OCE Post-doctoral Fellow at CSIRO

My expertise primarily lies in using isotope geochemistry (particularly radiogenic isotopes) and U-Pb geochronology to understand the 4D evolution of crustal terranes. Specifically, Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf isotopic datasets are used, in combination with precise U-Pb dating, to investigate crustal evolution and lithospheric architecture through time. I also work to apply this 4D lithospheric understanding to the evolution of multiple geological systems within a given terrane, such as structural regimes, volcanism, sedimentary facies and mineral systems.

In addition to the development of the continental crust, I am interested in the evolution of the primordial Earth (4.5-2.4 billion years ago) and how different Earth systems such as the surface (atmosphere, oceans, crust) and internal (core-mantle) environments were affected by major temporal changes in tectonic and crustal evolution. Furthermore, how these events shaped the establishment of a habitable planet and the development of life is of particular interest.

Within the above fields, I fundamentally remain an igneous petrologist with an avid interest in igneous processes, including the physical emplacement of magmas, their geochemistry and volcanology, as well as the internal architecture of igneous systems and its influence on orthomagmatic mineralisation.

Experience

  • 2014–present
    OCE Post-doctoral Fellow, CSIRO
  • 2013–2014
    Research Associate, Curtin University

Education

  • 2012 
    University of Western Australia, PhD
  • 2007 
    University College London, M.Sci

Publications

  • 2013
    Crustal evolution, intra-cratonic architecture and the metallogeny of an Archaean craton, Geological Society, London, Special Publications 393
  • 2012
    Spatio-temporal constraints on lithospheric development in the southwest–central Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia, Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 59

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