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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.

Qualifications

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

Research

Research keywords

  • Geodynamics
  • Isotope Geochemistry
  • Petrology
  • Tectonics

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.

Fields of Research

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Administrative

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.

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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]

Journal article (72 outputs)

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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]
2014Raimondo T, Hand M, Collins WJ, 'Compressional intracontinental orogens: Ancient and modern perspectives', Earth-Science Reviews, (2014)
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]
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]
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]
2012Collins WJ, 'The geoscience education shortfall in Australia', AusIMM Bulletin, 1 70-72 (2012) [C3]
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]
2011Vernon RH, Collins WJ, 'Structural criteria for identifying granitic cumulates', The Journal of Geology, 119 127-142 (2011) [C1]
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]
2009Kemp AIS, 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]
2009Cawood PA, Kröner A, Collins WJ, Kusky TM, Mooney WD, Windley BF, 'Accretionary orogens through Earth history', Geological Society Special Publication, 318 1-36 (2009) [C1]
2008Collins WJ, Richards SW, 'Geodynamic significance of S-type granites in circum-Pacific orogens', GEOLOGY, 36 559-562 (2008) [C1]
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]
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)
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)
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)
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]
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]
2004Healy B, Collins WJ, Richards SW, 'A hybrid origin for Lachlan S-type granites: the Murrumbidgee Batholith example', Lithos, 78 197-216 (2004) [C1]
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]
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)
2003Collins WJ, 'Slab pull, mantle convection, and Pangaean assembly and dispersal', Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 225-237 (2003) [C1]
2003Vernon RH, Collins WJ, Richards SW, 'Contrasting magmas in metapelitic and metapsammitic migmatites in the Cooma Complex, Australia', Visual Geosciences, 1-6 (2003) [C1]
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]
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]
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]
2002Collins WJ, 'Nature of extensional accretionary orogens', Tectonics, 21 (2002) [C1]
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]
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]

Co-authors: Bill Landenberger

2002Collins WJ, 'Hot orogens, tectonic switching, and creation of continental crust', Geology, 30 535-538 (2002) [C1]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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)
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]
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]
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)
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]
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]
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]
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)
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)
1996Collins WJ, 'Lachlan Fold Belt granitoids: Products of three-component mixing', Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Earth Sciences, 87 171-181 (1996)
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)
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)
1995COLLINS WJ, SHAW RD, 'TIME LIMITS ON TECTONIC EVENTS AND CRUSTAL EVOLUTION USING GEOCHRONOLOGY - SOME AUSTRALIAN EXAMPLES - PREFACE', PRECAMBRIAN RESEARCH, 71 1-1 (1995)
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)
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)
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)
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)
1995COLLINS WJ, SHAW RD, 'GEOCHRONOLOGICAL CONSTRAINTS ON OROGENIC EVENTS IN THE ARUNTA-INLIER - A REVIEW', PRECAMBRIAN RESEARCH, 71 315-346 (1995)
1994COLLINS WJ, 'UPPER-CRUSTAL AND MIDDLE-CRUSTAL RESPONSE TO DELAMINATION - AN EXAMPLE FROM THE LACHLAN FOLD BELT, EASTERN AUSTRALIA', GEOLOGY, 22 143-146 (1994)
1994COLLINS WJ, VERNON RH, 'A RIFT DRIFT DELAMINATION MODEL OF CONTINENTAL EVOLUTION - PALEOZOIC TECTONIC DEVELOPMENT OF EASTERN AUSTRALIA', TECTONOPHYSICS, 235 249-275 (1994)
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)
1993VERNON RH, COLLINS WJ, PATERSON S, 'PRE-FOLIATION METAMORPHISM IN LOW-PRESSURE HIGH-TEMPERATURE TERRAINS', TECTONOPHYSICS, 219 241-256 (1993)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
1989COLLINS WJ, TEYSSIER C, 'CRUSTAL DUCTILE FAULT SYSTEMS IN THE ARUNTA INLIER, CENTRAL AUSTRALIA - REPLY', TECTONOPHYSICS, 158 70-73 (1989)
1989COLLINS WJ, TEYSSIER C, 'CRUSTAL SCALE DUCTILE FAULT SYSTEMS IN THE ARUNTA INLIER, CENTRAL AUSTRALIA', TECTONOPHYSICS, 158 49-66 (1989)
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)
1989COLLINS WJ, 'POLYDIAPIRISM OF THE ARCHEAN MOUNT EDGAR BATHOLITH, PILBARA BLOCK, WESTERN AUSTRALIA', PRECAMBRIAN RESEARCH, 43 41-62 (1989)
1988VERNON RH, COLLINS WJ, 'IGNEOUS MICROSTRUCTURES IN MIGMATITES', GEOLOGY, 16 1126-1129 (1988)
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)
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)
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Conference (31 outputs)

