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NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LINKS 2006

COLLABORATION WITH AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES, CSIRO & INDUSTRY
INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION
COOPERATION WITH GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY


COLLABORATION WITH AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES, CSIRO & INDUSTRY

Earth Chemistry

Dr J.J. BROCKS continues to collaborate with Dr S. George ( Macquarie University ) on the organic geochemistry and microbial history of saline Lake Tyrrell .

Dr J.J. BROCKS continues to collaborate with Dr B. Rasmussen ( University of Western Australia ) on the carbon isotopic evolution of organic matter in the Archean and Palaeoproterozoic.

Dr I.H. CAMPBELL and Dr C.M. ALLEN, with Dr R. Squire, ( Monash University ); Dating detrital zircons from Western Australia Archaean sediments.

Dr I.H. CAMPBELL and Dr C.M. ALLEN, with Dr R. Squire, ( Monash University ); Dating detrital zircons from Victorian sediments.

Dr I.H. CAMPBELL and Dr C.M. ALLEN collaborated with Dr Mark Paine (CRC-LEME) on sources of heavy mineral sands, S.A.

Ms C. G REGORY collaborated with Dr I. Buick (formerly Monash University , now ANU) and Dr C. McFarlane (ANU).

Dr M. HONDA, with Dr D. Phillips, Prof Gleadow and Dr B. Kohn (University of Melbourne), Prof S. O'Reilly (Macquarie University), Prof A. Chivas, Prof R. Roberts and Prof C. Murray-Wallace (University of Wollongong), Dr D. Cooke (University of Tasmania), on “A New Generation Noble Gas Mass Spectrometer Facility for Advanced Research in the Earth, Planetary and Environmental Sciences”.

Dr M. HONDA, with Dr D. Phillips ( University of Melbourne ) on noble gas studies of diamonds.

Dr M. HONDA collaborates with Prof A. Chivas ( University of Wollongong ) on cosmogenic neon exposure dating of young basalts.

Dr T.R. IRELAND continues to collaborate with Dr I. Buick (formerly Monash University, now ANU), Dr P. Vasconcelos (University of Queensland), Dr P. Carr and Dr C Fergusson (University of Wollongong), Dr G. Clarke (University of Sydney), Dr R. Large and Dr G. Davidson (University of Tasmania), Dr J. Hellstrom (University of Melbourne), Dr A. Kennedy and Dr P. Kinny (Curtin University), and Dr B. McInnes (CSIRO), SHRIMP SI Project.

Mr A.P. KALLIO collaborated with Dr L. Danyushevsky ( University of Tasmania ) and Dr D. Kamenetsky ( University of Tasmania ).

Dr D. RUBATTO, with Prof I. Buick ( Monash University / RSES, ANU).

Dr R. SALMERON collaborates with Associate Prof M. Wardle (Physics Department, Macquarie University ), on the structure and dynamics of magnetized protostellar disks.

Dr I.S. WILLIAMS, with Australian Scientific Instruments on SHRIMP development, Dr A. Kennedy (Curtin University) on SHRIMP development, Geoscience Australia on granite geochemistry, Prof B.W. Chappell (Macquarie University) on granite geochemistry, and Dr I.S. Buick (formerly Monash University) on metamorphic geochronology.

Earth Environment

Mr M. AUBERT with Dr S. O'Connor (Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, ANU) , on dating the rock art of Lene Hara cave, East Timor .

Dr M.J. ELLWOOD with Prof W. Maher ( University of Canberra ), on the Ge/Si geochemistry of diatoms and siliceous marine sponges.

Dr M.J. ELLWOOD with Dr Andrew Bowie (ACE CRC & ACROSS, University of Tasmania ), on the influence of trace elements on ocean productivity (GEOTRACES).

Dr S. EGGINS and Prof R. R. GRÜN with Prof C.V. Murray-Wallace ( University of Wollongong ), on the dating of marine molluscs and late Quaternary shoreline deposits of southern Australia .

Dr S. EGGINS and Mr J.M.G. SHELLEY with Dr J. MacDonald (Department of Sustainability and the Environment, Victoria ), on the geochemistry of Australian bass otoliths.

Dr M.K. GAGAN, Dr L.K. AYLIFFE, and Mr D. QU with Dr J. Lough (Australian Institute of Marine Science) and Dr G. Meyers (CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research), Co-investigators on ARC Discovery Grant DP0663227 (2006-2010): The Indian Ocean Dipole, Australasian drought, and the great-earthquake cycle: Long-term perspectives for improved prediction.

Dr M.K. GAGAN and Dr L.K. AYLIFFE with Dr J.-X. Zhao ( University of Queensland ) and Dr R. Drysdale ( University of Newcastle ), Co-investigators on ARC Discovery Grant DP0663274 (2006-2008): Monsoon extremes, environmental shifts, and catastrophic volcanic eruptions: Quantifying impacts on the early human history of southern Australasia .

Dr M.K. GAGAN with Dr J. Magee (DEMS, ANU), Associate investigators on National Geographic Society Grant: Aepyornis extinction and environmental change in Madagascar : assessing human impacts through precise dating and paleoenvironmental proxies preserved in eggshells and US NSF Grant: Collaborative Research: Identifying the footprints of human colonization on Australian ecosystems and climate.

Dr M.K. GAGAN with Dr A. Moy and Dr W. Howard (University of Tasmania), Late Quaternary palaeoceanography of the Circumpolar Deep Water from the South Tasman Rise.

Dr M.K. GAGAN with Prof G. Skilbeck (University of Technology, Sydney), Reconstruction of the post-glacial history of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation using stable-isotope ratios in foraminifera and organic matter in Ocean Drilling Program cores from the Peruvian continental margin.

Dr M.K. GAGAN with Dr I. Goodwin ( University of Newcastle ), Measurement of stable-isotope ratios in Holocene coral microatolls from the tropical southwest Pacific.

Dr M.K. GAGAN with Dr D. Fink and Dr E. Hodge (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation), Comparison of radiocarbon and stable-isotope ratios in Holocene coral microatolls from the tropical eastern Indian Ocean.

Prof R. GRÜN and Dr M.K. GAGAN collaborate on the ARC grant Stable isotopes in marsupials: reconstruction of environmental change in Australia with Dr R. Wells ( Flinders University ) and Dr D. Bowman ( Northern Territory University ).

Prof R. GRÜN, Dr I. WILLIAMS and Prof M. Spriggs (Archaeology and Anthropology) collaborated with a large number of international scholars on the ARC grant Microanalysis of human fossils: new insights into age, diet and migration.

Prof R. GRÜN collaborated with Prof Roberts and Dr Z. Jacobs ( University of Wollongong ), and Prof G. Duller ( University of Aberystwyth ), on the ARC grant Out of Africa and into Australia : robust chronologies for turning points in modern human evolution and dispersal.

Prof R. GRÜN together with Dr E. RHODES, Prof S Webb (Bond), Dr N Stern (La Trobe University) and Dr A. Fairbairn ( University of Queensland ) obtained an ARC Linkage grant Environmental Evolution of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. The partners in this grant are the Three Traditional Tribal Groups (3TTG) of the Willandra Lakes Area and the NSW Department of Environment and Conservation.

Prof R. GRÜN collaborates with Dr J. Field, Dept. of Archaeology, University of Sydney, on the dating of the archaeological and megafauna site of Cuddie Springs, Dr J. Dorth (Department of Archaeology, University of Sydney) and Dr M Cupper (School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne), on the dating of the megafauna site of Lancefield, and Dr R. Wells (Flinders University), on dating a series of South Australian sites with faunal remains including Naracoorte Cave and the Rocky River Site on Kangaroo Island.

