CCFS Postgraduates


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.



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

Michael Farmer:  Migmatite delineates zones of melt flux through the upper crust, Wongwibinda, NSW

Lucas Gamertsfelder:  A Compressible formulation for multiphase flows of geophysical and geodynamic interest

Byron Gear:  A Preliminary Thermochemical Model of the Australian Lithosphere

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

Hindol Ghatak:  Distinguishing hydration in shear zones by aqueous fluid versus silicate melt

Morgan Stewart:  Determining the self-diffusion coefficient of iron under mantle conditions



Angela Mabee:  Unravelling the circumpolar current in the earth

Cameron Brown:  The geomechanics of granular asteroids



Omar Elkhaligi:  Olivine trace element geochemistry of volcanics from central and southern Africa

Anthony Finn:  Tracing shallow lateral preferential pathways of fluid movement using electrical geophysics

Tasman Gillfeather-Clark:  The electrical properties of the Woodroffe Thrust: A resistive shear zone

Harrison Jones:  Geophysical signatures of small-scale base metal occurrences in southeastern NSW

Carla Raymond:  Mummification unwrapped: investigating an Egyptian votive mummy using novel, non-invasive archaeometric techniques

Luke Smith:  Precision positioning in unmanned aerial geophysics

Alexander Tunnadine:  Fingerprinting the source of mineralising fluids in IOCG systems, Mount Woods Inlier

Harry West:  Metal-silicate-sulfide segregation within the Yaringie Hill Meteorite

Haoming Wu:  Constraining crustal and sedimentary structure of Southeast Australia with Rayleigh wave ellipticity

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



Michael Alderson:  Chemical and isotopic vectors to Ag Pb mineralisation at the Bowden ore deposit

Benjamin Alsop:  Melt rock interactions in the Pembroke Valley New Zealand

Thomas Connell:  Geophysical application of approximate bayesian computation

Joyjit Dey:  The microchemical and microstructural evolution of fluid and melt transfer in deep crustal shear zones

Stephanie Hawkins:  Rifting and the Sydney Basin: Did it produce igneous rocks?

Joshua Shea:  Trace elements in olivine in volcanic rocks in Eastern Australia

Alice Van Tilburg:  Magnetotellurics in the crust


Master of Research student Ben Alsop with Nathan Daczko and Stephen Foley examining geological processes occurring in the deep (40 km) roots of a magmatic arc (Photo: Tom Raimondo, University of South Australia).



CCFS postgraduate students include those already in progress in 2011 with projects relevant to CCFS Research Themes, as well as those who commenced in 2012-2017. 42 papers with CCFS postgraduates as authors were published in high-profile international journals in 2017, including Scientific American, Nature Communications, Gondwana Research, Tectonophysics, Special Papers GSA, Precambrian Research, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Geology, Lithos, Ore Geology Reviews and Chemical Geology. 73 presentations were also given at international conferences (see Appendix 6 ).





Stefano Caruso received a Society of Economic Geology, Student Research Grant from the McKinstry Fund for mining and economic geology.

Nora Liptai was awarded a PGRF grant to attend the 2017 Goldschmidt Conference in Paris.

The Vice Chancellor’s Commendation was awarded to Beñat Oliveira for his PhD Thesis “Multicomponent and multiphase reactive flows in the Earth’s mantle”.

Liene Spruzeniece (pictured right) was selected as one of only two Australian representatives to attend the European Workshop on Modern Development and Applications in Microbeam Analysis in Konstanz, Germany. Her participation was sponsored by an Early Carrier Scholarship from the European Microbeam Analysis Society.

The winners of this year’s HDR poster competition at the CCFS Whole of Centre Meeting were Constanza Manassero and Enjoo Choi. Honourable mentions went to Rosanna Murphy, Nora Liptai and Cait Stuart.



Bataa Baatar (MSc):  Fertility of the Lock Lilly Belt for porphyry Cu-Au mineralisation - constraints from whole-rock chemistry and zircon studies  (UWA 2017)

Raphael Baumgartner (PhD):  Ore deposits of the future; magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE sulfide mineral systems on Mars  (UWA 2017) See Research highlight   Sulfidised stromatolites from the Pilbara: A new benchmark for oldest life on Earth

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

Katarina Bjorkman (PhD):  4D lithospheric evolution and controls on mineral system distribution: Insights from Marmion Terrane, Western Superior Province, Canada  (UWA, 2017)

Eleanore Blereau (PhD):  Petrochronology of the Ultrahigh- Temperature  (UHT) Metamorphic Rogland–Vest Agder Sector, Southwestern Norway  (CU 2017)

Lauren Burley (MSc):  The geology of the Fisher East komatiite- hosted nickel sulfide 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)

Bruno Colas (PhD):  Structural constraints on the crystallisation of Amorphous Calcium Carbonate  (MQ 2017)

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)

Daria Cyprych (PhD):  Deformation behaviour of polymineralic rocks: implications for rheology and seismic properties of the middle to lower crust  (MQ 2017)

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)

Timmons Erickson (PhD):   Deformation microstructures in zircon and monazite: implications for shock, tectonic and geochronological studies  (CU 2017)

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 Fougerouse (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)


Sue O’Reilly and Bill Griffin celebrating with CCFS PhD graduates Robyn Gardner and Romain Tilhac.


