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Professor and Head of School
Andrew’s research focus is understanding the large-scale interactions between glaciers, ice sheets, the climate system and sea level. He has worked extensively on the Antarctic Ice Sheet and New Zealand glaciers, and has also published on the Greenland Ice Sheet and glaciers in Iceland and South America. He has a fondness for applying numerical models of glaciers in combination with high-quality geochronology to understand past, present and future ice behaviour. Prior to Monash, Andrew was the Director of the Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Lead Author, and is Secretary General of the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS).
Professor and Deputy Head of School
Steven is examining the world's first instance of significantly enhancing rain through the intentional dispersal of substances into the air, in a process known as 'cloud seeding'.
Senior Research Fellow
Laurent specialises in Orogenic processes, 3D crustal architecture, Neotectonics. 3D modelling, geophysical inversion methodology and interpretation, geodiversity and geological uncertainty.
Marion is the first year coordinator and is also the liaison between EAE and the John Monash Science School. When not teaching Marion spends time looking for suitable landing sites for rovers on Mars.
Julie's research interests include climate extremes, decadal variability and the role of the Antarctic ozone hole in shifting storm tracks. She spent more than a decade at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and a number of years at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in the United States and still maintains strong collaborative ties with colleagues there.
Robin's research spans structural geology, structural geophysics, tectonics and radiogenic isotopes, GIS, 3D modelling methodology, and geophysical interpretation.
Peter specialises in the Interpretation and modelling of regional potential field data, crustal architecture and evolution, mineral system analysis. In addition, Peter's interests are field based structural mapping, orogenic processes and Proterozoic tectonics.
Julie’s research interests are the physical volcanology and geochemistry of intraplate basaltic volcanoes. She studies young volcanoes in the active Newer Volcanics Province of southeastern Australia and is actively engaged in geoscience outreach.
Joël's is using state-of-the-art experimental techniques (e.g., synchrotron) to provide a molecular-level understanding of the transport and deposition of metals and mineral-microbe-fluid interaction in geological environments.
Senior Research Fellow
Fabio's research areas include: geodynamics, tectonics, plate kinematics, global plate motions and numerical modelling of geodynamic processes.
My main interest is in the application of stable and radioactive / radiogenic isotopes to understand hydrological processes including groundwater-surface water interaction, residence times, and groundwater flow systems.
Professor (Laureate Fellow)
Peter's research interests include driving mechanisms of orogenesis, processes of generation and preservation of continental crust and continental and paleogeographic reconstructions. Peter is currently leading a new research initiative called "Pulse of the Earth" and recently launched a new multi-million dollar Isotope Facility.
Priyadarshi's research focuses on the understanding of Precambrian lithosphere dynamics as well as on the formation and recycling of continental crust through the application of petrological studies and geodynamic modelling. He also performs diffusion-kinetics modelling to determine the timescales of geologic processes (geospeedometry)
Professor of Tectonics and Geodynamics, conducting research in areas of experimental tectonics, rates and dynamics of magma emplacement, precambrian Tectonics, intraplate geodynamics, magmatic arc tectonics and pure and applied structural geology.
Dietmar's research is focussing on large-scale climate dynamics, climate modelling and climate change.
My research is primarily at the interface of geomorphology and hydrology. I work almost exclusively on modern landscape processes, including ecohydrologic processes and hydro-geomorphology, with a particular focus on the Australian drylands.
Melanie's research focuses on combining structural geology, metamorphism, and geochemistry to understand geological processes and terranes.
Andrew is a geochemist who uses spectroscopic and isotopic techniques to understand how biogeochemical processes control the composition of minerals and aqueous fluids on the modern and early Earth.
Senior Research Fellow
Ailie's research examines climate extremes, primarily drought and extreme heat, in the context of natural climate variability and human-induced climate change.
Nick is a geochemist whose current research focuses on using geochemical and isotopic tools to constrain magmatic-metamorphic processes, especially the growth and development of Earth's early crust, and the petrogenetic controls on granite-hosted mineral deposits.
Ben is a scientist-engineer hybrid, whose research and teaching spans the fields of palaeoclimatology, hydrology, water resources, and climate variability on interannual to decadal timescales.
Vivian's research areas of interest are, cloud physics and precipitation processes, in-situ, remote sensing observations, and numerical simulations of clouds and precipitation, boundary layer meteorology and air pollution meteorology.
Christian is Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, where he is studying the effects of tropical convection on Australia's climate – how clouds affect weather.