Dr S.D. JUPITER together with Professor M. T. McCULLOCH are collaborating with Prof O. Hoegh-Guldberg, Prof S. Phinn, Dr N. Duke, G. Marion, M. Lawrence, M. Henderson, & J. Roff (University of Queensland), Dr J. Lough & Dr K. Fabricius (AIMS) on, historical connectivity for landuse change and water quality in the Mackay-Whitsundays region.

Prof M.T. McCULLOCH is an Associate Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies. The new Centre, known as the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies is a partnership of James Cook University (JCU), the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), The Australian National University (ANU), the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and The University of Queensland (UQ). The budget for the Centre of Excellence will be approximately A$40 million over the next 5 years. The centre is headquartered at James Cook University , in Townsville under the Directorship of Professor Terry Hughes and is now the focus for Australia 's leading contribution to coral reef sciences, and acts to foster stronger collaborative links between the major partners and 24 other leading institutions in nine countries. Collectively, the Centre creates the world's largest concentration of coral reef scientists.

Prof M.T. McCULLOCH is collaborating with Dr J. Lough and Dr K. Fabricius, Australian Institute of Marine Sciences (AIMS), on a wide range of coral reef projects.

Prof M.T. McCULLOCH and Dr S. JUPITER with Prof O. Hoegh-Guldberg, ( University of Queensland ) and Prof R. Dunbar ( Stanford University ) are chief investigators on the ARC Linkage grant entitled “Long-term records of water quality and connectivity between Coral Reefs and Mangrove Ecosystems in the Great Barrier Reef ”. Industry Partners include GBRMPA, Mackay City Council and The Queensland Department of Primary Industry.

Prof M.T. McCULLOCH and Prof M. Kingsford and Dr H. Patterson from James Cook University are continuing their collaboration on the study of the geochemistry of fish otoliths from the Great Barrier Reef .

Prof M.T. McCULLOCH and Prof Bob Wasson from Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory are collaborating on a project estimating recent soil losses in the Himalayas .

Prof M.T. McCULLOCH and Dr B. Gulson (CSIRO and Macquarie University ) are collaborating on a medical project on the possible health hazards of zinc in humans.

Prof B.J. PILLANS with Dr M. Wallace ( University of Melbourne ), on the magnetostratigraphy of Quaternary deposits in the Murray Basin, Australia.

Dr E.J. RHODES with Dr P. Fanning, on “Predicting the past – Time, Landscape and Indigenous Australian History”, ARC Discovery Grant.

Dr E.J. RHODES with Dr P. Hesse ( Macquarie University ) and Dr T. Pietsch (CSIRO), on issues of aridity.

Dr E.J. RHODES with Dr S.W. Franks, Dr R.N. Drysdale, Dr I.D. Goodwin, Dr W.D. Erskine ( University of Newcastle ), Dr J.C. Hellstrom, Dr R. Maas ( University of Melbourne ), derivation of long term hydroclimatic sequences for water resources engineering, management and planning.

Dr P.C. TREBLE with Dr R. Drysdale & Dr J. McDonald (University of Newcastle), Dr B.C. Bates & Dr E. Campbell (CSIRO Land & Water), on WA Indian Ocean Climate Initiative, and Caveworks.

Earth Materials

Prof S.F. COX is collaborating with Dr D Cooke ( University of Tasmania ) under the auspices of the recently funded Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits. The focus of the collaboration is “ Fracture arrays in intrusive-related systems – controls on fluid flow and the generation of giant deposits”.

Prof S.F. COX continued his co-supervision of CSIRO PhD student Mr W Potma at the University of Western Australia .

Dr W.J. DUNLAP with Geoscience Australia, Dr S. Golding (University of Queensland), Dr J. Menzies (University of Adelaide), Dr S. McLaren (Melbourne University), Dr M. Sandiford (Melbourne University), Dr P. Rey (University of New South Wales), Mr D. Braxton (University of Tasmania).

Dr K.A. EVANS collaborates with Roger Powell at the University of Melbourne, Australia, on the integration of new activity-composition models for geological fluids into the THERMOCALC software.

Dr J.D. FITZ GERALD with Dr M.L. de Vries and Dr I.E. Grey (CSIRO), with Dr M.R. Phillips (University of Technology Sydney), Dr Z. Jin (University of Queensland), and Drs S. Reddy and N. Timms (Curtin University).

Prof D.H. GREEN collaborated with Dr T. J. Falloon and Dr L. D. Danushevsky ( University of Tasmania ) on the genesis of Mid-Ocean Ridge and Island Chain (‘Hot-spot') basalts, with particular emphasis on criteria to test the relative temperatures of the mantle source regions for these different magma types

Dr J. HERMANN with Dr I. Buick ( Monash University ).

Prof H. O'NEILL collaborated with Dr M.I. Pownceby (CSIRO) on Mg-Fe 2+ exchange between minerals and with Prof B. J. Wood ( Macquarie University ) on high-pressure research.

Prof I. JACKSON participated in the NCRIS planning meeting in Sydney (April) and visited Curtin University/CSIRO Petroleum (28 July) and Melbourne University (20 October) presenting lectures on laboratory measurement of seismic wave attenuation and exploring potential for collaboration.

Dr J. KURTZ collaboration with Dr Rosenbaum ( University of Queensland ): Dr Rosenbaum is a user of the Pplates software being developed for ACcESS MNRF. I am currently collaborating with him on the continued development of Pplates with respect to the needs of his group at UQ. We are also developing proposals for ARC to be submitted in 2007 for purposes of including geodynamic process-oriented tectonic reconstructions.

Drs MAVROGENES and McFARLANE are collaborating with Randgold and AngloGold-Ashanti on the mineralization at the Morila Mine, Mali .

Dr S. MICKLETHWAITE is collaborating with Dr H. Sheldon (CSIRO), plus the minerals exploration teams of Harmony Limited (New Celebration goldfield, Western Australia), Newcrest Limited, Newmont Limited, Barrick Limited, Goldfields Limited (St Ives and Agnew goldfields, Western Australia) and formerly Placer Dome Limited (now part of Barrick).

Dr T. ULRICH collaborated with researchers from James Cook University and industry (Auzex Resources Ltd), namely in fluid and melt inclusion analysis using the LA ICPMS facility at RSES. Some of the projects involved the analysis of samples for the pmd CRC project on predictive mineral discoveries.

Earth Physics

Drs. Schellart and Dr. J. Freeman collaborated with Dr. D. Stegman ( Monash University , Melbourne ) on three-dimensional numerical simulations of subduction.

Prof K. LAMBECK with Geoscience Australia led the successful bid by a multi-institutional group for NCRIS funding for Geospatial science.

Dr Nick RAWLINSON collaborates with Dr. Michael Roach ( University of Tasmania )

Dr A.M. READING collaborates with Dr M. Keep ( University of Western Australia ) on the seismic structure and seismotectonics of Western Australia .

Dr P. TREGONING with Prof. R. Coleman and Dr C. Watson (The University of Tasmania), Dr M. Stewart (Curtin University) and Prof. C. Rizos (The University of New South Wales).

Dr. M. SAMBRIDGE collaborates with Dr K. Gallagher ( Imperial College , London , UK ) and Prof. A. Jackson (ETH, Zurich , Switzerland ) on aspects of probability theory and its applications to geophysical inversion; with Dr. S. Subbey (Inst. Of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway) and Prof. M. Christie (Heriot-Watt Univ., UK) on history matching in oil reservoirs; with Prof. R. Snieder (Colorado School of Mines, USA) on seismic applications of coda wave interferometry.

David Robinson collaborates with members of the Risk Research Group at Geoscience Australia

Dr C. SINADINOVSKI with Geoscience Australia , Adelaide University , UWA and PIRSA.

