CCFS postgraduates

CCFS postgraduate students include those already in progress in 2011 with projects relevant to CCFS Research Themes, as well as those who commenced in 2012/2013.  Fifteen papers by CCFS postgraduates were published in high-profile international journals in 2013, including Journal of Geology, Precambrian Research, Journal of Petrology, Lithos, G3, Gondwana Research and Chemical Geology.  37 presentations were also given at 7 international conferences (see Appendix 6)


Yuya Gao  (MQ) (Pictured left) won the prestigious European Mineralogical Union Poster Prize for the best student poster at the 2013 Goldschmidt Meeting.

Macquarie had six successful applicants from EPS for the PGRF travel grant in the 2013 second round (See Research funding).  Yuya Gao received the (equal) highest ranked application across the Faculty of Science, and was awarded a DVC-R commendation.

Chengxin Jiang (MQ) won the Faculty competition for 3-minute thesis “Imaging the Earth’s interior with seismic noise - the “song” of the Earth” and represented the Faculty of Science in the University-wide final.

Margaux Le Vaillant (UWA) was awarded a 2013 SEG Student Research Grant as part of the 2013 SEG SRG program.  Margaux was selected to receive a grant from the Hickok-Radford Fund in the amount of $US 5,000.  The Hickok-Radford Fund, established by bequests from Bruce Hickok and Geoff Radford, supports field-based research projects and directly related laboratory studies as applied to metallic mineral deposits and is internationally recognised.

Qingtao Zeng (UWA) was awarded UWA’s prestigious David Groves Prize for Postgraduate Research in Geology.  This prize is awarded annually to the student who is considered by the Head of the School of Earth and Environment, to have made the most outstanding professional contribution to geology in the form of publication, research, organisation of lectures or seminars, or related activities.

Chris Grose (MQ) (Pictured left)  was awarded “Best Poster Presentation” at the CCFS SAC meeting, June 2013.



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  (UWA 2013)

Cara Danis (PhD):  Geothermal state of the Sydney-Gunnedah-Bowen Basin system  (Macquarie 2012)

Fiona Foley (PhD):  Magmatic consequences of subduction initiation and its role in continental crust formation  (Macquarie 2013)

Felix Genske (PhD):  Assessing the heterogeneous source of the Azores mantle plume  (Macquarie 2013)

Jin-Xiang Huang (PhD):  Origin of eclogite and pyroxenite xenoliths in kimberlites and basalts (Macquarie 2012)

Huiqing Huang (PhD):  The Petrogenesis of Jurassic Granitic Rocks in Western Nanling Ranges of South China and Tectonic Implications  (Curtin 2013)

Shan Li (PhD):  Early Mesozoic Magmatism and Tectonics in the Beishan area of Inner Mongolia, China  (Curtin 2013)  See Research Highlight - Tracking the birth and growth of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt

Yongjun Lu (PhD):  Controls on porphyry emplacement and Porphyry Au-Cu mineralisation along the Red River Fault, Hunnan Province, China  (UWA 2012)  See Research Highlight - Giant porphyry copper deposits on the roof of the world... 

Kombada Mhopjeni (MSc):  Investigating the Uranium potential in Namibia using GIS-based techniques  (UWA 2013)

David Mole (PhD):  Quantifying melt-lithosphere interaction in space and time:  understanding nickel mineral systems in the Archaean Yilgarn craton  (UWA 2013)

Melissa Murphy (PhD):  A novel approach for economic uranium deposit exploration and environmental studies  (Macquarie 2013)

Matt Pankhurst (PhD):  Geodynamic significance of shoshonitic magmatism within the Andean Altiplano  (Macquarie 2013)

Ekaterina Rubanova (PhD):  Fluid processes in the deep mantle:  Geochemical studies of diamonds and related minerals  (Macquarie 2013)

Mingdao Sun (PhD):  Late Mesozoic magmatism and its tectonic implication for the Jiamusi Block and adjacent areas of NE China  (Curtin 2013) 

Zoja Vukmanovic (PhD):  A micromechanical and geochemical analysis of remobilisation of komatiite-hosted Ni sulfide ores  (UWA 2013)  See Research Highlight - SIze matters for ion mobility in deformed Ni-sulfides

Qingtao Zeng (PhD):  Regional controls on gold mineral systems in the western Qinling Belt, Gansu Province, China  (UWA 2013)

Ganyang Zhang (PhD):  Sb-Au mineralisation mechanism and exploration targeting prediction research in the Northern Himalaya Metallogenetic Belt, Tibet, China  (UWA 2013) 

Jianwei Zi (PhD):  Igneous petrogenesis and tectonic evolution of Cretaceous plutons, eastern Tibetan Plateau  (UWA 2013)



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

Raul Brens Jr (PhD):  Origin of silicic magmas in a primitive island arc: The first integrated experimental and short-lived isotope study of the Tonga-Kermadec system;  iMQRES  (commenced 2011)

David Child (PhD):  Characterisation of actinide particles in the environment for nuclear saftguards using mass spectrometric techniques  (part-time, commenced 2007)

David Clark (PhD):  Contributions to integrated magnetics - applications to the Earth Sciences  (submitted 2013)

Bruno Colas (PhD):  Why is the San Andreas Fault so weak?;  HDRSCHOL, iMQRES  (commenced 2013)

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

Daria Czaplinska (PhD):  Flow characteristics of lower crustal rocks: Field studies and numerical modelling;  iMQRES (commenced 2012)  Pictured left with Sandra Piazolo.