Giovanni’s main interest is understanding the mechanisms responsible for the observed climate variability from interannual to decadal timescales. To this end he combines observational datasets with realistic and idealized climate simulations.
Adam's research focusses on biogeochemistry - or how elements cycle through the environment. In particular, Adam is interested in how nutrients are processed, removed and recycled in sediments, such as in rivers, estuaries and coastal sands.
Alex’s research focuses on using a wide range of geochemical tools, including radiogenic and novel stable isotope systems, to understand the processes involved in the formation, differentiation and evolution of our planet and its major geochemical reservoirs. Here at Monash as part of the “Pulse of the Earth" project he will be using novel stable isotopes to place better constraints on the mechanisms involved in the formation of the earliest continental crust.
ARC Future Fellow
Shayne's research straddles the boundary of theory, observations and modelling and seeks to understand climate variability and change, with a primary focus on the Australasian region.
Steven is establishing the Centre for Resource Science and Technology (CReST). My speciality is the application of new techniques in structural geology, tectonics and field methods, including drones, to ore deposit formation and exploration.
Jack’s research interests include petrochronology, metamorphic petrology, plate reconstructions, and supercontinent cycles. His current research focuses on using detrital minerals to reconstruct the tectonic evolution of continents and to understand processes that bias the sedimentary record.
ARC Future Fellow
Oliver is a high-temperature geochemist with a focus on radiogenic and stable isotope research. His studies primarily circles around ocean floor rocks and the evolution of planetary reservoirs from the early stages of the planet to the present day.
Yona manages the clean isotope laboratory; operating ICPMS and laser systems. Her research interests: Lu-Hf, U-Pb, zircons, general isotope geochemistry/analytical methods and techniques.
Rahul's research interests include geochemistry, hydrometallurgy, minerals processing, solution modelling and process flowsheets. He has worked previously at Rio Tinto G&I and Uni Cape Town, South Africa. He is currently working in the ARC Research Hub for Australian Copper-Uranium where he is developing and testing new, cost-effective ways to remove non-target metals from copper concentrates from ores.
Michael's research has been focused principally on the science of weather producing systems (such as fronts, extra-tropical cyclones, hurricanes, gravity waves).This work is a blend of theory, computer modelling and observations.
Ruth’s research interests include biogeography and biogeomorphology of temperate and tropical marine ecosystems such of mangrove, saltmarsh, coral reefs and seagrass; their response to environmental change, and role in climate change mitigation. Ruth applies experimental, laboratory, field and UAV/satellite approaches to the study of vegetation and coastal dynamics.
Martin's research focuses on the fluid dynamics of the tropical atmosphere. He is particularly interested in understanding how the distribution of precipitation, including precipitation extremes and thunderstorms, responds to changes in climate.
Senior Research Fellow
Anja's broad interest is in geological fluids dynamics.
Jeffrey's field of applied palaeontology focuses on ancient greenhouse Earth ecosystems and environments, especially in the southern regions of what was once the supercontinent of Gondwana (land), to use fossil data for 'Big Picture Science' in palaeontology and also for diverse industrial applications in basin analysis.
Nigel is involved in an expert panel on infrastructure and settlement of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the Cities as Water Supply Catchments program, helping to bring down the mercury in our urban areas and the planet as a whole.
Andy applies the principles of metamorphic petrology, as well as some structural geology and igneous petrology, to fields of geoscience where these principles have been somewhat neglected. This non-traditional application of petrology has allowed him to make unique contributions to the fields of economic geology and meteoritics/planetary science.
Senior Technical Officer
Ashlea is the manager of the Laser Ablation system in the Isotopia Lab, she is an expert in both ICPMS and TIMS applications. Ashlea is an isotope geochemist who investigates early Earth processes, the composition of Earth, and the evolution of the mantle through-out geological time. Her research focuses on using both in situ and solution based techniques for long-lived and short-lived radionuclide systems.
Rob's research is concerned with the dynamics and predictability of severe thunderstorms storms and their associated hazards such as large hail and tornadoes.
Roberto's main research activity is in the area of Igneous Petrology and Structural Geology, and the subareas of
Bethan's research interests are in the processes governing deep convection in the atmosphere and its interaction across scales. As part of the ARC-Funded Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science she is investigating the relationship of rainfall and atmospheric convection with tropical multi-scale dynamical systems. Her expertise is in high-resolution convection-permitting modeling, and her research background covers the microphysical and and dynamical processes of deep convection, convective organisation and feedbacks across scales, and the response of deep convective systems to aerosol perturbations
Vanessa's research focuses on soil-water interactions and soil biogeochemical processes, which is used to understand degraded environments, applied to remediation and rehabilitation activities, and improve land and water management strategies.
