Study level

  • Master of Philosophy
  • Honours
  • Vacation research experience scheme


Topic status

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Research centre


Dr David Flannery
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Science
Dr Luke Nothdurft
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Science


The history of life on Earth is written in the fossil record. In this project, you will investigate stable isotope evidence for extremely early evolving organisms. Through careful petrography and with the use of isotope ratio mass-spectrometers, you will help unravel the history of microbial metabolisms that powered the ecosystems recorded by 3 billion-year-old microbial fossils.

Research activities

A combination of laboratory and desktop studies will be undertaken. This is part of a larger collaborative project.

Skills and experience

Earth or environmental science background preferred. You will need to work independently.


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