Australian National Seismic Imaging Resource (ANSIR)

Prof B.L.N. KENNETT is Director of ANSIR which continues as a National Research Facility until mid-2007, as a joint venture between The Australian National University and Geoscience Australia . RSES has responsibility for the reflection equipment and vibrator sources, as well as the portable instruments that are housed at RSES.

The ANSIR equipment is available via a competitive proposal scheme. In 2006 instrumentation has been provided to:

•  20 sets of broad-band equipment to RSES for the Tasman Line experiments

•  6 sets of broad-band equipment for studies of the structure near the recent volcanics of Mt Gambier, South Australia

•  50 sets of short period equipment for detailed structural studies in SE Australia

Reflection experiments carried out in 2006:

•  Transect across Victoria (450 km of profile)

•  Sequence of lines in the Mt Isa Region (700 km of profiles)

and a number of smaller experiments using the mini-vibrator

PRISE

Dr R.A. ARMSTRONG with Prof M. Barley (University of Western Australia), ARC project on “Precise Global Time Scale Of The Oxidation Of Earth's Atmosphere Between 2.6 And 2.0 Billion Years Ago”, Prof D. Gray (University of Melbourne) and Dr B. Goscombe (NT Geological Survey) on geochronology of the Kaoko Belt, Namibia, Dr I.T. Graham and Dr L. Sutherland (Australian Museum), on dating megacryst zircons from Cenozoic intraplate basalts along the Indo-Pacific continental margins.

Mr C.M. FANNING with Prof C. Fergusson (University of Wollongong), provenance and evolution of Neoproterozoic to Ordovician sequences in north Queensland, Dr S. Boger (University of Melbourne), Mr J. Skinner (James Cook University), Geological Survey of South Australia, on the geochronological evolution of The Gawler Craton, the Curnamona Craton and the Adelaide Fold Belt, Geological Survey of Victoria and Mr G. Teale (Teale and Associates)

Dr M.D. NORMAN with Dr David Belton, CSIRO, on trace element compositions and cooling ages of apatite, Dr Robert Hough, CSIRO, on the distribution of gold pathfinder elements in the Australian regolith, and Dr David Braxton, University of Tasmania, Hobart, on the ages of igneous intrusions associated with mineralisation.

Dr G.M. YAXLEY collaborated with Dr Vadim Kamenetsky of CODES, University of Tasmania and Dr Geoff Nichols, formerly of GEMOC, Macquarie University in a study of alkaline picrites from the Prince Charles Mountains , Antarctica .

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INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION

Earth Chemistry

Dr C.M. Allen collaborated with Dr C.G. Barnes ( Texas Tech University ) and Dr C. Frost (U of Wyoming) on geochronology of central western Norway .

Dr V.C. BENNETT with Dr A. Brandon (NASA-Johnson Space Center, Houston) on determining the timing of early planetary processes through the high precision measurement of extinct nuclide isotopic compositions in ancient rocks.

Dr V.C. BENNETT with Prof M. Garcia ( University of Hawaii ) on in situ measurements of Pb isotopic compositions of olivine hosted melt inclusions in Hawaiian lavas using the multi-collector SHRIMP II.

Dr J.J. BROCKS continues to collaborate with Prof J. Banfield, Ms C. Jones (UC Berkeley) and Prof E. Roden ( University of Wisconsin , Madison ) on the Lake Tyrrell Environmental Genome Project.

Dr I.H. CAMPBELL and Dr C.M. ALLEN with Dr M. Palin ( University of Otago ); Dating zircons from the two youngest caldera-forming ignimbrites of the Yellowstone volcanic field, using the laser ablation ICP-MS.

Dr I.H. CAMPBELL and Dr C.M. ALLEN with Prof P. Reiners ( Yale University ); Double-dating [U/Pb and (Th + U)/He)] of detrital zircons in sedimentary provenance studies.

Dr I.H. CAMPBELL and Dr C.M. ALLEN with Dr S. Bryan ( Yale University ); Geochronology and geochemistry of the long-lived, large-volume silicic magmatism of the Sierra Madre Occidental , Mexico .

Dr I.H. CAMPBELL and Dr C.M. ALLEN with Prof P. Clift ( University of Glasgow ); Double-dating zircons from Southeast Asian Rivers.

Dr I.H. CAMPBELL and Dr C.M. ALLEN with Professor Matthias Bernet and Professor Mark Brandon ( Yale University ); Double-dating detrital zircons from the major rivers that drain the Alps .

Mr J. CÉLÉRIER with Dr O. Beyssac (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris), Mr A.A.G. Webb (UCLA, Los Angeles )

Ms C. G regory , Dr D. Rubatto and Dr J. Hermann collaborate with Prof M. Engi, Dr A. Berger and Dr E. Janots, Institute of Geology , University of Bern on the dating of monazite and allanite in low-grade metamorphic terranes and migmatites of the Southern Steep Belt of the Central Alps . Collaboration with Prof R. Compagnoni and Mr I. Gabudianu, University of Torino on the dating of monazite and allanite from the high-pressure Gran Paradiso massif of the Western Alps.

Dr M. HONDA collaborates with Dr J. Harris, University of Glasgow , and Dr R. Mohapatra, University of Manchester , on noble gas studies of diamonds.

Dr T.R. IRELAND continues to collaborate with Dr S. Weaver, University of Canterbury , New Zealand , Prof E. Zinner, Washington University , USA , and Dr B. Fegley, Washington University , USA .

Dr C.H. LINEWEAVER collaborates with Dr P.C.W. Davies, Origins Institute, Arizona State University , Phoenix on theoretical topics in astrobiology and cosmology.

Dr C.H. LINEWEAVER collaborates with Prof D.W. Schwartzman, Biology Department, Howard University and with Dr H. Piontkivska, Dept. of Biological Sciences , Kent State University on interpretations of the phylogenetic tree of life.

Dr D. RUBATTO collaborates Prof M.T Gomez-Pugnaire, University of Granada , Spain , and Prof B. Cesare, University of Padova , Italy , on the age of Tertiary magmatism in Neogene Volcanic Province of SE Spain.

Dr D. RUBATTO collaborates with Prof D. Visoná, CNR-University of Padova, Italy , and Dr R. Carosi, University of Pisa , Italy , on the geochronology of monazite in extensional shear zones, Higher Himalayan Crystallines.

Dr D. RUBATTO collaborates with Prof O. Müntener, University of Bern , Switzerland , and Miss M.-A. Kaczmarek, University of Neuchatel , Switzerland , on the geochronology of the Lanzo Massif, Western Alps , and on deformation-induced recrystallization of zircon.

Dr D. RUBATTO collaborates with Dr A. Korsakov and Prof N.L. Dobrestov, Russian Academy of Sciences, on the diachronous UHP metamorphism in the Kokchetav massif and the stability of monazite at high pressure.

Dr D. RUBATTO collaborates with Dr A. Azor, University of Granada , Spain , on the geochronology of mafic magmatism in the South Iberian Suture.

Dr D. RUBATTO collaborates with Prof G. Hoinkes and Mr C. Bauer, University of Gratz , Austria , on the geochronology of the UHP rocks of the Kimi Complex, Greece .

Dr D. RUBATTO collaborates with Prof M. Engi, Dr A. Berger and Dr E. Janots, University of Bern , Switzerland , on the behavior of LREE accessory minerals during prograde metamorphism.

Dr D. RUBATTO collaborates with Prof P. Rossetti and Miss M. Padoan, University of Turin , Italy , on the p etrography, geochemistry and geochronology on the Choco 10 Greenstone Belt: El Callao Gold Mining District, Venezuela.

