Monash geologist awarded prestigious international medal


Congratulations to ARC Future Fellow Associate Professor Andy Tomkins on being awarded the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) Silver Medal for 2021.

Associate Professor Tomkins, from the Monash University School of Atmosphere, Earth and Environment is a geoscientist who applies the principles of metamorphic petrology, structural geology and igneous petrology to his work to make unique contributions to the fields of economic geology, meteoritics and planetary science.

He teaches Economic Geology, Metamorphic Petrology and Field Geology to third-year geoscience students at Monash University.

His current ARC Future Fellowship is investigating how cycling of sulfur and other elements through the deep Earth over the last 3 billion years has changed the geochemistry of the mantle beneath arc volcanos, and thus controlled formation of some of the world’s largest mineral deposits. These deposits contain some of the metals that are critical to society’s transition to renewable energy.

“On behalf of the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment (EAE), and the Faculty of Science at Monash University, I congratulate Associate Professor Tomkins on this outstanding achievement,” said Head of School, Professor Andrew Macintosh.

“This is a prominent and prestigious international award which recognises the outstanding work of one of our top mid-career scientists,” he said.

The SEG is the world’s largest learned society for ore deposits research, having existed since 1919. Associate Professor Tomkins is already a Lindgren Fellow in this society, in recognition of a previous early career award.

The Silver Medal will be awarded at the SEG Centenary Conference in Whistler, BC, Canada, September 13-17, 2021.

Associate Professor Tomkins also uses the principles of economic geology research to investigate the formation and evolution of Mars and asteroids. You can watch him discuss how questions on the origins of the solar system can be answered through the study of meteorites here.

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