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Duncan is working on developing the Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator (ACCESS), particularly in regards to the way the surface interacts with the atmosphere. He has also worked on modelling atmospheric aerosol, past and future climates as well as running high-resolution regional climate models.
Senior Research Fellow
Laurent specialises in Orogenic processes, 3D crustal architecture, Neotectonics. 3D modelling, geophysical inversion methodology and interpretation, geodiversity and geological uncertainty.
Marion is the first year coordinator and is also the liaison between EAE and the John Monash Science School. When not teaching Marion spends time looking for suitable landing sites for rovers on Mars.
Julie's research interests include climate extremes, decadal variability and the role of the Antarctic ozone hole in shifting storm tracks. She spent more than a decade at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and a number of years at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in the United States and still maintains strong collaborative ties with colleagues there.
Robin's research spans structural geology, structural geophysics, tectonics and radiogenic isotopes, GIS, 3D modelling methodology, and geophysical interpretation.
Martin's research interest is climate and numerical weather prediction modeling. Specifically his research aims at improving cumulus parametrization and the representation of tropical convection and rainfall in numerical models
Peter specialises in the Interpretation and modelling of regional potential field data, crustal architecture and evolution, mineral system analysis. In addition, Peter's interests are field based structural mapping, orogenic processes and Proterozoic tectonics.
Joël's is using state-of-the-art experimental techniques (e.g., synchrotron) to provide a molecular-level understanding of the transport and deposition of metals and mineral-microbe-fluid interaction in geological environments.
Senior Research Fellow
Fabio's research areas include: geodynamics, tectonics, plate kinematics, global plate motions and numerical modelling of geodynamic processes.
My main interest is in the application of stable and radioactive / radiogenic isotopes to understand hydrological processes including groundwater-surface water interaction, residence times, and groundwater flow systems.
Research Fellow (DECRA)
Jennifer works within the Monash Weather and Climate group on topics related to climate model evaluation, climate change, midlatitude weather systems and rainfall, and tropical climate.
Professor of Tectonics and Geodynamics and Head of the School, conducting research in areas of experimental tectonics, rates and dynamics of magma emplacement, precambrian Tectonics, intraplate geodynamics, magmatic arc tectonics and pure and applied structural geology.
Dietmar's research is focussing on large-scale climate dynamics, climate modelling and climate change.
James has expertise in Sedimentology, Basin Analysis, Petroleum Systems and Geothermal Energy. His research is focused on understanding sedimentary processes that operated on Earth prior to colonisation of vascular land vegetation approximately 450 million years ago. He also acts as Outreach Officer for both the School of Earth, Atmosphere & Environment, and the Faculty of Science and lectures a third year unit focussing on Environmental Change.
My research is primarily at the interface of geomorphology and hydrology. I work almost exclusively on modern landscape processes, including ecohydrologic processes and hydro-geomorphology, with a particular focus on the Australian drylands.
Chermelle works on high-resolution modelling of the weather during bushfires, such as Black Saturday. She worked previously on data assimilation, and consensus forecasting for operational forecasting. Her PhD included research into spatial forecast verification.
Andrew is a geochemist who uses spectroscopic and isotopic techniques to understand how biogeochemical processes control the composition of minerals and aqueous fluids on the modern and early Earth.
Senior Research Fellow
Ailie's research examines climate extremes, primarily drought and extreme heat, in the context of natural climate variability and human-induced climate change.
Sarah researches variability and change in fire weather, climate-wildfire links and prediction of seasonal wildfire activity. Sarah is also experienced in using remotely sensed data to map the extent and severity of fire activity.
Vivian's research areas of interest are, cloud physics and precipitation processes, in-situ, remote sensing observations, and numerical simulations of clouds and precipitation, boundary layer meteorology and air pollution meteorology.
Christian is Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, where he is studying the effects of tropical convection on Australia's climate – how clouds affect weather.
Shayne's research straddles the boundary of theory, observations and modelling and seeks to understand climate variability and change, with a primary focus on the Australasian region.
Steven is establishing the Centre for Resource Science and Technology (CReST). My speciality is the application of new techniques in structural geology, tectonics and field methods, including drones, to ore deposit formation and exploration.