Robyn Gardner (PhD):  Flow behaviour of the middle and lower crust: Insights from field observations and numerical modelling  (MQ 2017)

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

Markus Gogouvitis (MSc):  Distinguishing hydration in Shear Zones by Aqueous Fluid versus Silicate Melt  (UNSW 2017)

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) See Research highlight   Buoyant Ni-Cu-PGE-bearing magmas trapped deep in continental crust and Following the tracks of carbon in the upper mantle

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)

Linda Iaccheri (PhD):  Petrogenesis of granitic rocks in the Granites-Tanami Orogen  (UWA 2017)

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)

Inalee Jahn (PhD):  Crustal evolution of the Capricorn Orogen, Western Australia  (CU 2017)

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 sulfide 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) See Research highlights pp. Zircon morphology, isotopes and the magmatic fertility of porphyry Cu-Au deposits, xx and xx

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)

Nicole McGowan (PhD):  Messages from the mantle: Geochemical investigations of ophiolitic chromites  (MQ 2017)

Vicky Meier (PhD):  Metamorphic evolution of the Kerala Khondalite belt, India  (CU, 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 sulfide deposit, Western Australia  (UWA 2016)

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

Beñat Oliveira Bravo (PhD):  Multicomponent and multiphase reactive flows in the Earth’s mantle  (MQ 2017) See Research highlight   Pyroxenite layering in the upper mantle and how to find it

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) Research highlights Zircon morphology, isotopes and the magmatic fertility of porphyry Cu-Au deposits and Porphyry Cu fertility in the Tibetan Plateau

Carl Peters (PhD):  Deep time biomarkers - A study of organic matter and fluid inclusions in Precambrian rocks  (MQ 2017)

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)

Vikram Selvaraja (PhD):  Multiple sulfur isotopes as a tracer of geological processes  (UWA 2017) See Research highlight   Monitoring the evolution of gold-bearing fluids

Liene Spruzeniece (PhD):  Fundamental link between deformation, fluids and the rates of reactions in minerals  (MQ 2017)

Jack Stirling (MSc):  Geochronology of lower crustal cumulate complexes in the Kohistan Terrane, North-East Pakistan  (UWA 2017)

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)

Romain Tilhac (PhD):  Petrology and geochemistry of pyroxenites from the Cabo Ortegal Complex, Spain  (MQ 2017) See Research highlights pp. Distinctive aberrant geochemical fingerprints for Ancient SCLM in collision zones and Pyroxenite layering in the upper mantle and how to find it

Mehdi Tork Qashqai (PhD):  Multi- observable probabilistic inversion for the thermochemical structure of the lithosphere  (MQ 2017) Pictured right with Sue O’Reilly

Irina Tretiakova (PhD):  The nature, extent and age of the lower crust and underlying subcontinental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) beneath the Siberian Craton (Russia)  (MQ 2017)

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 (PhD):  Melting process in recycled continental crust  (MQ 2015)

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

Jun Xie (PhD):  Verification and applications of surface waves extracted from ambient noise  (MQ 2017)

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  (UU 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  (UU 2014)



Arash Amirian (PhD):   Quantitative determination of the amount and location of water in the Earth; iRTP  (MQ, commenced 2017)

Sonia Armandola (PhD):  Palaeo- to Mesoproterozoic structural and metamorphic evolution of NE Australia and implications for the assembly of the supercontinent Nuna: Multi-scale analytical approach to decrypt ancient signatures; CIPRS  (CU, commenced 2016)

David Barbosa da Silva (PhD):  The microchemical and microstructural evolution of fluid and melt transfer in deep crustal shear zones; iMQRES  (MQ, commenced 2016)


Erica Barlow


Erica Barlow (PhD):  Microfossils of the Paleoproterozoic Turee Creek Group: Biological evolution resulting from atmospheric change?; RTP  (UNSW, commenced 2015) Pictured left: CCFS Whole-of- Centre Meeting

