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Professor, Curtin University

Fred Jourdan is a professor and geochronologist / geochemist in the School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, at Curtin University, Australia. Since 2007, he is the director and primary user of the Western Australian Argon Isotope Facility (part of the John de Laeter Center) dedicated to 40Ar/39Ar geochronology. His research focuses on the application and development of the argon geochronometer to understand (1) the role of volcanism on past climate changes, and (2) the evolution of the volcanism and impact process on Earth and throughout the solar system. He is the unit coordinator of Dynamic Earth where he teaches Geology to large cohorts of first year students. He is passionate about teaching and uses a relax, yet engaging approach to learning where he applies flip and micro-flip pedagogy techniques. He is committed to actively transmit his passion for science to the public through school visits, radio interviews and news articles as well as leading the Geooutreach group at Curtin University. He is devoted to help his discipline flourish in his role of Discipline Lead.


  • –present
    Professor , Curtin University


  • 2005 
    University of Nice, France, PhD / Earth Sciences

Research Areas

  • Planetary Science (Excl. Extraterrestrial Geology) (020108)
  • Geochemistry (0402)