Benjamin is working on convective parameterization in the tropics. He focuses on the further development of the statistical multi cloud model (SMCM).
ARC Future Fellow
Oliver is a high-temperature geochemist with a focus on radiogenic and stable isotope research. His studies primarily circles around ocean floor rocks and the evolution of planetary reservoirs from the early stages of the planet to the present day.
Yona manages the clean isotope laboratory; operating ICPMS and laser systems. Her research interests: Lu-Hf, U-Pb, zircons, general isotope geochemistry/analytical methods and techniques.
Julian's current research focuses on the dynamics of midlatitude Rossby waves using global reanalysis data sets and climate model simulations. Of special interest is the role of diabatic processes in the generation, amplification and breaking of Rossby waves.
Hamish is interested in the dynamics, predictability, and climatology of high-impact weather, including seasonal prediction and the influence of large-scale climate variability and change.
Michael's research has been focused principally on the science of weather producing systems (such as fronts, extra-tropical cyclones, hurricanes, gravity waves).This work is a blend of theory, computer modelling and observations.
Ruth’s research interests include biogeography and biogeomorphology of temperate and tropical marine ecosystems such of mangrove, saltmarsh, coral reefs and seagrass; their response to environmental change, and role in climate change mitigation. Ruth applies experimental, laboratory, field and UAV/satellite approaches to the study of vegetation and coastal dynamics.
Abhik's research focuses on the representation of the multi-scale tropical convective processes in climate models, particularly improving the performance of Australian Community Climate and Earth-System Simulator (ACCESS) in simulating tropical precipitation variability.
Steven is examining the world's first instance of significantly enhancing rain through the intentional dispersal of substances into the air, in a process known as 'cloud seeding'.
Martin's research focuses on the fluid dynamics of the tropical atmosphere. He is particularly interested in understanding how the distribution of precipitation, including precipitation extremes and thunderstorms, responds to changes in climate.
Senior Research Fellow
Anja's broad interest is in geological fluids dynamics.
Jeffrey's field of applied palaeontology focuses on ancient greenhouse Earth ecosystems and environments, especially in the southern regions of what was once the supercontinent of Gondwana (land), to use fossil data for 'Big Picture Science' in palaeontology and also for diverse industrial applications in basin analysis.
Nigel is involved in an expert panel on infrastructure and settlement of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the Cities as Water Supply Catchments program, helping to bring down the mercury in our urban areas and the planet as a whole.
Andy applies the principles of metamorphic petrology, as well as some structural geology and igneous petrology, to fields of geoscience where these principles have been somewhat neglected. This non-traditional application of petrology has allowed him to make unique contributions to the fields of economic geology and meteoritics/planetary science.
Jozua's research interests are, Physical Volcanology, Igneous Geochemistry of intraplate basaltic volcanism, Magma Transport Dynamics and Analogue Geodynamical Modelling of magma transport in the upper crust. He also teaches Volcanology, Igneous Petrology and Geochemistry in second and third year.
Stefan has expertise in 3D deposit modelling, Economic Geology, Structural Geology, Orogenic Gold deposits, Structural Control on Mineralisation, Digital Photogrammetry, Remobilisation, VMS deposits, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Digital Geology and Fluid flow in the Crust.
Rob's research is concerned with the dynamics and predictability of severe thunderstorms storms and their associated hazards such as large hail and tornadoes.
Roberto's main research interest is in the interaction between structural geology and fluids and magmas, controlling the evolution of mountain belts and mineralizations.
Evan is interested in climate variability of the tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans, climate extremes and the associated impacts, and the response of the major modes of climate variability to climate change.
Bethan's research interests are in the processes governing deep convection in the atmosphere and its interaction across scales. As part of the ARC-Funded Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science she is investigating the relationship of rainfall and atmospheric convection with tropical multi-scale dynamical systems. Her expertise is in high-resolution convection-permitting modeling, and her research background covers the microphysical and and dynamical processes of deep convection, convective organisation and feedbacks across scales, and the response of deep convective systems to aerosol perturbations
Senior Research Fellow
Sasha uses minerals to understand and tailor biogeochemical cycling of C and metals.