Dr D. RUBATTO collaborates with Prof S. Poli and Mr S. Zanchetta, University of Milan , Italy , on the age of UHP metamorphism of the Ulfas eclogite, Italy .

Dr D. RUBATTO collaborates with Dr P.H. Leloup and Miss C. Sassier, Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon, France, on the duration of deformation along the Ailao-Shan - Red River Shear Zone , China .

Dr R. SALMERON, with Professor A. Konigl (Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Enrico Fermi Institute, The University of Chicago) and Dr C. Tassis (Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, The University of Chicago) on dust dynamics and planet formation in protostellar discs.

Dr I.S. WILLIAMS and Prof R.W.R. RUTLAND with Dr K. Korsman and Dr J. Kousa (Geological Survey of Finland) and Dr T. Schiöld (Swedish Museum of Natural History , Stockholm ), on the evolution of the Svecofennian orogen.

Dr I.S. WILLIAMS with Dr J. Wisniewska and Ms E. Krzeminska (Polish Geological Institute, Warsaw ), The evolution of the basement beneath the East European Platform in Poland .

Dr I.S. WILLIAMS with Prof A. Neiva ( Universidade de Coimbra , Portugal ), The chronology of Hercynian granites in the Gouveia area, Portugal .

Dr I.S. WILLIAMS with Prof Oh C.W. and Dr Kim S.W. (Chonbuk National University, South Korea), The timing of UHP and UHT metamorphism in South Korea and its relationship to the Dabie-Sulu UHP metamorphic belt in China.

DR I.S. WILLIAMS with Dr S. Weidong and Dr Liu Yulong (Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry), The age of the Bayan Obo giant REE deposit, Inner Mongolia .

DR I.S. WILLIAMS with representatives of the Korea Basic Science Institute, South Korea, Performance testing of the SHRIMP II ion microprobe.

Earth Environment

Dr S. EGGINS and Mr A. SADEKOV with Prof P. De Deckker (DEMS, ANU), Prof D. Kroon and Dr S. Troelstra ( Vrije University , Amsterdam ), on the geochemistry of live-collected foraminifera from the Netherlands Snellius expeditions in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea .

Dr S. EGGINS with Dr S. Troelstra and students ( Vrije University , Amsterdam ), on the geochemistry of freshwater and marine mollusks grown under monitored natural conditions.

Dr S. EGGINS and Mr A. SADEKOV with Dr K. Kimoto (Japan Agency for Marine Science and Technology), and Prof P. De Deckker (DEMS, ANU) on the geochemistry of live-collected and cultured planktonic foraminifera.

Dr S. EGGINS with Dr C. McKee (Geophysical Observatory, Port Moresby , PNG), and Dr R. Torrence (The Australian Museum), on the geochemistry of tephras from West New Britain .

Dr S. EGGINS and Mr A. SADEKOV with Prof P. De Deckker (DEMS, ANU) and Prof A. Rathburn (University of Iowa), on the geochemistry of benthic foraminifera from Venice Lagoon, Italy.

Dr S. EGGINS and Mr J.M.G. SHELLEY with Mr E. Christensen and Mr R. Olley (University of Otago), on the geochemistry of brown trout otoliths from the South Island, New Zealand.

Dr M.J. ELLWOOD with Drs P. Boyd, M. Kelly, J. Hall and C. Law (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand), on the use of sponges for paleo-chemical reconstructions and on the influence of trace elements on ocean productivity (GEOTRACES).

Dr T.M. ESAT collaborates with Dr Y. Yokoyama ( University of Tokyo ), on various aspects of Quaternary climate and sea-level change; and with Dr C. Stirling ( Otago University ), on dating of coral reefs from Ningaloo , Western Australia .

Dr M.K. GAGAN, Dr L.K. AYLIFFE, and Mr D. QU with Dr W. Hantoro and Dr D. Natawidjaja (Indonesian Institute of Sciences), Prof Z. Liu (University of Wisconsin – Madison), and Prof K. Sieh (California Institute of Technology), Partner investigators on ARC Discovery Grant DP0663227 (2006-2010): The Indian Ocean Dipole, Australasian drought, and the great-earthquake cycle: Long-term perspectives for improved prediction.

Dr M.K. GAGAN and Dr L.K. AYLIFFE with Dr W. Hantoro (Indonesian Institute of Sciences) and Dr G. Schmidt (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies), Partner investigators on ARC Discovery Grant DP0663274 (2006-2008): Monsoon extremes, environmental shifts, and catastrophic volcanic eruptions: Quantifying impacts on the early human history of southern Australasia.

Dr M.K. GAGAN and Ms R. BERDIN with Dr F. Siringan (University of the Philippines ), PhD dissertation on Late Quaternary climatic histories from raised coral terraces in the Philippines .

Dr M.K. GAGAN with Dr H. Kawahata ( Tohoku University ) and Dr A. Suzuki (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology), Geochemical tracers in corals from the Philippines and Indonesia as proxies of past climate change and the history of marine pollution.

Dr M.K. GAGAN with Prof G. Miller ( University of Colorado ), Associate investigators on National Geographic Society Grant: Aepyornis extinction and environmental change in Madagascar : assessing human impacts through precise dating and paleoenvironmental proxies preserved in eggshells and US NSF Grant: Collaborative Research: Identifying the footprints of human colonization on Australian ecosystems and climate.

Dr M.K. GAGAN with Dr N. Abram (British Antarctic Survey), Seasonal characteristics of the Indian Ocean Dipole during the Holocene.

Dr M.K. GAGAN with Dr G. Dunbar ( Victoria University at Wellington ), Skeletal mass accumulation in the tissue layer of Porites and implications for paleo-environmental reconstruction.

Prof R. GRÜN was invited as Visiting Professor at the Département de Préhistoire du Musée National d'Historie Naturelle, Paris, during May/June where he collaborated with Prof C. Falgueres, Dr J.J. Bahain and other staff members on the further development of dating techniques and with Drs D. Grimaud-Hervé and M.H. Moncel on the application of new isotopic systems on Neanderthal remains. He collaborates on similar application with Dr B. Maureille, Laboratoire d'Anthropologie des populations du Passé, Université Bordeaux 1, on the site of Les Predelles, where Ms T KELLY carries out her Honours project.

Prof R. GRÜN collaborates with many international scholars on the timing of modern human evolution. He has collected hominid samples from the anthropological sites Cave of Hearths, and Hutjiespunt, South Africa (Prof V.A. Tobias, Dr L. Berger, Dept of Anatomy, Medical School, University of the Witwatersrand, Prof J. Parkington, Dept of Archaeology, Cape Town University), Skhul, Qafzeh, Tabun, Kebara and Amud, Israel (Prof Y. Rak, Department of Anatomy, Haifa University, and Prof C.B. Stringer, Natural History Museum, London), Banyoles, Spain (Prof J. Maroto, Area de Prehistoria, Universitat de Girona ), Irhoud, Sale and Thomas Quarry, Marocco (Prof J.J. Hublin, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig ) .

Prof R. GRÜN collaborates with Dr J. Brink, Bloemfontein , on the dating of a range of sites in South Africa , including the newly discovered human site of Cornelia.

Prof R. GRÜN continues collaboration with Dr A. Pike (University of Bristol), on uranium uptake of bones and Prof T. de Torres, Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieros de Minas de Madrid, on the calibration of amino acid racemisation in bones, cave bear evolution and dating human material from Sidron.

Dr S.D. JUPITER together with Prof M.T. MCCULLOCH collaborates with Dr M. Field & Dr C. Storlazzi (U.S. Geological Survey), and Dr M. D'Iorio (William Lettis & Associates, California , USA ) on linkages between land use and water quality changes on Molokai , Hawaii .

