Meteoritics and Planetary Science

Our research group primarily focuses on using meteorites to understand the evolution of the early Solar System. We also have a strong interest in understanding how mineral–microbe interactions preserve evidence of microbial life in rocks on Earth and other planets. We are interested in advancing our understanding of the evolution of asteroids and comets, Mars, the Moon and other planets, and the early Earth, as well as the cosmochemical and dynamic evolution of our solar system and extrasolar planetary systems. Underpinning our research are annual expeditions to recover meteorites from Australian deserts, and world-class analytical facilities, such as the Australia Synchrotron, Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy, Monash X-ray Platform, CSIRO Electron Microbeam Lab, and SEAE laser ablation facilities.