. Weathering and secondary gold, Bendigo region, central Victoria, Australia. Abstracts -Geological Society of Australia, Vol.59, p.282 ; 15th Australian geological convention ,Sydney, N.S.W., Australia, July 3-7, 2000, edited by C.G. Skilbeck and T.C.T. Hubble. Publisher: Geological Society of Australia, Sydney.

Bierlein, F. P., Arne, D. C; McKnight, S.W., Lu, J; Reeves, S; Besanko, J; Marek, J; Cooke, D. 2000.  Wallrock Petrology and Geochemistry, in Altered Haloes Associated with Mesothermal Gold Mineralisation, Central Victoria, Australia. Economic Geology 95, No 2.

Bierlein-F-P., Foster-D-A; McKnight , S.W., Arne-D-C. 1999. Timing of gold mineralization in the Ballarat goldfields, central Victoria: constraints from 40Ar/39Ar results. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 46(2) p301-309.

Bierlein, F. P., Arne, D.C., McKnight, S.W., and Cartwright, I. 1999. Carbonaceous Shales and Their Significance for Gold Mineralisation, Victoria, Australia. In: Stanley, C. J. (ed) , Mineral Deposits: Processes to Processing , 5th Biennial Meeting of the Society of Geologists Applied to Ore Deposits , Proceedings Volume, Balkema, Rotterdam , pp . 219-222.

Offler, R., McKnight, S.W., and V. Morand. 1998. Tectono-Thermal History of the Western Lachlan Fold Belt - Insights from White Mica Studies. J. Met Geol . 16(4)  pp531-540.

Research interests

  • Very low grade metamorphism, clay mineralogy and alteration mineralogy
  • Application of transmission electron microscopy to fine grained ore mineral assemblages
  • X-ray diffraction techniques and mineralogy generally