CCFS honours & postgraduates





Wendy Dang:  Implications for life on Mars at Gusev Crater and Nili Patera using a terrestrial analogue at the North Pole Dome, Western Australia  (UNSW)

Alison Davis:  Emplacement dynamics of the La Balma Monte Capio intrusion, Ivrea Zone, NW Italy (UWA)


Alison Davis delivering her talk at the November 2016 CCFS Research Meeting.


Chris Guldbrandsen:  The role of microbial precipitation of ‘buckshot pyrite’ in the 2.76 Ga Hardey Formation, Fortescue Group, Pilbara, Australia  (UNSW) See Appendix 1 FP4

Brendan Nomchong:  The origin of clotty-textured (thrombolitic) microbialites at the rise of atmospheric oxygen: The c. 2.4 Ga Turee Creek Group, Western Australia (UNSW)   see Research highlight

Georgia Soares:  The developmental significance of stromatolite complexity across the rise of atmospheric oxygen: The c. 2.4 Ga Turee Creek Group, Western Australia  (UNSW)   see Research highlight


Eager to hit the hills - Honours students from UNSW; Georgia Soares and Brendan Nomchong (Photo E. Barlow).


Luke Steller:  Boron and the origin of life: geochemical analysis of ancient tourmaline crusts, Recent boron-rich muds, and synthesised boron-rich products  (UNSW)   see Research highlight



From 2013, the honours program at Macquarie University was replaced by a two-year Masters of Research (MRes) combining advanced coursework with research training to better prepare research students for further postgraduate study. The MRes aligns Macquarie’s HDR program with those of many international universities and allows for a smoother transition into international postgraduate programs. From 2014, the MRes or equivalent is the prerequisite for enrolling in Macquarie’s postgraduate research (PhD) program. This change fulfils one of the CCFS goals - introducing high-level postgraduate coursework units.



Victoria Elliott:  Zircon growth and modification during deep melt flux through a magmatic arc

Jean-Antoine Gazi:  Evolution of small planetary bodies: A view from carbonaceous chondrites

Mitchell Gerdes:  Amphibole and magma evolution: Insights from composite xenoliths from Batan Island, Philippines



Cameron Brown:  The geomechanics of granular asteroids

Harrison Jones:  Geophysical and geological study of Silurian base metal occurence

Christopher Corcoran:  The relationship between crystal-plastic deformation and chemical variation in peridotites

Hindol Ghatak:  The role of fluids in mid crustal shear zones in Central Australia



Omar Elkhaligi
Michael Farmer
Anthony Finn
Lucas Gamertsfelder
Byron Gear
Tasman Gillfeather-Clark
Stephanie Kovach
Colleen McMahon
Carla Raymond
Luke Smith
Morgan Stewart
Haoming Wu



CCFS postgraduate students include those already in progress in 2011 with projects relevant to CCFS Research Themes, as well as those who commenced in 2012-2016. 41 papers with CCFS postgraduates as authors were published in high-profile international journals in 2016, including Geochemical Perspectives Letters, Gondwana Research, Journal of Petrology, Scientific Reports, Precambrian Research, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Geology, Lithos, Ore Geology Reviews and Chemical Geology. 78 presentations were also given at 17 international conferences
(see Appendix 6 ).



Mathieu Chassé



Cotutelle student, Mathieu Chassé, pictured, represented the Faculty of Science and Engineering in the September finals of the 2016 MQ 3MT (Three minute thesis) competition with his talk entitled “Mining our Future”.

Gregory Derring was awarded the “Best student presentation” at the 13th Annual International Nickel Symposium.


MRes student, Hindol Ghatak, won best poster at the MQ EPS 2016 Seminar Series.


The winner of this year’s student poster competition at the CCFS Whole of Centre Meeting was David Stevenson, pictured receiving his award from Sue O’Reilly.


Heta Lampinen won the 2016 DEETalks photo competition in the category “Earth”. Her winning image, “Geopaparazzi”, pictured, was taken in Rio Tinto’s Argyle Diamond Mine during the UWA SEG student chapter Kimberley fieldtrip.


CCFS PhD graduate Chris Grose gained the “Seismology Laboratory Director’s Postdoctoral Scholar position”, the most prestigious fellowship offered by the Seismological Lab at CalTech. Chris will work with Paul Asimow and Mike Gurnis to develop the first grain-scale non- equilibrium thermodynamic numerical simulations of diffusion, phase transformation, grain coarsening and deformation in the mantle. Eventually, the grain-scale model will be coupled to geodynamic models to produce a next-generation tool for understanding the chemistry, petrology and dynamics of the mantle.




Rachel Bezard (PhD):  Impact of crustal assimilation on the Lesser Antilles arc lava geochemistry  (MQ 2014)

Lauren Burley (MSc):  The geology of the Fisher East komatiite- hosted nickel sulphide deposit  (UWA 2015)

Montgarri Castillo-Oliver (PhD):  Compositional evolution of indicator minerals: Application to diamond exploration  (MQ 2016)

David Child (PhD):  Characterisation of actinide particles in the environment for nuclear safeguards using mass spectrometric techniques  (MQ 2016)

David Clark (PhD):  Integrated magnetics: Contributions to improved processing and interpretation of magnetic gradient tensor data, new methods for source location and estimation of magnetisation, and predictive magnetic exploration models  (MQ 2014)

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)

Stephen Craven (PhD):  The evolution of the Wongwibinda Metamorphic Complex, New England Orogen, NSW, Australia  (MQ 2016)

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

Tara Djokic (MPhil):  Assessing the link between Earth’s earliest convincing evidence of life and hydrothermal fluids: The c. 3.5 Ga Dresser Formation of the North Pole Dome, Pilbara Craton, Western Australia  (UNSW 2015)

Christopher Firth (PhD):  Elucidating magmatic drivers and eruptive behaviours of persistently active volcanoes  (MQ 2016)

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

Denis Fougourouse (PhD):  4D geometry and genesis of the Obuasi gold deposit, Mali  (UWA 2016)

Yuya Gao (PhD):  Origin of A-type granites in East China: Evidence from Hf-O-Li isotopes  (MQ 2015)

Rongfeng Ge (PhD):  Precambrian to Paleozoic tectono-thermal evolution in the Korla area, northern Tarim Craton, NW China  (CU 2015)

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

Christopher Gonzalez (PhD):  CO2 devolatilisation and its influence on partial melting, subduction, and metasomatism in the mantle lithosphere  (UWA 2016)

Erin Gray (PhD):  Deformation of Earth’s upper mantle: insights from naturally occurring fabric types  (UWA 2014)

Christopher Grose (PhD):  Thermochemical models of oceanic upper mantle  (MQ 2015)

Celia Guergouz (MSc):  Study of the dynamic emplacement of Nickel mineralisation, as well as the geodynamics of the lithosphere  (UWA/Nancy 2014)

Matthew Hill (PhD):  4D structural, magmatic and hydrothermal evolution of the Au-Cu-Bi system in the Tennant Creek Mineral Field, NT, Australia  (UWA 2015)

Yosuke Hoshino (PhD):  Investigation of hydrocarbon biomarkers preserved in the Fortescue Group in the Pilbara Craton, Western Australia  (MQ 2015)

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

Huiqing Huang (PhD):  The petrogenesis of Jurassic granitic rocks in Western Nanling Ranges of South China and tectonic implications  (CU 2013)

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  (UWA 2015)

Chengxin Jiang (PhD):  Combining seismic tomography and sedimentology to understand the deep structure and evolution of the northern edge of Tibetan Plateau  (MQ 2016)

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  (UWA 2015)

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  (UWA 2015)

Ben Li (PhD):  Evolution of fluid associated with gold mineralisation in the Paleoproterozoic Granites-Tanami Orogen  (UWA 2015)

Shan Li (PhD):  Early Mesozoic magmatism and tectonics in the Beishan area of Inner Mongolia, China  (CU 2013)

Li-Ping Liu (PhD):  Timing and kinematics of Mesozoic-Cenozoic mountain building and cratonic thinning in eastern North China: a combined structural and thermochronological study  (CU 2015)

