Professor Neville Exon

Profile

Qualifications

PhD, Kiel University, Germany

Biography

  1. General career

  • Date and place of birth: 1939, Suva, Fiji
  • Nationality: Australian
  • BSc (Honours) degree in geology from Sydney University in 1962, with thesis on Silurian-Devonian sediments of Hill End Trough
  • Doctorate on Quaternary marine geology of Baltic Sea, from Kiel University in Germany in 1971
  • Forty three years (1962-2005) at Geoscience Australia and its predecessors (AGSO and BMR), largely with the rationale of assessing petroleum potential
    • Started as an onshore field geologist in 1963
    • Switched to marine geology and geophysics in the 1970s
    • Participated in forty-six marine geoscience expeditions on Australian and foreign vessels.
    • Pioneered the Australian use of multibeam-sonar swath mapping of the seabed for geological and other purposes
    • In South Pacific as UNDP Marine Geologist, 1980-81
    • Served on national and international committees including within the Ocean Drilling Program, and on the Science Advisory Committee for the Marine National Facility
    • Helped instigate and plan the change from the Australian research vessel Franklin to the more capable Southern Surveyor in the early 2000s
    • Developed wide links with French, German and US institutions, to the benefit of Australian marine geoscience
    • Wrote successful proposals for two Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) expeditions and participated in both, once as Co-Chief Scientist
  • Finished career at AGSO-GA as Senior Principal Research Scientist in charge of various groups of marine scientists and technicians in 2005
  • Continued research in marine geoscience at ANU
  • Helped lead the successful bid for Australia to join IODP through the ARC/LIEF mechanism in 2006-2007
  • Became Interim Head of Australian IODP in late 2007
  • Part-time Professorial position as Program Scientist in charge of the Australian IODP Office at ANU from mid-2008 to late 2017
  • Have produced twelve scientific books, monographs or special issues of journals, about 145 refereed scientific papers, and 45 major Geoscience Australia Records (reports)

 

Locations of major studies

Onshore Queensland (1963-1976)

  • Bowen Basin: mapping Permo-Triassic sequences
  • Northeast Eromanga Basin: mapping Jurassic-Cretaceous sequences
  • Surat Basin: mapping Jurassic-Cretaceous sequences

Foreign offshore (1969 – present)

  • Baltic Sea sedimentology and biota
  • Sulu Sea deepsea turbidites
  • Gilbert Islands (Kiribati) deepsea manganese nodule potential
  • Cook Islands deepsea manganese nodule potential
  • Solomon Islands geological framework and heat flow
  • New Ireland Basin (PNG) petroleum potential
  • New Caledonian Fairway Basin (Lord Howe Rise) petroleum potential

Australian offshore (1972 – present)

  • Cape Leeuwin Nodule Field deepsea manganese nodules
  • Christmas Island deepsea manganese nodules
  • Scott Plateau and Rowley Terrace petroleum potential
  • Exmouth Plateau petroleum potential, and Ocean Drilling Program (ODP)
  • Bremer Basin petroleum potential
  • Otway Basin petroleum potential
  • West Tasmanian geological framework, including ODP
  • South Tasman Rise geological framework, including ODP
  • East Tasman Rise geological framework, including ODP
  • Kenn Plateau geological framework
  • Mellish Rise geological framework
  • Fairway Basin geological framework and petroleum potential (Lord Howe Rise)

 

Employment History

  • Program Scientist, Australian IODP Office, Research School of Earth Sciences, ANU, from mid-2008 to late 2017
  • Casual employee of ANU Department of Earth and Marine Sciences (DEMS) and Executive Secretary of MARGO (marine geoscience peak body), 2006-2008
  • Visiting Fellow at DEMS, ANU, 2005-2007
  • BMR-AGSO-Geoscience Australia Senior Principal Research Scientist: 1990-2005
  • BMR Principal Research Scientist: 1984
  • BMR Senior Research Scientist: 1982-84
  • UNDP Marine Geologist based in Fiji: 1980-81
  • BMR Geologist Classes 1-3: 1963-1980

 

Awards and Scholarships  

  • Australian Commonwealth Scholarship for BSc, 1960-61
  • Bureau of Mineral Resources (BMR) Cadetship for BSc (Honours) degree, 1962
  • Australian Public Service Board Scholarship for PhD in Kiel, Germany, 1969-1971
  • Australian Department of Science funding for 3 months in Germany, 1977
  • Tripartite Australian funding for 3 weeks at US Geological Survey, 1983
  • German funding for Dahlem Conference in Berlin, 1991
  • Australian Academy of Science/French Embassy funding for 6 weeks at Geodynamic Institute in Villefranche-sur-mer in France, 1996
  • Stillwell Award for best paper in Australian Journal of  Earth Sciences in 2006, awarded in 2007

 

Research

Research interests

  • I am at ANU as an Emeritus Professorwith a strong interest in IODP, the International Ocean Discovery Program

My research interests are:

  • Studies of Australian onshore and offshore sedimentary basins, with some emphasis of petroleum prospectivity.
  • An understanding of Australia’s continental margins and plateaus through swath mapping, seismic profiling and geological sampling
  • The marine geology of the Southwest Pacific
  • Keeping broadly up-to-date with the various aspects of IODP science: plate tectonics; continental margins; ocean basins including spreading ridges, island arcs and backarc basins; the nature of oceanic crust and the mantle; climate and oceanographic change; the evolution of marine and land micro-organisms; sub-seafloor microbiology; and geological hazards including earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.
  • Deepsea manganese nodules and crusts.

Publications

Monographs, Bulletins and Special Issues of Journals

  • Exon, N.F., Galloway, M.C., Casey, D.J. & Kirkegaard, A.G., 1972 - Geology of the Tambo/Augathella area, Queensland. Bureau of Mineral Resources Australia Report 143, 105 p.
  • Exon, N.F., 1976 - Geology of the Surat Basin in Queensland. Bureau of Mineral Resources Australia Bulletin 166, 160 p.
  • Exon, N.F. & Willcox, J.B., 1980 - The Exmouth Plateau: stratigraphy, structure and petroleum geology.  Bureau Mineral Resources Australia Bulletin 199, 52 p.
  • Stagg, H.M.J., & Exon, N.F., 1981 - The geology of the Scott Plateau and Rowley Terrace.  Bureau Mineral Resources Australia Bulletin 213, 47 p.
  • Taylor, B. & Exon, N.F. (Eds), 1987 - Marine geology, geophysics, and geochemistry of the Woodlark Basin - Solomon Islands. Circum-Pacific Council for Energy and Mineral Resources Earth Science Series, v. 7, 363 p.
  • Marlow, M.S., Dadisman, S.V. & Exon, N.F. (Eds), 1988 - Geology and offshore resources of Pacific Island Arcs - New Ireland and Manus Region, Papua New Guinea. Circum-Pacific Council for Energy and Mineral Resources Earth Science Series, 9, 386 p.
  • Exon, N.F. (Associate Editor), 1994 - Thematic issue: Geology of the outer North West Shelf, Australia. AGSO Journal of Australian Geology & Geophysics 15 (1), 190 pp.
  • Exon, N.F. & Crawford A.J. (Eds.), 1997 - Thematic Issue: West Tasmanian Margin and Offshore Plateaus: Geology, Tectonic and Climatic History, and Resource Potential. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences Volume 44 (5), 540-710.
  • Exon, N.F., Kennett, J.P., Malone, M.J. et al., 2001 - Proceedings Ocean Drilling Program, Initial Reports, 189. Ocean Drilling Program, College Station, TX.
  • Exon N.F., Kennett J.P., Malone, M.J. et al., 2004 -  Proceedings Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results, 189 [Online]. Available from: World Wide Web: <http://www-odp.tamu.edu/publications/189_SR/189sr.htm>
  • Exon, N.F., Kennett, J.P., Malone, M.J. (Eds.), 2004 - The Cenozoic Southern Ocean: Tectonics, Sedimentation and Climate Change between Australia and Antarctica. American Geophysical Union Geophysical Monograph Series 151, 367 p.
  • Exon, Neville (Ed.), 2017 – Exploring the Earth under the Sea: Australian and New Zealand achievements in the first phase of the IODP scientific ocean drilling, 2008-2013. ANU Press, 213 p.
     

Most significant publications in the past ten years

  • Exon, Neville (Ed.), 2017 – Exploring the Earth under the Sea: Australian and New Zealand achievements in the first phase of the IODP scientific ocean drilling, 2008-2013. ANU Press, 213 p.
  • Hill, P.J., Exon, N.F., Baillie, P.W., Quilty, P.J. and Everard, J.L., 2014. Cretaceous-Cenozoic sedimentary basins of the Tasmanian continental margin. In: K.D.Corbett, P.J. Quilty and C.R. Calver (eds.), Geological Evolution of Tasmania. Geological Society of Australia Special Publication 24, 416-437.
  • Stephen J. Gallagher, Neville Exon, Maria Seton, Minoru Ikehara, Christopher J. Hollis, Richard Arculus, Steve D’Hondt, Clinton Foster, Mike Gurnis, James P. Kennett, Rob McKay, Alex Malakoff, Jim Mori, Ken Takai, Laura Wallace, 2014. Exploring new drilling prospects in the Southwest Pacific. Scientific Drilling, No.17, 45-50.
  • S. J. Gallagher, N. Exon, D. Pandey, S. Rajan, M. Coffin and K. Takai, 2012. New frontiers in scientific drilling in the Indian Ocean. Scientific Drilling 14, 60-63.
  • Deborah K. Smith, Neville Exon, Fernando J.A.S. Barriga, Yoshiyuki Tatsumi, 2010. Forty years of successful international collaboration in scientific ocean drilling. Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union, Vol. 91(43), 393–404.
  • R. Boyd, J. Keene, T. Hubble, J. Gardner, K. Glenn, K. Ruming, Neville Exon and the crews of Southern Surveyor 10/2006 and 12/2008, Southeast Australia, 2010: A Cenozoic Continental Margin Dominated by Mass Transport. Chapter 39 In D. Mosher et al. (eds.), 2010, Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences, Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, Vol. 28, Springer Science + Business Media B.V., p. 491-502.
  • Hoffmann, K.L., Exon, N.F., Quilty, P.G., and Findlay, C.S., 2008. Mellish Rise and adjacent deep-water plateaus of northeast Australia: new evidence for continental basement from Cenozoic micropalaeontology and sedimentary geology. In: Blevin, J.E., Bradshaw, B.E. and Uruski, C.(Eds), Eastern Australasian Basins Symposium III, Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia, Special Publication, 317-323.
  • Exon, N.F., Lafoy, Y., Hill, P.J., Dickens, G.R. and Pecher, I., 2007. Geology and petroleum potential of the Fairway Basin in the Tasman Sea. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences (AJES) 54, 629-645.
  • Exon, N.F., Hill, P.J. Lafoy, Y., Heine C. and Bernardel G., 2006. The Kenn Plateau off northeast Australia: a continental fragment in the southwest Pacific jigsaw. AJES 53, 541-564.
  • Exon, N.F., Hill, P.J., Mitchell, C. and Post, A., 2005. Nature and origin of the submarine Albany Canyons off southwest Australia. AJES 52(1), 101-115.
  • Exon, N.F., Kennett, J.P., Malone, M.J. (Eds.), 2004. The Cenozoic Southern Ocean: Tectonics, Sedimentation and Climate Change between Australia and Antarctica. American Geophysical Union (AGU) Geophysical Monograph 151, 367 p.
  • Exon, N.F., Brinkhuis, H., Robert, C., Kennett, J.P., Hill, P.J. and Macphail, M.K., 2004. Tectono-sedimentary history of uppermost Cretaceous through Oligocene sequences from the Tasmanian region, a temperate Antarctic margin. AGU Geophysical Monograph 151, 319-344.
  • Hill, P.J. and Exon, N.F., 2004. Tectonics and basin development of the offshore Tasmanian area incorporating results from deep ocean drilling. AGU Geophysical Monograph 151, 19-42.
  • Kennett, J.P. and Exon, N.F., 2004. Paleoceanographic evolution of the Tasmanian Seaway and its climatic implications. AGU Geophysical Monograph 151, 345-367.
  • Exon N.F, Kennett J.P., Malone, M.J. et al., 2004.  Proceedings Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results, 189 Online: http://www-odp.tamu.edu/publications/189_SR/189sr.htm
  • Exon, N.F., Kennett, J.P. and Malone, M.J., 2004. Leg 189 Synthesis: Cretaceous-Holocene History of the Tasmanian Gateway. Proceedings Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results, 189, p. 1-36. Online: http://www-odp.tamu.edu/publications/189_SR/189sr.htm
  • Exon, N.F., Kennett, J.P., Malone, M.J. et al., 2001 - Proceedings Ocean Drilling Program, Initial Reports, 189. Ocean Drilling Program, College Station, TX.
  • Exon, N.F., Kennett, J.P., Malone, M.J. et al., 2001 - Leg 189 Summary. Proceedings Ocean Drilling Program, Initial Reports, 189, p.1-98. Ocean Drilling Program, College Station, TX.
  • Exon, N.F., White, T.S., Malone, M.J., Kennett, J.P.  and Hill, P.J., 2001. Petroleum Potential of Deepwater Basins around Tasmania: Insights from Ocean Drilling Program Leg 189 in Eastern Australasian Basins Symposium, A refocused Energy Perspective for the Future. Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia, Special Publication, 49-60.

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