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Professor Bill Collins

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School of Environmental and Life Sciences (Earth Sciences)

Career Summary

Biography

Professor Bill Collins is the inaugural Director of the NSW Institute for Frontier Geoscience, housed in the NIER site at the University of Newcastle. He took up the position in 2011, following a 6-year term at James Cook University as a Professorial Research Leader in petrology/tectonics, and Director of the Economic Geology Research Unit (EGRU) in 2010. Beforehand, he lectured at the University of Newcastle from 1988. He was a visiting research fellow at Cambridge University, UK in 1995, at the CRPG in Nancy, France in 2001, and at the ANU, Canberra, in 1995. He received the Stillwell Medal in 2000, Clarke Medal in 2001, and the Carey Medal in 2008, from the Geological Society of Australia. He has given numerous invited and keynote addresses at major conferences around the world. He was Science Editor for GEOLOGY from 2010-2012.

Research Expertise

My research career reflects near-continuous ARC funding for over 20 years, and follows an evolution from initially wanting to understand local and regional-scale geological features, to continent-scale, and ultimately to global scale. It also reflects a broadening of interests from early work on the petrology/geochemistry of granites to understanding the interplay between tectonics and magmatism in orogens, and ultimately how orogens interact to inform us on long-term, global-scale mantle convection systems. The change of research emphasis and scale is shown by the gradual change of publication topics, which was initially on the nature and origin of A-types granites, but soon broadened to understand the cause and effect of granite generation, transfer and emplacement upon the geochemical, thermal and rheological nature of the continental crust. I have used the Australian continent (Archean, Proterozoic and Phanerozoic) as my laboratory because it is the only one that preserves a virtually unmodified history of continental growth. How the continent has grown, and how Australia has fitted into the global supercontinental cycles throughout Earth history, is the focus of current research. 

Administrative Expertise
For almost twenty years, I have been Editor of several international journals, including Precambrian Research, Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, and more recently as Science Editor for Geology. I was president of the Specialist Group for Mineralogy and Petrology, a subsidiary of The Geological Society of Australia, and am presently the Science Editor for the upcoming Australian Earth Science Convention (AESC) to be held in Newcastle, 2014. I was a Member of the Auscope Imaging Access Committee to oversee the organisation of the National Geotransects program (2007-2011). I am on the Implementation Committee of UNCOVER, which was formed under the aegis of the Australian Academy of Sciences (2011+) to instigate and promote a national strategic research plan for the Earth Sciences. Before returning to Newcastle as Director of the NSW IFG, I was Director of the Economic Geology Research Unit (EGRU) at James Cook University. 


Qualifications

  • PhD, La Trobe University
  • Bachelor of Science, Australian National University

Keywords

  • Geodynamics
  • Isotope Geochemistry
  • Petrology
  • Tectonics

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
040399Geology not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - 6/02/2016ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
1/01/2002 - 9/01/2005Associate ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

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2000Collins WJ, Richards SW, Healy B, Wiebe RA, Granite magma transfer, pluton construction, the role of coeval mafic magmas, and the metamorphic response: southeastern Lachlan Fold Belt, Geological Society of Australia Inc., Sydney, Australia, 142 (2000) [A2]

Chapter (1 outputs)

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1999Sawyer EW, Dombrowski C, Collins WJ, 'Movement of melt during synchronous regional deformation and granulite-facies anatexis, an example from the Wuluma Hills, central Australia', Understanding Granites: Integrating New and Classical Techniques, Geological Society of London, London 221-237 (1999) [B1]
CitationsScopus - 1

Journal article (72 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Raimondo T, Hand M, Collins WJ, 'Compressional intracontinental orogens: Ancient and modern perspectives', Earth-Science Reviews, (2014) [C1]

Compressional intracontinental orogens are major zones of crustal thickening produced at large distances from active plate boundaries. Consequently, any account of their initiation and subsequent evolution must be framed outside conventional plate tectonics theory, which can only explain the proximal effects of convergent plate-margin interactions. This review considers a range of hypotheses regarding the origins and transmission of compressive stresses in intraplate settings. Both plate-boundary and intraplate stress sources are investigated as potential driving forces, and their relationship to rheological models of the lithosphere is addressed. The controls on strain localisation are then evaluated, focusing on the response of the lithosphere to the weakening effects of structural, thermal and fluid processes. With reference to the characteristic features of intracontinental orogens in central Asia (the Tien Shan) and central Australia (the Petermann and Alice Springs Orogens), it is argued that their formation is largely driven by in-plane stresses generated at plate boundaries, with the lithosphere acting as an effective stress guide. This implies a strong lithospheric mantle rheology, in order to account for far-field stress propagation through the discontinuous upper crust and to enable the support of thick uplifted crustal wedges. Alternative models of intraplate stress generation, primarily involving mantle downwelling, are rejected on the grounds that their predicted temporal and spatial scales for orogenesis are inconsistent with the observed records of deformation. Finally, inherited mechanical weaknesses, thick sedimentary blanketing over a strongly heat-producing crust, and pervasive reaction softening of deep fault networks are identified as important and interrelated controls on the ability of the lithosphere to accommodate rather than transmit stress. These effects ultimately produce orogenic zones with architectural features and evolutionary histories strongly reminiscent of typical collisional belts, suggesting that the deformational response of continental crust is remarkably similar in different tectonic settings. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

