Zhaoshan Chang

Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering
Charles F. Fogarty Endowed Chair in Economic Geology

Zhaoshan Chang


  • Ph.D. in Economic Geology, Department of Geology, Washington State University, USA, 2003
  • Ph.D. in Economic Geology, Department of Geology, Peking University, China, 1997
  • B.Sc. in Geology, Department of Geology, Peking University, China, 1992

Full CV


  • Deposit types: Skarn (including CRD), porphyry, epithermal, Sn-W, IOCG, orogenic Au
  • Ore forming processes; vectors/zoning patterns, discriminators and indicators that can be directly used in exploration; distal signatures of mineralization
  • Magma fertility
  • Regional metallogenesis
  • Techniques: LA-ICP-MS trace element analysis, dating and single fluid inclusion composition analysis; Short Wavelength Infra-Red (SWIR) spectral analysis; isotope geochemistry (C, O, H, S, Cu, Zn, Fe); whole rock geochem


  • Sahlstrom, F., Dirks, P., Chang, Z., Arribas, A., Corral, I., Obiri-Yeboah, M., and Hall, C., 2018, The Paleozoic Mt Carlton Deposit, Bowen Basin, NE Australia: Shallow High-Sulfidation Epithermal Au-Ag-Cu Mineralization Formed during Rifting. Accepted for publication in Economic Geology on February 19, 2018.
  • Case, G., Blenkinsop, T., Chang, Z., Huizenga, J-M., Lilly, R., and McLellan, J., 2018, The structural evolution of the E1 Group of IOCG deposits: Controls on mineralisation in the Northeast Cloncurry District, Queensland. From: Gessner, K., Blenkinsop, T. G. & Sorjonen-Ward, P. (eds) Characterization of Ore-Forming Systems from Geological, Geochemical and Geophysical Studies. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 453, https://doi.org/10.1144/SP453.4
  • Cheng, Y., Spandler, C., Chang, Z., and Clarke, G., 2018, Volcanic-plutonic connections and metal fertility of highly evolved magma systems: a case study from the Herberton Sn-W-Mo Mineral Field, Queensland, Australia: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 486, p. 84-93.
  • Kouhestani, H., Mokhtari, M.A.A., Chang, Z., and Johnson, C., 2018, Intermediate sulfidation type base metal mineralization at Aliabad-Khanchy, Tarom-Hashtjin metallogenic belt, NW Iran: Ore Geology Reviews, v. 93, p. 1-18.
  • Neal, L., Wilkinson, J., Mason, P., and Chang, Z., 2018, Spectral characteristics of propylitic alteration minerals as a vectoring tool for porphyry copper deposits: Journal of Geochemical Exploration, v. 184, p. 179-198.
  • Chang, Z., Clarke, G., Cheng, Y., Poblete, J., and Liu, K., 2017, Tin – tungsten – molybdenum mineralisation in northeast Queensland, Australia. In: Phillips, N. (ed.), Australian Ore Deposits, AusIMM Monograph 32, p. 681-688.
  • Sahostrom, F., Blake, K., Corral, I., and Chang, Z., 2017, Hyperspectral cathodoluminescence study of indium-bearing sphalerite from the Mt Carlton high-sulfidation epithermal deposit, Queensland, Australia: European Journal of Mineralogy, v. 29, p. 985-993. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1127/ejm/2017/0029-2660.
  • Cooke, D.R., Hollings, P., Baker, M., Chang, Z., Wilkinson, J.J., White, N.C., Zhang, L., Thompson, J., Gemmell, J.B., Fox, N., Chen, H., and Wilkinson, C., 2017, Porphyry indicator minerals (PIMS) and porphyry vectoring and fertility tools (PVFTS) – indicators of mineralization styles and recorders of hypogene geochemical dispersion halos (Paper 32). In: Tschirhart, V., and Thomas, M.D. (eds.), Proceedings of Exploration 17: Sixth Decennial International Conference on Mineral Exploration, 22-25 October 2017, Toronto, Canada, p. 457-470.
  • Sahlstrom, F., Arribas, A., Dirks, P., Corrral, I., and Chang, Z., 2017, Mineralogical distribution of germanium, gallium and indium at the Mt Carlton high-sulfidation epithermal deposit, NE Australia, and comparison with similar deposits worldwide: Minerals, v. 7 (213); doi:10.3390/min7110213.
  • Lawrence, D.M., Allibone, A.H., Chang, Z., Meffre, S., Lambert-Smith, J.S., and Treloar, P.J., 2017, The Tongon Au deposit: Northern Cote d’Ivoire: An example of Paleoproterozoic Au skarn mineralization: Economic Geology, v. 112, p. 1571-1593.
  • Shu, Q., Chang, Z., Hammerli, J., Lai, Y., and Huizenga, J-M., 2017, Composition and evolution of fluids forming the Baiyinnuo’er Zn-Pb skarn deposit, NE China: insights from laser ablation ICP-MS study of fluid inclusions: Economic Geology, v. 112, p. 1441-1460.
  • Jansen, N.H., Gemmell, J.B., Chang, Z., Cooke, D., Jourdan, F., Creaser, R.A., and Hollings, P., 2017, Geology and Genesis of the Cerro la Mina Porphyry-High Sulfidation Au (Cu-Mo) Prospect, Mexico: Economic Geology, v. 112, p. 799-827.
