Dr Andrew Heap is the Chief of the Minerals, Energy and Groundwater Division at Geoscience Australia.
Andrew graduated 1st class Hons in Earth Sciences from the University of Auckland (New Zealand) in 1996 after which he completed his PhD at James Cook University in 2000.
Andrew has 20 years of professional experience in leading pre-competitive geoscience research within the Australian Government. This includes more than 17 years as a senior leader in Geoscience Australia, with responsibility for energy and mineral resources, carbon capture and storage, marine geoscience and groundwater programs. Andrew has published over 100 scientific and technical papers and is a member of 12 professional organisations.
Andrew has responsibility for building a national prospectus of energy and mineral groundwater resources across Australia through regional geological framework studies, and delivery of pre-competitive scientific data and information. A key outcome is to stimulate new exploration investment in frontier areas through an improved understanding of under-explored regions and sustainable water management.
As a member of the Australian Government’s Ocean Policy Science Advisory Group Andrew had a lead role in drafting A Marine Nation 2009 and Marine Nation 2025 as blueprints for coordinating investment in marine science in Australia. Andrew represents Australia in the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) as Council Member of the Australia–New Zealand IODP consortium, is a member of the CO2CRC board and Program Advisory Committee, and is the Federal Government’s representative on the COAG Energy Council Geoscience Working Group.