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

Christopher Firth (PhD):  Integrating the volcanological and magmatic record of a young arc volcano: Yasur, Vanuatu;  APA  (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 Cotutelle  (commenced 2012)  Pictured left with Bill Griffin.  See Research Highlight - Auditioning zircons for perfecting performance

Robyn Gardner (PhD):  The nature of the lower crust: New insights from field compilations, experiments and numerical modelling;  MQRES (commenced 2012) See Research Highlight - How soft is the lower crust? More ingredients to test the "jelly sandwich" model

Christopher Grose (PhD):  Geodynamics of oceanic lithosphere;  iMQRES  (commenced 2011)  Pictured right with Juan Carlos Afonso. 

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

Kim Jessop (PhD):  Fluids and metamorphism: New insights from field mapping, metamorphic petrology and thermodynamic modelling;  APA  (commenced 2013)

Chengxin Jiang (PhD):  Combining seismic tomography and sedimentology to understand the deep structure and evolution of the northern edge of Tibetan Plateau;  iMQRES  (commenced 2012)  Pictured left.  See Research Highlight - The Earth's thrumming uncovers the northward trek of the Tibetan Plateau  

Elizabeth Keegan (PhD):  Measurement of Protactinium-231  (part-time, commenced 2011)

Pablo Lara (PhD):  Late Neoproterozoic granitoid magmatism of the southernmost section of the Dom Feliciano Belt in Uruguay: Regional geology, geochemistry, geochronology and its significance for the geotectonic evolution of the Region;  iMQRES Cotutelle  (commenced 2010)

Nicole McGowan (PhD):  Messages from the mantle: Geochemical investigations of ophiolitic chromites;  APA  (commenced 2012)  Pictured (left) with Mehmet Akbulat, (Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey) and José María Gonzaléz Jiménez.

Rosanna Murphy (PhD):  Stabilising a craton: the origin and emplacement of the 3.1 Ga Mpuluzi batholith (South Africa / Swaziland);  MQRES  (commenced 2010)

Beñat Oliveira Bravo (PhD):  Multicomponent and multiphase reactive flows in the earth’s mantle;  iMQRES  (commenced 2013)  See Research Highlight - Modelling multi-phase reactive flow in the mantle: a bottom-up approach

Carl Peters (PhD):  Biomarkers and fluid inclusions of early Earth using samples from Australia;  iMQRES  (commenced 2013) Pictured right. 

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

James (Ed) Saunders (PhD):  The nature, abundance and mobility of gold in the mantle;  APA  (submitted 2013)  See Research Highlight - Mantle's golden secrets sparkle

Elyse Schinella (PhD):  Processes sculpting the surface of Venus;  APA  (submitted 2013)

Liene Spruzeniece (PhD):  Fundamental Link between Deformation, Fluids and the Rates of Reactions in Minerals;  iMQRES  (commenced 2012)

Catherine Stuart (PhD):  Flow characteristics of lower crustal rocks: In depth analysis of xenoliths and experimental studies;  MQRES  (commenced 2012)

Rajat Taneja (PhD):  The origin of seamount volcanism in the Northeast Indian Ocean;  iMQRES  (submitted 2013)

Romain Tilhac (PhD):  Peridotite Massifs from North-Western Iberia;  iMQRES Cotutelle  (commenced 2013)  

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

Irina Tretiakova (PhD):  The nature, extent and age of the lower crust and underlying subcontinental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) beneath the Siberian Craton (Russia);  iMQRES  (commenced 2013)  Pictured here

Yu Wang (PhD):  Melting process in recycled continental crust;  iMQRES, China Science Council  (commenced 2013)

Jonathon Michael Wasiliev (PhD):  Two-phase flow within the Earth’s mantle: Implications for flat subduction settings;  MQRES  (commenced 2013)

Qing Xiong (PhD):  Origin of the Sheng Likou garnet peridotite massif, North Qaidam, western China;  iMQRES top-up, China Scholarship Council  (commenced 2011)  Pictured with Jin-Xiang Huang.