Yingchao (Leo) Liu (PhD):  Recognising gold mineralisation zones using GIS-Based modelling of multiple ground and airborne datasets  (CU 2015)

Yongjun Lu (PhD):  Controls on porphyry emplacement and Porphyry Au-Cu mineralisation along the Red River Fault, Hunan Province, China  (UWA 2012)

Volodymyr Lysytsyn (PhD):  Mineral prospectivity analysis and quantitative resource assessments for exploration targeting- development of effective data integration models and practical applications  (UWA 2015)

Jelena Markov (PhD):  3D geophysical interpretation of the Archean-Paleoproterozoic boundary, Leo-Man Shield, West Africa  (UWA 2015)

Quentin Masurel (PhD):   Controls on the genesis, geometry and location of the Sadiola-Yatela Gold Deposit, Republic of Mali (UWA 2016)

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 (MQ 2013)

Rosanna Murphy (PhD):  Stabilising a craton: The origin and emplacement of the 3.1 Ga Mpuluzi Batholith  (MQ 2015)

Antoine Neaud (MSc):  The geology of the Savannah nickel sulphide deposit, Western Australia  (UWA 2016)

Jiawen Niu (MPhil):  Neoproterozoic paleomagnetism of South China and implications for global geodynamics  (CU 2016)

Chongjin Pang (PhD):  Basin record of Mesozoic tectonic events in South China  (CU 2014)

Matthew Pankhurst (PhD):  Geodynamic significance of shoshonitic magmatism within the Andean Altiplano  (MQ 2013)

Luis Parra-Avila (PhD):  4D evolution of felsic magmatic suites and lithospheric architecture of the Paleoproterozoic Birimian terranes, West Africa  (UWA 2016)

Jonathon Poh (MSc):  Numerical investigation of the driving forces of Archean fluid and heat transfer flows  (UWA 2015)

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

James (Ed) Saunders (PhD):  The nature, abundance and mobility of gold in the mantle  (MQ 2014)

Elyse Schinella (PhD):  Constraining the contribution of isostasy and dynamic uplift at Venusian volcanic rises and tessera terrain: implications for rifting and volcanism  (MQ 2014)

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

Rajat Taneja (PhD):  The origin of seamount volcanism in the Northeast Indian Ocean  (MQ 2015)

Ni Tao (PhD):  Thermochronological record of tectonic events in central and southeastern South China since the Mesozoic (CU 2015)

Zoja Vukmanovic (PhD):  A micromechanical and geochemical analysis of remobilisation of komatiite-hosted Ni sulfide ores (UWA 2013)

Qian Wang (PhD):  A geological traverse across the Jack Hills Metasedimentary Belt, Western Australia: isotopic constraints on the distribution of Proterozoic rocks and the evolution of Hadean crust  (CU 2015)


Yu Wang celebrating with his supervisor, Stephen Foley after Yu’s Graduation ceremony, April 2016.


Yu Wang (PhD):  Melting process in recycled continental crust  (MQ 2015) Pictured.   see Research highlight

James Warren (PhD):  4D evolution of the Ora Banda and Coolgardie Domains  (UWA 2016)

Qing Xiong (PhD):  Shenglikou and Zedang peridotite massifs, Tibet (China): Upper mantle processes and geodynamic significance  (MQ 2015)

Weihua Yao (PhD):  Lower Paleozoic basin record in southern South China: Nature of the Cathaysia basement and evolution of the Wuyi-Yunkai Orogeny  (CU 2014)

Yao Yu (PhD):  The evolution and water inventory of the subcontinental lithospheric mantle: A new perspective from peridotite xenoliths (SE China) and zircon megacrysts from basalts  (MQ 2014)

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)

Kongyang Zhu (PhD):  Petrogenesis and tectonic setting of Phanerozoic granitic rocks in eastern South China  (CU 2014)



Sonia Armandola (PhD):  Geochronology and geochemistry of accessory phases in basins of the Capricorn Orogen (WA); CIPRS  (CU, commenced 2016)