Prof M.T. MCCULLOCH is collaborating with Prof C. Mazzoli (Dipartimento di Mineralogia e Petrologia, Università di Padova , Italy ), and Dr P. Montagna and Dr S. Silenzi (Istituto Centrale di Ricerca Applicata al Mare – ICRAM, Rome, Italy) on shallow water coral reefs in the Mediterranean.

Prof M.T. MCCULLOCH is collaborating with Dr M. Taviani, and Dr A. Remia (ISMAR-CNR, Bologna, Italy) and Dr P. Montagna (Istituto Centrale di Ricerca Applicata al Mare – ICRAM, Rome, Italy), on deep sea corals in the Mediterraean.

Prof M.T. MCCULLOCH is continuing collaborating with Prof R. Dunbar and Dr B. Roarck (Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University , California , USA ) on deep sea corals in the Pacific Ocean .

Prof M.T. MCCULLOCH is collaborating with Dr J. Blichert-Toft and Prof F. Albarede (Laboratoire des Sciences de la Terre, Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon, France), on Boron isotopic systematics in marine bio-apatites and Lu-Hf isotopes in ancient zircons.

Prof M.T. MCCULLOCH is collaborating with Dr J-P. Bernal (Septo.Geoquimica, Instituto de Geologia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico ) on the Terrestrial impacts on Coral reef in the Carribean and speleothem deposits in Mexico .

Prof M.T. MCCULLOCH is collaborating with Prof T. Correge (Departement de Geologie et Oceanographie, Universite de Bordeaux I, France) on U-series dating of modern corals from New Caledonia .

Prof M.T. MCCULLOCH is collaborating with Dr D. Fleitmann ( Institute of Geological Sciences University of Bern ) on speleothem research as well as coral reefs from Kenya .

Prof M.T. MCCULLOCH and Dr S.D. JUPITER are collaborating with Dr M. Field & Dr C. Storlazzi (U.S. Geological Survey), and Dr M. D'Iorio (William Lettis & Associates, CA, USA ) on linkages between land use and water quality changes on Molokai , Hawaii .

Prof B.J. PILLANS with Dr J. Ogg ( Purdue University , USA ) on the status of the Quaternary in the International Geological Time Scale

Dr E.J. RHODES is collaborating with Prof C. Stringer ( Natural History Museum , London ), Prof N. Barton and Dr J.L. Schwenninger ( University of Oxford ), human evolution and dispersal in Iberia and north Africa.

Dr E.J. RHODES with Prof P. Gibbard ( University of Cambridge ), glaciation of East Anglia .

Dr E.J. RHODES with Dr C.S. Marcen (University of Zaragoza), Dr C. Lewis (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA), Dr E. MacDonald (Desert Research Institute, Reno, USA), landscape evolution and climatic conditions in northeast Spain.

Dr E.J. RHODES with Dr G.H. Miller (INSTAAR, Boulder , USA ), climatic reconstructions of central Australia .

Dr E.J. RHODES with Dr D. MacCarroll ( University of Wales , Swansea , UK ), glaciation of the Irish Sea .

Dr E.J. RHODES with Dr S. Doerr ( University of Wales , Swansea , UK ), fire history in New South Wales .

Dr P.C. Treble collaborates with Prof T.M. Harrison & Dr A.K. Schmitt ( University of California Los Angeles ), and Prof R.L. Edwards ( University of Minnesota ), on the reconstruction of rapid climate events in speleothems.

Dr P.C. Treble collaborates with Dr E. Tonui ( University of California Los Angeles ), on the measurement of Mg isotopes in modern speleothems.

Dr P.C. Treble collaborates with Dr E.J. Hendy (Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory), on synchrotron measurements of speleothem phosphorus, and with Prof C Spötl ( University of Innsbruck ), on trace elements in high altitude Austrian speleothems.

Earth Materials

Mr S. BARKER collaborated with Professor Zachary Sharp in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico , conducting in situ laser ablation stable isotope analyses to examine the fine-scale history of hydrothermal fluid flow recorded in carbonate and quartz veins.

Prof S.F. COX continued a collaboration with Dr N Mancktelow (ETH-Zurich), Dr A.-M. Boullier (Univertite Joseph Fourier, Grenoble ), Dr Y Rolland (Universite de Nice) and Dr G Pennachioni (Universita di Padova) on fluid flow in Alpine shear zones.

Prof S. F. COX is collaborating, via an ARC Discovery Grant, with Dr S Miller ( University of Bonn ) on modelling of fluid flow in fault networks.

Dr W.J. DUNLAP collaborates with Dr C. Teyssier, of the University of Minnesota , on the exhumation of the Valhalla Complex, British Columbia .

Dr W.J. DUNLAP collaborates with Dr H. Fossen, of the Bergen Museum and Bergen University ( Norway ), on the exhumation of the Ulven Complex in western Norway .

Dr W.J. DUNLAP collaborates with Dr H. Davies, of the University of Papua New Guinea ( Port Moresby ), on the determination of the age of Papuan Highlands fossils.

Dr W.J. DUNLAP collaborates with Dr J. Weber, of the Grand Valley State University , on the dating of mylonites on the coastal islands of Venezuela .

Dr W.J. DUNLAP collaborates with Dr S. Mazur, of the University of Wroclaw ( Poland ), on the exhumation and development of the mylonitic basement-cover contact in the Paleozoic Variscan foreland basins, Poland .

Dr W.J. DUNLAP collaborates with Dr A. Tulloch, of the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences ( Dunedin , NZ), on the age and significance of the Sam's Creek gold-bearing dyke in Nelson , New Zealand .

Dr W.J. DUNLAP collaborates with Dr N. Mortimer, of the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences ( Dunedin , NZ), on the age and significance of the Wishbone Ridge, as determined from dredge samples.

Dr K.A. EVANS collaborates with Matt Newville at the APS (American Photon Source), Chicago , USA , on the use of synchrotron radiation to determine the effects of CO2 on the molecular structure of supercritical fluids.

Dr J.D. FITZ GERALD collaborates on electron microscopy studies of minerals with Prof I. Parsons, University of Edinburgh, Prof A. Putnis, University of Münster, Dr U. Faul, Boston University, Dr J.K. Lee, Queen's University, Ontario and Dr A. Camacho, University of Manitoba.

Dr M. FORSTER collaborates with Dr T. Ahmad, Delhi University , New Delhi , India , on the structure, tectonics and geochronology along major tectonic boundaries and a UHP dome of NW Himalaya.

Dr M. FORSTER collaborates with Dr G. Ho, Peking University , Beijing , China , on the structure, tectonics and geochronology along major western tectonic boundary of a regional-scale core complex in NW China.

Dr M. FORSTER collaborates with Prof R. Compagnoni, Università degli Studi di Torino, Dip. di Scienze Mineralogiche e Petrologiche, Torino , Italy , on the structure, tectonics and geochronology of the Western Alps and the Blueschist Belt, Greece .

Prof D.H. GREEN collaborates with Dr K. Niida, University of Hokkaido , Japan , on the origin and history of the Horoman Peridotite, Hokkaido , and with Dr F. Chalot-Prat, CRPG-CNRS and University of Nancy , France , on experimental study of the origin of mid-ocean ridge basalts and their reaction within the upper-most mantle.

Dr J. HERMANN collaborates with Prof M. Scambelluri and Dr N. Malaspina ( University of Genova , Italy ), Prof T. Pettke and Dr C. Spandler ( University of Berne , Switzerland ), on constraints on subduction zone fluids from high-pressure ultramafic rocks.

Dr J. HERMANN collaborates with Dr A. Berry (Imperial College London, UK) and Dr A. Walker ( Cambridge University , UK ), on water incorporation in olivine.