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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-authors: Bill 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]
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-authors: Bill Landenberger

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)
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)
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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-authors: Bill Landenberger

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]
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)
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]
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, 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]
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]
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]
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-authors: Bill Landenberger

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)
1992COLLINS WJ, VERNON RH, 'PALEOZOIC ARC GROWTH, DEFORMATION AND MIGRATION ACROSS THE LACHLAN FOLD BELT, SOUTHEASTERN AUSTRALIA', TECTONOPHYSICS, AUSTR ACAD SCI, CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA (1992)
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Grants and Funding

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Number of grants34
Total funding$5,053,510

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2014 (1 grants)

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)

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins, Associate Professor Gideon Rosenbaum, Doctor Alistair Hack, Dr Charles Verdel
SchemeRole
Linkage ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$460,00020142017
GNo:G1301235

2013 (3 grants)

Mineral Carbonation$1,800,000
Funding Body: Mineral Carbonation International

Project Team
Professor Eric Kennedy, Professor Bill Collins
SchemeRole
Research ProjectInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,800,00020132017
GNo:G1400555

Mineral Carbonation International sub account$300,000
Funding Body: Mineral Carbonation International

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins
SchemeRole
Research ProjectChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$300,00020132017
GNo:GS140002

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

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
SchemeRole
Equipment GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$40,00020132013
GNo:G1200471

2012 (1 grants)

Supercells and the Supercontinent Cycle$250,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins, Dr Elena Belousova, Professor Brendon Murphy, Dr Martin Hand
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$250,00020122014
GNo:G1100294

2011 (1 grants)

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

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins, Professor Gordon Lister
SchemeRole
Equipment GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020112011
GNo:G1100692

2010 (1 grants)

The enigmatic link between crustal growth and supercontinent formation$160,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins, Dr Martin Hand, Professor Kent Condie
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$160,00020102012
GNo:G1100603

2008 (1 grants)

Crustal Growth in the Northern Tasmanides$200,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

SchemeRole
Linkage projectChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$200,00020082011
GNo:183834211

2005 (1 grants)

A test for Pangean breakup models$498,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$498,00020052008
GNo:183834220

2004 (3 grants)

Driving forces of accretionary orogens$12,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$12,50020042004
GNo:G0183375

The origin of zinc-skarn ores and the character of their driving intrusions$7,600
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Philip Seccombe, Professor Bill Collins, Doctor Bill Landenberger
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,60020042004
GNo:G0183568

IAVCEI General Assembly, 9-19 November 2004, Chile$2,400
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,40020042004
GNo:G0184835

2003 (3 grants)

Continental Growth in the Southwest Pacific.$12,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$12,00020032003
GNo:G0182392

Geological setting and environmental controls on economic skarn ore formation.$11,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Philip Seccombe, Professor Bill Collins, Doctor Bill Landenberger
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$11,00020032003
GNo:G0182390

5th International Conference on granites and related rocks. Toyohashi Japan 2-11 September 2003$2,400
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,40020032003
GNo:G0183294

2002 (1 grants)

Electron Microscope/X-Ray Unit Equipment Upgrade$337,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Conjoint Professor Christina Offler, Professor Bill Collins, Professor Erich Kisi, Associate Professor Alan Brichta, Laureate Professor John Aitken, Emeritus Professor John Patrick
SchemeRole
Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$337,00020022002
GNo:G0181515