Samuel Bain (PhD):   Olivine: trace elements and deformation; APA  (CU, commenced 2016)

David Barbosa da Silva (PhD):  Spatial, temporal and metasomatic patterns in hydrous shear zones, Strangways Range, Central Australia  (MQ, commenced 2016)

Erica Barlow (PhD):  Microfossils of the Paleoproterozoic Turee Creek Group: Biological evolution resulting from atmospheric change?; APA  (UNSW, commenced 2015)   see Research highlight

Bataa Baatar (MSc):  Fertility of the Lock Lilly Belt for porphyry Cu-Au mineralisation - constraints from whole-rock chemistry and zircon studies  (UWA, submitted 2016)

Hugh Bannister (MPhil):  Adaptive response of the biosphere to Paleoproterozoic glaciations at the Great Oxygenation Event  (UNSW, commenced 2016)

Raphael Baumgartner (PhD):   Frontiers in mineral exploration: Ni-Cu-PGE sulfide mineralisation on Mars; IPRS-A  (UWA, submitted 2016)   see Research highlight

Jason Bennett (PhD):   Microgeochemistry of cassiterite; University Postgraduate Award  (UWA, commenced 2015)

Katarina Bjorkman (PhD):  Crustal and geodynamic evolution of the Western Superior Craton, Canada using U-Pb, Lu-Hf and O isotopes in igneous zircons from the Marmion terrane; UWA SIRF-A  (UWA, commenced 2013)

Richard Blake (MPhil):  Determining recent organic contamination in ancient rocks  (UNSW, commenced 2015)

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  (MQ, commenced 2011)

Stefano Caruso (PhD):  Geological controls on the fractionation of multiple sulfur isotopes in Archean mineral systems; SIRF & MRIWA Postgraduate Scholarship  (UWA, commenced 2015)   see Research highlight



Mathieu Chassé with his poster at the 26th Goldschmidt Conference, Yokohama, Japan, 26 June - 1 July 2016.


Julian Chard (PhD):  Petrochronology of the Albany-Fraser Orogen and Eucla Basement: mineral scale pathfinders to deposits; CIPRS  (CU, commenced 2016)

Mathieu Chassé (PhD):  Behaviour of scandium from mantle to supergene contexts; iMQRES, COT  (MQ, commenced 2015)   see Research highlight

Eunjoo Choi (PhD):  Alkaline magmatism as a probe into the lithospheric mantle evolution beneath the Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia; IPRS&APA, MRIWA  (UWA, commenced 2016)

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

Daria Cyprych (PhD):  Deformation behaviour of polymineralic rocks: implications for rheology and seismic properties of the middle to lower crust; iMQRES  (MQ, submitted 2016)

Gregory Dering (PhD):  Dynamics and emplacement mechanisms of mafic magma networks with implications for intrusion-hosted magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE sulfide deposits; APA, IPRS  (UWA, commenced 2014)

Tara Djokic (PhD):  Visualising early life on Earth: A 4D reconstruction of the Dresser Formation, Pilbara, WA; APA  (UNSW 2016) See Research highlight

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


Timmons Erickson


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

Timmons Erickson (PhD):  Deformation microstructures in zircon and monazite: implications for shock, tectonic and geochronological studies; CIPRS  (CU, submitted 2016) Pictured.

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  (MQ, part time, commenced 2014)

Michael Förster (PhD):  Earth’s Deep Nitrogen Cycle; IPRS  (MQ, commenced 2016)

Robyn Gardner (PhD):  Flow behaviour of the middle and lower crust: Insights from field observations and numerical modelling; APA  (MQ, commenced 2012)

Markus Gogouvitis (MSc):  Microstructural analysis of a reef complex across the rise of oxygen  (UNSW/Frei Universiteit Berlin, commenced 2016)

Louise Goode (PhD):  Volcanological and geochemical evolution of East Javanese volcanoes, Indonesia; iMQRES  (MQ, commenced 2014)

Michael Hartnady (PhD):   Crustal evolution of the Albany-Fraser Orogen in southwest Australia; CIPRS  (CU, commenced 2016)

Hadrien Henry (PhD):  Mantle pyroxenites: Deformation and seismic implications; iMQRES, COT  (MQ, commenced 2015)   see Research highlight


PhD student Constanza Jara Barra looking at drillcore from the Savannah Nickel mine of Panoramic Resources during the UWA SEG student chapter Kimberley field trip.