DOI10.1016/j.earscirev.2013.11.009
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 2
2014Smits RG, Collins WJ, Hand M, Dutch R, Payne J, 'A Proterozoic Wilson cycle identified by Hf isotopes in central Australia: Implications for the assembly of Proterozoic Australia and Rodinia', GEOLOGY, 42 231-234 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1130/G35112.1Author URL
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 2
2013Anderson JR, Kelsey DE, Hand M, Collins WJ, 'Conductively driven, high-thermal gradient metamorphism in the Anmatjira Range, Arunta region, central Australia', Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 31 1003-1026 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1111/jmg.12054Author URL
CitationsScopus - 7Web of Science - 4
2012Korsch RJ, Huston DL, Henderson RA, Blewett RS, Withnall IW, Fergusson CL, et al., 'Crustal architecture and geodynamics of North Queensland, Australia: Insights from deep seismic reflection profiling', TECTONOPHYSICS, 572 76-99 (2012) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.tecto.2012.02.022Author URL
CitationsScopus - 11Web of Science - 8
2012Vernon RH, Collins WJ, Cook NDJ, 'Metamorphism and deformation of mafic and felsic rocks in a magma transfer zone, Stewart Island, New Zealand', Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 30 473-488 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2012Collins WJ, 'The geoscience education shortfall in Australia', AusIMM Bulletin, 1 70-72 (2012) [C3]
2011Collins WJ, Belousova EA, Kemp AIS, Murphy JB, 'Two contrasting Phanerozoic orogenic systems revealed by hafnium isotope data', Nature Geoscience, 4 333-337 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1038/NGEO1127
CitationsScopus - 51Web of Science - 41
2011Vernon RH, Collins WJ, 'Structural criteria for identifying granitic cumulates', The Journal of Geology, 119 127-142 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1086/658198
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 2
2011Murphy JB, Van Staal CR, Collins WJ, 'A comparison of the evolution of arc complexes in Paleozoic interior and peripheral orogens: Speculations on geodynamic correlations', Gondwana Research, 19 812-827 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.gr.2010.11.019
CitationsScopus - 17Web of Science - 18
2009Kemp AI, Hawkesworth CJ, Collins WJ, Gray CM, Blevin PL, 'Isotopic evidence for rapid continental growth in an extensional accretionary orogen: The Tasmanides, eastern Australia', Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 284 455-466 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.epsl.2009.05.011
CitationsScopus - 75Web of Science - 69
2009Cawood PA, Kroner A, Collins WJ, Kusky TM, Mooney WD, Windley BF, 'Accretionary orogens through Earth history', Geological Society of Australia Special Publication, 318 1-36 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1144/SP318.1
CitationsScopus - 183
2008Mantle GW, Collins WJ, 'Quantifying crustal thickness variations in evolving orogens: Correlation between arc basalt composition and Moho depth', Geology, 36 87-90 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1130/g24095a.1
CitationsScopus - 22Web of Science - 21
2008Collins WJ, Richards SW, 'Geodynamic significance of S-type granites in circum-Pacific orogens', Geology (Boulder), 36 559-562 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1130/G24658A.1
CitationsScopus - 73Web of Science - 70
2007Richards SW, Collins WJ, Weibe RA, Healy B, 'Field trip to the base of the Bega Batholith-day one', Journal of the Virtual Explorer, 26 (2007)
DOI10.3809/jvirtex.2007.00165
2007Richards SW, Collins WJ, Weibe RA, Healy B, 'Field trip to the base of the Bega Batholith-day two', Journal of the Virtual Explorer, 26 (2007)
DOI10.3809/jvirtex.2007.00166
2007Richards SW, Collins WJ, Weibe RA, Healy B, 'Field trip to the base of the Bega Batholith-an overview', Journal of the Virtual Explorer, 26 (2007)

On this trip we will be examining granite plutons, layered mafic complexes and related country rocks. Why? Hopefully to generate an understanding of granites, which, in turn will help us to decipher the tectonic regime of the region (SE LFB) during their emplacement. Granite plutons and their associated rocks should be viewed as tectonic indicators, just like faults and folds. However, when studied in conjunction with often intensively studied faults and folds and with accurate dating, plutons (including their geochemistry and internal structure) provide a very powerful tool indeed. These rocks are slightly younger (~422 Ma) than those at Cooma (~435 Ma), which lie approximately 70 km to west. At Cooma we viewed some classic metamorphic rocks with well-developed structures and obvious migmatitic leucosomes. In contrast, the structures and rocktypes observed on this trip are unusual. The granite is a classic granodiorite but the migmatites are schlieren migmatites and are quite distinct from the classic layered migmatites (which are metatexites) which are common in high-temperature metamorphic complexes around the world. The migmatites in the Wog Wog River are diatexites: they have lost all their original structure (be it bedding or a tectonic layering) and therefore resemble sedimentary breccias. Hornfelsic xenoliths (mm-m-size) are suspended in a fine-grained, typically foliated leucosome matrix. On this trip we will be principally examining, discussing and evaluating geological processes. These include the origin of microgranitoid (or microgranular) enclaves, the significance of granitic textures, magmatic versus solid-state deformation (e.g., Paterson et al., 1989), stratigraphy and sedimentary-type structures in plutons, granite emplacement mechanisms (e.g. Paterson & Vernon, 1995), evaluating the relations between deformation and metamorphism and determining the origin of migmatites of low-P, high-T metamorphic complexes in general. To address these issues, we will be walking an E-W trending section of the Wog Wog River. The section traverses layered gabbros, migmatites, granite sheets, megacryst-rich and megacryst-poor granodiorite, layered mafic bodies within granite and house-sized stoped blocks of countryrock which have come to rest on the pluton floor. Based on internal magmatic and countryrock structures and general characteristics, we have suggested that the creek section provides a section across the basal base of the Kameruka pluton and some of the underlying rocks. Many of the magmatic structures and features observed over the two days are comparable to sedimentary structures so much of the trip will be focused on identification and interpretation of these structures and how the recognition of these features influences our view of mechanisms of pluton construction. In turn, we can discuss the role that plutons can play as a significant tectonic indicator, just like classic structures such as folds and faults.

DOI10.3809/jvirtex.2007.00164
2006Collins WJ, Wiebe RA, Healy B, Richards SW, 'Replenishment, Crystal Accumulation and Floor Aggradation in the Megacrystic Kameruka Suite, Australia', Journal of Petrology, 47 2073-2104 (2006) [C1]
DOI10.1093/petrology/egl037
CitationsScopus - 23Web of Science - 20
2004Healy B, Collins WJ, Richards SW, 'A hybrid origin for Lachlan S-type granites: the Murrumbidgee Batholith example', Lithos, 78 197-216 (2004) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.lithos.2004.04.047
CitationsScopus - 56Web of Science - 53
2004Richards SW, Collins WJ, 'Growth of wedge-shaped plutons at the base of active half-grabens', Special Paper of the Geological Society of America, 389 309-317 (2004)

Combined field and geophysical data show that plutons from the Bega Batholith are elongate, meridional, wedge-shaped bodies which intruded during a period of regional east-west extension in the Palaeozoic eastern Lachlan orogen, eastern Australia. Plutons within the core of the batholith have intruded coeval, syn-rift sediments and co-magmatic volcanics. The batholith is bound by high-temperature, dip-slip faults, and contains several major NE-trending transtensional faults which were active during batholith construction. In the central part of the batholith, the Kameruka pluton is an asymmetric, eastward-thickening, wedge-shaped body with the base exposed as the western contact, which is characterised by abundant, shallow-dipping schlieren migmatites which contain recumbent folds and extensional shear bands. A shallow (<30°), east-dipping, primary magmatic layering in the Kameruka pluton steepens progressively westward, where it becomes conformable to the east-dipping basal migmatites. The systematic steepening of the layering is comparable to sedimentary units formed during floor depression in syn-rift settings. The present authors suggest that the wedge-shaped plutons of the Bega Batholith are the deeper, plutonic expression of a hot, active rift. The batholith was fed and sustained by injection of magma through sub-vertical dykes. Displacement along syn-magmatic, NE-trending faults suggests up to 25 km of arc-perpendicular extension during batholith construction. The inferred tectonic setting for batholith emplacement is a continental back-arc, where modern half-extension rates of 20-40 mm yr-1 are not unusual, and are sufficient to emplace the entire batholith in ~ 1 Ma. This structural model provides a mechanism for the emplacement of some wedge-shaped plutons and is one solution to the 'room problem' of batholith emplacement.

