Earth Sciences

Our Research

Solid Earth Research focuses on four research themes which covers geodynamics, structural geology and structural geophysics, pure and applied geochemistry, economic geology, hydrogeology, environmental mineralogy, volcanology and applied palaeontology (basin analysis).

Structure and Dynamics of the Earth's Crust

Simulation of Earth's Processes

Minerals Metals and Energy

Deep Earth and Planetary Science

Academic and Research Staff

Dr Laurent Ailleres: Structural Geophysics and 3D Modelling

Marion Anderson: Geochemistry of Yarra Valley Billabongs, Mineralogy and Geomorphology of Mars, Early Evolution of Life

Professor Peter Betts: Tectonics, structural geology, structural geophysics

Professor Joel Brugger: Synchrotron Geoscience and Geochemistry

Associate Professor Fabio Capitanio: Geodynamics and Basin Analysis

Professor Ian Cartwright: Hydrochemistry, Groundwater, Surface water, Isotope tracers in Hydrogeology

Professor Peter Cawood: Origins and evolution of the Earth’s continental lithosphere, plate tectonics, structural geology, isotope geochemistry

Professor Sandy Cruden: Experimental Tectonics and Structural Geology

Dr Andrew Frierdich: Low-temperature Geochemistry and Mineralogy, Environmental Science, Sustainable ore-processing.

Dr Lachlan Grose: Structural Geology, 3D Geological modelling methods

Dr Richard Jones: Glaciology, Geochronology, Geomorphology. Past behaviour of glaciers and ice sheets

Professor Andrew Mackintosh: Interactions between Glaciers, Ice Sheets and the Climate System

Dr Felicity McCormack: Antarctica, Ice Sheet modelling and dynamics

Associate Professor Oliver Nebel: Geochemist, focus on High Temperature Processes

Dr Andrew Prata:  Earth observations, Clouds and precipitation processes, Volcano-atmosphere interactions

Associate Professor Andrew Tomkins: Economic Geology and Planetary Science

Professor Roberto Weinberg: Structural Geology, Granites and Crustal Fluid Flow

Dr Xueying Wang: Isotopic geochemistry