Xuan's research field is GIS and remote sensing with special interests in their applications in regional sustainable development, landscape evaluation, environmental decision analysis and modelling, and urban mining.
Ray's area of expertise is Physical Volcanology.
Peter examines past vegetation, climate and fire relationships through the application of pollen analysis and other palaeoecological techniques to swamp, lake and marine sediments within the Australian-Southeast Asian region. This information can be applied to informed landscape management and future environmental including climate prediction.
Michael’s research areas of interest are: air quality observations and analysis, climate observations and analysis, simple climate models and their application to global problems and cloud physics
Neville studies the nature, causes and predictability of climate and weather variations and their impacts.
Pat is Interested in how life and the Earth have changed over 700 million years - especially early animals from the late Precambrian, the polar dinosaurs of Australia and the development of the Australian avifauna. Field work in remote areas and early childhood sciences education are her passions.
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow
Geophysical data acquired by electromagnetic or seismic methods requires a range of time series, spectral and coherency analysis methodologies. Prof Asten has applied such methods to problems in mineral exploration, use of passive seismic methods for earthquake hazard zonation, and extraction of historical trends of natural climate change.
Dr Barrie Bolton
Adjunct Research Fellow
Barrie has specialist knowledge in the identification, monitoring and management of acid rock (mine) drainage, and acid sulphate soils, and research interests in environmental geochemistry and environmental management systems. He also has worked many years in the mining industry.
Dr Mike Hall
Adjunct Research Fellow
Professor Reid Keays
Reid's research interests are in the economic geology and lithogeochemistry and in particular the application of Platinum Group Element (PGE) Geochemistry to the development of genetic models and exploration techniques for Ni-Cu-PGE sulfide deposits and to the petrogenesis of mafic and ultramafic rocks.
Dr Merna McKenzie
Adjunct Research Fellow
Late Quaternary vegetation and climate in Victoria derived from the investigation of pollen and charcoal records; the pollen content of long term pollen traps in Queensland rainforest viewed in relation to the interpretation of relevant rainforest pollen diagrams.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Ian's research areas are the petrology and geochemistry of igneous rocks in a variety of tectonic settings, with emphasis on within-plate basaltic volcanism, island arc magmatism and granitic complexes.
Dr Willem (Sander) Alexander van der Kaars
Adjunct Research Fellow
Professor Chris Wilson
Chris Wilson has published extensively in the geological and glaciological literature on the evolution of tectonic structures in rocks and ice for last 30 years. Chris is currently using a combination of field based structural analysis and geophysical techniques, experiments and numerical models to study microstructures and textures related to deformation in crustal rocks.
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Leigh is an A Grade licensed Electrician with a MSc in Environmental Engineering. He has 10 years’ experience as a project manager in International Development, designing and building water and wastewater systems in Sri Lanka, Maldives and Haiti and as a disaster relief coordinator for RedR Australia. More recently Leigh worked as an energy consultant designing and implementing energy efficiency management plans for schools and the commercial sector. His key areas of interest include domestic sustainability and the use of innovative technologies for understanding the Natural environment.
Tien Chin Chen
James is one of the Outreach Co-ordinators for the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment and the Faculty of Science and lectures a third-year unit focussing on Environmental Change. In addition, he continues to research in the areas of Sedimentology, Basin Analysis, Petroleum Systems and Geothermal Energy.
Administrative Officer (Maternity leave until August 2019)
Academic Administrative Officer
Student Services Coordinator
Principal Technical Officer
General Office Administrator
Senior Research Officer
CMS Strategic Manager
I am currently researching the tectonic evolution of the Offshore Northwest Java region, with a focus on the structural and stratigraphic evolution of the Vera-Zaitun Basin and its petroleum potential.
Afiq Md Ali
My research aims to understand the progression of strike-slip tectonics in onshore Peninsular Malaysia and the offshore basins during the Cenozoic, by the collision of India-Asia plate with lateral extrusion of SE Asia plate and the rifting of South China. I am particularly interested in demonstrating the effects of this regional forces toward the mechanics of extensional deformation through analogue modelling, kinematic mapping and analysis of basin structures.
My project focuses on using structural, petrographic, and geochronological analyses to study the Main Central Thrust around the Tista Dome in the Himalayas in an attempt to understand how developing orogens respond to structural and lithological heterogeneity
I grew up and finished my honors in Geology from India and subsequently moved to Bayerisches Geoinstiut in Bayreuth Germany for my masters. After finishing my master in Experimental Geosciences, I'm here at Monash, working towards the completion of the hydrothermal high pressure - temperature apparatus at the department.
My Ph.D. project aims at developing a better understanding of the process of 'radiation induced porosity' in sulfide minerals. A better understanding of the microstructure framework at the nano - scale, would help us to address the radionuclide mobility in these minerals, which in turn could be used to develop potentially novel techniques of mineral processing.
I'll be performing high - pressure/temperature laboratory experiments to investigate the evolution of porosity at the nano scale and subsequently will deploy analytical techniques such as SEM FIB, X ray diffraction, and nano tomography using synchrotron radiation to get a 3D view of the process.
I'm collaborating closely with the ARC Research Hub for Australian Copper - Uranium and its participating universities, to develop an interdisciplinary insight into the research problem.
I am fascinated by doing research on the Early Earth, so I study the secular evolution of the continental crust throughout the Archean. I am working on TTG samples from the Barberton craton (ZA) and the Yilgarn craton (WA) to find some answers to the big questions of this Eon: How and when did plate tectonics start and under which circumstances did the first continental crust form? To figure this out, I analyse Rare Earth Elements (REE), Molybdenum and Strontium Isotopes.
I am currently working on the relationship between rainfall and drought and their impacts on
My interests lie in unravelling the history of Gondwana from the Cretaceous through to today. Currently I’m focusing on understanding the mechanisms driving the change from passive margin to active subduction, by looking at the sedimentology and structure of the Hikurangi accretionary system, North Island, New Zealand.
Using a combination of petrographic and geodynamical studies, my research aims to better understand the transport of magma through sills in the upper crust.
Exploring Structural Inheritance through Multi-Scale Fracture Network Analysis
My project aims to understand the iron isotope geochemistry of jarosite, as well as the behaviour of iron and other trace elements during jarosite recrystallisation. My project will provide the very first dataset on the iron isotope geochemistry of jarosite, as well as provide insight into the geological process involved in the formation and recrystallisation of jarosite, with implications for acid sulphate soil formation and the evolution of the Martian environment.
"El Niño in a changing climate simulations".
My research primarily focuses on the use of numerical models to represent large-scale geological conditions. During my masters, I focused on intra-oceanic incipient subduction, attempting to understand the key components of the transition from incipient subduction to self-sustaining subduction or the formation of stagnant lids. My PhD will focus on the evolution of the Himalayas, initially attempting to understand the geometry of the MHT in 2D. We then aim to move the model to 3D, to understand the large-scale structures of the Himalayas, including the salients, recesses arcs, oroclines and syntaxes observed in the Himalayan chain
My research focuses on the changing nature of coastal sea level extremes in Australia, and the trends and projections for coastal inundation induced by changes in global mean sea level. Key aspects of my research include defining impact-based thresholds for coastal inundation in Australia coastal towns and cities, developing a new high-quality tide gauge dataset, and calculating projected emergence times for regular (e.g. annual, monthly) coastal inundation due to regular, periodic astronomical tides and higher mean sea levels
Bobbye Leigh Morgan
My research aims to determine whether heatwave events are more or less predictable than "garden variety" summer weather, and investigate the physical reasons as to why this is the case, or not?
My research is multidisciplinary. Integrating structural geology with geophysical methods, I aim to identify how strain from tectonic activity influences the localisation of gold.
My research uses observational data to examine the strength of the urban heat island during heatwaves in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
Celia Martinez Ramos
Chang (Sophia) Xu
My research is on understanding and simulating the large-scale Hydrological cycle, especially precipitation, and changes under global warming using a simplified model approach. I'm interested why precipitation tends to increase on the equatorial Pacific and in high latitudes and tends to decrease in some climatologically dry regions.
My research focus is to obtain a better understanding of the origin of auriferous fluids and mechanisms responsible for the formation of orogenic gold deposits. Using central Victoria as a natural laboratory, we combine innovative geochemistry and thermodynamic modelling to predict areas of gold localisation.
"Coupled fire-atmosphere interactions".