Hugh Bannister (MPhil):  Adaptive response of the biosphere to Paleoproterozoic glaciations at the Great Oxygenation Event; FP4  (UNSW, commenced 2016)

Jason Bennett (PhD):  The in situ microanalysis of cassiterite to constrain the genesis, evolution and geochronology of tin bearing mineralised systems; RTP  (UWA, commenced 2015)

Richard Blake (MPhil):  Determining recent organic contamination in ancient rocks; FP4  (UNSW, commenced 2015)

Raul Brens Jr (PhD):  Constraints on petrogenesis and elemental recycling of the Tonga-Kermadec Island Arc 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  Monitoring the evolution of gold-bearing fluids

Julian Chard (PhD):  Petrochronology of accessory minerals related to metamorphism and fluid-flow events in the Albany- Fraser Orogen and Eucla basement, Western Australia; CIPRS  (CU, commenced 2016)

Mathieu Chassé (PhD):  Geochemical and crystal-chemical processes of scandium enrichment from the mantle to lateritic contexts; CTIMRTPS  (MQ, submitted 2017)

Eunjoo Choi (PhD):  Alkaline magmatism as a probe into the lithospheric mantle; IRPT, MRIWA  (UWA, commenced 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) See Research highlight  Buoyant Ni-Cu-PGE-bearing magmas trapped deep in continental crust

Tara Djokic (PhD):  Did diverse microbial ecosystems inhabit Paleoarchean terrestrial hot springs?; APA  (UNSW, commenced 2016) See Research highlight Origins of life: insights from the Pilbara

Raphael Doutre (PhD):  Spatial periodicity, self-organisation and controls on large ore deposits; International Sponsorship, Teck Resources Ltd  (UWA, submitted 2017)

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; RTPT  (MQ, part time, commenced 2014)


Michael Förster: EPS Postgraduate seminar.


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

Hamed Gamal El Die (PhD):  Neoproterozoic Oceanic Large Igneous Province (O-LIP) Record and crustal growth of the Arabian-Nubian Shield; CIPRS  (CU, commenced 2017)

Hindol Ghatak (PhD):  Characterising silicate melt flow within lower crustal rocks; iMQRTP  (MQ, commenced 2017)

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

Kui Han (PhD):  Modelling the physical properties of multiphase rock assemblages; IRPT  (MQ, commenced 2017)

Michael Hartnady (PhD):  Crustal evolution of the Albany-Fraser Orogen; CIPRS  (CU, commenced 2016) See Research highlight Crustal Evolution of the Albany-Fraser Orogen


Gonzalo Henriquez


Gonzalo Henriquez (PhD):  Evaluating zircon morphology and chemistry to rank PCD prospectivity; Industry - BHP Billiton  (UWA, commenced 2017) See Research highlight  New petrogenetic model for the adakitic magmatism of Patagonia and the Austral Volcanic Zone

Hadrien Henry (PhD):  Mantle pyroxenites: Deformation and seismic properties; CTIMRTPS  (MQ, commenced 2015) See Research highlight Pyroxenite layering in the upper mantle and how to find it

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

Kim Jessop (PhD):  The role of fluids in HTLP metamorphism; RTPS  (MQ, submitted 2017)

Jelte Keeman (PhD):  Zircon as a tool in provenance and crustal evolution studies; RTP  (MQ, commenced 2015)

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


Pablo Lara: EPS Postgraduate seminar


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; iMRTPS  (MQ, part time, commenced 2010)

Jiangyu Li (PhD):  NE Australia in the supercontinent Nuna; CIPRS  (CU, commenced 2016)

Guoliang Li (PhD):  Joint inversion of multiple seismic data for Basin structures; iMRTP  (MQ, commenced 2017)

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

Nora Liptai (PhD):  Geochemical and physical properties and evolution of the lithospheric mantle beneath the Nógrád-Gömör Volcanic Field (Northern Pannonian Basin, Central Europe); iMQRES, COT  (MQ, commenced 2015) See Research highlight  Tiny droplets betray mantle melt origins

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; CSC CIPRS  (CU, commenced 2016)

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


Zairong Liu


Zairong Liu (PhD):  Identifying source rocks and oxidation states in southern Australian volcanic rocks; CTiMRTP  (MQ, commenced 2017) Pictured right: CCFS Whole-of-Centre Meeting

Jianggu Lu (PhD):  Mantle xenoliths from SE China and SE Australia: Nature and evolution of the lithospheric mantle; CFIMRTPS  (MQ, submitted 2017)

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):  Evaluating Neoproterozoic geodynamics using Hf isotopes in zircon; APA  (CU, commenced 2016)

Samuel Matthews (PhD):  Gravity gradient monitoring of CO2 sequestration in the Otway Basin; CO2CRC Scholarship  (MQ, submitted 2017)

