CCFS postgraduate students include those already in progress in 2011 with projects relevant to CCFS Research Themes, as well as those who commenced in 2012.  Fourteen papers by CCFS postgraduates were published in high-profile international journals in 2012, including Geology, Precambrian Research, Journal of Petrology, Lithos, Earth and Planetary Science Letters and Chemical Geology.  Presentations were also given at a number of international conferences (see Appendix 6).


Yuya Gao, Jin-Xiang Huang, Sue O’Reilly, Qiuling Gao at Jin-Xiang’s Graduation Ceremony, April 2012.



Yuya Gao won the award for the student’s best presentation at the Chinese National Symposium on Petrology and Geodynamics in 2012.  This is the fifth time that a Macquarie PhD has won this award: previous winners are: Lijuan Wang, Jin-Xiang Huang and Yao Yu.

Rachel Bezard

Finalist, Faculty of Science Three Minute Thesis (3MT), Macquarie University 

Rajat Taneja

Finalist, Faculty of Science Three Minute Thesis (3MT), Macquarie University 

Cara Danis  was one of two DI Groves Medal winners awarded the best paper published in AJES by a young author for her paper ”Gunnedah Basin 3D architecture and upper crustal temperatures”, AJES, V57, 2010.  The award was presented at the 2012 IGC, Brisbane in August.

Carissa Isaac and Ekaterina Rubanova were co-awarded best poster presentation at the CCFS Science Advisory Committee meeting, August, 2012


Dr Cara Danis (PhD):  Geothermal state of the Sydney-Gunnedah-Bowen Basin system (Macquarie)


Dr Jin-Xiang Huang (PhD):  Origin of eclogite and pyroxenite xenoliths in kimberlites and basalts (Macquarie)

Dr Yongjun Lu (PhD):  Controls on porphyry emplacement and Porphyry Au-Cu mineralisation along the Red River Fault Hunnan Province, China (UWA)




Soumaya Abassi (PhD):  Mass balance of generation and escape of methane on the North West Shelf of Australia in the Tertiary;  MQRES  (commenced 2010)

Rachel Bezard (PhD):  Evolution of the Qualibou volcanic complex, St Lucia, Lesser Antilles;  iMQRES COTUTELLE  (commenced 2012) 


Rachel Bezarde with her poster at the EPS PhD seminars held in November 2012.


Raul Brens (PhD):  Origin of silicic magmas in a primitive island arc;  iMQRES  (commenced 2011) 

David Child (PhD):  Characterisation of Actinide particles in the environment for nuclear safeguards using mass spectrometric techniques  (commenced part time 2007)

David Clark (PhD):  Contributions to integrated magnetics - applications to the Earth Sciences  (commenced part time 2006)

Steven Craven (PhD):  The structural and metamorphic evolution of the Wongwibinda Complex, NSW, Australia  (commenced part time 2006) 


Raul Brens with his supervisor, Associate Professor Tracy Rushmer at the EPS PhD seminars held in November 2012. 


Daria Czaplińska (PhD):  Flow characteristics of lower crustal rocks:  Developing a toolbox to improve geodynamic models; iMQRES  (commenced 2012)

Fiona Foley (PhD):  Magmatic consequences of subduction initiation and its role in continental crust formation;  iMQRES  (commenced 2009)


Eileen Dunkley (PhD):  Hf isotopic behaviour in turbidites, migmatites and granites at Mount Stafford, Central Australia;  MQRES  (commenced 2010)

Clement Gaildry with his supervisor, Dr Heather Handley, at the EPS PhD seminars held in November 2012.