The aim of my work is to use numerical modelling and high performance computing to determine what atmospheric conditions lead to erratic and sudden bursts in fire spread and intensity.
"Geo-engineering approaches to climate change, using GREB climate model"
My research project focuses on geo-engineering, a new discipline that proposes large-scale
Dongxia (Dawn) Yang
I am primarily interested in storm track variations over mid-latitude oceans and related air-sea interactions.
Currently I mainly focus on how tropical SST and extratropical SST front influenced storm track’s location shift and intensity change.
My current research seeks to understand the underlying physical factors that influences the intensity of tropical thunderstorms and how these intensities might change under global warming conditions. High resolution Cloud Resolve Models (CRM) would be employed in this study in both idealize and real time simulations.
The research among other benefits seeks to provide a guide for future development of Global Climate Models.
My research focus is to characterize the Southern Ocean Atmospheric Boundary Layer in Response to the Synoptic Forcing (extra-tropical cyclones and fronts).
The aim of my project is to provide new structural, geochemical and metamorphic constraints on the evolution of the Archean Yalgoo Dome, a broad elliptical dome (50x100 km) in the Yilgarn Craton of Western Australia.
My research focuses on the mechanisms for leaching and remobilizing metals in hydrothermal fluids. My PhD project aims at developing a framework for a molecular-level understanding of the interactions between fluid-flow, rock deformation, mineral reaction under conditions typical for ore formation.
Giuseppe (Joseph) Oppedisano
I am a PhD Candidate for the ARC Linkage with the City of Greater Dandenong and Mooney Valley City Council. I am researching the impacts of extreme heat events on urban park vegetation and the micro climate.
My research topic is the application of deep learning and crowd-sourcing in environmental science.
I am working on the genesis and tectonic evolution of the divergent triple Junctions and how they prograde through time using a combination of analogues and numerical modelling
My research focuses on helping to unravel the structural processes that have controlled and aided in the formation gold mineralisation within the world class and historic Victorian goldfields. Using 3D implicit modelling from data collected during mining and drilling operations at the Ballarat goldmine, I am aiming to create a computer based model that will help with the interpretation and understanding of what controls and localises gold mineralisation in the region. By better understanding the controls and structures hosting the gold, companies working in the region will be better able to plan and execute successful exploration programmes to further advance projects and mining in the region so its history lives on
My PhD research currently aims clarifying the petrogenesis of Archean TTG. Because of its great age (>2.5 Ga), lots of vestiges in TTG have been missed and altered, while the chemistry conserved in the mineralized rock can be an essential tool. So I am particularly interested in using preserved geochemical data from minerals and mafic enclaves, to apply quantitative geochemical modelling.
My research at Monash University will address the role of complex 3D deformation on the distribution of orogenic gold at the Stawell mine in Victoria, Australia. One aspect of the project involves three-dimensional implicit modelling the drill-core dataset combined with subsurface mapping to generate a mine-scale representation of the ore shoots and important structural features, thereby assisting with future exploration of the Stawell mine and western Victorian goldfields.
I am using the petrology and geochemistry of meteorites through scanning electron microscopy and other techniques to investigate the differences between impact and thermal metamorphism on asteroids, and how planets formed in the early Solar System.
Molybdenum (Mo), Tungsten (W) and Cadmium (Cd) speciation in hydrothermal fluids investigated by classical and ab initio (from first principles) molecular dynamics simulations.
The objective of my project is to understand the tectonic evolution and implications for mineral system analysis of the Macquarie Arc from potential field geophysics.
Lian (Lynn) Wu
My project is mainly about using LiDAR sensor (potentially other remote sensors) for generating 3D crop structure information, in order to have a more effective and precise crop management. One of the main objectives of this project is to develop a practical methodology for applying LiDAR data in crop management and precision agriculture, which can effectively reduce the negative impacts of harmful chemical to the environment and humans and also minimise the cost.
His current PhD research will identify how the complex mountain terrain across the Snowy Mountains and Tasmania alters key dynamical and microphysical mechanisms that produce wintertime precipitation. This will be achieved by using newly available satellite-based data and dedicated field observations.
My research focuses on radiogenic and stable isotopes of mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORBs) in order to understand the Pb isotope evolution in the Earth’s upper mantle. I am also interested in Th-U/Pb dating of accessory minerals, such as monazite, and the development of analytical methods (e.g., LA-ICP-MS).