Linda Iaccheri (PhD):  Petrogenesis of granitic rocks in the Granites-Tanami Orogen; SIRF-A  (UWA, commenced 2013)

Constanza Jara Barra (PhD):  Gold pathways: in the El Indio Belt, Chile-Argentina; Barrick Exploration  (UWA, commenced 2015)

Kim Jessop (PhD):   The role of fluids in HTLP metamorphism; APA

Jelte Keeman (PhD):  Isotope characterisation of detrital zircons across the Delamerian Orogen in South Australia; APA

Heta Lampinen (PhD):  Defining mineral systems footprints in the Edmund Basin of the Capricorn Orogen; SIEF  (UWA, commenced 2014)

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  (MQ, part time, commenced 2010)


Kai Liu


Shaijie Li (PhD):  Isotopic dating oil generation and charge events in Canning (Australia) and Sichuan (China); CIPRS  (CU, commenced 2015)

Nora Liptai (PhD):  Nature of the mantle beneath the Carpathian-Pannonian basin, Hungary - A mantle xenolith study; iMQRES, COT  (MQ, commenced 2015)   see Research highlight

Kai Liu (PhD):  The tectonic evolution of the paleo-Pacific Ocean in the Eastern Central Asian Orogenic Belt during the Mesozoic: constraints during magmatism and detrital zircons; CIPRS  (CU, commenced 2016) Pictured.

Yebo Liu (PhD):  Paleomagnetism of Proterozoic igneous rocks in Australia and East Antarctica: implications for pre-Pangea supercontinents; CIPRS  (CU, commenced 2015)

Jianggu Lu (PhD):  Garnet pyroxenites in southeast Australia: Tracking deep lithospheric events; iMQRES Cotutelle, China Scholarship Council  (MQ, commenced 2014)  see Research highlight

Maria Constanza Manassero (PhD):  Multi-observable probabilistic inversions for the physical state and water content of the continental lithosphere; iMQRES  (MQ, commenced 2016)

Erin Martin (PhD):  Understanding Neoproterozoic geodynamics through hafnium isotope arrays; APA  (CU, commenced 2016)

Samuel Matthews (PhD):  Tracking CO2 sequestration using gravity gradiometry; CO2CRC Scholarship  (MQ, commenced 2014)

Nicole McGowan (PhD):  Messages from the mantle: Geochemical investigations of ophiolitic chromites; APA  (MQ, submitted 2016)

Keith McKenzie (PhD):  Magnetic and gravity gradient tensors and the application to the analysis of remanence  (MQ, commenced 2015)

Holly Meadows (PhD):  Structure and geochemistry of shear zones in the Capricorn Orogen, Western Australia - Implications for distal footprints of giant ore deposits; CIPRS  (CU, commenced 2014)

Uvana Meek (PhD):   Melt metasomatism within the lower crust; APA  (MQ, commenced 2016)

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

Stephanie Montalvo Delgado (PhD):  Compositional modification in deformed zircon: Insights from Atom Probe Microscopy; CIPRS  (CU, commenced 2016)

Thusitha Nimalsiri (PhD):  Gravity and magnetic response of the Marulan Supersuite, focussing around the Yerranderie Area; iMQRES  (MQ, commenced 2016)

Adam Nordsvan (PhD):  Sedimentology and provenance of the NE Australian Proterozoic basins to understand the supercontinent Nuna; APA  (CU, commenced 2016)

Beñat Oliveira Bravo (PhD):  Multicomponent and multiphase reactive flows in the Earth’s mantle; iMQRES, “La Caixa” Scholarship  (MQ, commenced 2013)

Carl Peters (PhD):  Biomarkers and fluid inclusions of early Earth using samples from Australia; iMQRES  (MQ, submitted 2016)

Zsanett Pintér (PhD):  The composition of melts in the incipient melting regime; MQRES  (MQ, commenced 2016)



Greg Poole


Greg Poole (PhD):  Permian-Triassic porphyry and epithermal mineralisation in the Cordillera Frontal, Argentina; APA  (UWA, commenced 2015) Pictured.