 Clement Gaildry (PhD):  Development of the larger Yasur Caldera system, Tanna, Vanuatu;  iMQRES  (commenced 2011)

Yuya Gao (PhD):  Comparative Study of Origin and Petrogenesis of A-type Granites in Eastern China and Southeastern Australia:  Evidence from Hf-O-Li Isotopes;  iMQRES  (commenced 2012)

Robyn Gardner (PhD):  Understanding the flow characteristics of lower continental crust to improve the geodynamic modelling of rifting events;  MQRES  (commenced 2012)

Felix Genske (PhD):  Assessing the heterogeneous source of the Azores mantle plume;  iMQRES  (commenced 2009)

Christopher Grose (PhD):  Geodynamics of the oceanic lithosphere;  iMQRES  (commenced 2011)   See Research highlight.

Yosuke Hoshino (PhD):  Demonstrating the syngeneity and interpreting the palaeobiology of hydrocarbon biomarkers in the Fortescue Group  (2.7 Ga);  iMQRES  (commenced 2011)

Chengxin Jiang (PhD):  Combining seismic tomography and sedimentology to understand the deep structure and evolution of the northern edge of the Tibetan Plateau;  iMQRES  (commenced 2012)

Kostas Kotzakoulakis (PhD):  Ecological risks associated with the use of fuels in Antarctica:  characterising hydrocarbon behaviour and assessing toxicity on sensitive early life stages of Antarctic marine invertebrates;  ENDVR  (commenced 2012)

Elizabeth Keegan (PhD):  231Pa-227Ac studies in Earth Sciences  (commenced 2011)


Chris Grose with his poster at the EPS PhD seminars held in November 2012.


Pablo Lara (PhD):  Late Neoproterozoic granitoid magmatism of the Southernmost section of the Don Feliciano Belt in Uruguay:  Regional geology, geochemistry, geochronology and its significance for the geotectonic evolution of the region  (commenced 2011)

Nicole McGowan (PhD):  Messages from the Mantle:  Geochemical Investigations of Ophiolitic Chromitites;  APA  (commenced 2012)

Melissa Murphy (PhD):  A novel approach for economic uranium deposit exploration and environmental studies;  APA  (commenced 2009, submitted Jan 2013)

Rosanna Murphy (PhD):  Stabilising a craton:  origin and emplacement of the 3.1 Ga Mpuluzi batholith  (Swaziland/RSA);  MQRES  (commenced 2011) See Research highlight.

Matt Pankhurst (PhD):  Geodynamic significance of shoshonitic magmatism within the Andean Altiplano;  MQRES  (commenced 2009, submitted Jan 2013)

Mehdi Tork Qashqai (PhD):  Inversion of multiple geophysical data for composition and thermal structure of Earth’s upper mantle;  iMQRES  (commenced 2012)

Ekaterina Rubanova (PhD):  Fluid processes in the deep mantle:  Geochemical studies of diamonds and related minerals;  iMQRES  (commenced 2010)  See Research highlight.

Edward Saunders (PhD):  Gold distribution and mobility within the mantle and its significance to mineralised provinces;  APA  (commenced 2010)  See Research highlight.

Elyse Schinella (PhD):  Landform evolution on Venus;  APA  (commenced 2010)

Ramzan Shahid (PhD):  The strength of oceanic plate-bounding faults;  iMQRES  (commenced 2012)

Liene Spruzeniece (PhD):  The fundamental link between deformation, fluids and the rates of reactions in minerals;  iMQRES  (commenced 2012)

Cait Stuart (PhD):  Flow characteristics of lower crustal rocks in the presence of melt;  MQRES  (commenced 2012)

Rajat Taneja (PhD):  Geodynamic evolution of the NE Indian Ocean;  iMQRES  (commenced 2010)

Jennifer van Holst (PhD):  Understanding microbial gasification of coal:  A study of the stable isotope composition of microbial gas generation  (commenced 2010)



Qing Xiong, Tibet.


Qing Xiong (PhD):  Shenglikou and Zedang peridotite massifs, Tibet:  Upper mantle processes and geodynamic significance;  China Science Council Scholarship and cotutelle with China University of Geosciences, Wuhan  (commenced 2010) Pictured above.  See Research highlight.

