Rivers of Gold welcomes Francesco Colombi to the project. Francesco has come from Italy to take up a PhD scholarship. He will be based at La Trobe’s Albury-Wodonga campus in the Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution. Francesco graduated with a Masters degree from the University of Rome, La Sapienza in 2015 after writing a thesis on the petrography, geochemistry and isotopic composition of volcanic rocks from NE Algeria. He is looking forward to learning more about the natural processes in Victoria’s mining soils are acting today.