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

Valerie Roy (MSc):  Hydrogeological and hydrogeochemical study of the Peak Hill-Horseshoe Deposit, Capricorn Orogen to identify mineral system footprints  (UWA, sumbmitted 2016)

Farshad Salajegheh (PhD):  3D multivariable probabilistic inversion in spherical coordinate  (MQ, part time, commenced 2014)

Sarath-Kumara Samaya-Manthri (PhD):  Quantifying the effects of surface and bulk proton transport in mantle materials; iMQRES  (MQ, commenced 2016)

Vikram Selvaraja (PhD):  Multiple sulfur isotopes as a tracer of geological processes; SIRF/UIS  (UWA, commenced 2014)   see Research highlight

Liene Spruzeniece (PhD):  Fundamental link between deformation, fluids and the rates of reactions in minerals; iMQRES  (MQ, submitted 2016)

Camilla Stark (PhD):  Decoding mafic dykes in the southern Yilgarn Craton: Significance to Australia’s position in supercontinent -superplume cycles; Curtin CIPRS  ((CU, commenced 2014)

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

Jack Stirling (MSc):  Geochronology of lower crustal cumulate complexes in the Kohistan Terrane, North-East Pakistan; UPA  ;(UWA, submitted 2016)

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

Sahand Tadbiri (MSc):  The geometry and kinematics of hydrothermal veins in the c. 3.5 Ga Dresser Formation, North Pole Dome, Western Australia  ((UNSW, commenced 2015)

Romain Tilhac (PhD):  Petrology and geochemistry of pyroxenites from the Cabo Ortegal Complex, Spain; iMQRES Cotutelle  (MQ, submitted 2016)   see Research highlight

Mehdi Tork Qashqai (PhD):  Multi-observable probabilistic inversion for the thermochemical structure of the lithosphere; iMQRES  (MQ, submitted 2016)

Irina Tretiakova (PhD):  The nature, extent and age of the lower crust and underlying subcontinental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) beneath the Siberian Craton (Russia); iMQRES  (MQ, submitted 2016)

Rick Verberne (PhD):  Fluids, metamorphism and ore deposits at the nanoscale; CIPRS  (CU, commenced 2016)

Silvia Volante (PhD):  A multi-scale structural and metamorphic study of the Georgetown Inlier, NE Queensland: Implications for the assembly of the supercontinent Nuna; CIPRS  (CU, commenced 2016)

Alexander Walker (PhD):  Sulphide sources and budgets of the Albany-Fraser Orogen and Eulca Basement; CIPRS  (CU, commenced 2016)

Kai Wang (PhD):  Joint inversion of surface waves and body waves from ambient noise seismic interferometry; iMQRES  (MQ, commenced 2015)

Jonathon Michael Wasiliev (PhD):  Activating the lower mantle: viscosity by numerical analysis; MQRES  (MQ, commenced 2013)


Bo Xu


Shucheng Wu (PhD):  The geodynamic setting of the Western Junggar region during the Late Paleozoic: evidence from seismic tomography; iMQRES, Cotutelle  (MQ, commenced 2015)

Jun Xie (PhD):  Verification and Applications of Surface Waves Extracted from Ambient Noise; iMQRES Cotutelle  (MQ, submitted 2016)

Bo Xu (PhD):   Ultrapotassic rocks and Xenoliths, implications for tectonics and mineralisation; iMQRES Cotutelle CSC  (MQ, commenced 2014) Pictured.


Jonathan Munnikhuis (PhD, MQ)
Brendan Nomchong (PhD, UNSW)
Georgia Soares (PhD, UNSW)
Luke Steller (PhD, UNSW)
Alexander Wellhauser (PhD, MQ)
Marina Veter (PhD, MQ)