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NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LINKS 2008

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


COLLABORATION WITH AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES, CSIRO & INDUSTRY

Earth Chemistry

Dr Y. AMELIN collaborated with Dr. R. Nicoll (Geoscience Australia) and Dr. I. Metcalfe (University of New England) on the timescale of Permian-Triassic transition in Australia.
Ms. J.N. Avila collaborated with Prof. E. Zinner, Dr. S. Amari and Mr. F. Gyngard, Laboratory for Space Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis, USA, on the study of light and heavy elements on presolar silicon carbide grains.

Ms. J.N. Avila collaborated with Dr. P. Heck, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, on the study of interstellar residence times of presolar silicon carbide grains.

Dr. V.C. BENNETT collaborated with Dr A. Brandon, NASA-Johnson Space Center, Dr. A.P. Nutman and Dr. Y. Wan (Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences) on determining the isotopic signatures of extinct nuclides in the oldest rocks from the Archean terranes of Greenland and China.

Dr J.J. BROCKS collaborated with Prof S. George and S. Bray (Macquarie University), The organic geochemistry, geochronology and microbial history of saline Lake Tyrrell in outback Victoria.

Dr J.J. BROCKS collaborated with Prof B. Rasmussen (Curtin University of Technology), The carbon isotopic composition of Precambrian organic matter and the syngeneity of ancient biomarkers.

Dr J.J. BROCKS collaborated with Prof A. Cooper (University of Adelaide), The preservation of lipids, proteins and DNA in the Devonian Gogo Fish.

Dr J.J. BROCKS collaborated with Dr J. Moreau, Dr. S. McLaren (Melbourne University), Dr D. Gleeson, Dr J. Cliff and Dr M. Kilburn (University of Western Australia), Seafloor clay mineral diagenesis and seismicity in the Nankai Trough Subduction Zone: a microbially-mediated process?

Dr J.J. BROCKS collaborated with Mr R. Schinteie (RSES, ANU) and Dr G. Halverson (University of Adelaide), The geochemical and biological evolution of the oceans in the Neoproterozoic.

Dr J.J. BROCKS collaborated with Prof P. De Deckker (RSES, ANU), Dr G. Allison and Mr C. Munday (BamBi, ANU)

Prof I.H. CAMPBELL and Dr C. ALLEN collaborated with Professor R. Cass and Dr R. Squire, (Monash University); Understanding the stratigraphic and structural architecture of late Archean basins and the context of their gold deposits.

Prof I.H. CAMPBELL and Dr C. ALLEN collaborated with Dr A. Harris (University of Tasmania); U-Pb dating of felsic intrusions from Cadia NSW.

Prof I.H. CAMPBELL and Dr C. ALLEN collaborated with Professor C. Wilson and Ms E. Henry (University of Melbourne); zircon age patterns from Early Paleozoic sandstones of western Victoria.

Dr. S.J. FALLON collaborated with Dr. R. Thresher (CSIRO, Climate from Deep Sea Corals); M. Cheetham (Southern Cross University, history of rainfall in N. Queensland); Dr. J. Lough (Australian Institute of Marine Science, climate records from tropical corals); Dr. E. Krull (CSIRO, history of Coorong Delta); Dr. L. Wallis (Flinders University, dating of Coorong settlement); Dr. L. Reed (Flinders University, Vegetation history of Naracoorte Cave region); Prof. A. Cooper (Adelaide University, Dating of fossils for ancient DNAanalysis.

Dr M. Forster collaborated with the members of TANG3O (Thermochronology and Noble Gas, Geochronology and Geochemistry Organization) in particular Dr P. Vasconcelos (University of Queensland), Assoc. Prof D. Phillips (University of Melbourne), and Dr F. Jourdan (Curtin University).

Dr M. Honda collaborated with Prof A. Chivas (The University of Wollongong) and A/Prof D. Phillips (The University of Melbourne), Continuation of collaboration on cosmogenic noble gas studies in young basalts; A/Prof D. Phillips (The University of Melbourne), Continuation of collaboration on noble gas studies in diamonds; Dr M. Kendrick (The University of Melbourne), Continuation of collaboration on noble gas studies in ore-forming minerals.