Yao Yu (PhD):  The evolution and tectonic dynamics of the subcontinental lithospheric mantle, SE China;  China Science Council Scholarship and cotutelle with Nanjing University  (commenced 2010)

Commencing 2013:  

Shad Asif, Qiang Ma, Kim Jessop, Benat Oliveira Bravo, Romain Tilhac and Irina Tretiakova 


Jane Collins (PhD):  The structural evolution and mineralisation history of the Flying Fox komatiite-hosted Ni-Cu-PGE sulfide deposit, Forrestania Greenstone Belt, Western Australia;  Western Areas NL, with technical support given by Newexco Pty Ltd  (commenced 2006, submitted December 2012)

Ellen Davies (PhD):  The emplacement dynamics of mineralised ultramafic rocks in the Ivrea Zone in Italy  (commenced 2012)

Alex Eves (MSc):  Geology, mineralogy and geochemistry of the newly discovered Speewah Dome V-Ti-Fe Deposit, East Kimberley;  Niplats Australia Limited  (commenced 2012)

Denis Fougourouse (PhD):  4D geometry and genesis of the Obuasi gold deposit, Mali  (commenced 2012)

Christopher Gonzalez (PhD):  CO2 devolatilisation and its influence on partial melting, subduction, and metasomatism in the mantle lithosphere  (commenced 2012)

Matthew Hill (PhD):  4D Structural, Magmatic and Hydrothermal Evolution of the Au-Cu-Bi System in the Tennant Creek Mineral Field, NT, Australia;  Emmerson Resources Ltd and APA  (commenced 2010)

Carissa Isaac (PhD):  4D architecture of the Eastern Goldfields Superterrane in the Yilgarn Craton of Western Australia, in order to constrain the role of the lithospheric structure at 2.7 Ga in the localisation of nickel mineral systems;  ARC Linkage  (commenced 2009)

Margaux Le Vaillant (PhD):  Characterisation of the nature, geometry and size of hydrothermal remobilisation of base metals and platinum group elements in magmatic nickel sulfide deposit systems.  Implications for exploration targeting;  MERIWA, UWA SIRF scholarship , ARC linkage grant  (commenced 2011)

Erwann Lebrun (PhD):  4D geometry and genesis of the Siguiri gold deposit, Guinea  (commenced 2011)

Ben Li (PhD):  Evolution of fluid associated with gold mineralisation in the Paleoproterozoic Granites–Tanami Orogen; SIRF, ARC Linkage grant  (commenced 2011)

Volodymyr Lysytsyn (PhD):  Mineral prospectivity analysis and quantitative resource assessments for exploration targeting-development of effective data integration models and practical applications  (commenced 2010)

Jelena Markov (PhD):  3D Geophysical Interpretation of the Archean-Paleoproterozoic Boundary, Leo-Man Shield, West Africa;  SIRF, UIS  (commenced 2011)

Quentin Masurel (PhD):  Controls on the Genesis, Geometry and Location of the Sadiola-Yatela Gold Deposit, Republic of Mali  (commenced 2012)

Kombada Mhopjeni (MSc):  Investigating the Uranium potential in Namibia using GIS-based techniques  (commenced 2011)

Aileen Mirasol-Robert (PhD):  Field Characterisation of Australian Gold Systems  (commenced 2012)

David Mole (PhD):  Quantifying melt-lithosphere interaction in space and time:  understanding nickel mineral systems in the Archaean Yilgran craton;  UWA Scholarships for International Research Fees, ARC Linkage  (commenced 2008, submitted 2012)

John Owen (PhD):  Evolution and emplacement of Ni-Cu-PGE bearing magmatic systems in the lower crust and the nature and role of magmatic vapour phases in these systems;  SORF, UIS, ARC  (commenced 2012)

Louis Parra (PhD):  4D evolution of felsic magmatic suites and lithospheric architecture of the Paleoproterozoic Birimian terranes, West Africa;  IPRS recipient; UWA SIRF UIS, Ad Hoc Safety-Net Top-Up Scholarship, ARC Linkage  (commenced 2011) 