Vanessa's research focuses on soil-water interactions and soil biogeochemical processes, which is used to understand degraded environments, applied to remediation and rehabilitation activities, and improve land and water management strategies.
Xuan's research field is GIS and remote sensing with special interests in their applications in regional sustainable development, landscape evaluation, environmental decision analysis and modelling, and urban mining.
Ray's area of expertise is Physical Volcanology.
Professor Peter Kershaw
Peter examines past vegetation, climate and fire relationships through the application of pollen analysis and other palaeoecological techniques to swamp, lake and marine sediments within the Australian-Southeast Asian region. This information can be applied to informed landscape management and future environmental including climate prediction.
Michael’s research areas of interest are: air quality observations and analysis, climate observations and analysis, simple climate models and their application to global problems and cloud physics
Neville studies the nature, causes and predictability of climate and weather variations and their impacts.
Pat is Interested in how life and the Earth have changed over 700 million years - especially early animals from the late Precambrian, the polar dinosaurs of Australia and the development of the Australian avifauna. Field work in remote areas and early childhood sciences education are her passions.
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow
Geophysical data acquired by electromagnetic or seismic methods requires a range of time series, spectral and coherency analysis methodologies. Prof Asten has applied such methods to problems in mineral exploration, use of passive seismic methods for earthquake hazard zonation, and extraction of historical trends of natural climate change.
Dr Barrie Bolton
Adjunct Research Fellow
Barrie has specialist knowledge in the identification, monitoring and management of acid rock (mine) drainage, and acid sulphate soils, and research interests in environmental geochemistry and environmental management systems. He also has worked many years in the mining industry.
Dr Mike Hall
Adjunct Research Fellow
Professor Reid Keays
Reid's research interests are in the economic geology and lithogeochemistry and in particular the application of Platinum Group Element (PGE) Geochemistry to the development of genetic models and exploration techniques for Ni-Cu-PGE sulfide deposits and to the petrogenesis of mafic and ultramafic rocks.
Dr Merna McKenzie
Adjunct Research Fellow
Late Quaternary vegetation and climate in Victoria derived from the investigation of pollen and charcoal records; the pollen content of long term pollen traps in Queensland rainforest viewed in relation to the interpretation of relevant rainforest pollen diagrams.
Adjunct Research Associate
Catherine is interested in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, particularly mantle convection in the Earth interior, and gravity currents in the oceans and atmosphere or on the Earth’s surface. Currently, her research is focused on plume interactions in the convective mantle and particulate gravity currents flowing along complex geometries.
Adjunct Research Associate
Ian's research areas are the petrology and geochemistry of igneous rocks in a variety of tectonic settings, with emphasis on within-plate basaltic volcanism, island arc magmatism and granitic complexes.
Professor Chris Wilson
Chris Wilson has published extensively in the geological and glaciological literature on the evolution of tectonic structures in rocks and ice for last 30 years. Chris is currently using a combination of field based structural analysis and geophysical techniques, experiments and numerical models to study microstructures and textures related to deformation in crustal rocks.
|Simon Jowitt||Adjunct Lecturer|
|Helen Williams||Adjunct Research Associate|
|Yuan Mei||Adjunct Research Associate|
|Chris Mays||Adjunct Research Associate|
|Han Van Gorsel||Adjunct Research Fellow|
|Lenka Baratoux||Adjunct Research Fellow|
|Tom Rich||Adjunct Research Fellow|
|Alexander van der Kaars||Adjunct Research Fellow|
|Alan Tait||Adjunct Research Fellow|
|Joao Casal Duarte||Adjunct Research Fellow|
|Wouter Schellart||Adjunct Research Fellow|
|Meghan Miller||Adjunct Senior Lecturer|
|Mark Jessell||Adjunct Senior Research Fellow|
|Graeme Pearman||Adjunct Senior Research Fellow|
|Jun Cowan||Adjunct Senior Research Fellow|
|Jason Beringer||Adjunct Professor|
|Jorgen Frederiksen||Adjunct Professor|
Tien Chin Chen
Leigh is an A Grade licensed Electrician with a MSc in Environmental Engineering. He has 10 years’ experience as a project manager in International Development, designing and building water and wastewater systems in Sri Lanka, Maldives and Haiti and as a disaster relief coordinator for RedR Australia. More recently Leigh worked as an energy consultant designing and implementing energy efficiency management plans for schools and the commercial sector. His key areas of interest include domestic sustainability and the use of innovative technologies for understanding the Natural environment.