Prof T.R. IRELAND with Australian Scientific Instruments, Geoscience Australia, Prof P. Vasconcelos (University of Queensland), Prof A. Gleadow (University of Melbourne), Dr P. Carr & 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), on the SHRIMP SI Project and TANG3O.

Dr D. RUBATTO collaborated with Dr D. Haley, Curtin University of Technology on the subduction of Corsican ophiolites.

Mr R. Schinteie’s thesis co-advisors are Dr. E. Grosjean, (Geoscience Australia, Canberra), and Dr G. Halverson (University of Adelaide).

Dr I.S. WILLIAMS with Australian Scientific Instruments – SHRIMP development, and Prof B.W. Chappell (University of Wollongong) – granite geochemistry.

Earth Environment

Mr M. AUBERT collaborates with Prof Paul Taçon and Dr Sally May (Griffith University) on investigating rock art in Yunnan, China for Uranium-series dating.

Dr L. K. AYLLIFFE with Dr G. J. Prideaux (Flinders University), Dr J Hellstrom (University of Melbourne).

Prof. P. DE DECKKER and Dr S. Eggins collaborated with Prof. C. Murray-Wallace (University of Wollongong) and Dr J. Cann (University of Sth Australia) on dating paleo-Murray River channels and estuaries on the Lacepede Shelf.

Prof. P. DE DECKKER, Dr M. Norman, Dr K.E. Fitzsimmons and Dr S. Fallon completed a research paper on a >40,000 years old aeolian deposits from Blanche cave in Naracoorte, SA together with Mr N. Darrenougue from Bordeaux, Dr S. van der Kaars of the University of Gottingen, and Dr L. Reed from Flinders University.

Dr A. DUTTON with Dr C. Woodroffe (University of Wollongong) and Dr S. Smithers (James Cook University) on Holocene Sea Level in the Australian Region.

Dr A. DUTTON with Dr T. Esat (ANSTO) on submerged speleothems from the Mediterranean and last interglacial corals from Western Australia.

Dr S. EGGINS collaborated with Dr B. LANDENBERGER (University of Newcastle) on radiogenic isotope microanalysis and geochronology of granites from the New England Fold Belt.

Dr M.J. ELLWOOD collaborates with Dr. Edward Butler (CISRO), Dr. Andrew Bowie (ACE CRC) on Trace metals in Southern Ocean waters, and Prof. William Maher (University of Canberra) on Germanium and silicon isotope fractionation in sponges and diatoms.

Dr K.E. FITZSIMMONS collaborates with Dr T.T. Barrows (ANU) on high resolution geochronology and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction in the southeastern Australian highlands.

Dr K.E. FITZSIMMONS collaborates with Prof. J.M. Bowler (University of Melbourne), Prof. P. Veth (ANU) and Prof. M. Smith (National Museum of Australia), on human-environmental interactions at Mulan, northwestern Australia.

Dr K.E. FITZSIMMONS collaborates with Prof. P. De Deckker (ANU) on fine resolution geochronology of southeastern Australian cave records.

Dr K.E. FITZSIMMONS collaborates with Dr A. Keene and Mr M. Cheetham (Southern Cross University) on fluvial geomorphology in eastern Australia.

Dr K.E. FITZSIMMONS collaborates with Dr N. Porch (ANU) on palaeoenvironmental records in western Victoria.

Dr K.E. FITZSIMMONS collaborates with Prof. G. Hope (ANU) on archaeological deposits at Kosipe, Papua New Guinea.

Dr K.E. FITZSIMMONS collaborates with Mr D. Horne (UNSW@ADFA) on coastal dune development and sea level change in northern Australia.

Dr K.E. FITZSIMMONS collaborates with Assoc. Prof. R.T. Wells (Flinders University) on arid zone palaeoenvironmental reconstruction.

