New Staff

Future Fellows

Early Career Researchers



Administering Organisation

Macquarie University (MQ)

Collaborating Organisations

Curtin University (CU)

University of Western Australia (UWA)



Australian Partner

Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA)
   Dr Ian Tyler - CCFS Leader GSWA

International Partners

CNRS and Université de Montpellier, France

Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

University of Maryland, USA

University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Bayreuth University, Germany


Chief Investigators

Associate Professor Elena Belousova - MQ

Professor Simon Clark - MQ

Associate Professor Marco Fiorentini, Node Leader - UWA

Professor Stephen Foley, Research Coordinator - MQ

Emeritus Professor William Griffin - MQ

Professor Matt Kilburn - UWA

Professor Zheng-Xiang Li - CU

Associate Professor Alexander Nemchin - CU

Associate Professor Craig O'Neill - MQ

Professor Suzanne Y. O'Reilly, Director - MQ

Professor Martin Van Kranendonk - University of NSW

Professor Simon Wilde, Node Leader - CU

Associate Professor Yingjie Yang - MQ


Partner Investigators

Australian Partner Investigator

Dr Klaus Gessner - Geological Survey of Western Australia

Professor T. Campbell McCuaig - BHP Billiton

International Lead Partner Investigators

Professor Michael Brown - Maryland

Dr David Mainprice - Montpellier

Professor Catherine McCammon - Bayreuth

Professor Fuyuan Wu - CAS Beijing


Associate Investigators

Professor Juan Carlos Afonso - MQ

Dr Olivier Alard - MQ

Associate Professor Nathan Daczko - MQ

Dr Richard Glen - MQ Adjunct Professor

Dr Masahiko Honda - Australian National University

Professor Dorrit Jacob - ANU

Associate Professor Mary-Alix Kaczmarek – University Paul Sabatier Toulouse III

Associate Professor Christopher Kirkland - CU

Professor Jochen Kolb - GEUS

Dr Yongjun Lu - GSWA

Professor Louis-Noel Moresi - University of Melbourne

Professor Steven Reddy - CU

Dr Svyatoslav Shcheka - MQ

Associate Professor Bruce Schaefer - MQ

Dr Michael Wingate - GSWA

Professor Shijie Zhong - University of Colorado, Boulder, USA



A full list of 2021 CCFS participants is given in Appendix 2.


The application for the CoE CCFS foreshadowed that such a Centre of Excellence would become an attractor for rising stars and research leaders in relevant disciplines and fields of interest.  The success of CCFS participants in the ARC Future Fellow rounds emphasises this role of our Centre in recruiting high-flyers at early to mid-career levels.  Eleven Future Fellows; Associate Professor Elena Belousova, Associate Professor Marco Fiorentini, Dr Heather Handley, Professor Dorrit Jacob, Associate Professor Craig O’Neill, Professor Sandra Piazolo, Associate Professor Yingjie Yang, Dr Xuan-Ce Wang, Dr David Wacey, Dr Olivier Alard and Dr Kate Selway, have completed or are working on projects relevant to CCFS goals.  The CCFS Future Fellows all continue to make significant contributions to CCFS, either directly or as external collaborators and Associates.  Their profiles can be accessed from the “Participants” section of our previous reports.



The second primary goal of CCFS (see Goals) concerns the recruitment, development and mentoring of Early Career Research (ECR) staff “for the development of the next generation of Australia’s geoscientists”.

CCFS ECRs have all achieved high positions, both nationally and abroad, and are having significant impact across many countries including Japan, Spain, Chile, USA, Europe and Asia. They are contributing in diverse areas that include: the nuclear science and environmental sector, CSIRO, Geological Surveys, international Research Centres, Government instrumentalities, the exploration industry and in consultancies in the private sector.

Future Fellow and ECR profiles can be accessed from the Participants section of our previous reports.

CCFS Participants at the 2017 Whole-of Centre Meeting, Cairns (photo Will Powell).