James is the Outreach Officer for the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment and the Faculty of Science and lectures a third year unit focussing on Environmental Change. In addition he continues to research in the ares of Sedimentology, Basin Analysis, Petroleum Systems and Geothermal Energy.
Academic Administrative Officer
Student Services Coordinator
Principal Technical Officer
General Office Administrator
Senior Research Officer
Research Support Officer
CMS Strategic Manager
I look for signatures of cloud suppression or enhancement as a result of the thermal mesoscale circulations produced by Lake Eyre, Lake Disappointment and Lake Mackay. I utilise satellite data on which 'cloud algorithms' have been applied to study the absence / presence of clouds, and their properties (for example, cloud height or pressure) over these three lake regions in the year 2014.
I am currently researching the tectonic evolution of the Offshore Northwest Java region, with a focus on the structural and stratigraphic evolution of the Vera-Zaitun Basin and its petroleum potential.
My research aims to develop new insights into post-fire hillslope hydrology and erosion for this region in southeast Australia.
My project focuses on using structural, petrographic, and geochronological analyses to study the Main Central Thrust around the Tista Dome in the Himalayas in an attempt to understand how developing orogens respond to structural and lithological heterogeneity
My interests lie in unravelling the history of Gondwana from the Cretaceous through to today. Currently I’m focusing on understanding the mechanisms driving the change from passive margin to active subduction, by looking at the sedimentology and structure of the Hikurangi accretionary system, North Island, New Zealand.
Using a combination of petrographic and geodynamical studies, my research aims to better understand the transport of magma through sills in the upper crust.
Exploring Structural Inheritance through Multi-Scale Fracture Network Analysis
My project aims to understand the iron isotope geochemistry of jarosite, as well as the behaviour of iron and other trace elements during jarosite recrystallisation. My project will provide the very first dataset on the iron isotope geochemistry of jarosite, as well as provide insight into the geological process involved in the formation and recrystallisation of jarosite, with implications for acid sulphate soil formation and the evolution of the Martian environment.
"El Niño in a changing climate simulations".
Utilisation of isotope hydrology and aqueous geochemistry to quantify mean transit times for solutes and groundwater.
My research aims to determine whether heatwave events are more or less predictable than "garden variety" summer weather, and investigate the physical reasons as to why this is the case, or not?
My research is multidisciplinary. Integrating structural geology with geophysical methods, I aim to identify how strain from tectonic activity influences the localisation of gold.
My research uses observational data to examine the strength of the urban heat island during heatwaves in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
My research is on understanding and simulating the large-scale Hydrological cycle, especially precipitation, and changes under global warming using a simplified model approach. I'm interested why precipitation tends to increase on the equatorial Pacific and in high latitudes and tends to decrease in some climatologically dry regions.
My research focus is to obtain a better understanding of the origin of auriferous fluids and mechanisms responsible for the formation of orogenic gold deposits. Using central Victoria as a natural laboratory, we combine innovative geochemistry and thermodynamic modelling to predict areas of gold localisation.
I am primarily interested in environmental mineralogy and stable isotope geochemistry. Currently I am researching the CO2 sequestration potential of hydroalcite minterals, how we might trace the sequestration using stable isotopes and ultimately how we might remove attmospheric CO2 using carbonate minerals. The methods I use include powder X-ray diffraction and stable carbon and oxygen isotopic analysis.
Using GIS to map and visualise World War II history and heritage in Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
"Coupled fire-atmosphere interactions".
The aim of my work is to use numerical modelling and high performance computing to determine what atmospheric conditions lead to erratic and sudden bursts in fire spread and intensity.