  • Huston, D., Champion, D., Morrison, G., Mass, R., Thorne, J., Carr, G., Beams, S., Bottrill, R., Chang, Z., Dhnaram, C., Downe, P., Forster, D., Gemmell, J.B., Lisitsin, V., McNeill, A., and Vicary, M., 2017, Spatial variations in lead isotopes, Tasman Element, eastern Australia. Geoscience Australia Record, 2017/09. Geoscience Australia, Canberra, ACT, Australia. ISSN 2201-702X (PDF); ISBN 978-1-925124-46-1 (PDF); eCat 110383
  • Wilkinson, J.J., Cooke, D.R., Baker, M.J., Chang, Z., Wilkinson, C.C., Chen, H., Fox, N., Hollings, P., White, N.C., Gemmell, J.B., Loader, M.A., Pacey, A., Sievwright, R.H., Hart, L.A., and Brugge, E.R., 2017, Porphyry indicator minerals and their mineral chemistry as vectoring and fertility tools: Geological Survey of Canada Open File 8345, p. 67-77.
  • Shu, Q., Chang, Z., Lai, Y., Zhou, Y., Sun, Y., and Yan, C., 2016, Regional metallogeny of Mo-bearing deposits in NE China, with new Re-Os dates of porphyry Mo deposits in the northern Xilamulun district: Economic Geology, v. 111, p. 1783-1798.
  • Yang, Z., Goldfarb, R., and Chang, Z., 2016, Generation of post-collisional porphyry Cu deposits in southern Tibet triggered by subduction of Indian continental plate: SEG Special Publication v. 19, p. 279-300.
  • Yang, Z., Hou, Z., Chang, Z., Li, Q., Liu, Y., Qu, H., Sun, M., and Xu, B., 2016, Cospatial Eocene and Miocene granitoids from the Jiru Cu deposit in Tibet: petrogenesis and implications for the formation of collisional and postcollisional porphyry Cu systems in continental collision zone: Lithos, v. 245, p. 243-257.
  • Yang, Z-M., Chang, Z., Hou, Z-Q., and Meffre, S., 2016, Age, igneous petrogenesis and tectonic setting of the Bilihe gold deposit, China, and the implications to regional metallogeny: Gandwana Research, v. 34, p. 296-314.
  • Yang, Z., Chang, Z., Paquete, J., White, N.C., Hou, Z., and Ge, L., 2015, Magmatic Au mineralization at the Bilihe Au deposit, China: Economic Geology: v. 110, p. 1661-1668.
  • Wilkinson, J.J., Chang, Z., Cooke, D.R., Baker, M.J., Wilkinson, C.C., Inglis, S., Chen, H., and Gemmell, J.B., 2015, The chlorite proximitor: A new tool for detecting porphyry ore deposits: Journal of Geochemical Exploration, v. 152, p. 10-26.
  • Yang, Z-M., Lu, Y-J., Hou, Z-Q., and Chang, Z., 2015, High-Mg diorite from Qulong in southern Tibet: Implications for the genesis of adakite-like intrusions and associated porphyry Cu deposits in collisional orogens: Journal of Petrology, v. 56, p. 227-254.
  • Kouhestani, H., Ghaderi, M., Chang, Z., and Zaw, K., 2015, Constraints on the ore fluids in the Chah Zard breccia-hosted epithermal Au-Ag deposit, west-central Iran: Fluid inclusions and stable isotope data: Ore Geology Reviews, v. 65, p. 512-521. DOI: 10.1016/j.oregeorev.2013.06.003
  • Xie, Y-L., Li, L-M., Guo, X., Meffre, S., Chang, Z., Zhang, J., Yao, Y., and Wang, A.G., 2015, Chronology, petrochemistry of fine grained granite and their implication to Mo-Cu mineralization in Xichong Mo deposit, Anhui Province, China: Acta Petrologica Sinica, v. 31, p. 1929-1942.
  • Chang, Z., Mrozek, S., Meinert, L.D., and Windle, S., 2015, Skarn-porphyry transition: an example from the Antamina skarn, Peru. In: Proceedings of PACRIM 2015, AusIMM PACRIM 2015 Congress, 18-21 March 2015, Hong Kong, China. p. 409-413.
  • Mrozek, S., Chang, Z., and Meinert, L.D., 2015, A model for the intrusive sequence and Cu-Zn skarn formation at the Antamina deposit, Peru. In: Proceedings of PACRIM 2015, AusIMM PACRIM 2015 Congress, 18-21 March 2015, Hong Kong, China. p. 423-429.
  • Sha, P., Spandler ,C.J., and Chang, Z., 2015, Elaine Dorothy Cu-Au (REE-U) skarn deposit. In:  Proceedings of PACRIM 2015, AusIMM PACRIM 2015 Congress, 18-21 March 2015, Hong Kong, China. p. 445-449.
  • Shu, Q., Hammerli, J., Chang, Z., Lai, Y., and Huizenga, J.M., 2015, Laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry study on fluid inclusions of the Baiyinnuo’er skarn Zn-Pb deposit, North-east China. In: Proceedings of PACRIM 2015, AusIMM PACRIM 2015 Congress, 18-21 March 2015, Hong Kong, China. p. 451-456.
  • Cooke, D.R., Wilkinson, J.J., Baker, M., Agnew, P., Wilkinson, C.C., Martin, H., Chang, Z., Chen, H., Gemmell, J.B., Inglis, S.M., Danyushevsky, L., Gilbert, S., and Hollings, P., 2015, Using mineral chemistry to detect the location of concealed porphyry deposits – an example from Resolution, Arizona: Proceedings of the 27th International Applied Geochemistry Symposium 2015, 20-24 April 2015, Arizona, USA, pp. 1-6.
  • Zhong, G.X., Zhou, T.F., and Chang, Z., 2015, Geology, chronology and isotope geochemistry of the Yaojialing zinc-gold deposit, Tongling ore district, Anhui Province, China. In: Proceedings of PACRIM 2015, AusIMM PACRIM 2015 Congress, 18-21 March 2015, Hong Kong, China. p. 457-462.

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