Dr J. HERMANN collaborates with Prof O. Müntener ( University of Berne , Switzerland ) on the geological map of Valmalenco, Alps .

Dr J. HERMANN collaborates with Dr A. Hack ( ETH-Zurich , Switzerland ) on phase relations in solid-water systems.

Dr J. HERMANN collaborates with Prof L. Morton and Dr M. Marocchi ( University of Bologna , Italy ), on trace element variations in hydrous minerals in mantle wedge peridotites and implications for mantle metasomatism.

Dr J. HERMANN collaborates with Prof M. Engi and Dr A. Berger ( University of Berne , Switzerland ), on barrovian metamorphism in the Central Alps .

Dr J. HERMANN collaborates with Prof B. Cesare ( University of Padova , Italy ) and Dr A. Acosta Vigil ( University of Granada , Spain ), on partial melting in crustal xenoliths of the South Spanish volcanic province.

Dr J. HERMANN collaborates with Dr M. Satish-Kumar ( Shizuoka University , Japan ), on monitoring volatile and trace element contents of fluids in high-grade marbles from Antarctica .

Prof I. JACKSON collaborates in studies of the elasticity and viscoelasticity of geological materials with Prof R. C. Liebermann and colleagues ( Stony Brook University ), Prof G. D. Gwanmesia ( Delaware State University , Dover ), Prof S. J. S Morris ( University of California , Berkeley ), Prof J.C.H. Kung ( National Cheng Kung University , Taiwan ), Prof K. Itatani (Sophia University, Japan), Prof F. Béjina ( Toulouse , France ).

Mr I. KOVACS collaborated with Dr E. Hauri, Carnegie Institute, Washington , on analyzing experimental capsules with SIMS for H.

Mr I. KOVACS collaborates with Dr Cs. SZABO and Dr L. CSONTOS, E ötvös University , Budapest , on the Paleogene-Early Miocene geodynamic reconstruction of the Alpine-Carpathian-Pannonian-Dinaric region.

Dr M.FORSTER collaborates with Dr T. Ahmad, Delhi University , New Delhi , India , on the structure, tectonics and geochronology along major tectonic boundaries and a UHP dome of NW Himalaya.

Dr J. MAVROGENES is collaborating with Prof B. Ron Frost, University of Wyoming , on melting of sulfide ores during metamorphism.

Emeritus Prof I. MCDOUGALL continued his long-standing collaboration with Dr F.H. Brown of the University of Utah , Salt Lake City , on the evolution of the Omo-Turkana Basin in northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia in part of the East African Rift Zone. In addition he is working with Dr F.H. Brown and also Dr J.G. Fleagle of the University of Stony Brook, New York, on finalizing a contribution for a publication on the dating of early modern humans at Kibish , Ethiopia , and palaeoclimatic links with deep sea sediments in the Mediterranean Sea .

Dr C.R.M. McFARLANE with A. Tomkins (Monash University ) studying the impact of precursor hydrothermal alteration on the development of mineral assemblages in metamorphosed Au deposits.

Prof H. O'NEILL continues to collaborate with Prof H. Palme and Dr G. Witt-Eickschen of the University of Cologne, Germany, and Prof T. Irifune, Ehime University, Japan, Dr A. J. Berry (Imperial College, London, UK) all of whom visited RSES during 2006, and with Dr A Walker (Cambridge University, UK), Dr Xi Liu ( University of Western Ontario, Canada).

Dr R. RAPP collaborates with Professor T. Irifune of the Geodynamics Research Center , Ehime University , Matsuyama , Japan on the development of polycrystalline sintered diamond anvils for use in the multi-anvil apparatus, with the objective of attaining pressures in the range of 40-50 GPa.

Dr R. RAPP collaborates with Professor N. Shimizu of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts , USA , using the secondary ion mass spectrometer to measure trace element abundances in high pressure experimental silicate melts and minerals.

Dr R. RAPP collaborates with Professor Herve Martin and professor Didier Laporte of the Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans, Universite de Blaise Pascal de Clermont-Ferrand, Clermont-Ferrand, France, conducting an experimental study of slab-mantle interactions in subduction zones.

Dr N. TAILBY and Dr K. EVANS collaborated with Dr M. Newville and S. Sutton, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratories, Chicago , USA , on determining Ti-site occupancy in zircon from XANES and EXAFS spectra.

Dr T. ULRICH attended two conferences and presented results of my research this year. I gave an invited keynote presentation on LA ICPMS analysis of fluid inclusions at the Asian Current Research on Fluid Inclusions (ACROFI I) conference in Nanjing in May 2006 and I presented some results of the sulphur solubility study at the 16. Goldschmidt conference in Melbourne in September 2006.

Earth Physics

Dr D.R.CHRISTIE collaborates with Dr P. Campus, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, United Nations, Vienna , Austria on infrasound monitoring of volcanoes and CTBT monitoring problems.

Dr A.McC. HOGG and Prof R.W. GRIFFITHS continued collaboration with Prof W.K. Dewar ( Florida State University , USA ) and Dr P. Berloff ( University of Cambridge , UK and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA ) on the turbulent dynamics of ocean circulation, supported by an ARC Linkage International Grant.

Dr A.McC. HOGG continued collaboration with Dr J. Nycander ( Stockholm University , Sweden ) and Ms Leela Frankcombe ( Utrecht University , The Netherlands) on the numerical modelling of time-dependent flow through ocean straits.

Dr A.McC. HOGG embarked on a collaboration with Dr M.M. Meredith (British Antarctic Survey, UK) and Dr. C. Wilson (Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, UK) relating to the energetics of circulation in the Southern Ocean.

Dr R.C. KERR and Prof R.W. GRIFFITHS continued collaboration with Prof K.V. Cashman ( University of Oregon , USA ) on the dynamics of channelized lava flows, a project funded by an ARC Discovery grant.

Prof R.W. GRIFFITHS and Dr G.O. HUGHES, with Drs J.C. Mullarney ( Dalhousie University , Canada ) and W.H. Peterson on ‘horizontal convection'.

Prof B.L.N. KENNETT continues to collaborate with Dr E. Debayle, University of Strasbourg , France , Dr K. Priestley, Dr S. Fishwick, University of Cambridge , UK , Dr M. Ritzwoller, University of Colorado and Dr K. Yoshizawa, University of Hokkaido , Japan on surface wave tomography.

Prof B.L.N. KENNETT has collaborated with Dr T. Furumura at the Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo , Japan on a variety of issues in seismic wave propagation, particularly the propagation of high frequency waves from the Indonesian subduction zone into stations in northern Australia .

Prof K. LAMBECK was a member of the Steering Committee for the World Climate Research Programme Workshop “Understanding Sea-level Rise and Variability”.

Dr H. MCQUEEN and Prof K. LAMBECK collaborate with Prof T. Sato (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Mizusawa) on operation of Superconducting Gravimeter at Mt Stromlo.

Dr H. MCQUEEN collaborated with Dr Y. Rogister and Dr M. Amalvict of EOST, Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg on FG5 Absolute Gravimeter measurements at Mt Stromlo and analysis of observations.

Dr H. MCQUEEN collaborated with S. Bonaimé and Dr G. Roult of Progamme Geosccope at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris on upgrading the Canberra Geoscope Seismic Station and integration into the French and Australian Tsunami Warning Centre networks.

Dr N. RAWLINGSON collaborates with: Prof. Greg Houseman, University of Leeds , on teleseismic tomgoraphy; Dr. Sebastian Rost, University of Leeds , on seismic array analysis of core phases.

Dr A.M. READING collaborates with Prof. D. Wiens ( Washington University , St Louis , USA ) on the seismic structure of Antarctica .