DOI10.1130/0-8137-2389-2.309
2004Collins WJ, Pawley MJ, Van Kranendonk MJ, 'Interplay between deformation and magmatism during doming of the Archaean Shaw Granitoid Complex, Pilbara Craton, Western Australia', Precambrian Research, 131 213-230 (2004) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.precamres.2003.12.010
CitationsScopus - 9Web of Science - 9
2004Van Kranendonk MJ, Collins WJ, Hickman A, Pawley MJ, 'Critical tests of vertical vs. horizontal tectonic models for the Archaean East Pilbara Granite-Greenstone Terrane, Pilbara Craton, Western Australia', Precambrian Research, 131 173-211 (2004) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.precamres.2003.12.015
CitationsScopus - 68Web of Science - 70
2003Vernon RH, Collins WJ, Richards SW, 'Contrasting magmas in metapelitic and metapsammitic migmatites in the Cooma Complex, Australia', Visual Geosciences, 1-6 (2003) [C1]
DOI10.1007/s10069-003-0010-1
CitationsScopus - 17
2003Collins WJ, 'Slab pull, mantle convection, and Pangaean assembly and dispersal', Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 225-237 (2003) [C1]
DOI10.1016/S0012-821X(02)01043-9
CitationsScopus - 69Web of Science - 68
2002Pawley MJ, Collins WJ, Van Kranendonk M, 'Origin of fine-scale sheeted granites by incremental injection of magma into active shear zones: examples from the Pilbara Craton, NW Australia', Lithos, 61 127-139 (2002) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 13Web of Science - 10
2002Collins WJ, 'Hot orogens, tectonic switching, and creation of continental crust', Geology, 30 535-538 (2002) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 195Web of Science - 188
2002Pawley MJ, Collins WJ, 'The development of contrasting structures during the cooling and crystallisation of a syn-kinematic pluton', Journal of Structural Geology, 24 469-483 (2002) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 24Web of Science - 23
2002Richards SW, Collins WJ, 'The Cooma Metamorphic Complex, a low-P, high-T (LPHT) regional aureole beneath the Murrumbidgee Batholith', Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 20 119-134 (2002) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 16Web of Science - 17
2002Collins WJ, 'Nature of extensional accretionary orogens', Tectonics, 21 - (2002) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 103Web of Science - 46
2002Baker DEL, Seccombe PK, Collins WJ, 'Structural history and timing of gold mineralization in the Northern East Strelley Belt, Pilbara Craton, Western Australia', Economic Geology and the Bulletin of the Society of Economic Geology, 97 775-785 (2002) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 6Web of Science - 6
2002Jenkins RB, Landenberger B, Collins WJ, 'Late Palaeozoic retreating and advancing subduction boundary in the New England Fold Belt, New South Wales', Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 49 467-489 (2002) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 44Web of Science - 41
Co-authorsBill Landenberger
2001Van Kranendonk MJ, Hickman AH, Collins WJ, 'Comment on Evidence for multiphase deformation in the Archaean basal Warrawoona group in the Marble Bar area East Pilbara, Western Australia" by van Haaften, W.M., White, S.H. 1998, Precambrian Research 88, 53-56', Precambrian Research, 105 73-78 (2001) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 10Web of Science - 10
2001Collins WJ, Hobbs BE, 'What caused the Early Silurian change from mafic to silicic (S-type) magmatism in the eastern Lachlan Fold Belt?', Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 48 25-41 (2001) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 53Web of Science - 49
2001Vernon RH, Richards SW, Collins WJ, 'Migmatite-granite relationships: Origin of the Cooma granodiorite magma, Lachlan Fold Belt, Australia', Physics and Chemistry of the Earth Part A - Solid Earth and Geodes, 26 267-271 (2001) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 10Web of Science - 6
2001Frost RB, Barnes CG, Collins WJ, Arculus RJ, Ellis DJ, Frost CD, 'A geochemical classification for granitic rocks', Journal of Petrology, 42, No. 11 2033-2048 (2001) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 913Web of Science - 815
2000Collins WJ, Richards SR, Healy BE, Ellison PI, 'Origin of heterogenous mafic enclaves by two-stage hybridisation in magma conduits (dykes) below in and granitic magma chambers', Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Earth Sciences, 91 27-45 (2000)

Field, petrographic and geochemical evidence from the K-feldspar megacrystic Kameruka pluton, Lachlan Fold Belt, southeastern Australia, suggests that complex, multicomponent, mafic microgranular enclaves (MME) are produced by two-stage hybridisation processes. Stage 1 mixing occurs in composite dykes below the pluton, as mafic and silicic melts ascend through shared conduits. Pillows formed in these conduits are homogeneous, fine-to medium-grained stage 1 MME, which typically range from basaltic to granitic compositions that plot as a sublinear array on Harker diagrams. Stage 2 hybridisation occurs in the magma chamber when the composite dykes mix with the resident magma as synplutonic dykes. The stage 2 hybrids also form linear chemical arrays and range from basaltic to granodioritic compositions, the latter resembling the more mafic phases of the pluton. Stage 2 MME are distinguished from stage 1 types by the presence of K-feldspar xenocrysts and a more heterogeneous nature: They commonly contain stage 1 enclaves. Subsequent disaggregation and dispersal of stage 2 hybrid synplutonic dykes within the magma chamber produces a diverse array of multi-component MME. Field evidence for conduit mixing is consistent with published analogue experimental studies, which show that hybrid thermo-mechanical boundary layers (TMBL) develop between mafic and silicic liquids in conduits. A mechanical mixing model is developed, suggesting that the TMBL expands and interacts with the adjacent contrasting melts during flow, producing an increasing compositional range of hybrids with time that are mafic in the axial zone, grading to felsic in the peripheral zones in the conduit. Declining flow rates in the dyke and cooling of the TMBL zones produce a pillowing sequence progressing from mafic to felsic, which explains the general observation of more MME in more silicic hosts. The property of granitic magmas to undergo transient brittle failure in seismic regimes allows analogies with fractured solids to be drawn. The fracture network in granitic magmas consists of through-going 'backbone' mafic and silicic ±composite dykes, and smaller 'dangling' granitic dykes locally generated in the magma chamber. Stage 1 hybrids form in composite backbone dykes and stage 2 hybrids form where they intersect dangling dykes in the magma chamber. With subsequent shear stress recovery, the host magma chamber reverts to a visco-plastic material capable of flow, resulting in disaggregation and dispersal of these complex, hybrid synplutonic dykes, and a vast array of double and multicomponent enclaves potentially develop in the pluton.

