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.
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)