Our research examines the geological processes that form the physical environment in which we live. This is achieved within the plate tectonic framework that focuses on the formation and dispersal of continents, opening of oceanic basins and formation of mountain belts.

Within this framework, we aim to identify specific tectonic settings which enable us to understand evolution of the Australian continent.

We have a specific research focus on:

  • magma generation and granite emplacement;
  • relation of magmatism to metamorphism and crustal deformation;
  • physical and numerical simulation of plate tectonics and rock deformation;
  • physical processes and consequences of volcanism and sedimentation;
  • physical and chemical controls on the formation of natural resources.

Group Members

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Dr Bill Landenberger

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Mr Ryan Dwyer

Research Assistant
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

(mineral separation, LA-ICPMS)

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Conjoint Associate Professor Ron Boyd

Honorary Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Dr Robert Musgrave

Conjoint Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

(GSNSW)

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.