Professor Sue O'Reilly AM FAA

BSc Syd, PhD Syd.

Professor (personal chair) in Geology, Distinguished Professor of Macquarie University, Director of the ARC National Key Centre for Geochemical Evolution and Metallogeny of Continents (GEMOC) and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems (CCFS)

Contact Details

Office : Room 228, Lvl 2, 12 Wally's Walk
Phone : 61-(0)2-9850 8362
Fax : 61-(0)2-9850 8943
email : sue.oreilly@mq.edu.au

Suzanne Y. O'Reilly,
Professor of Geology 
Distinguished Professor, Macquarie University
Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems and
GEMOC ARC National Key Centre,
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Macquarie University
NSW 2109, Australia

Courier address:
Room 228, Lvl 2, 12 Wally's Walk
CCFS, Earth and Environmental Sciences,
Macquarie University,
Herring Road, North Ryde, Australia

Profile

Founding Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems (CCFS, commenced 2011), founding Director of the ARC National Key Centre for Geochemical Evolution and Metallogeny of Continents (GEMOC) (from 1995) and leader of the Lithosphere Mapping and Mantle Dynamics Group in GEMOC (see Annual Reports)

Current Appointments

Professor of Geology (Personal Chair), Macquarie University (Awarded 1990)

Invested as Guest Professor at China University of Geosciences, Wuhan (2011 - present)

Concurrent Professor of Geology, Nanjing University (1997 – present)

Guest Professor China University of Geoscience, Beijing (Conferred June 2019)

Research

Research has focussed on understanding the nature of the Earth’s lithosphere, integrating information across the boundaries of geochemistry, geophysics, petrophysics and tectonics. Outcomes include new insights into the geochemical and physical nature of the lithospheric mantle, its major boundaries and its evolution through time; the nature and origin and ascent of fluids from the mantle; and the significance of these for global processes such as continental accretion and deep mantle convection, the thermal structure of continents and the fundamental processes that have shaped lithosphere domains in space and time. Technology development, targeted to answer important research questions and active ongoing collaboration with industry partners for strategic research, has underpinned the fundamental science and contributed to a new framework for mineral exploration targeting.

Selected Awards and Positions

Leader first Australian Academy of Science Australia-China Petrology/Geochemistry International Exchange Delegation 1982

Elected Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America (1989)

Leader, Australian-China International Links Program (1997-2000)

Editors' citation award for excellence in reviewing for Journal of Geophysical Research, 2000 (presented at the May Meeting of the American Geophysical Union)

Concurrent Professor of Geology, Nanjing University (1997 – present)

Editorial Board member for Chemical Geology and Lithos, China-Russia Geotraverse Project; regular reviewer for the whole spectrum of international geoscience journals.

Australian Research Council (ARC) Expert Advisory Committee member for Physics, Chemistry, Geosciences (1990-1993;2001-2003) and numerous ARC panels to present

Elected FAA (Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences; 2001)

Elected Fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (2001)

Elected FAA (Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences; 2001)

Member of DEST Expert Advisory Committee for National Research Priorities 2002

Member of organising committee for 2012 International Geological Congress in Australia

Member of the Australian Academy of Sciences National Committee for Earth Sciences from 2002

Directeur du Recherche Visiting Award, Jean-Monnet University, St Etienne, CNRS France (2003)

Awarded Centenary Medal for services to Geosciences (2003)

DEST NCRIS (National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme) Steering Committee member (2006-2007)

Elected Fellow of the Australian Geological Society (2007)

Awarded W.B. Clarke Medal by the Royal Society of NSW (2008)

Visiting Professorship at CNRS, Montpellier, France (2009)

Distinguished Professor of Macquarie University (from 2010)

Guest Professor at China University of Geosciences, Wuhan (from 2011)

Doctor Honoris Causa, Jean Monnet University, France (2012)

Copernicus Visiting Professorship at the University of Ferrara (2013)

Chair of the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Earth Sciences,responsible for leading the writing and launch of the Academy’s 2018 Decadal Plan for Geoscience (2013-2018)

Member Executive Committee, UNCOVER national initiative (Auspices of the Australian Academy of Sciences) from 2013 (https://www.uncoveraustralia.org.au/)

Member of the 2014 Working Group on “Importance of Advanced Physical and Math. Sciences to the Australian Economy” convened for the Government Chief Scientist

Appointed member NSW Minerals Council Taskforce for the Minister for Resources and Energy (the Hon Anthony Roberts MP, 2014)

Thomson Reuters Citation Award (2015) for body of work on “The Tectonic Setting of the North and South China Cratons”

Elected Member of Council, Australian Academy of Sciences (2015-2018) and Observer on Council 2018-2022

Member of the Order of Australia (2016) “for significant service to the earth sciences as an academic and researcher, to tertiary education, and to scientific associations”(2016)”

Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher (2016)

Inaugural Co-Chair, then Chair, Australian Academy of Science Equity and Diversity Reference Group (2017 –2021)

Member of the Australian Academy of Sciences (AAS) Digital Oversight Committee (2017 – present)

Project Leader - IGCP 622: “Orogenic architecture and crustal growth from accretion to collision” 2018 – 2021

Thomson Reuters highly cited researcher (Clarivate current 2018)

Google Australian #2 cited geoscientist 2017 Google Australian #2 cited geoscientist 2017

Special Dedication of 2017 International Kimberlite Proceedings Volume to O’Reilly and Griffin

Life-time recognition of geoscience research, teaching and mentoring by celebratory keynote (jointly with Bill Griffin) at Goldschmidt 2019

Member of the Australian Academy of Sciences Executive Committee as spokesperson for Equity and Diversity (2019-2021)

Member Working Committee for the Women in STEM Decadal Plan commissioned by the government Minister for Science and Industry, Karen Andrew. Launched (as Academy spokesperson for Diversity and Equity) April 2019

Premier’s Prize (NSW) for “Excellence in Mathematics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry or Physics” (2020)

Newly discovered mineral, oreillyite (Cr2N), named in honour: https://www.mdpi.com/2075-163X/10/12/1118/htm.

Appointed member of the Early- and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Committee of Council (Australian Academy of Science).

Awarded “China International Science and Technology Cooperation” 2021 November


 

Selected Publications

Conference Presentations (published as abstracts)