My project is about finding processes which control the organisation of deep atmospheric convection, as seen in radar observations from Darwin. To determine such processes I will make use of neural nets, linking the observational data with the large-scale atmospheric state. Once the important processes are pinned down, I will assess their representation in numerical models and, if not or poorly represented, implement them into the model.
Mathias did Bachelor's degree in Physical Oceanography, followed by a Master's degree in Integrated Climate System Science, bother at the University of Hamburg, Germany.
His current PhD research involves using a high-resolution ocean model to look at the drivers of Pacific Ocean decadal variability in order to link this variability to ENSO.
My research involves a multi-scale approach to analysing the evolution of the late Cambrian-Early Ordovician rifts in northern and western Tasmania, Australia. By using detailed process sedimentology, analysing stratigraphic stacking patterns and regional structural mapping, I plan to unravel the unique depositional environments present during the early stages of rifting and explore the evolution of the rift system as a whole through time.
My research aims to understand the concurrent variability of precipitation and other weather parameters during multi-year and seasonal-scale drought. I will examine how the characteristics of seasonal scale drought (e.g. frequency, severity, duration) vary with changes to multi-year precipitation. This will be achieved by analysing precipitation trends during seasonal and multi-year drought in both global observations and climate model data. We aim to be able to gain understanding of characteristics of drought and how well it is characterized in climate models.
Recent Neogene tectonics and the evolution of the Marlborough Fault System, New Zealand. Looking at the interplay between rapidly evolving plate margin tectonics and sedimentary basin evolution. The Marlborough area contains spectacular structural examples from a complex tectonic evolution, which was synchronous with the deposition of a nearly complete marine transgressive sequence. My project aims to leverage this stratigraphy to deconstruct the recent history of shear offset, compression, rotation and uplift.
In my project I am using microstructures and textures of mylonitic rocks to develop methods through which the structural and dynamic properties of crustal shear zones can be quantitatively described.
After completing my masters in chemistry at Melbourne University while working predominantly on tellurium minerals in the geosciences department of Museum Victoria, I have switched universities and departments for my PhD. My research focuses on the geochemistry of tellurium in surface environments, from crystallography to mineralogy to microecology. Tellurium typically associates with silver and gold, but unlike these precious metals, comparatively little study on the geochemistry of tellurium has been undertaken. Potential applications of understanding new (biogeo) chemical pathways for tellurium transport are in mineral exploration; in mining waste piles; in remediation; and/or in recycling. Outside of studying I enjoy tennis, bushwalking, cycling and reading.
"Understanding the complex structured architecture of a long-lived HT-LP continental back-arc and its relation with the magmatic arc".
I am studying the structural and magmatic evolution of an ancient orogen that formed part of the West Gondwana supercontinent and is now located near the Argentinian Andes. This study will help geoscientists to better understand the tectonic frame of mountain belts and how they evolve in time.
My PhD seeks to determine the fate of rare earth elements during various fluid-rock interactions, with particular focus on metamorphic and hydrothermal fluids. Using robust analytical techniques such as SEM, LA-ICPMS, MC-ICP-MS, EMP and synchrotron beamlines, I hope to broaden the understanding behind the behaviour and mineralization styles of rare earth elements.
Peter van Rensch
My research interest is multidisciplinary and mainly associated with the numerical geodynamic modelling of internal processes of the earth. I am trying to accumulate the regional models related to mantle convection (subduction, upwelling, mantle plume) to a single 3D spherical whole earth model. I am also curious and studying how the formation of the universe and formation of the earth can be connected according to the Theoretical Physics.
The project concerns itself with the predictability of episodic wind forcing (bursts of westerly and easterly winds). The focus of this research will be on events from both within and outside of the equatorial region, as both play a role in the triggering of these events, modulating Pacific warm water volume and perhaps even the magnitude of events. While the effect of westerly wind events on the triggering of ENSO is not debated, the role of the Madden Julian Oscillation is debated within the literature since westerly wind events can occur outside of these events. This is of interest as it suggests outside of the Madden Julian Oscillation, the evolution of wind events is synoptically driven, which reduces the predictable lead-time of events and perhaps ENSO event initiation. This project will side-step the debate on the influence of the MJO and rather than focusing on the development of individual events, we seek to understand how changes in the background state tropical oceans can modulate the occurrence of these wind events.