CitationsScopus - 39
1999Collins WJ, Van Kranenkonk MJ, 'Model for the development of kyanite during partial convective overturn of Archaen granite-greenstone terranes: the Pilbara Craton, Australia', Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 17 (2) 145-156 (1999) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 33Web of Science - 34
1999Collins WJ, 'Evaluation of petrogenetic models for Lachlan Fold Belt granitoids: implications for crustal architecture and tectonic models - Reply', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES, 46 831-836 (1999)
Author URL
CitationsWeb of Science - 5
1999Collins WJ, 'Reply - Evaluation of petrogenetic models for Lachlan Fold Belt granitoids: implications for crustal architecture and tectonic models', Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 46 827-836 (1999) [C1]
1998Van Kranendonk MJ, Collins WJ, 'Timing and tectonic significance of Late Archaean, sinistral strike-slip deformation in the Central Pilbara Structural Corridor, Pilbara Craton, Western Australia', PRECAMBRIAN RESEARCH, 88 207-232 (1998)
DOI10.1016/S0301-9268(97)00069-7Author URL
CitationsScopus - 46Web of Science - 41
1998Collins WJ, 'Evaluation of petrogenetic models for Lachlan Fold Belt granitoids: implications for crustal architecture and tectonic models', Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 45 483-500 (1998) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 132Web of Science - 127
1998Collins WJ, Van Kranendonk MJ, Teyssier C, 'Partial convective overturn of Archaean crust in the east Pilbara Craton, Western Australia: driving mechanisms and tectonic implications', Journal of Structural Geology, 20 1405-1424 (1998) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 92Web of Science - 96
1998Wiebe RA, Collins WJ, 'Depositional features and stratigraphic sections in granitic plutons: implications for the emplacement and crystallization of granitic magma', Journal of Structural Geology, 20 1273-1289 (1998) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 180Web of Science - 174
1997Keay S, Collins WJ, McCulloch MT, 'A three-component Sr-Nd isotopic mixing model for granitoid genesis, Lachlan fold belt, eastern Australia', GEOLOGY, 25 307-310 (1997)
DOI10.1130/0091-7613(1997)025<0307:ATCSNI>2.3.CO;2Author URL
CitationsScopus - 119Web of Science - 118
1996Landenberger B, Collins WJ, 'Derivation of A-type granites from a dehydrated charnockitic lower crust: Evidence from the Chaelundi complex, eastern Australia', JOURNAL OF PETROLOGY, 37 145-170 (1996)
DOI10.1093/petrology/37.1.145Author URL
CitationsScopus - 163Web of Science - 137
Co-authorsBill Landenberger
1996Collins WJ, Sawyer EW, 'Pervasive granitoid magma transfer through the lower-middle crust during non-coaxial compressional deformation', JOURNAL OF METAMORPHIC GEOLOGY, 14 565-579 (1996)
DOI10.1046/j.1525-1314.1996.00442.xAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 121Web of Science - 114
1996Collins WJ, 'Lachlan Fold Belt granitoids: Products of three-component mixing', Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Earth Sciences, 87 171-181 (1996)

The paradox of Lachlan Fold Belt (LFB) granitoids is that although contrasted chemical types (S- and I-types) imply melting of distinct crustal sources, the simple Nd-Sr-Pb-O isotopic arrays indicate a continuum, suggesting mixing of magmatic components. The paradox is resolved by the recognition that the previously inferred, isotopically primitive end-member is itself a crust-mantle mix, so that three general source components, mantle, lower crust and middle crust, comprise the granitoids. Based on Nd isotopic evidence, mantle-derived basaltic magmas melted and mixed with Neoproterozoic-Cambrian, arc-backarc-type material to produce primitive I-type, parental granitoid magmas in the lower-middle crust. Ordovician metasediment, locally underthrust to mid-crustal levels, was remobilised under the elevated geotherms and is most clearly recognised as diatexite in the Cooma complex, but it also exists as gneissic enclaves in S-type granites. The diatexite mixed with the hybrid I-type magmas to produce the parental S-type magmas. Unique parent magma compositions of individual granite suites reflect variations within any or all of the three major source components, or between the mixing proportions. For example, chemical tie-lines between Cooma diatexite and mafic I-type Jindabyne suite magma encompass almost all mafic S-type granites of the vast Bullenbalong supersuite, consistently in the proportion Jindabyne : Cooma, 30:70. The modelling shows that LFB S-type magmas are heavily contaminated I-type magmas, produced by large-scale mixing of hot I-type material with lower temperature diatexite in the middle crust. The model implies a genetic link between migmatite and pluton-scale, crustally derived (S-type) granites. Given the chemical and isotopic contrasts of the crustally derived source components, and their typically unequal proportions in the magmas, it is not surprising that the LFB granitoids are so distinctive and have been categorised as S- and I-type. The sublinear chemical trends of the granitoid suites are considered to be secondary effects associated with crystal fractionation of unique parental magmas that were formed by three-component mixing. The model obviates the necessity for multiple underplating events and Proterozoic continental basement, in accordance with the observed tectono-stratigraphy of the Lachlan Fold Belt.