My PhD project aims to reconstruct the location of the North and South Islands of New Zealand over the last ~23 million years. In conjunction field work we are also using numerical models in an attempt to recreate some of the measurements we take from rocks in the field.
My research focus is to characterize the Southern Ocean Atmospheric Boundary Layer in Response to the Synoptic Forcing (extra-tropical cyclones and fronts).
The aim of my project is to provide new structural, geochemical and metamorphic constraints on the evolution of the Archean Yalgoo Dome, a broad elliptical dome (50x100 km) in the Yilgarn Craton of Western Australia.
Giuseppe (Joseph) Oppedisano
I am a PhD Candidate for the ARC Linkage with the City of Greater Dandenong and Mooney Valley City Council. I am researching the impacts of extreme heat events on urban park vegetation and the micro climate.
My research topic is the application of deep learning and crowd-sourcing in environmental science.
My project aims to unravel the magmatic, structural and metamorphic evolution of the Sefwi Greenstone belt using a multidisciplinary approach. We aim to further the understanding of the geodynamic settings and tectonic processes responsible for juvenile crustal formation, subsequent stabilization and the cratonization of the West African Craton during the Palaeoproterozoic.
My project focuses on structural and geochronological studies of major Paleozoic shear zones in Argentina in an attempt to understand how thick shear zones form and what tectonic role they play in orogenic events.
Jackson van den Hove
My research focuses on the Newer Volcanics Province of south-eastern Australia and involves the use of geophysical modelling and spatial analysis methods toward investigating structures, controls and dimensions of features on the scale of individual eruption centres up to that of the entire province.
I am using the petrology and geochemistry of meteorites through scanning electron microscopy and other techniques to investigate the differences between impact and thermal metamorphism on asteroids, and how planets formed in the early Solar System.
My research aims to develop low cost methods for trapping CO2 in mineral form, using the waste products of mining. I am interested in mineral weathering reactions, and trace metal mobility in the environment.
Molybdenum (Mo), Tungsten (W) and Cadmium (Cd) speciation in hydrothermal fluids investigated by classical and ab initio (from first principles) molecular dynamics simulations.
The objective of my project is to understand the tectonic evolution and implications for mineral system analysis of the Macquarie Arc from potential field geophysics.
Folds present a challenge for 3D modelling because the information associated with the geometry of the structure is not explicit in the orientation of the folded surface. My research involves characterising the geometry of folds from field observations (orientation of the folded surface, the plane of symmetry of the fold, location of fold closures and the direction of the fold). I use the characterisation of fold geometry to help build a model of the geometry resulting from one or more folding events. I am developing new methods for interpolating the geometry of the folded surfaces as well as methods to build a series of models representing the uncertainty of the geometry of these surfaces.
Lian (Lynn) Wu
My project is mainly about using LiDAR sensor (potentially other remote sensors) for generating 3D crop structure information, in order to have a more effective and precise crop management. One of the main objectives of this project is to develop a practical methodology for applying LiDAR data in crop management and precision agriculture, which can effectively reduce the negative impacts of harmful chemical to the environment and humans and also minimise the cost.
My research focuses on radiogenic and stable isotopes of mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORBs) in order to understand the Pb isotope evolution in the Earth’s upper mantle. I am also interested in Th-U/Pb dating of accessory minerals, such as monazite, and the development of analytical methods (e.g., LA-ICP-MS).
My project focusses on the different aspects of generation and evolution of granitic magmas in a near source environment by studying migmatites and related intrusive granites in the southern Adelaide fold belt (Kangaroo Island). My goal is to contribute to the ongoing debate about the significance of water-fluxed melting, magma mixing and entrainment of source material in the formation of granitic magmas.
Mathias did Bachelor's degree in Physical Oceanography, followed by a Master's degree in Integrated Climate System Science, bother at the University of Hamburg, Germany.
His current PhD research involves using a high-resolution ocean model to look at the drivers of Pacific Ocean decadal variability in order to link this variability to ENSO.
