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Overview

The Earth is an amazing place. It offers a unique natural laboratory that covers space and time.

We are a multidisciplinary science that applies chemistry, physics, biology and mathematical tools to understand earth processes, decipher its past and predict its future.

We work to monitor changes in the Earth’s environment and suggest solutions to issues including major global issues.

Our experts

Our discipline brings together a diverse team of experts who deliver world-class education and achieve breakthroughs in research.

Explore our staff profiles to discover the amazing work our researchers are contributing to.

Associate Professor Scott Bryan
Discipline Leader, Geology and Geochemistry

Meet our experts

Professor Balz Kamber
Position
Professor in Petrology
Division / Faculty
Geology & Geochemistry,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research field
Other Earth Sciences
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Professor David Gust
Position
Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Geology & Geochemistry,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research field
Geochemistry
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Associate Professor Scott Bryan
Position
Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
Geology & Geochemistry,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research fields
Geology
Geochemistry
Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
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Associate Professor Charlotte Allen
Position
Principal Research Fellow (Elements & Isotopes)
Division / Faculty
Geology & Geochemistry,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research fields
Geochemistry
Analytical Chemistry
Geology
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Associate Professor Yunfei Xi
Position
Advance Queensland Fellow
Division / Faculty
Geology & Geochemistry,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research fields
Environmental Science and Management
Geochemistry
Nanotechnology
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Dr Luke Nothdurft
Position
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Geology & Geochemistry,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research field
Geology
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Dr Christoph Schrank
Position
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Geology & Geochemistry,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research fields
Other Earth Sciences
Geophysics
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Dr Craig Sloss
Position
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Geology & Geochemistry,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research fields
Geology
Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
Email
Dr Jessica Trofimovs
Position
Senior Lecturer (Sedimentology)
Division / Faculty
Geology & Geochemistry,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research field
Geology
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Dr Oliver Gaede
Position
Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Geology & Geochemistry,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research fields
Geophysics
Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy
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Dr Patrick Hayman
Position
Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Geology & Geochemistry,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research field
Other Earth Sciences
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Dr David Murphy
Position
Lecturer in Geoscience (Earth Mat)
Division / Faculty
Geology & Geochemistry,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Research fields
Geochemistry
Geology
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Projects

The missing link in the Tasmanides: evaluating tectonic evolution and resource exploration potential of the southern Thomson Fold belt

Project Leader

Associate Professor Scott Bryan

Dates

2017-2019

Project summary

Understanding the Thomson Orogen, which straddles the NSW-QLD border, is critical for developing geodynamic models for the evolution of eastern Australia, and assessing resource potential. However, it lies under the Great Artesian Basin.

This project focuses on ground-truthing geophysical acquisition studies using drillcore from a targeted drilling program, designed to maximise the available tectono-stratigraphic information. The outcome will be a 3-D geological map of the region, which can be interrogated for mineral exploration targeting, and from which 4D evolutionary geodynamic models of eastern Australian can be integrated.

The role of pressure waves on the mechanics of earthquakes and faulting

Project Leader

Dr Christoph Schrank

Dates

2017-2019

Project summary

Pressure waves on the mechanics of earthquakes and faulting. This project aims to decipher the physics of faulting and earthquakes from damage zones around seismogenic faults. It will examine a mechanism for instability in solids: volumetric collapse due to a dissipative pressure wave. This pressure wave may control damage-zone geometry and relate to earthquake stress and rock material properties.

The project will research the instability through theoretical, laboratory and field studies. Anticipated outcomes include advances in earthquake and fault prediction, tools to determine the stress state and material properties of Earth’s crust, and knowledge of a class of solid instabilities.

Slope and deep marine sedimentation: IODP Expedition 359: Maldives Monsoon & Indian Peninsula Paleoc

Project Leader

Dr Craig Sloss

Dates

2017-2019

Project summary

This proposal is for a 5-year membership of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), the world’s largest collaborative research program in Earth and ocean sciences addressing intensively reviewed, international priorities. The Program conducts seagoing coring expeditions and monitoring of instrumented boreholes to study the history and current activity of the Earth, recorded in sediments and rocks below the seafloor.