CitationsScopus - 129
1995COLLINS WJ, SHAW RD, 'TIME LIMITS ON TECTONIC EVENTS AND CRUSTAL EVOLUTION USING GEOCHRONOLOGY - SOME AUSTRALIAN EXAMPLES - PREFACE', PRECAMBRIAN RESEARCH, 71 1-1 (1995)
DOI10.1016/0301-9268(95)90003-9Author URL
1995COLLINS WJ, WILLIAMS IS, 'SHRIMP IONPROBE DATING OF SHORT-LIVED PROTEROZOIC TECTONIC CYCLES IN THE NORTHERN ARUNTA-INLIER, CENTRAL AUSTRALIA', PRECAMBRIAN RESEARCH, 71 69-89 (1995)
DOI10.1016/0301-9268(94)00056-WAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 64Web of Science - 63
1995COLLINS WJ, WILLIAMS IS, SHAW SE, MCLAUGHLIN NA, 'THE AGE OF THE ORMISTON POUND GRANITE - IMPLICATIONS FOR MESOPROTEROZOIC EVOLUTION OF THE ARUNTA-INLIER, CENTRAL AUSTRALIA', PRECAMBRIAN RESEARCH, 71 91-105 (1995)
DOI10.1016/0301-9268(94)00057-XAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 17Web of Science - 17
1995LANDENBERGER B, FARRELL TR, OFFLER R, COLLINS WJ, WHITFORD DJ, 'TECTONIC IMPLICATIONS OF RB-SR BIOTITE AGES FOR THE HILLGROVE PLUTONIC SUITE, NEW-ENGLAND FOLD BELT, NSW, AUSTRALIA', PRECAMBRIAN RESEARCH, 71 251-263 (1995)
DOI10.1016/0301-9268(94)00064-XAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 25Web of Science - 24
Co-authorsRobin Offler, Bill Landenberger
1995COLLINS WJ, SHAW RD, 'GEOCHRONOLOGICAL CONSTRAINTS ON OROGENIC EVENTS IN THE ARUNTA-INLIER - A REVIEW', PRECAMBRIAN RESEARCH, 71 315-346 (1995)
DOI10.1016/0301-9268(94)00067-2Author URL
CitationsScopus - 126Web of Science - 122
1995LAFRANCE B, CLARKE GL, COLLINS WJ, WILLIAMS IS, 'THE EMPLACEMENT OF THE WULUMA GRANITE - MELT GENERATION AND MIGRATION ALONG STEEPLY DIPPING EXTENSIONAL FRACTURES AT THE CLOSE OF THE LATE STRANGWAYS OROGENIC EVENT, ARUNTA BLOCK, CENTRAL AUSTRALIA', PRECAMBRIAN RESEARCH, 72 43-67 (1995)
DOI10.1016/0301-9268(94)00046-TAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 21Web of Science - 21
1994COLLINS WJ, VERNON RH, 'A RIFT DRIFT DELAMINATION MODEL OF CONTINENTAL EVOLUTION - PALEOZOIC TECTONIC DEVELOPMENT OF EASTERN AUSTRALIA', TECTONOPHYSICS, 235 249-275 (1994)
DOI10.1016/0040-1951(94)90197-XAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 43Web of Science - 42
1994COLLINS WJ, 'UPPER-CRUSTAL AND MIDDLE-CRUSTAL RESPONSE TO DELAMINATION - AN EXAMPLE FROM THE LACHLAN FOLD BELT, EASTERN AUSTRALIA', GEOLOGY, 22 143-146 (1994)
DOI10.1130/0091-7613(1994)022<0143:UAMCRT>2.3.CO;2Author URL
CitationsScopus - 44Web of Science - 48
1993VERNON RH, COLLINS WJ, PATERSON S, 'PRE-FOLIATION METAMORPHISM IN LOW-PRESSURE HIGH-TEMPERATURE TERRAINS', TECTONOPHYSICS, 219 241-256 (1993)
DOI10.1016/0040-1951(93)90176-KAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 14Web of Science - 13
1993COLLINS WJ, VERNON RH, 'HOW WELL ESTABLISHED IS ISOBARIC COOLING IN PROTEROZOIC OROGENIC BELTS - AN EXAMPLE FROM THE ARUNTA INLIER, CENTRAL AUSTRALIA - COMMENT', GEOLOGY, 21 953-954 (1993)
DOI10.1130/0091-7613(1993)021<0953:HWEIIC>2.3.CO;2Author URL
CitationsScopus - 11Web of Science - 10
1993COLLINS WJ, 'MELTING OF ARCHEAN SIALIC CRUST UNDER HIGH AH2O CONDITIONS - GENESIS OF 3300-MA NA-RICH GRANITOIDS IN THE MOUNT-EDGAR BATHOLITH, PILBARA BLOCK, WESTERN-AUSTRALIA', PRECAMBRIAN RESEARCH, 60 151-174 (1993)
DOI10.1016/0301-9268(93)90048-7Author URL
CitationsScopus - 32Web of Science - 33
1993DIRKS PHGM, OFFLER R, COLLINS WJ, 'TIMING OF EMPLACEMENT AND DEFORMATION OF THE TIA GRANODIORITE, SOUTHERN NEW-ENGLAND FOLD BELT, NSW - IMPLICATIONS FOR THE METAMORPHIC HISTORY', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES, 40 103-108 (1993)
DOI10.1080/08120099308728067Author URL
CitationsScopus - 16Web of Science - 17
Co-authorsRobin Offler
1992DIRKS PHGM, HAND M, COLLINS WJ, OFFLER R, 'STRUCTURAL METAMORPHIC EVOLUTION OF THE TIA COMPLEX, NEW-ENGLAND FOLD BELT - THERMAL OVERPRINT OF AN ACCRETION SUBDUCTION COMPLEX IN A COMPRESSIONAL BACK-ARC SETTING', JOURNAL OF STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY, 14 669-688 (1992)
DOI10.1016/0191-8141(92)90125-GAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 35Web of Science - 33
Co-authorsRobin Offler
1991COLLINS WJ, VERNON RH, 'OROGENY ASSOCIATED WITH ANTICLOCKWISE P-T-T PATHS - EVIDENCE FROM LOW-P, HIGH-T METAMORPHIC TERRANES IN THE ARUNTA INLIER, CENTRAL AUSTRALIA', GEOLOGY, 19 835-838 (1991)
DOI10.1130/0091-7613(1991)019<0835:OAWAPT>2.3.CO;2Author URL
CitationsScopus - 77Web of Science - 82
1991COLLINS WJ, VERNON RH, CLARKE GL, 'DISCRETE PROTEROZOIC STRUCTURAL TERRANES ASSOCIATED WITH LOW-P, HIGH-T METAMORPHISM, ANMATJIRA RANGE, ARUNTA INLIER, CENTRAL AUSTRALIA - TECTONIC IMPLICATIONS', JOURNAL OF STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY, 13 1157-1171 (1991)
DOI10.1016/0191-8141(91)90075-TAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 26Web of Science - 27
1991COLLINS WJ, 'A REASSESSMENT OF THE HUNTER-BOWEN OROGENY - TECTONIC IMPLICATIONS FOR THE SOUTHERN NEW-ENGLAND FOLD BELT', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES, 38 409-423 (1991)
DOI10.1080/08120099108727981Author URL
CitationsScopus - 49Web of Science - 46
1990WILLIAMS IS, COLLINS WJ, 'GRANITE-GREENSTONE TERRANES IN THE PILBARA BLOCK, AUSTRALIA, AS COEVAL VOLCANO-PLUTONIC COMPLEXES - EVIDENCE FROM U-PB ZIRCON DATING OF THE MOUNT EDGAR BATHOLITH', EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS, 97 41-53 (1990)
DOI10.1016/0012-821X(90)90097-HAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 60Web of Science - 66
1990CLARKE GL, COLLINS WJ, VERNON RH, 'SUCCESSIVE OVERPRINTING GRANULITE FACIES METAMORPHIC EVENTS IN THE ANMATJIRA RANGE, CENTRAL AUSTRALIA', JOURNAL OF METAMORPHIC GEOLOGY, 8 65-88 (1990)
DOI10.1111/j.1525-1314.1990.tb00457.xAuthor URL
CitationsWeb of Science - 55
1990COLLINS WJ, GRAY CM, 'RB-SR ISOTOPIC SYSTEMATICS OF AN ARCHEAN GRANITE GNEISS TERRAIN - THE MOUNT EDGAR BATHOLITH, PILBARA BLOCK, WESTERN-AUSTRALIA', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES, 37 9-22 (1990)
DOI10.1080/08120099008727901Author URL
CitationsScopus - 19Web of Science - 21
1989COLLINS WJ, FLOOD RH, VERNON RH, SHAW SE, 'THE WULUMA GRANITE, ARUNTA BLOCK, CENTRAL AUSTRALIA - AN EXAMPLE OF INSITU, NEAR ISOCHEMICAL GRANITE FORMATION IN A GRANULITE-FACIES TERRANE', LITHOS, 23 63-83 (1989)
DOI10.1016/0024-4937(89)90023-6Author URL
CitationsScopus - 23Web of Science - 22
1989COLLINS WJ, TEYSSIER C, 'CRUSTAL SCALE DUCTILE FAULT SYSTEMS IN THE ARUNTA INLIER, CENTRAL AUSTRALIA', TECTONOPHYSICS, 158 49-66 (1989)
DOI10.1016/0040-1951(89)90314-4Author URL
CitationsScopus - 63Web of Science - 67
1989COLLINS WJ, TEYSSIER C, 'CRUSTAL DUCTILE FAULT SYSTEMS IN THE ARUNTA INLIER, CENTRAL AUSTRALIA - REPLY', TECTONOPHYSICS, 158 70-73 (1989)
DOI10.1016/0040-1951(89)90316-8Author URL
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 3
1989COLLINS WJ, 'POLYDIAPIRISM OF THE ARCHEAN MOUNT EDGAR BATHOLITH, PILBARA BLOCK, WESTERN AUSTRALIA', PRECAMBRIAN RESEARCH, 43 41-62 (1989)
DOI10.1016/0301-9268(89)90004-1Author URL
CitationsScopus - 66Web of Science - 66
1988VERNON RH, COLLINS WJ, 'IGNEOUS MICROSTRUCTURES IN MIGMATITES', GEOLOGY, 16 1126-1129 (1988)
DOI10.1130/0091-7613(1988)016<1126:IMIM>2.3.CO;2Author URL
CitationsScopus - 114Web of Science - 113
1988COLLINS WJ, GRAY CM, GOODE ADT, 'THE PARNELL QUARTZ MONZONITE - A PROTEROZOIC ZONED PLUTON IN THE ARCHEAN PILBARA BLOCK, WESTERN-AUSTRALIA', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES, 35 535-547 (1988)
DOI10.1080/08120098808729468Author URL
CitationsWeb of Science - 3
1982COLLINS WJ, BEAMS SD, WHITE AJR, CHAPPELL BW, 'NATURE AND ORIGIN OF A-TYPE GRANITES WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO SOUTHEASTERN AUSTRALIA', CONTRIBUTIONS TO MINERALOGY AND PETROLOGY, 80 189-200 (1982)
DOI10.1007/BF00374895Author URL
CitationsScopus - 879Web of Science - 909