We aim to utilise the atmospheric general circulation model ACCESS (and potentially partially coupled simulations) to examine whether changes in these interbasin gradients in background SST influence/modulate the activity of wind events (zonal and meridional gradients) within the Pacific basin. In both cases, we will experiment with realistic SSTs, to better understand what time periods hosted potentially predictable episodic wind events, and idealised SSTs, to better understand the role of interbasin SST gradient changes and changes in total SST.
“Geomechanical Effects of Shallow Intrusions on Ocean-Island Volcanoes”
Nearly 700 million people are affected by volcanic risk, yet our capacity to predict volcanic events is limited. We are using unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) based mapping technologies to characterise the distributions of intrusions in otherwise inaccessible terrain, allowing us to better understand the effect of intrusions on volcano dynamics and stability and contributing to our ability to mitigate volcanic risk.
The goal of my PhD research is the study of Fe-isotopes in Ocean Island lavas (such as Hawaii). With this, I aim for an advanced understanding of the chemical composition of mantle plumes and the chemical structure of the deep Earth's interior. I want to show that Fe-isotopes can be used to identify the mineralogy of depleted and enriched components within OIBs and with this help to identify the mantle heterogeneity.
My project investigates the atom exchange mechanisms of iron (hydr)oxide minerals, leading to applications of enhancing metal mobility via catalytic recrystallisation.
My research is looking at rainfall over north-western Australia and evaluating how the dynamical systems responsible for the rainfall are changing.
My research project is exploring geochemical tracers of catchment processes. The study is integrating environmental isotopes together with major ion geochemistry, streamflow data, and groundwater elevations to understand the location and fluxes of groundwater to rivers, the residence time of water in river catchments, and whether different stores of water are activated under different flow conditions. The investigation is also emphasizing the combination of geochemical and physical data to achieve an understanding of key processes that impact the water balance and water quality in rivers.
Sike (Lydia) Li
My research focuses on subduction dynamics. I aim to model the interaction between subducting plates and mantle plumes, using a 3D numerical approach
My research aims to characterize the southern ocean atmospheric boundary layer in response to the synoptic forcing (e.g. mid-latitude cyclones and fronts) through a combination of observational data and model simulation.
My project focuses on understanding the dynamics driving the El Niño- Southern Oscillation (ENSO). I am using a wind forced ocean model to decompose the equatorial Pacific warm water volume (the precursor of ENSO events) into the adjusted wind response and the instantaneous wind response. This way the debate about a self-sustained cyclic ENSO view (driven by the adjusted wind response) vs. an event-like ENSO view (driven by the instantaneous wind response) is addressed.
Tobias undertakes research on the controlling mechanisms of trace element cycling and enrichment in marine ferromanganese nodules, crusts and synthetic manganese oxides.
Keystones in East Gondwana breakup: palaeontology and provenance of sedimentary strata from Batavia and Gulden Draak knolls, Perth Abyssal Plain, eastern Indian Ocean.
Intraplate Geodynamics and Igneous Intrusion Mechanisms; Analogue modelling of elongated/tabular magma intrusions and magma emplacement mechanisms.
My research focuses on the metal complexation with ligands and their transportation in hydrothermal fluids, with special interests on Fe, U and REE. Another part of my research aims to understand the behaviour of fluorine in hydrothermal fluids and their role on leaching and transporting metals.
My current research is mainly focusing on Ice Age simulation and development of ice sheet scheme for Monash Simple Climate Model (GREB). The project aims to provide a tool to find out the mechanism of climate change in Ice Age and also offers a good platform for public to understand the evolution of climate. In addition, I am interested in a range of research topics such as land-air-sea interaction, advanced mathematic method and geophysical fluid dynamics.
My research project focuses on the application of environmental isotopes in understanding of process in river catchments. The study aims to document the location and fluxes of groundwater to rivers at different flow conditions, understand the origin of solutes in the rivers and document timescales of flow.
After graduating with BSc (Hons) in Geology from India’s one of the leading universities, Aligarh Muslim University, Zuhair was awarded MSc and M.Tech degree in Geosciences from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India in 2016. At IIT, he was working on great-earthquake and tsunami hazard threat for the western coast of India using statistical and numerical modeling.
Currently, Zuhair is integrating Geophysics, Geodynamics, Seismicity and Artificial Intelligence to understand where and why Mega-Earthquake occurs. The overarching goal is to define a Seismotectonics model that explains the occurrence of tectonics, stress coupling and strain along plate margins in a unified Geodynamics frame, from the geological long-term to the short-time scale of earthquakes