Christian Schindler (PhD):  Petrogenesis of intrusive rocks in the Telfer region, Patterson orogen, Western Australia:  implications for gold mineralisation;  UWA Scholarship for International Research Fees, Industry Funding  (commenced 2010)

David Stevenson (PhD):  4D modelling of the Tanami Inlier, Northern Territory  (commenced 2012)

Zoja Vukmanovic (PhD):  A micromechanical and geochemical analysis of remobilisation of komatiite-hosted Ni sulfide ores;  CSIRO Flagship Scholarship; Meriwa Top-up Scholarship (commenced 2009)

Qingtao Zeng (PhD):  Regional controls on gold mineral systems in the western Qinling Belt, Gansu Province, China;  UWA Scholarship for International Research Fees China, Peking University, China Science Council  (commenced 2008, submitted 2012)

Ganyang Zhang (PhD):  Sb-Au Mineralisation Mechanism and Exploration Targeting Prediction Research in Northern Himalaya Metallogenetic Belt, Tibet, China;  China Scholarship Council  (commenced 2009)

Jianwei Zi (PhD):  Igneous petrogenesis and tectonic evolution of Cretaceous plutons, eastern Tibetan Plateau;  UWA Scholarship for International Research Fees China, Top-Up Scholarship for China Science Council  (commenced 2008)

Commencing 2013:  

Katarina Bjorkman 



Rengfeng Ge (PhD):  Precambrian to Paleozoic tectono-thermal evolution in the Korla area, northern Tarim Craton, NW China;  Joint China Scholarship Council and Curtin University and cotutelle with Nanjing University  (commenced 2012)

Huiqing Huang (PhD):  The Petrogenesis of Jurassic Granitic Rocks in Western Nanling Ranges of South China and Tectonic Implications;  Joint Curtin-CAS PhD under Curtin University Scholarship  (commenced 2009, submitted 2012)

Shan Li (PhD):  Early Mesozoic Magmatism and Tectonics in the Beishan area of Inner Mongolia, China;  China Scholarship Council  (commenced 2010)

Liping Liu (PhD):  Timing and kinematics of Mesozoic-Cenozoic mountain building and cratonic thinning in eastern North China:  a combined structural and thermochronological study;  China Science Council and Curtin University joint Scholarship  (commenced 2010)

Curtin PhD students and participants, field trip to South China (L-R) Mr Qin, Weihua Yao (PhD Curtin), Prof Wuxian Li, Zheng-Xiang Li, Dr Martin Danisik, Ni Tao (PhD Curtin) and Mr Wei Gao. 


Yingchao Liu (PhD):  Recognising Gold Mineralisation Zones using GIS-Based modelling of multiple ground and airborne datasets;  APRA  (commenced 2010)

Jiawen Niu (PhD):  Neoproterozoic paleomagnetism of South China and implications for global geodynamics;  Curtin University ARC DP scholarship  (commenced part time 2008)

Chongjin Pang (PhD):  Basin record of Mesozoic tectonic events in South China;  China Science Council and Curtin University joint Scholarship  (commenced 2010)

Mingdao Sun (PhD):  Late Mesozoic Magmatism and its Tectonic implication for the Jiamusi Block and adjacent areas of NE China;  Joint Zhejiang and Curtin University Scholarship and cotutelle with Zhejiang University  (commenced 2011)

Ni Tao (PhD):  Thermochronological record of vertical tectonic movements in Mesozoic-Cenozoic South China;  ARC DP scholarship  (commenced 2011)

Qian Wang (PhD):  Distribution of the Proterozoic Sedimentary Rocks in the Jack Hills, Metasedimentary Belt, Western Australia;  China Scholarship Council  (commenced 2010)

Weihua Yao (PhD):  Lower Palaeozoic basin record in Southern South China:  Nature of the Cathaysia basement and evolution of the Wuyi-Yunkai Orogeny;  China Science Council and Curtin University joint Scholarship  (commenced 2010)  See Research highlight.