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Conference (31 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Meek I, Collins WJ, Landenberger B, 'Using the trace element chemistry of igneous rocks to track changes in crustal thickness: A case study of the southern New England Orogen, eastern Australia', Proceedings of the 34th International Geological Congress 2012, Brisbane, QLD (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsBill Landenberger
2012Meek I, Collins WJ, Landenberger B, 'The Bundarra supersuite: A case study in deep crustal hot zone development of extensional orogen granitoids', Proceedings of the 34th International Geological Congress 2012, Brisbane, QLD (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsBill Landenberger
2012Collins WJ, Belousova EA, Murphy JB, Kemp AIS, 'Phanerozoic global geodynamics revealed by hafnium isotopes in zircons', Geological Society of Australia. Abstracts, Waratah Bay, Vic (2012) [E3]
2012Collins WJ, 'Recognising continental break-up and accretion events form zircon age spectra and Lu-Hf isotopic arrays', 2012 IAGR Annual Convention and 9th International Symposium on Gondwana to Asia. Abstracts, Adelaide, SA (2012) [E3]
2012Collins WJ, 'Evaluating geodynamic models of Tasmanides evolution', 2012 Selwyn Symposium & Memorial Lecture. Abstracts, Melbourne, Vic (2012) [E3]
2007Kemp AIS, Hawkesworth CJ, Collins WJ, Shimura T, 'Tracing the lost arcs: Granitic zircon as a geodynamic indicator?', GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, Cologne, GERMANY (2007)
Author URL
2006Mantle GW, Collins WJ, 'Correlation of REE with Moho depth for modern volcanic arc basalts', 16th Annual V.M. Goldschmidt Conference 2006: Abstracts, Melbourne (2006) [E3]
2004Richards SW, Collins WJ, 'Growth of wedge-shaped plutons at the base of active half-grabens', TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH-EARTH SCIENCES, Toyohashi, JAPAN (2004)
Author URL
CitationsScopus - 9Web of Science - 8
2003Collins WJ, 'Some modern concepts on Lachlan granite petrogenesis', Magmas to Mineralisation: The Ishihara Symposium, Macquarie University (2003) [E2]
2003Collins WJ, 'What are post-collisional granites? The Lachlan example', The Origin of Granites and Related Rocks, Japan (2003) [E3]
2002Pawley MJ, Van Kranendonk M, Collins WJ, 'The development of archaean granitoid domes by magma transfer and emplacement: an example from the Shaw granitoid complex of the Pilbara Craton WA', Geological Society of Australia, Abstracts No. 67, Adelaide, SA (2002) [E3]
2002Richards SW, Healy B, Collins WJ, 'Magma transfer emplacement and construction: the role of migmatites and compressive deformation in controlling the shape and style of pluton emplacement', Geological Society of Australia, Abstracts No. 67, Adelaide, SA (2002) [E3]
2002Collins WJ, Healy B, Richards SW, 'The granite-migmatite connection: application to Lachlan fold belt S- and I-type granites', Geological Society of Australia, Abstracts No. 67, Adelaide, SA (2002) [E3]
2002Collins WJ, 'Tectonic model for widespread granite magmatism and high-T metamorphism in the Tasmanides', Geological Society of Australia, Abstracts No.67, Adelaide, SA (2002) [E3]
2000Collins WJ, Richards SR, Healy BE, Ellison PI, 'Origin of heterogeneous mafic enclaves by two-stage hybridisation in magma conduits (dykes) below and in granitic magma chambers', TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH-EARTH SCIENCES, CLERMONT FERRA, FRANCE (2000)
Author URL
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 32
2000Baker DEL, Seccombe PK, Collins WJ, 'Geodynamic framework and characteristics of mineralising fluids at the McPhee's Gold Deposit, Pilbara Craton, Western Australia', Abstracts of the 15th Australian Geological Convention, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia (2000) [E3]
2000Collins WJ, Hobbs BE, 'Late Ordovician-early Silurian crustal thickening in the east/central Lachlan Fold Belt: implications for S-type granite genesis', Abstracts of the 15th Australian Geological Convention, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia (2000) [E3]
2000Healy B, Collins WJ, Richards SW, Wiebe RA, 'Chemical effects of squeezing a granitic crystal mush during compressive deformation: the Kameruka Pluton, Lachlan Fold Belt', Abstracts of the 15th Australian Geological Convention, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia (2000) [E3]
2000Landenberger B, Collins WJ, 'Gabbroids, Basalts & Lamprophyres of the New England Batholith: a legacy of Late Carboniferous to Middle Triassic Arc Migration', Abstracts of the 15th Australian Geological Convention, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia (2000) [E3]
Co-authorsBill Landenberger
2000Richards SW, Collins WJ, Needham JM, 'The Cooma Complex: A Crustal Scale Magma Transfer Zone of the Murrumbidgee Batholith', Abstracts of the 15th Australian Geological Convention, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia (2000) [E3]
2000Pawley MJ, Collins WJ, 'Multistage Magma Mixing: Evidence from an Archaean Composition Laccolith', Abstracts of the 15th Australian Geological Convention, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia (2000) [E3]
2000Collins WJ, 'Granite magma segregation and transfer during compressional deformation in the deep crust? Proterozoic Arunta Inlier, central Australia', Understanding Planet Earth: Searching for a Sustainable Future, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia (2000) [E4]
1999Collins WJ, Rodriguez LG, Wiebe RA, 'Using way-up criteria and pluton stratigraphy to evaluate chemical diversification in granitoid magma chambers: the Tuross Head Tonalite, eastern Australia', Fourth Hutton Symposium, Clermont-Ferrand, France (1999) [E4]
1999Pawley MJ, Collins WJ, Van Kranendonk M, 'Origin of layer-parallel granitic sheets as magma-dominated shear zones', The Specialist Group in Tectonics and Structural Geology, Field Conference, Halls Gap, Victoria (1999) [E4]
1999Collins WJ, 'Heat sources and tectonic models for the east Lachlan Fold Belt: the basalt story', The Specialist Group in Tectonics and Structural Geology, Field Conference, Halls Gap, Victoria (1999) [E4]
1999Richards SW, Collins WJ, 'Mechanism and timing of granite emplacement for the bega batholith, eastern Lachlan Fold Belt, NSW', The Specialist Group in Tectonics and Stuctural Geology, Field Conference, Halls Gap, Victoria (1999) [E4]
1998Landenberger B, Collins WJ, 'Evidence for mantle control on the character of I-type granites: examples from the New England Batholith', Geoscience for the New Millenium, Townsville, Australia - July, 1998 (1998) [E3]
Co-authorsBill Landenberger
1998Jenkins RB, Collins WJ, 'Contrasting character of Carboniferous and Early Permian volcanism in the southern New England Fold Belt', Geoscience for the New Millenium, Townsville, Australia - July 1998 (1998) [E3]
1998Cousins SJ, Collins WJ, McCulloch MT, Andrew A, 'Crust-mantle mixing in the I-type Jindabyne Suite: A Nd-Sr-O isotope study', Geoscience for the New Millenium, Townsville, Australia - July, 1998 (1998) [E3]
1996Collins WJ, 'Lachlan Fold Belt granitoids: Products of three-component mixing', TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH-EARTH SCIENCES, UNIV MARYLAND COLL PK, COLLEGE PK, MD (1996)
Author URL
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 122
1992COLLINS WJ, VERNON RH, 'PALEOZOIC ARC GROWTH, DEFORMATION AND MIGRATION ACROSS THE LACHLAN FOLD BELT, SOUTHEASTERN AUSTRALIA', TECTONOPHYSICS, AUSTR ACAD SCI, CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA (1992)
DOI10.1016/0040-1951(92)90206-LAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 73Web of Science - 76
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants37
Total funding$5,338,514

