Liene Spruzeniece

PhD Student

Contact Details

Liene Spruzeniece

Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems (CCFS), GEMOC
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Macquarie University NSW 2109

Phone : 61-(0)2-9850 4725
Fax : 61-(0)2-9850 6904
email :


Thesis title:
The fundamental link between deformation, fluids and the rates of reactions in minerals

Supervisors: Dr. Sandra Piazolo, A/Prof. Nathan Daczko

Although the amount of free fluid in the Earth’s crust is relatively minor, it plays a vital role in many geodynamic and geochemical processes. It is well known that fluids may act as catalysts in chemical reactions, influence strain localization and cause major weakening of a rock during deformation. However the fundamental behaviour of a simultaneously deforming and reacting rock is poorly understood.
I use a combination of field studies, deformation and phase transformation experiments, and various laboratory-based analytical techniques to investigate the interaction between fluid, chemical reactions and deformation in crustal rocks and analogues materials.
Results of this project will contribute to the fundamental understanding of many geological processes including tectonics of the crust, element transport and ore mineralisation as well as provide data for geological models.

Research Interests

  • Structural and metamorphic geology
  • Mechanisms of mineral reactions and deformation in fluid present conditions
  • The evolution of rock microstructure
  • All forms of electron microscopy (SEM, EMP, EBSD, etc.)
  • Isotopic and trace element geochemistry
  • Rock deformation and phase transformation experiments

Short CV

2012 – currently PhD, structural geology, petrology (Macquarie University)
2010 – 2012 M. Sc., petrology, structural geology, tectonics (University of Oslo)
2008 – 2010 M.Sc., sedimentary geology, paleontology (University of Latvia)
2004 – 2008 B.Sc., geography (University of Latvia)

My personal geology blog: