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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

Code Description Percentage
040399 Geology not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Professor University 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2000 Collins 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
1999 Sawyer 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]
Citations Scopus - 1

Journal article (72 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Raimondo 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 initiatio... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1016/j.earscirev.2013.11.009
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
2014 Smits 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]
DOI 10.1130/G35112.1
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
2013 Anderson 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]
DOI 10.1111/jmg.12054
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6
2012 Korsch 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.tecto.2012.02.022
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10
2012 Vernon 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]
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2012 Collins WJ, 'The geoscience education shortfall in Australia', AusIMM Bulletin, 1 70-72 (2012) [C3]
2011 Collins WJ, Belousova EA, Kemp AIS, Murphy JB, 'Two contrasting Phanerozoic orogenic systems revealed by hafnium isotope data', Nature Geoscience, 4 333-337 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1038/NGEO1127
Citations Scopus - 53Web of Science - 43
2011 Vernon RH, Collins WJ, 'Structural criteria for identifying granitic cumulates', The Journal of Geology, 119 127-142 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1086/658198
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
2011 Murphy 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.gr.2010.11.019
Citations Scopus - 17Web of Science - 18
2009 Kemp 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.epsl.2009.05.011
Citations Scopus - 78Web of Science - 72
2009 Cawood 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]
DOI 10.1144/SP318.1
Citations Scopus - 188
2008 Mantle GW, Collins WJ, 'Quantifying crustal thickness variations in evolving orogens: Correlation between arc basalt composition and Moho depth', Geology, 36 87-90 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1130/g24095a.1
Citations Scopus - 22Web of Science - 21
2008 Collins WJ, Richards SW, 'Geodynamic significance of S-type granites in circum-Pacific orogens', Geology (Boulder), 36 559-562 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1130/G24658A.1
Citations Scopus - 75Web of Science - 71
2007 Richards 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)
DOI 10.3809/jvirtex.2007.00165
2007 Richards 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)
DOI 10.3809/jvirtex.2007.00166
2007 Richards 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 ... [more]

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.

DOI 10.3809/jvirtex.2007.00164
2006 Collins 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]
DOI 10.1093/petrology/egl037
Citations Scopus - 23Web of Science - 20
2004 Healy B, Collins WJ, Richards SW, 'A hybrid origin for Lachlan S-type granites: the Murrumbidgee Batholith example', Lithos, 78 197-216 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.lithos.2004.04.047
Citations Scopus - 56Web of Science - 53
2004 Richards 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 ex... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1130/0-8137-2389-2.309
2004 Collins 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.precamres.2003.12.010
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9
2004 Van 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.precamres.2003.12.015
Citations Scopus - 69Web of Science - 70
2003 Vernon RH, Collins WJ, Richards SW, 'Contrasting magmas in metapelitic and metapsammitic migmatites in the Cooma Complex, Australia', Visual Geosciences, 1-6 (2003) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s10069-003-0010-1
Citations Scopus - 17
2003 Collins WJ, 'Slab pull, mantle convection, and Pangaean assembly and dispersal', Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 225-237 (2003) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/S0012-821X(02)01043-9
Citations Scopus - 70Web of Science - 68
2002 Pawley 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]
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 10
2002 Collins WJ, 'Hot orogens, tectonic switching, and creation of continental crust', Geology, 30 535-538 (2002) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 200Web of Science - 192
2002 Pawley 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]
Citations Scopus - 24Web of Science - 23
2002 Richards 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]
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 17
2002 Collins WJ, 'Nature of extensional accretionary orogens', Tectonics, 21 - (2002) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 105Web of Science - 48
2002 Baker 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]
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6
2002 Jenkins 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]
Citations Scopus - 46Web of Science - 42
Co-authors Bill Landenberger
2001 Van 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]
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 10
2001 Collins 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]
Citations Scopus - 53Web of Science - 49
2001 Vernon 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]
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 6
2001 Frost 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]
Citations Scopus - 924Web of Science - 827
2000 Collins 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, maf... [more]

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.

Citations Scopus - 39
1999 Collins 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]
Citations Scopus - 33Web of Science - 34
1999 Collins 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)
Citations Web of Science - 5
1999 Collins 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]
1998 Van 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)
DOI 10.1016/S0301-9268(97)00069-7
Citations Scopus - 46Web of Science - 41
1998 Collins 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]
Citations Scopus - 134Web of Science - 128
1998 Collins 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]
Citations Scopus - 92Web of Science - 96
1998 Wiebe 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]
Citations Scopus - 182Web of Science - 176
1997 Keay 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)
DOI 10.1130/0091-7613(1997)025<0307:ATCSNI>2.3.CO;2
Citations Scopus - 120Web of Science - 118
1996 Landenberger 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)
DOI 10.1093/petrology/37.1.145
Citations Scopus - 164Web of Science - 141
Co-authors Bill Landenberger
1996 Collins 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)
DOI 10.1046/j.1525-1314.1996.00442.x
Citations Scopus - 121Web of Science - 114
1996 Collins 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 isot... [more]

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.

Citations Scopus - 130
1995 COLLINS WJ, SHAW RD, 'TIME LIMITS ON TECTONIC EVENTS AND CRUSTAL EVOLUTION USING GEOCHRONOLOGY - SOME AUSTRALIAN EXAMPLES - PREFACE', PRECAMBRIAN RESEARCH, 71 1-1 (1995)
DOI 10.1016/0301-9268(95)90003-9
1995 COLLINS 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)
DOI 10.1016/0301-9268(94)00056-W
Citations Scopus - 64Web of Science - 63
1995 COLLINS 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)
DOI 10.1016/0301-9268(94)00057-X
Citations Scopus - 17Web of Science - 17
1995 LANDENBERGER 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)
DOI 10.1016/0301-9268(94)00064-X
Citations Scopus - 25Web of Science - 24
Co-authors Robin Offler, Bill Landenberger
1995 COLLINS WJ, SHAW RD, 'GEOCHRONOLOGICAL CONSTRAINTS ON OROGENIC EVENTS IN THE ARUNTA-INLIER - A REVIEW', PRECAMBRIAN RESEARCH, 71 315-346 (1995)
DOI 10.1016/0301-9268(94)00067-2
Citations Scopus - 126Web of Science - 123
1995 LAFRANCE 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)
DOI 10.1016/0301-9268(94)00046-T
Citations Scopus - 21Web of Science - 21
1994 COLLINS WJ, VERNON RH, 'A RIFT DRIFT DELAMINATION MODEL OF CONTINENTAL EVOLUTION - PALEOZOIC TECTONIC DEVELOPMENT OF EASTERN AUSTRALIA', TECTONOPHYSICS, 235 249-275 (1994)
DOI 10.1016/0040-1951(94)90197-X
Citations Scopus - 43Web of Science - 42
1994 COLLINS WJ, 'UPPER-CRUSTAL AND MIDDLE-CRUSTAL RESPONSE TO DELAMINATION - AN EXAMPLE FROM THE LACHLAN FOLD BELT, EASTERN AUSTRALIA', GEOLOGY, 22 143-146 (1994)
DOI 10.1130/0091-7613(1994)022<0143:UAMCRT>2.3.CO;2
Citations Scopus - 44Web of Science - 48
1993 VERNON RH, COLLINS WJ, PATERSON S, 'PRE-FOLIATION METAMORPHISM IN LOW-PRESSURE HIGH-TEMPERATURE TERRAINS', TECTONOPHYSICS, 219 241-256 (1993)
DOI 10.1016/0040-1951(93)90176-K
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13
1993 COLLINS 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)
DOI 10.1130/0091-7613(1993)021<0953:HWEIIC>2.3.CO;2
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10
1993 COLLINS 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)
DOI 10.1016/0301-9268(93)90048-7
Citations Scopus - 32Web of Science - 33
1993 DIRKS 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)
DOI 10.1080/08120099308728067
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 17
Co-authors Robin Offler
1992 DIRKS 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)
DOI 10.1016/0191-8141(92)90125-G
Citations Scopus - 35Web of Science - 33
Co-authors Robin Offler
1991 COLLINS 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)
DOI 10.1130/0091-7613(1991)019<0835:OAWAPT>2.3.CO;2
Citations Scopus - 79Web of Science - 82
1991 COLLINS 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)
DOI 10.1016/0191-8141(91)90075-T
Citations Scopus - 26Web of Science - 27
1991 COLLINS 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)
DOI 10.1080/08120099108727981
Citations Scopus - 49Web of Science - 47
1990 WILLIAMS 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)
DOI 10.1016/0012-821X(90)90097-H
Citations Scopus - 61Web of Science - 66
1990 CLARKE 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)
DOI 10.1111/j.1525-1314.1990.tb00457.x
Citations Web of Science - 55
1990 COLLINS 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)
DOI 10.1080/08120099008727901
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 21
1989 COLLINS 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)
DOI 10.1016/0024-4937(89)90023-6
Citations Scopus - 23Web of Science - 22
1989 COLLINS WJ, TEYSSIER C, 'CRUSTAL SCALE DUCTILE FAULT SYSTEMS IN THE ARUNTA INLIER, CENTRAL AUSTRALIA', TECTONOPHYSICS, 158 49-66 (1989)
DOI 10.1016/0040-1951(89)90314-4
Citations Scopus - 64Web of Science - 67
1989 COLLINS WJ, TEYSSIER C, 'CRUSTAL DUCTILE FAULT SYSTEMS IN THE ARUNTA INLIER, CENTRAL AUSTRALIA - REPLY', TECTONOPHYSICS, 158 70-73 (1989)
DOI 10.1016/0040-1951(89)90316-8
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 3
1989 COLLINS WJ, 'POLYDIAPIRISM OF THE ARCHEAN MOUNT EDGAR BATHOLITH, PILBARA BLOCK, WESTERN AUSTRALIA', PRECAMBRIAN RESEARCH, 43 41-62 (1989)
DOI 10.1016/0301-9268(89)90004-1
Citations Scopus - 66Web of Science - 66
1988 VERNON RH, COLLINS WJ, 'IGNEOUS MICROSTRUCTURES IN MIGMATITES', GEOLOGY, 16 1126-1129 (1988)
DOI 10.1130/0091-7613(1988)016<1126:IMIM>2.3.CO;2
Citations Scopus - 115Web of Science - 113
1988 COLLINS 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)
DOI 10.1080/08120098808729468
Citations Web of Science - 3
1982 COLLINS 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)
DOI 10.1007/BF00374895
Citations Scopus - 921Web of Science - 914
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Conference (49 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Collins WJ, 'What controls Hf isotropic variation in granites - magma source or geodynamic setting?', 8th Hutton Symposium Abstracts, Florianópolis, Brazil (2015)
2015 Collins WJ, Murphy JB, 'Understanding global geodynamics over the last 3 billion years using Hf isotope arrays', Proceedings of Goldschmidt 2015, Prague (2015)
2014 Collins WJ, 'Evaluating the Cayley model in the Southern Thompson Orogen', -, Romsey, Vic. (2014) [E3]
2014 Collins WJ, Murphy JB, Henderson BJ, Hand M, 'Tracking the Neoproterozoic-Permian tectonic evolution of Avalonia in the Canadian Appalachians: a combined U-Pb-Hf detrital zircon study', Proceedings, Madrid (2014) [E3]
2014 Collins WJ, Henderson BJ, Murphy JB, Hand M, Gutiérrez-Alonso G, 'Evolution of Phanerozoic Europe from an Hf isotope perspective: implications for supercontinental Wilson cycles', Proceedings, Madrid (2014) [E3]
2014 Collins WJ, Martin E, Henderson BJ, 'Neoproterozoic global geodynamic rearrangement recorded by Hf isotopes in zircon: birth of the Circum-Pacific and dawn of the Phanerozoic', Proceedings of AESC 2014, Newcastle, N.S.W. (2014) [E3]
2014 Collins WJ, Huang H, Offler R, 'LA-ICP-MS Zircon and Titanite U¿Pb dating of the Moonbi granite and the Age of Movement on the Peel-Manning Fault System, Southern New England Orogen', Proceedings of AESC 2014, Newcastle, N.S.W. (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Robin Offler
2014 Collins WJ, Miller RB, 'Tectonic evolution of the North American Cordillera: a Western Pacific perspective', Proceedings of AESC 2014, Newcastle, N.S.W. (2014) [E3]
2013 Collins WJ, 'Application of Hf isotopic arrays to Geodynamic and/or Tectonic problems', Proceedings, Brisbane (2013) [E3]
2013 Collins WJ, Murphy JB, 'Hf isotopic arrays record a long-term mantle convection history longer than supercontinent cycles', Proceedings of Rodinia 2013, Moscow (2013) [E3]
2012 Collins WJ, Meek I, 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', 34th International Geological Conference (IGC): Australia 2012: Proceedings Report, Brisbane (2012) [E3]
2012 Collins WJ, 'Hf isotope evolution arrays reveal the limits of Uniformitarian Plate Tectonic style through time', Proceedings of GAC-MAC 2012, St. John's, Canada (2012) [E3]
2012 Collins WJ, 'Recognising continental break-up and accretion events form zircon age spectra and Lu-Hf isotopic arrays', Abstracts, Adelaide (2012) [E3]
2012 Collins WJ, Belousova EA, Murphy JB, Kemp AIS, 'Phanerozoic global geodynamics revealed by hafnium isotopes in zircons', Proceedings, Waratah Bay, Vic. (2012) [E3]
2012 Collins WJ, 'Evaluating geodynamic models of Tasmanides evolution', Proceedings, Melbourne (2012) [E3]
2012 Meek 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-authors Bill Landenberger
2012 Meek 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-authors Bill Landenberger
2012 Collins 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]
2012 Collins 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]
2012 Collins WJ, 'Evaluating geodynamic models of Tasmanides evolution', 2012 Selwyn Symposium & Memorial Lecture. Abstracts, Melbourne, Vic (2012) [E3]
2011 Collins WJ, Richards SW, 'Arcs, orogens and gold', Abstracts, Perth (2011) [E3]
2011 Collins WJ, 'A fundamental contrast between circum-Pacific orogenic belts and the Altaids, and other Eurasian orogens', Abstracts, Urumqi, China (2011) [E3]
2011 Collins WJ, Belousova EA, Kemp AIS, Murphy JB, 'Two contrasting Phanerozoic orogenic systems revealed by Hf isotope data', Proceedings, Minneapolis, MN (2011) [E3]
2007 Kemp AIS, Hawkesworth CJ, Collins WJ, Shimura T, 'Tracing the lost arcs: Granitic zircon as a geodynamic indicator?', GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, Cologne, GERMANY (2007)
2006 Mantle 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]
2004 Richards 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)
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8
2003 Collins WJ, 'Some modern concepts on Lachlan granite petrogenesis', Magmas to Mineralisation: The Ishihara Symposium, Macquarie University (2003) [E2]
2003 Collins WJ, 'What are post-collisional granites? The Lachlan example', The Origin of Granites and Related Rocks, Japan (2003) [E3]
2002 Pawley 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]
2002 Richards 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]
2002 Collins 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]
2002 Collins 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]
2000 Collins 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)
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 32
2000 Baker 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]
2000 Collins 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]
2000 Healy 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]
2000 Landenberger 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-authors Bill Landenberger
2000 Richards 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]
2000 Pawley 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]
2000 Collins 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]
1999 Collins 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]
1999 Pawley 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]
1999 Collins 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]
1999 Richards 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]
1998 Landenberger 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-authors Bill Landenberger
1998 Jenkins 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]
1998 Cousins 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]
1996 Collins 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)
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 122
1992 COLLINS WJ, VERNON RH, 'PALEOZOIC ARC GROWTH, DEFORMATION AND MIGRATION ACROSS THE LACHLAN FOLD BELT, SOUTHEASTERN AUSTRALIA', TECTONOPHYSICS, AUSTR ACAD SCI, CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA (1992)
DOI 10.1016/0040-1951(92)90206-L
Citations Scopus - 73Web of Science - 76
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 37
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 body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Bill Collins, Associate Professor Gideon Rosenbaum, Doctor Alistair Hack, Dr Charles Verdel
Scheme Linkage Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301235
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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 body NSW Trade & Investment
Project Team Professor Bill Collins, Associate Professor Gideon Rosenbaum, Doctor Alistair Hack, Dr Charles Verdel, Associate Professor Scott Bryan, Ms Rosemary Hegarty, Mr David Purdy
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301277
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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 body Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Project Team Professor Bill Collins, Associate Professor Gideon Rosenbaum, Doctor Alistair Hack, Dr Charles Verdel, Associate Professor Scott Bryan, Ms Rosemary Hegarty, Mr David Purdy
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301278
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20133 grants / $2,245,000