Yao Yu (PhD):  The evolution and water inventory of the subcontinental lithospheric mantle: a new perspective from periodotite xenoliths (SE China) and zircon megacrysts from basalts;  iMQRES Cotutelle  (submitted 2013)

Commencing 2014

Katherine Farrow (PhD):  In-situ melt generation and thermal origin of the Nagadarunga Granite: Implications for the geochronology and tectonic evolution of the eastern Arunta Region, Central Australia

Louise Goode (PhD):  Volcanological and geochemical evolution of East Javanese Volcanoes, Indonesia;  iMQRES

Jianggu Lu (PhD):  Nature and evolution of the lithospheric mantle beneath the South China block;  iMQRES Cotutelle, China Scholarship Council, iMQRES top-up

Samuel Matthews (PhD):  Tracking CO2 sequestration using gravity gradiometry; CO2CRC Scholarship

Jun Xie (PhD):  Imaging the lithosphere structure of Australia using dispersion curve receiver functions and Rayleigh waves A/H ratio;  iMQRES Cotutelle


Raphael Baumgartner (PhD):  Ore deposits of the future; magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE sulphide mineral systems on Mars;  IPRS  (commenced 2013)  Pictured below

Jonathan Bell (PhD):  Risk Adjusted Evaluation of Mineral Asset Using Transactions Based Statistical Models  (commenced 2013)

Katarina Bjorkman (PhD):  4D lithospheric evolution and controls on mineral system distribution: Insights from Marmion Terrane, Western Superior Province, Canada;  UWA SIRF  (commenced 2013)  See Research Highlight - Zircon signposts for gold

Raphael Doutre (PhD):  Spatial periodicity, self-organisation and controls on large ore deposits;  International Sponsorship, Teck Resources Ltd  (commenced 2013)

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;  International Sponsorship  (commenced 2012)

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

Erin Gray (PhD):  Deformation of Earth’s upper mantle: Insights from naturally occurring fabric types  (submitted 2013) 

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, APA  (commenced 2010)

Linda Iaccheri (PhD):  Petrogenesis of the plutonic rocks in the Granites-Tanami Orogen;  UWA SIRF  (commenced 2013)  Pictured right.

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 grant,  ARC DP (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 sulphide deposit systems.  Implications for exploration targeting;  MERIWA, UWA SIRF, ARC linkage grant  (commenced 2011)

Erwann Lebrun (PhD):  4D structural modelling and hydrothermal evolution of the sediment hosted Siguiri gold deposit (Guinea) and implication on Paleoproterozoic gold targeting in West Africa;  International Sponsorship  (commenced 2011)

Ben Li (PhD):  Evolution of fluid associated with gold mineralisation in the Paleoproterozoic Granites–Tanami Orogen;  UWA 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;  RTS  (commenced 2010)

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

Quentin Masurel (PhD):  Controls on the Genesis, Geometry and Location of the Sadiola-Yatela Gold Deposit, Republic of Mali;  IPRS  (commenced 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;  UWA SIRF, UIS, Ad Hoc Safety-Net Top-Up Scholarship, ARC Linkage grant  (commenced 2012)  Pictured right with Katarina Bjorkman

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

Aileen Robert (PhD):  Field characterisation of Australian gold deposits;  IPRS  (Commenced 2013) 

Christian Schindler (PhD):  Petrogenesis of intrusive rocks in the Telfer region, Patterson Orogen, Western Australia: implications for gold mineralisation;  UWA SIRF, UIS, Newcrest Mining Ltd.  (commenced 2010)

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

James Warren (PhD):  4D evolution of the Ora Banda and Coolgardie Domains;  RTS  (commenced 2012) 


Timmins Erickson (PhD): Resolving the bombardment history of the early Earth using ancient zircons  (commenced 2013) 

Rongfeng 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 (commenced 2012)

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)

Yingchao Liu (PhD):  Recognising gold mineralisation zones using GIS-Based modelling of multiple ground and airborne datasets;  APRA  (commenced 2010)

Vicky Meier (PhD):  Metamorphic evolution of the Kerala Khondalite belt, India  (commenced 2013) 

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)

Ni Tao (PhD):  Thermochronological record of tectonic events in central and southeastern South China since the Mesozoic;  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)  

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)


CCFS PhD students at the 2013 SAC meeting, June, 2013.

A highlight of CCFS postgraduate activity in 2013...

... was a series of extended exchange visits by international postgraduate students for collaborative studies with CCFS research groups.

Exchange visits by international PhD students

Celia Guergouz (2013 Masters student visiting from Nancy, France): Thermal evolution of the lower crust at the transition from crustal thickening to lithospheric thinning: Metamorphic petrology, geochemistry and U/Pb geochronology on zircon and monazite from metapelites of the Ivrea zone (Italy).

Mr Jun Xie, a PhD candidate from University of Science and Technology of China, who visited Macquarie from March to June 2013.  During his visit, Jun worked with Yingjie Yang on the accuracy of long period surface waves from ambient noise.

Ms Montgarri Castillo I Oliver, from Barcelona University, visited CCFS at Macquarie to work on geochemical studies of minerals in carbonatites and alkaline rocks from Angola.  Montgarri’s visit is part of a collaboration with Professor Malgarejo at Barcelona University.

Vanessa Colás Ginés, (pictured right with Dr José María González Jiménez) from the Departamento Ciencias de la Tierra, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain visited Macquarie to work on her project entitled  “Distribution and mobility of major, minor and trace elements in metamorphosed and unmetamorphosed chromite deposits from ophiolites.”

Peter Kollegger from the University of Leoben, Austria, visited UWA to work on his project “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, visited UWA to work on his project “Genesis and exploration of cesium deposits” in co-operation with Rockwood Lithium Inc.