Kongyang Zhu (PhD):  Petrogenesis and tectonic setting of Phanerozoic granitic rocks in eastern South China;  China Science Council and Curtin University joint Scholarship  (commenced 2010)


Curtin PhD students at the CCFS Science Advisory Committee meeting, August 2012, Top L-R:  Kongyang Zhu, Yingchao Lu, Chongjin Pang, Dr Xuan-Ce Wang and Huiqing Huang.  Bottom L-R:  Lipeng Lu, Weihua Yao and Ni Tao.





A highlight of CCFS postgraduate activity in 2012...


Was a series of extended exchange visits by international PhD students for collaborative studies with CCFS research groups.  These included:

Qiuling Gao from China University of Geoscience, Wuhan: “The relationship between the volcanism across the Permo-Triassic Boundary for the  Xinmin section in Guizhou Province in South China, and the Permo-Triassic Mass Extinctions”

Vanessa Colás Ginés, Departamento Ciencias de la Tierra, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain:  “Distribution and mobility of major, minor and trace elements in metamorphosed and unmetamorphosed chromite deposits from ophiolites

Ria Mukherjee (pictured opperating the MQ GAU Zeiss SEM) from Department of Geological Sciences, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India:  “PGE patterns and Os-isotope compositions of the base-metal sulfides and platinum-group minerals in chromitites of the Nuggihalli deposits in the western Dharwar Craton

Qian Liu from China University of Geoscience, Wuhan:  “Zircon geochemistry and geochronology from two episodes of late Mesozoic granitic magmatism in South China: geodynamic implications for subduction geometry” (see Research highlight)

José Godinho from the Department of Geological Sciences, Stockholm University, Sweden is investigating the effect of porosity, crystal orientation and deformation microstructures on the dissolution of geological material as well as analogs for nuclear waste pellets.  During his visit at MQ he developed a new numerical simulation code to simulate dissolution in two and three dimensions and deformed fluorite samples in the Griggs deformation rig.

Lavinia Tunini visited MQ from Ins. Earth Sci. Juame Almera Barcelona to work with Dr Afonso on different aspects of thermal modelling of the lithosphere (Spain)

Jiangang Han from Peking University, Beijing, PR China: “Nature of lithosphere and sublithospheric upper mantle in northwest China

Mr Christophe Brouzet from the Universtity of Lyon is a Masters student in Physics and completed an internship with Sandra Piazolo in view of a joint PhD between CNRS Grenoble (Dr Maurine Montagnat) and CCFS.  He took part in the conduction and initial analysis of results of
in-situ Neutron Diffraction Analysis of deforming ice at the Braggs Institute at ANSTO, Lucas Heights.  He worked on developing new analysis routines for these novel Neutron Diffraction Experiments.

Tine Larson:  “Structural evolution of the Rover Goldfield, Northern Territory, and comparison to Scandinavian sedimentary-hosted systems

Lijuan Ying from the College of Earth Sciences, Chengdu University of Technology:  “Porphyry mineralisation in the North China Craton

Dayu Zhang from School of Resources and Environmental Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei:  “Late Paleozoic petrogenesis and mineralisation in Jueluotage area, Eastern Tianshan, Northwest China

Sebastian Grignola from the Facultad de Ciencias Naturales, University of Tucumán, Argentina:  “The Casposo epithermal deposit low sulfidation gold-silver hydrothermal alteration and geochronological implications in gold-silver mineralisation, volcanic rocks and dikes spatially associated granitoids, San Juan, Argentina

Peter Kollegger from the University of Leoben, Austria: “A multi-technical mineralogical, petrological and geochemical approach to the origin of ore mineralisation in the mafic-ultramafic rocks of the Ivrea-Verbano zone,Piedmont, Northern Italy”

Thomas Dittrich from the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany:  “Genesis and exploration of cesium deposits” in co-operation with Rockwood Lithium Inc.