Mineral Carbonation$1,800,000

Funding body: Mineral Carbonation International

Funding body Mineral Carbonation International
Project Team Professor Eric Kennedy, Professor Bill Collins
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1400555
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

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

Funding body: Mineral Carbonation International

Funding body Mineral Carbonation International
Project Team Professor Bill Collins
Scheme Research Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo GS140002
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor 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
Scheme Equipment Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1200471
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20121 grants / $250,000

Supercells and the Supercontinent Cycle$250,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Bill Collins, Dr Elena Belousova, Professor Brendon Murphy, Dr Martin Hand
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1100294
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Bill Collins, Professor Gordon Lister
Scheme Equipment Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100692
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20101 grants / $160,000

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Bill Collins, Dr Martin Hand, Professor Kent Condie
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1100603
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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 body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
Scheme Linkage project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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 body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

A test for Pangean breakup models$4

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Bill Collins
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0184400
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20043 grants / $22,500

Driving forces of accretionary orogens$12,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Bill Collins
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0183375
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Philip Seccombe, Professor Bill Collins, Doctor Bill Landenberger
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0183568
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Bill Collins
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184835
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20033 grants / $25,400

Continental Growth in the Southwest Pacific.$12,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Bill Collins
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0182392
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Philip Seccombe, Professor Bill Collins, Doctor Bill Landenberger
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0182390
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Bill Collins
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183294
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20021 grants / $337,000

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Conjoint Professor Christina Offler, Professor Bill Collins, Professor Erich Kisi, Professor Alan Brichta, Laureate Professor John Aitken, Emeritus Professor John Patrick
Scheme Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0181515
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

20011 grants / $11,000

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Bill Collins, Associate Professor Tracy Rushmer
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0180115
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Bill Collins
Scheme Large Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo G0178539
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Bill Collins, Conjoint Associate Professor Philip Seccombe
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo G0178940
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Bill Collins
Scheme Visitor Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo G0179212
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Bill Collins, Professor Ronald Vernon
Scheme Small Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 1999
GNo G0178112
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Bill Collins
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 1999
GNo G0179066
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19974 grants / $569,428

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Bill Collins, Assoc. Prof A Patino-Douce
Scheme Large Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1997
Funding Finish 1997
GNo G0176208
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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 body National Breast Cancer Foundation
Project Team Professor Bill Collins
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1997
Funding Finish 1997
GNo G0177723
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

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 body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Bill Collins, Dr Martin Van Kranendonk, Conjoint Associate Professor Philip Seccombe, Dr D Huston
Scheme Strategic Partnerships with Industry - Research & Training Scheme (SPIRT)
Role Lead
Funding Start 1997
Funding Finish 1997
GNo G0176382
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Bill Collins
Scheme Multi-Year Small Grant Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 1997
Funding Finish 1997
GNo G0176744
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

19962 grants / $30,000

Crust-mantle interaction in granitoids.$16,500

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Bill Collins
Scheme Small Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1996
Funding Finish 1996
GNo G0175667
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

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 body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Dr Martin Van Kranendonk, Professor Bill Collins
Scheme Small Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1996
Funding Finish 1996
GNo G0175666
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Dr Martin Van Kranendonk, Professor Bill Collins
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0174870
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Bill Collins
Scheme Small Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0174868
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

19942 grants / $23,227

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Bill Collins
Scheme Small Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1994
GNo G0174799
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Bill Collins
Scheme Visitor Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1994
GNo G0174679
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19931 grants / $28,000

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Bill Collins
Scheme Large Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1993
Funding Finish 1993
GNo G0176359
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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 body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Bill Collins
Scheme Large Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1991
Funding Finish 1991
GNo G0173822
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 Strain-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
2015 Predicting Asbestos Concentration in the Great Serpentine Belt, NSW, Australia
Geology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2015 Crustal 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
2013 Supercontinental Reconstructions
Geology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2009 Insights Into the Origin of Lachlan Fold Belt Granites: Integrating Physical Characteristics With Isotopic Indicators
Geology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
2005 Extension-dominated cyclic orogenesis in the eastern Lachlan Fold Belt (LFB)
Geology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Sole Supervisor
2004 Pre-, 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
2003 Gold 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

Email bill.collins@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 40339083
Mobile 0439755899

Office

Room 212
Building Block G, NIER site
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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