David Robinson collaborates with Prof Roel Snieder, Center for Wave Phenomena, Colorado School of Mines, and Dr Kim Olsen, Department of Geological Sciences, San Diego State University , and Dr Jim Rutledge, Geophysics Group, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Dr Daniel O'Connell, Geophysics, Paleohydrology, and Seismotectonics Group, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Dr P. TREGONING collaborates with Prof. T. Herring, Drs R. King and S. McClusky , Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge on the development of functional models in the GAMIT GPS analysis software, with Drs A. Walpersdorf (Universite Joseph Fourier, Grenoble), M. Nocquet (CNRS, Geoscience Azur, Nice), S. Baize ( IRSN Seismic Hazard Division, France) and E. Calais (Purdue University, West Lafayette) on deformation in the Jura Mountains, France, with Prof. H. Schuh and Dr J. Boehm, Technical University of Vienna and Dr A. Niell (Haystack Observatory, Westford) on new empirical atmospheric propagation models and with Dr N. Penna (University of Newcastle Upon Tyne) on aliasing of sub-daily periodic signals into long-frequency periodic coordinate errors.

Dr. W. P. Schellart continued collaborating with Ms. V. G. Toy ( Otago University , New Zealand ), primarily working on a reconstruction of the Southwest Pacific region since the Late Cretaceous.

Dr C. SINADINOVSKI collaborates with UNESCO Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology in Skopje , Macedonia , on the comparison of intraplate earthquakes.

Dr C. SINADINOVSKI collaborates with China 's State Seismological Bureau in Beijing and Qingdao and Guangdong centres on regional seismicity.

PRISE

Dr R.A. ARMSTRONG collaborates with Prof M. Macambira, Federal University of Pará, Belem, Brazil, on the crustal growth history of the Amazonian Craton, Prof N. Beukes and Prof J. Gutzmer, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, on the chronostratigraphy of the Palaeoproterozoic sequences of the Kaapvaal Craton with special reference to evolution of the atmosphere, Dr E. Roberts, Witwatersrand University and Prof P.K. Link, Idaho State University, on provenance and age of detrital zircons from the Rukwa Rift Basin, Tanzania, Dr R.P. Xavier, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil, on geochronology of the Alta Floresta Gold Province (western Brazil), Dr R. Mapeo, University of Botswana, on the age and regional correlation of gneisses and sediments from a borehole in NW Botswana, K.H. Hoffmann, Geological Survey of Namibia, on determining the ages of Neoproterozoic glaciations in Namibia, Dr A. Cocherie, BRGM, France, on SHRIMP characterization of a potential monazite standard, Prof E. Dantas and Prof M. Pimentel, University of Brasilia, Brazil, on U-Pb-Hf geochronology and isotope geochemistry on various sequences in Brazil, Prof A. Camacho on a study of Ar/Ar, Rb/Sr and U/Pb systematics and geochronology of carbonates and associated rocks from Ontario, Prof M.Heilbron, Rio de Janeiro State University, on SHRIMP U-Pb geochronology of the Ribeira Belt, Brazil, Dr R.S. Schmitt, Rio de Janeiro State University, on the geochronology of the Kaoko Belt and correlation with South America, Dr G. de Kock, Council for Geoscience, South Africa, on the geochronology of Ghana, Dr G. Grantham and Dr M. Roberts, Council for Geoscience, South Africa, on a regional mapping and geochronological study of the Mozambique Belt.

Mr C.M. FANNING with Prof P.K. Link, Idaho State University, continuation of collaboration on the provenance and time of deposition of Neoproterozoic sequences in Utah and Idaho, Prof F. Hervé, Universidad de Chile and Dr R.J. Pankhurst (British Geological Survey), continuation of collaboration on the geochronological and tectonic evolution of the southern Patagonian batholith, Prof C. Rapela, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina, and Dr R.J. Pankhurst (British Geological Survey), c ontinuation of collaboration on the geochronological and tectonic evolution of the north Patagonian massif and adjacent cratons/terrains of Argentina, Dr J.N. Aleinikoff, United States Geological Survey, continuation of collaboration on SHRIMP II U-Pb analyses of zircon and xenotime.

Dr M.D. NORMAN collaborates with Prof L.A. Taylor, University of Tennessee, USA, Prof G.J. Taylor, University of Hawai'i, USA, Prof R.A, Duncan, Oregon State University, USA, and Drs L.E. Nyquist and A.D. Brandon, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, USA on the ages and geochemistry of rocks from the Moon and Mars, Prof M.O. Garcia, University of Hawai'i, USA, on the petrology and geochemistry of basaltic lavas from Hawaiian volcanoes, and Dr L. Solari, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, on the distribution of detrital zircons from Central America.

Dr G.M. YAXLEY, collaborated with Prof Gerhard Brey (Frankfurt University, Germany) in an experimental study of the phase and melting relations of carbonate eclogite in the upper mantle and with Dr Andrew Berry of Imperical College London and Prof Hugh O'Neill (RSES) in development of a new synchrotron based technique for the determination of Fe 3+ /?Fe in garnet. Along with Professor David Green (RSES) and Ms Anja Rosenthal (RSES) he collaborated with Professor Alex Sobolev (Max-Planck-Insitut für Chemie, Mainz and Vernadsky Institute, Moscow ) and Dr Carl Spandler ( Bern University , Switzerland ) in high pressure experimental investigations of the partial melting of eclogitic or pyroxenite heterogeneities and their roles in upper mantle magma genesis. He is also collaborating with Prof F. Munizaga (University of Chile) and Mr Mark Fanning (RSES) in an investigation of the geochronology and evolution of Late Paleozoic – Early Triassic magmatism on the western border of Gondwana, ie the Collahuasi District, northern Chile.

Ms A. ROSENTHAL is collaborating with Dr Carl Spandler ( University of Bern ) in a high pressure experimental project investigating the melting of heterogeneous mantle.

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COOPERATION WITH GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY

Earth Chemistry

Dr J.J. BROCKS started collaboration with Dr G. Ambrose (Northern Territory Geological Survey) on the petroleum potential in the Centralian Superbasin , Australia .

Dr J.J. BROCKS continues to collaborate with Dr E. Grosjean and Dr G.A. Logan (Geoscience Australia ) on petroleum seeps and signatures of Australian off-shore basins.

Mr A.J. CROSS with Mr A. Crispe (Northern Territory Geological Survey), SHRIMP U–Pb study of the depositional chronology of the Tanami region, northern Australia .

Dr J.J. Foster with Australian Scientific Instruments, on SHRIMP instrumentation development.

Dr T.R. IRELAND continues to collaborate with Australian Scientific Instruments and Geoscience Australia .

Mr P. LANC continues cooperation with Australian Scientific Instruments on SHRIMP instrumentation programming.

Ms D.L. VALENTE and Dr I.H. CAMPBELL with A. Molina (S.C.M. El Abra, Chile), The Geology, Geochemistry and Geochronology of the El Abra Mine, Chile and the adjacent Pajonal-El Abra suite of intrusions.

Ms D.L. VALENTE and Dr I. H. CAMPBELL with Phelps Dodge; the geochemistry, geochronology and evolution of the El Abra porphyry copper deposit in Northern Chile .

Dr I.S. WILLIAMS holds a 25% appointment as Applications Scientist at Australian Scientific Instruments Pty. Ltd., a subsidiary of ANU Enterprise , where he works on SHRIMP development, marketing, testing and operator training.

Dr I.S. WILLIAMS provided SHRIMP technical and applications advice to the Geological Survey of Canada ( Ottawa ), Hiroshima University ( Japan ), The National Institute of Polar Research ( Japan ), The Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences ( Beijing ) and the All Russian Geological Research Institute ( St. Petersburg ).