The program’s aims include understanding past global environments on multiple time scales, the deep biosphere, plate tectonics, occurrence and distribution of resources, and generation of hazards. Several multinational expeditions are scheduled and planned in our marine jurisdiction and within the Australasian region.

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Central Analytical Research Facility (CARF)

Our partnership with the Central Analytical Research Facility (CARF) and the Banyo Pilot Plant allows us access to state-of-the-art instruments and equipment for our research.

Geological sample preparation facility

This geological rock preparation facility is based at the Banyo Pilot Plant. This facility consists of a rock crushing and milling lab, and a geological thin section preparation lab, run by specialist technicians.

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Analytical laboratory

The analytical laboratory houses an array of top-end instruments for chemically analysing a wide range of gas, liquid and solid samples, down to parts per trillion in some cases.

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Optical and electron microscopy laboratory

CARF's Optical and electron microscopy laboratory houses a suite of routine and advanced light microscopes and electron microscopes that enable users to conduct innovative research.

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X-ray and particles laboratory

CARF's X-ray and particles laboratory offers a range of X-ray-based methods and instrumentation for the phase/mineralogical and chemical characterisation of solid materials.

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Real graduates

"I was fortunate enough to have a very, very engaging and passionate lecturer, and I think really it was his ability to connect with students that really drew me towards it in the first instance. I found that having that passion from the lecturer really facilitated learning."

Katrina Bourke

Bachelor of Science (Earth Science)

Real-world teaching

Our students have many opportunities throughout their degrees to travel and explore geographically exciting destinations to gain invaluable hands-on experience in the field.

Destructive Earth: Natural Hazards (ERB201)

Second year students assess community risk perceptions to natural hazards, their information-seeking and decision-making behaviours that can inform emergency and disaster management.

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Sedimentology Geology and Stratigraphy (ERB203)

Learn about sedimentology and stratigraphy on location in Eden, coastal New South Wales.

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Deforming Earth: Fundamentals of Structural Geology (ERB204)

Learn the essential tools for field geologists, geotechnical engineers and rock physicists, with hands-on field experience in Eden, New South Wales.

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Petrology (ERB206)

Travel to Gayndah, Noosa and around south east Queensland to learn how to describe, classify and determine the origins of igneous rocks.

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Energy Resources and Basin Analysis (ERB303)

Third year students use current Geoscience Australia datasets to assess the petroleum prospectivity of an Australian sedimentary basin in a real-world simulation of industry tender bidding and exploration assessment of future national resources.

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Plate Tectonics (ERB304)

Come and learn how our planet works. Here we will understand how tectonic forces have shaped our planet over billions of years, such as how our Great Dividing Range formed and is linked to the birth of the Australian continent.

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Geological Field Methods (ERB305)

Head to Arkaroola in South Australia to develop field mapping and stratigraphy skills, and explore deformed terranes, structural and metamorphic geology.

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Earth's Mineral Resources (ERB306)

Have you ever wanted to go into the bush and explore for diamonds using the same types of data used by industry? Students will learn practical aspects of mineral systems, ore footprints, sampling strategies, as well as communication, teamwork and much more.

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Experimental Science 2 (SEB116)

We teamed up with Olympus to offer the students a first-year, real-world practical. Our students used an X-Ray Diffraction machine to identify the composition of geological samples.

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Teaching partners

Office of Inspector‐General Emergency Management Internship

Students in our Destructive Earth: Natural Hazards unit have the opportunity to develop an understanding of emergency management through a paid internship over summer semester.

Students gain real-world experience working on a dedicated project in the workplace and present their findings to staff from the Inspector General Emergency Management of the Queensland State Government and other relevant agencies like the Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Brisbane City Council.

International Ocean Discovery Program Consortium Masterclass

Each year one of our high-achieving second year Marine Geoscience students is nominated to take part in the International Ocean Discovery Program Consortium masterclass for junior scientists, where they take a geological trip through Marlborough and North Canterbury and attend lab sessions and lectures at the University of Otago.

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