2001 (1 grants)

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

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins, Associate Professor Tracy Rushmer
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$11,00020012001
GNo:G0180115

2000 (3 grants)

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)

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins
SchemeRole
Large GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$180,00020002002
GNo:G0178539

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

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins, Conjoint Associate Professor Philip Seccombe
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$8,00020002000
GNo:G0178940

Jean Louis Vigneresse - 15 march 2000 - 15 July 2000$6,200
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins
SchemeRole
Visitor GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,20020002000
GNo:G0179212

1999 (2 grants)

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)

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins, Professor Ronald Vernon
SchemeRole
Small GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$14,50019991999
GNo:G0178112

4th Hutton Symposium on the Origin of Granites Clermont-Ferrand, France.$2,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,50019991999
GNo:G0179066

1997 (4 grants)

A 3-component mixing model for Lachlan Fold Belt granitoids.$286,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins, Assoc. Prof A Patino-Douce
SchemeRole
Large GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$286,00019971999
GNo:G0176208

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

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$124,50019971999
GNo:G0177723

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)

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins, Dr Martin Van Kranendonk, Conjoint Associate Professor Philip Seccombe, Dr D Huston
SchemeRole
Strategic Partnerships with Industry - Research & Training Scheme (SPIRT)Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$100,00019971999
GNo:G0176382

Origin of Archaen granitoids: Implications for early continental evolution.$58,928
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins
SchemeRole
Multi-Year Small Grant ScholarshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$58,92819972000
GNo:G0176744

1996 (2 grants)

Crust-mantle interaction in granitoids.$16,500
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins
SchemeRole
Small GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$16,50019961996
GNo:G0175667

Timing and relative significance of extensional versus contractional tectonics in the Archaean Pilbara Craton, NW Australia.$13,500
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Dr Martin Van Kranendonk, Professor Bill Collins
SchemeRole
Small GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$13,50019961996
GNo:G0175666

1995 (2 grants)

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

Project Team
Dr Martin Van Kranendonk, Professor Bill Collins
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00019951995
GNo:G0174870

Rb-Sr ages from granites of the Lachlan Fold Belt: intrusion or deformation ages?$4,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins
SchemeRole
Small GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,00019951995
GNo:G0174868

1994 (2 grants)

The granite-mafic dyke connection and the origin of continental crust$18,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins
SchemeRole
Small GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$18,00019941994
GNo:G0174799

Visit by Dr Takashi Nakajima, March 94 - Feb 95 (52 Weeks).$5,227
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins
SchemeRole
Visitor GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,22719941994
GNo:G0174679

1993 (1 grants)

Granites in the Evolution of Earth's Crust$28,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins
SchemeRole
Large GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$28,00019931995
GNo:G0176359

1991 (1 grants)

Contrasting P-t-t Histories In The Tia Complex, Southern New England Fold Belt$63,755
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Bill Collins
SchemeRole
Large GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$63,75519911992
GNo:G0173822
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.4

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20132017PhD (Geology)Principal SupervisorSupercells and Supercontinents: The Siberian Conundrum

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2009PhD (Geology)Co-SupervisorInsights Into the Origin of Lachlan Fold Belt Granites: Integrating Physical Characteristics With Isotopic Indicators
2005PhD (Geology)Sole SupervisorExtension-dominated cyclic orogenesis in the eastern Lachlan Fold Belt (LFB)
2004PhD (Geology)Sole SupervisorPre-, syn- and post-doming granite emplacement in the East Pilbara Granite- Greenstone Terrane, Western Australia: Implications for the structural evolution of the craton
2003PhD (Geology)Principal SupervisorGold Depositional Events and their Relation to the Tectonic Evolution of the Pilbara Craton, Australia
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Professor William (Bill) Collins

Work Phone(02) 40339083
Cell / Mobile Phone0439755899
Email
PositionProfessor
Institute for Frontiers Geoscience
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaEarth Sciences
Office
212,
Block G, NIER site,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/bill-collins