Earth Environment

Dr S.D. JUPITER and Prof M.T. McCULLOCH with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Mackay Whitsunday Natural Resource Management Group and the Mackay City Council, on long-term changes in Mackay Whitsunday water quality and connectivity between coral reefs and mangrove ecosystems.

Prof M.T. McCULLOCH and Dr S.D. JUPITER from RSES are collaborating with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Mackay Whitsunday Natural Resource Management Group and the Mackay City Council, Long-term changes in Mackay Whitsunday water quality and connectivity between coral reefs and mangrove ecosystems.

Prof M.T. McCULLOCH together with Mr J. Brody from JCU and Dr Fabricius from AIMS are collaborating with the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Heritage in The Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility (MTSRF) which is part of the Commonwealth Environmental Research Facilities Program (CERF), an initiative of the Australian Government to invest in world-class public good research over the next four years.  Professor McCulloch is involved in a project Funds to support the conservation and sustainable use of the Great Barrier Reef and the connecting coastal regions.

Prof B.J. PILLANS with Newmont Australia , on Geochronology of landscape evolution in the Tanami region, Northern Territory

Dr P.C. Treble with Land & Water Australia, WA Department of Conservation and Land Management, Naracoorte Caves World Heritage Area, and NSW Department of Environment and Conservation (Yarrangobilly Caves)

Earth Materials

Prof S. F. COX and Dr S MICKLETHWAITE are collaborating with a consortium of minerals industry sponsors, via AMIRA International, in an ARC Linkage project “Exploration potential of stress transfer modelling in fault-related mineral deposits”.

Prof S.F. COX is collaborating with Gold Fields Australia Limited in a PhD project “Deformational Controls on Dynamics of Fluid Flow, Hydrothermal Alteration and Ore Genesis, Argo Gold Deposit, WA”. This project is jointly funded by Gold Fields Australia Limited and an ARC Linkage grant.

Dr W.J. DUNLAP with Dr A. Wygralak (Northern Territory Geological Survey) on the age of mica bearing quartz veins, at a regional scale, Northern Territory .

Dr W.J. DUNLAP with Dr M. Dawson (New South Wales Geological Survey) on the dating of volcanic rocks in New South Wales .

Dr W.J. DUNLAP with Dr A. Wankovitch (Oolithica Geosciences, UK ) on the age of volcanic rocks in petroleum producing fields in the middle east.

Dr W.J. DUNLAP with Dr P. Lindberg (Self-employed) on the age and significance of basaltic volcanic rocks in Arizona , USA .

Dr W.J. DUNLAP and Dr M. NORMAN with Hess Oil on the age of illites extracted from quartzites in oil producing fields in northern Africa .

Dr J.MAVROGENES and Prof H. O'Neill are collaborating with UWA and AMIRA (BHP and Lion Ore) on an ARC Linkage funded study of controls on trace elements in komatiites.

Dr C.R.M. MCFARLANE with R. Skirrow (Geoscience Australia ) studying in-situ Nd isotopic composition of allanite and epidote in IOCG-type Cu-Au prospects, Curnamona Province , South Australia . Cooperation with T. Poustie (Dominion Mining Ltd) led to a new model for pre-metamorphic gold deposition at the Challenger Mine, South Australia . A petrological and isotopic study of the Morila Gold Mine, Mali , began in cooperation with G. Cameron (Randgold Resources Limited).

Dr S. Micklethwaite with M. Humphreys and K. Weber (Harmony Limited), the application of Stress Transfer Modelling to exploration in the New Celebration goldfield, Western Australia. Also with S. Shakesby (Newcrest Limited) on the geometry and mechanical interactions of normal faults and dykes in Cracow epithermal gold deposit.

Earth Physics

Dr D.R. CHRISTIE with Dr D.J. Brown (Geoscience Australia ) on matters related to infrasound verification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

Professor B.L.N. KENNETT has continued to provide support to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) Organisation in Vienna through the operation of the Warramunga Seismic and Infrasound Research Station near Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory . The seismic and infrasound arrays have been very ably supported by Jingming Duan and Scott Savage. Very high reliability has been achieved with data transmitted continuously to the International Data Centre in Vienna via satellite link.

Prof K. LAMBECK, as President of the Australian Academy of Science, chaired a PMSEIC Working Group on Australia 's Science and Technology Priorities for Global Engagement. He was also a member of the Nuclear Expert Review Panel appointed to comment on the Report of the Uranium Mining, Processing and Nuclear Energy Review (UMPNER) Taskforce.

Dr H. MCQUEEN collaborated with G. Luton of Geoscience Australia on absolute gravity measurements and instrument calibrations at the Mt Stromlo Gravity Station in support of the Superconducting Gravimeter installation and absolute gravity determinations at other Australian sites.

Dr H. MCQUEEN collaborated with R. Tracey and N. Dando (Geoscience Australia ) on intercomparison of relative gravimeters for accurate determination of ocean tide loading signals.

Dr H. MCQUEEN collaborated with Dr S Spiliopoulos (Geoscience Australia ) on a major upgrade of the Canberra Geoscope Seismic Station.

Dr N RAWLINSON with Dr. Marthijn de Kool (Geoscience Australia ) on seismic wavefront propagation in complex 3-D media; with Dr. Dave Robson (NSW Geological Survey) on teleseismic tomography in NSW.

Dr A.M. READING collaborates with Dr P. Cummins on the seismic structure of West Australia and East Antarctica .

Dr M. SAMBRIDGE with Dr Phil Cummins and Mr. Ryan Ruddock, Geoscience Australia , on probabilistic methods for seismic ground motion estimation, and earthquake location methods.

Dr P. TREGONING with Dr P. Cummins and Mr G. Johnston (Geoscience Australia) on modelling co-seismic displacements in Papua New Guinea and developing the geospatial component of the AuScope submission to NCRIS.

PRISE

Dr R.A. ARMSTRONG with G. Cameron (Randgold Resources Limited), Sulphur isotope profiles of mineralization of the Morila gold deposit, Mali, J. Greenfield (Geological Survey of NSW) on Sm-Nd isotope characterization of the Koonenberry Belt, Dr R.S.C. de Brito (Geological Survey of Brazil, CPRM), SHRIMP geochronology for the Mato Grosso Do Sul and Arapiraca projects, Dr Carlos da Silva (Geological Survey of Brazil, CPRM), on various aspects of Brazilian geochronology and stratigraphy, the Council for Geoscience, South Africa, on various aspects of the stratigraphy and geochronology of southern Africa.

Mr C.M. FANNING with Mr C. Georgess (Kagara Zinc Exploration)

Dr M.D. NORMAN with SonaHess petroleum company and Newcrest Mining Limited.

Dr G.M. YAXLEY, funded by de Beers to conduct a high pressure experimental investigation of Ni partitioning between upper mantle phases, and to investigate its use as a geothermometer with applications to diamond exploration; awarded an ARC-Linkage Grant with industry partner AMIRA International (The project will develop new techniques for the interpretation of diamond indicator minerals and apply them to samples supplied by the sponsor companies (BHP-Billiton, de Beers and Rio Tinto)). Along with Dr Andrew Berry (Imperial College, London), Dr G.M. YAXLEY was awarded, by the Australian Synchrotron Research Program, funding and several days beam-time at the Australian National Beamline facility in Tsukuba, Japan in June. XANES measurements on synthetic garnets were performed as part of development of a new technique for determination of Fe 3+ /?Fe in garnets. Dr G.M. YAXLEY was also awarded $10k funding for this project from the Victorian Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development and the Australian Synchrotron Project, to facilitate future visits to overseas synchrotrons.

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