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Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor Emeritus, The University of Melbourne

Mike Sandiford is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Geology at the University of Melbourne. His research interests include tectonics, earthquake geology, geomorphology and geothermics. His work on the thermal structure of the Australian crust provides a framework for understanding the extraordinary abundance of Uranium in Australia, and helped promote interest in geothermal energy exploration in South Australia. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed scientific papers and supervised more than 80 young researchers at Honours, Masters, PhD and junior postdoc level. He was recipient of consecutive ARC professorial fellowships (2000-2009), the Mawson Medal from the Australian Academy of Sciences in 2004 (for outstanding contributions to Australian Earth Science), the Hobbs Medal, the Carey Medal and Stilwell Medal (three times) from the Geological Society of Australia. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the Geological Society of Australia. He chaired the Science Advisory Framework for NCRIS geoscience capability AuScope. He directed the Melbourne Energy Institute at the University of Melbourne from 2009-2016.


  • 2016–present
    Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, University of Melbourne
  • 2010–present
    Chair of Geology, University of Melbourne
  • 2009–2016
    Foundation Director, Melbourne Energy Institute, University of Melbourne
  • 2000–2010
    ARC Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne
  • 1996–2000
    Reader, University of Adelaide
  • 1991–1995
    Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide


  • 1984 
    University of Melbourne, Doctorate of Philosophy
  • 1978 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Science (Hons)

Research Areas

  • Geodynamics (040402)
  • Geophysics (0404)
  • Geology (0403)


Mawson Medal (Australian Academy of Sciences), Stilwell Medal (Geological Society of Australia-three times), Hobbs Medal (Geological Society of Australia), Carey Medal (Geological Society of Australia), Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Geological Society of Australia, ARC Professorial Fellow (2 times)