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20143 grants / $640,000

The Missing link in the Tasmanides: evaluating tectonic evolution and resource exploration potential of the southern Thomson Fold belt$460,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins, Associate Professor Gideon Rosenbaum, Doctor Alistair Hack, Dr Charles Verdel
SchemeLinkage Projects
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1301235
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

The Missing link in the Tasmanides: evaluating tectonic evolution and resource exploration potential of the southern Thomson Fold belt$90,000

Funding body: NSW Trade & Investment

Funding bodyNSW Trade & Investment
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins, Associate Professor Gideon Rosenbaum, Doctor Alistair Hack, Dr Charles Verdel, Associate Professor Scott Bryan, Ms Rosemary Hegarty, Mr David Purdy
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1301277
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

The Missing link in the Tasmanides: evaluating tectonic evolution and resource exploration potential of the southern Thomson Fold belt$90,000

Funding body: Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines

Funding bodyQueensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins, Associate Professor Gideon Rosenbaum, Doctor Alistair Hack, Dr Charles Verdel, Associate Professor Scott Bryan, Ms Rosemary Hegarty, Mr David Purdy
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1301278
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20133 grants / $2,245,000

Mineral Carbonation$1,800,000

Funding body: Mineral Carbonation International

Funding bodyMineral Carbonation International
Project TeamProfessor Eric Kennedy, Professor Bill Collins
SchemeResearch Project
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1400555
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

Mineral Carbonation Subproject: Strand 2.1.0 Feedstock identification$405,000

Funding body: Mineral Carbonation International

Funding bodyMineral Carbonation International
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins
SchemeResearch Project
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoGS140002
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

New horizons in geochemical isotopic analysis with a new-generation multicollector plasma mass spectrometer: towards unravelling the deep Earth system$40,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor William Griffin, Associate Professor Norman Pearson, Professor Suzanne O'Reilly, Dr Elena Belousova, Professor Bill Collins, Professor Jonathon Aitchison, Professor Geoffrey Clarke, Dr Marco Fiorentini, Professor Zheng-Xiang Li, Associate Professor Nathan Daczko
SchemeEquipment Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1200471
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20121 grants / $250,000

Supercells and the Supercontinent Cycle$250,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins, Dr Elena Belousova, Professor Brendon Murphy, Dr Martin Hand
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1100294
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20111 grants / $10,000

Events through time:eruptions, extinctions, impacts, ore-bodies and orogenies - upgrading the national argon geochronology network$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins, Professor Gordon Lister
SchemeEquipment Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1100692
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20101 grants / $160,000

The enigmatic link between crustal growth and supercontinent formation$160,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins, Dr Martin Hand, Professor Kent Condie
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG1100603
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20081 grants / $200,000

Crustal Growth in the Northern Tasmanides$200,000

Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council) Funding Scheme: Linkage project Description: Collaboration with Geological Survey of Qld.
Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
SchemeLinkage project
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2011
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20052 grants / $498,004

A test for Pangean breakup models$498,000

Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council) Funding Scheme: Discovery Projects Description: .
Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2008
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

A test for Pangean breakup models$4

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNoG0184400
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20043 grants / $22,500

Driving forces of accretionary orogens$12,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0183375
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

The origin of zinc-skarn ores and the character of their driving intrusions$7,600

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamConjoint Associate Professor Philip Seccombe, Professor Bill Collins, Doctor Bill Landenberger
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0183568
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

IAVCEI General Assembly, 9-19 November 2004, Chile$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0184835
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20033 grants / $25,400

Continental Growth in the Southwest Pacific.$12,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0182392
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Geological setting and environmental controls on economic skarn ore formation.$11,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamConjoint Associate Professor Philip Seccombe, Professor Bill Collins, Doctor Bill Landenberger
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0182390
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

5th International Conference on granites and related rocks. Toyohashi Japan 2-11 September 2003$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0183294
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20021 grants / $337,000