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

Holly Meadows (PhD):  Mineral geochemistry, deformation and ore-fluid evolution in the Capricorn Orogen, WA; CIPRS  (CU, submitted 2017)

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

Stephanie Montalvo Delgado (PhD):  Compositional modification of zircon at the nanoscale; CIPRS  (CU, commenced 2016)

Jonathan Munnikhuis (PhD):  Geochemical and microchemical signatures of mass transfer by disuse porous flow, Finero, Italy; iRTP  (MQ, commenced 2017)

Stephanie Nichols (PhD):  Metasomatic evolution of eclogites and pyroxenites from the Jericho kimberlite, northern Slave craton, Canada; iMQRTP  (MQ, commenced 2017)

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

Brendan Nomchong (PhD):  Paleoenvironmental context of the 2.4 Ga Turee Creek Group, Kazput Syncline, Western Australia; RTP  (UNSW, commenced 2017) See Research highlight  The oldest rocks formed by microbes: unexpected diversity

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

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

Greg Poole (PhD):  Permian magmatism in an early Andean metallogenic belt, Cordillera Frontal, Argentina; APA  (UWA, commenced 2015)

Valerie Roy (MSc):  Hydrogeological and hydrogeochemical study of the Peak Hill-Horseshoe Deposit, Capricorn Orogen to identify mineral system footprints; RTP  (UWA, commenced 2015)


Farshad Salajegheh


Farshad Salajegheh (PhD):  Probabilistic joint inversion in the spherical coordinate; RTPT  (MQ, part time, commenced 2014) Pictured below: CCFS Whole-of-Centre Meeting

Sarath Patabendigedara (PhD):  Developing a geophysical relevant proton conduction model for the upper mantle; IMRTPS iMQRES/ ANSTO  (MQ, commenced 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)

Georgia Soares (PhD):  A moment in time the exploration of life that flourished after the Great Oxidation event 2.4Ga; RTP  (UNSW, commenced 2017) See Research highlight  Phosphorites - Older than you think!

Catherine Stuart (PhD):  Melt migration in the lower crust by porous melt flow; MQRES  (MQ, submitted 2017)

Dennis Sugiono (PhD):  Multiple sulfur Isotope analysis in Kanowna Belle Deposit; SIRF, Northern Star (Kanowna) Pty Ltd  (UWA, commenced 2017) See Research highlight  Monitoring the evolution of gold-bearing fluids

Sahand Tadbiri (MSc):  The geometry and kinematics of hydrothermal veins in the c. 3.5 Ga Dresser Formation, North Pole Dome, Western Australia; FP4  (UNSW, commenced 2015)

Rick Verberne (PhD):  Trace element distribution and mass transfer processes in Rutile; CIPRS  (CU, commenced 2016)

Marina Veter (PhD):  Investigating trace elements as indicators of the mode of origin of orthopyroxene in mantle rocks; IRTPS  (MQ, commenced 2017)


Silvia Volante


Silvia Volante (PhD):  Palaeo- to Mesoproterozoic structural and metamorphic evolution of NE Australia and implications for the assembly of the supercontinent Nuna: Multi- scale analytical approach to decrypt ancient signatures; CIPRS  (CU, commenced 2016) Pictured: CCFS Whole-of-Centre Meeting

Alexander Walker (PhD):  Trace elements and sulphur isotope signatures from sulfides in mineralised and unmineralised environments within the Albany-Fraser Orogen, Western Australia; CIPRS  (CU, commenced 2016)

Chong Wang (PhD):  Paleomagnetism of mafic dykes from eastern North China Craton, and implications for Proterozoic paleogeography; CIPRS  (CU, commenced 2017)

Kai Wang (PhD):  Joint inversion of surface waves and body waves from ambient noise seismic interferometry; iMQRES  (MQ, commenced 2015) See Research highlight  Riding high on new wave model for southern California

Jonathon Wasiliev (PhD):  Activating the lower mantle: Constraints on deep mantle rheology; MRTPS  (MQ, commenced 2013)

Shucheng Wu (PhD):  The geodynamic setting of the Western Junggar region during the Late Paleozoic: evidence from seismic tomography; IMRTPS  (MQ, commenced 2015) See Research highlight   A trapped fossil oceanic slab in NW China

Bo Xu (PhD):  Tibetan Plateau Tectonics from Gangdese Granitoids; CFIMRTPS  (MQ, commenced 2014)


Marti Burcet (PhD, MQ)
Ananuer Halimulati (PhD, MQ)
Anthony Lanati (PhD, MQ)
Bronwyn Teece (PhD, UNSW)