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Honorary Fellow in Structural Geology and Tectonics, The University of Melbourne

Brendan Duffy is an Honorary Fellow in Structural Geology and Tectonics in The School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Science at the University of Melbourne, and a Technical Director (Geology) at GHD (, a global engineering consultancy.

Brendan grew up on the Zimbabwe Craton, leaving as a young adult to spend eight years in the British Army. His interests in geology were piqued by tours of duty in Bosnia, Italy, Cyprus and Kenya, as well as by post-military travel in the great parks of the United States.

Brendan was awarded his PhD in 2013 and spent several years teaching geoscience at the University of Canterbury and University of Melbourne, researching topics ranging across tectonics, neotectonics, earthquake geology and engineering geology on the boundaries of the Australian Plate, from Timor to New Zealand.

Brendan now provides technical leadership at GHD in the integration of geology (particularly structural and earthquake geology), geophysics and geomorphology. He also teaches earthquake related courses for GHD's internal professional development program. He continues to work with research colleagues, including supervision of research students in New Zealand and Australia.


  • 2016–present
    Lecturer in Applied Geoscience, The University of Melbourne
  • 2013–2014
    Lecturer in Structural Geology, The University of Canterbury