Electron Microscope/X-Ray Unit Equipment Upgrade$337,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamConjoint Professor Christina Offler, Professor Bill Collins, Professor Erich Kisi, Professor Alan Brichta, Laureate Professor John Aitken, Emeritus Professor John Patrick
SchemeLinkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0181515
Type Of FundingScheme excluded from IGS
CategoryEXCL
UONY

20011 grants / $11,000

Generation of Granite near the base of the crust: A natural example.$11,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins, Associate Professor Tracy Rushmer
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNoG0180115
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20003 grants / $194,200

Magmatic expression of orogens formed at retreating subduction boundaries: the cause of widespread silicic magmatism in some fold belts$180,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins
SchemeLarge Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNoG0178539
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

The relation of lode-gold mineralisation to crustal evolution in the Archean Pilbara Craton.$8,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins, Conjoint Associate Professor Philip Seccombe
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNoG0178940
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Jean Louis Vigneresse - 15 march 2000 - 15 July 2000$6,200

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins
SchemeVisitor Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNoG0179212
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19992 grants / $17,000

Feedback systems and self-organization in orogenic belts: testing the role of granite intrusion in localising crustal-scale deformation and vice versa$14,500

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins, Professor Ronald Vernon
SchemeSmall Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1999
Funding Finish1999
GNoG0178112
Type Of FundingScheme excluded from IGS
CategoryEXCL
UONY

4th Hutton Symposium on the Origin of Granites Clermont-Ferrand, France.$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1999
Funding Finish1999
GNoG0179066
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19974 grants / $569,428

A 3-component mixing model for Lachlan Fold Belt granitoids.$286,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins, Assoc. Prof A Patino-Douce
SchemeLarge Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1997
Funding Finish1997
GNoG0176208
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

THE RELATIONSHIP OF LODE-GOLD MINERALISATION TO REGIONAL TECTONOTHERMAL EVENTS IN THE EVOLUTION OF THE ARCHAEAN PILBARA CRATON AUSTRALIA$124,500

Funding body: National Breast Cancer Foundation

Funding bodyNational Breast Cancer Foundation
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1997
Funding Finish1997
GNoG0177723
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category1NS
UONY

The relationship of lode-gold mineralisation to regional tectonothermal events in the evolution of the Archaean Pilbara Craton, Australia.$100,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins, Dr Martin Van Kranendonk, Conjoint Associate Professor Philip Seccombe, Dr D Huston
SchemeStrategic Partnerships with Industry - Research & Training Scheme (SPIRT)
RoleLead
Funding Start1997
Funding Finish1997
GNoG0176382
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Origin of Archaen granitoids: Implications for early continental evolution.$58,928

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins
SchemeMulti-Year Small Grant Scholarship
RoleLead
Funding Start1997
Funding Finish1997
GNoG0176744
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

19962 grants / $30,000

Crust-mantle interaction in granitoids.$16,500

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins
SchemeSmall Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1996
Funding Finish1996
GNoG0175667
Type Of FundingScheme excluded from IGS
CategoryEXCL
UONY

Timing and relative significance of extensional versus contractional tectonics in the Archaean Pilbara Craton, NW Australia.$13,500

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamDr Martin Van Kranendonk, Professor Bill Collins
SchemeSmall Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start1996
Funding Finish1996
GNoG0175666
Type Of FundingScheme excluded from IGS
CategoryEXCL
UONY

19952 grants / $14,000

The role of thrusting versus diapirism in the formation of ancient continental crus (3.5-2.7 Ga) in the eastern part of the Archaean Pilbara Craton, W.A. Aus$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDr Martin Van Kranendonk, Professor Bill Collins
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start1995
Funding Finish1995
GNoG0174870
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Rb-Sr ages from granites of the Lachlan Fold Belt: intrusion or deformation ages?$4,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins
SchemeSmall Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1995
Funding Finish1995
GNoG0174868
Type Of FundingScheme excluded from IGS
CategoryEXCL
UONY

19942 grants / $23,227

The granite-mafic dyke connection and the origin of continental crust$18,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins
SchemeSmall Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1994
Funding Finish1994
GNoG0174799
Type Of FundingScheme excluded from IGS
CategoryEXCL
UONY

Visit by Dr Takashi Nakajima, March 94 - Feb 95 (52 Weeks).$5,227

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins
SchemeVisitor Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1994
Funding Finish1994
GNoG0174679
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19931 grants / $28,000

Granites in the Evolution of Earth's Crust$28,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins
SchemeLarge Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1993
Funding Finish1993
GNoG0176359
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

19911 grants / $63,755

Contrasting P-t-t Histories In The Tia Complex, Southern New England Fold Belt$63,755

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Bill Collins
SchemeLarge Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1991
Funding Finish1991
GNoG0173822
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Strain-Time Patterns in the Wagga-Omeo Metamorphic Belt (WOMB) and Their Significance for the Geodynamic Evolution of the Tasmanides of Eastern Australia
Geology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2015Predicting Asbestos Concentration in the Great Serpentine Belt, NSW, Australia
Geology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2015Crustal Structure of the Riverina Area: Understanding the Orocline Structure of the Tasmanides Through 3D Geophysical Modelling
Geology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2013Supercontinental Reconstructions
Geology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2009Insights Into the Origin of Lachlan Fold Belt Granites: Integrating Physical Characteristics With Isotopic Indicators
Geology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2005Extension-dominated cyclic orogenesis in the eastern Lachlan Fold Belt (LFB)
Geology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Sole Supervisor
2004Pre-, syn- and post-doming granite emplacement in the East Pilbara Granite- Greenstone Terrane, Western Australia: Implications for the structural evolution of the craton
Geology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Sole Supervisor
2003Gold Depositional Events and their Relation to the Tectonic Evolution of the Pilbara Craton, Australia
Geology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
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News

The Conversation

FactCheck: does Australia have a gas supply crisis?

September 6, 2013

By Bill Collins

The Greens' leader Christine Milne says there isn't any evidence that we have a gas supply crisis in Australia. Her argument goes that without a supply crisis there's no need to look into "unconventional" gas extraction options, such as coal seam gas (CSG) or shale gas.

The Conversation

Coal seam gas and New South Wales' looming energy crisis

August 9, 2013

By Bill Collins, University of Newcastle

New South Wales is the only major state in Australia that does not have energy security. Its reliance on Victorian and Queensland gas, paired with the vital role gas plays in its homes and industries, have put it in a precarious position.

Research could spur Australia's next gold rush

December 27, 2011

A Newcastle researcher has developed a global approach to predicting the best terrains for copper and gold exploration, which could have significant implications for the Australian mining industry.

Professor Bill Collins

Position

Professor
Institute for Frontiers Geoscience
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Focus area

Earth Sciences

Contact Details

Emailbill.collins@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 40339083
Mobile0439755899

Office

Room212
BuildingBlock G, NIER site
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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