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Professor of Geophysics, University of Sydney

I am an Earth scientist at the University of Sydney School of Geosciences interested in assimilating the wealth of geological and geophysical data into a four-dimensional Earth model (through space and deep time), connecting solid Earth to surface processes. I received my undergraduate degree in geology/geophysics from the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany, and my PhD in Earth Science from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, California. After joining the University of Sydney in 1993 I built the EarthByte Research Group. The EarthByters are pursuing open innovation, involving the collaborative development of open-source software as well as open-access global digital data sets and virtual globes. Our fundamental aim is data synthesis through space and time, assimilating the wealth of disparate geodata into a virtual experimental planet.


  • 1993–present
    Professor, The University of Sydney
  • 2015–2021
    Program director, ARc Basin Genesis Hub ITRP
  • 2017–2018
    Program director, Sydney Informatics Hub
  • 2009–2014
    Australian Laureate Fellow, The University of Sydney
  • 2002–2005
    Program director, University of Sydney Institute for Marine Science


  • 1993 
    Scripps Institution of Oceanography, PhD
  • 1986 
    Christian-Albrechts Universität, Kiel, Germany, Diplom, Geology and Geophysics


Fellow, Australian Academy of Science; Fellow, American Geophysical Union