My research involves a multi-scale approach to analysing the evolution of the late Cambrian-Early Ordovician rifts in northern and western Tasmania, Australia. By using detailed process sedimentology, analysing stratigraphic stacking patterns and regional structural mapping, I plan to unravel the unique depositional environments present during the early stages of rifting and explore the evolution of the rift system as a whole through time.
Recent Neogene tectonics and the evolution of the Marlborough Fault System, New Zealand. Looking at the interplay between rapidly evolving plate margin tectonics and sedimentary basin evolution. The Marlborough area contains spectacular structural examples from a complex tectonic evolution, which was synchronous with the deposition of a nearly complete marine transgressive sequence. My project aims to leverage this stratigraphy to deconstruct the recent history of shear offset, compression, rotation and uplift.
Plate tectonics and geodynamics: analogue modelling of continental break-up.
In my project I am using microstructures and textures of mylonitic rocks to develop methods through which the structural and dynamic properties of crustal shear zones can be quantitatively described.
"Understanding the complex structured architecture of a long-lived HT-LP continental back-arc and its relation with the magmatic arc".
I am studying the structural and magmatic evolution of an ancient orogen that formed part of the West Gondwana supercontinent and is now located near the Argentinian Andes. This study will help geoscientists to better understand the tectonic frame of mountain belts and how they evolve in time.
My PhD seeks to determine the fate of rare earth elements during various fluid-rock interactions, with particular focus on metamorphic and hydrothermal fluids. Using robust analytical techniques such as SEM, LA-ICPMS, MC-ICP-MS, EMP and synchrotron beamlines, I hope to broaden the understanding behind the behaviour and mineralization styles of rare earth elements.
Peter van Rensch
"The effects of a transitional tectonic environment on sedimentation processes in the Late Cretaceous, southeastern Australia".
“Geomechanical Effects of Shallow Intrusions on Ocean-Island Volcanoes”
Nearly 700 million people are affected by volcanic risk, yet our capacity to predict volcanic events is limited. We are using unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) based mapping technologies to characterise the distributions of intrusions in otherwise inaccessible terrain, allowing us to better understand the effect of intrusions on volcano dynamics and stability and contributing to our ability to mitigate volcanic risk.
T: +61 (0)3 9904 4214
My research investigates how the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), the largest source of inter-annual global climate variability, is being affected by anthropogenic climate change and how this will affect us in return through atmospheric teleconnections over land.
My project investigates the atom exchange mechanisms of iron (hydr)oxide minerals, leading to applications of enhancing metal mobility via catalytic recrystallisation.
My research is looking at rainfall over north-western Australia and evaluating how the dynamical systems responsible for the rainfall are changing.
The effects of a transitional tectonic environment on sedimentation processes in the Late Cretaceous, southeastern Australia.
Sike (Lydia) Li
My research focuses on subduction dynamics. I aim to model the interaction between subducting plates and mantle plumes, using a 3D numerical approach
I model the effectiveness of cooling infrastructure in Melbourne during heatwaves. The aim is to potentially save lives by creating a cooler and more comfortable city during extreme heat events.
An extra-tropical influence on the Australian monsoon
My PhD project focuses on the extra-tropical influences on monsoon rainfall bursts. We have found that extra-tropical front-like features are of primary importance to the initiation of monsoon bursts. We hope to better understand how the Australian monsoon might change in a warmer world.
Tobias undertakes research on the controlling mechanisms of trace element cycling and enrichment in marine ferromanganese nodules, crusts and synthetic manganese oxides.
Keystones in East Gondwana breakup: palaeontology and provenance of sedimentary strata from Batavia and Gulden Draak knolls, Perth Abyssal Plain, eastern Indian Ocean.
My research lies at the intersection between remote sensing and forestry. Currently, I am focusing on Eucalypt forest fuel load estimates and fuel vertical structure measurements using airborne and terrestrial LiDAR technologies in attempt to assist forest fuel hazard , fire behaviour modelling, and fire danger rating in Australia.
My research focuses on the metal complexation with ligands and their transportation in hydrothermal fluids, with special interests on Fe, U and REE. Another part of my research aims to understand the behaviour of fluorine in hydrothermal fluids and their role on leaching and transporting metals.