Dr M.K. GAGAN, Dr. L.K. AYLIFFE, Mr. D. QU, Ms R. BERDIN, and Ms J. MAZERAT 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, Dr L.K. AYLIFFE and Ms S. Lewis 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 H. McGregor, 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 Pacific Ocean.

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 worked with Dr. E. RHODES, Prof S Webb (Bond) and Drs N Stern (La Trobe) and A. Fairbairn (UQ), on the ARC Linkage grant Environmental Evolution of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area.

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.

Prof R. GRÜN collaborates with 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.

Prof R. GRÜN collaborates with 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.

Miss T.E. KELLY collaborated with Dr N Stern & Miss J Tumney (Latrobe University) and with the 3TTG inc. (three traditional tribal groups), Mungo Project.

Prof M. 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 first 5 years with funding recently extended with additional funding to 2013. The centre is headquartered at James Cook University, in Townsville under the Directorship of Professor Terry Hughes and is now the centre for Australia's leading contribution to coral reef sciences, and acts to focus 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 and highest cited group of coral reef scientists.

Prof. M. McCULLOCH is collaborating with Dr. J. Lough from the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences (AIMS) on a wide range of coral reef projects.   

Prof. M. McCULLOCH is collaborating with Dr Steve Lewis and John Brody and Dr Stacy Jupiter together with  Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, (UQ) and Professor Robert 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. McCULLOCH and Professor Mike Kingsford from James Cook University are continuing their collaboration on the study of the geochemistry of fish otoliths from the Great Barrier Reef.

Prof. M. McCULLOCH and Dr Brian Gulson from CSIRO and Macquarie University are continuing collaborating on a medical project on the possible human health hazards of zinc nano particles in sunburn protections.

Mr I. MOFFAT collaborated with Professor Rainer Grün, Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University on a project investigating the applicability of Sr isotope tracing to human migration in the Levant.

Mr I. MOFFAT collaborated with Professor Rainer Grün, Tegan Kelly and Kathryn Fitzimmons from the Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University and Dr Nikki Stern and Jacqui Tumney from the Department of Archaeology, La Trobe University on a project investigating the stratigraphic and palaeo-environmental evolution of the Lake Mungo Lunette

Mr I. MOFFAT collaborated with Dr Lynley Wallis, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University on a project excavating the Gledswood One Rockshelter in North West Queensland.

Ian MOFFAT collaborated with Mark Reily, Whistler Research on a project investigating the stratigraphy and ichnology of the Darling River, Western NSW.

Ian MOFFAT collaborated with Dr Lynley Wallis, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University on a project investigating the effectiveness of various geophysical techniques to locate historic graves in a variety of geological environments.

Dr. B. OPDYKE has ongoing collaboration with Dr. L. Collins at Curtin University and Dr. K. Burns at the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

Prof B.J. PILLANS with Prof R. Roberts (University of Wollongong) on luminescence dating of Aboriginal rock art.

Prof B.J. PILLANS with Prof M.A.J. Williams (University of Adelaide) and Prof R. Bourman (University of South Australia) on landscape evolution in southern South Australia.

Prof B.J. PILLANS with Dr B. Kohn (University of Melbourne) on apatite fission track thermochronology and landscape evolution in the Tanami Desert.

Prof B.J. PILLANS with Woodside Energy, regolith and rock art on the Burrup Peninsula, Western Australia.

Ms J. SUTTON with Alan Williams and Monika Schlacher-Hoenlinger for Tasmanina sponge material collect on Southern Surveyor voyage SS0207. Financial Support for this voyage was through the Australian Government Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, the CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship, and Australia's Marine National Facility vessel. Funding to facilitate the collection of the East Antarctic sponges was from the Australian Antarctic Division and two Australian Research Council grants DP0770820 and DP0771519.

Dr P TREBLE collaborates with Dr M. Fischer, ANSTO, Drs J. McDonald and R. Drysdale, University of Newcastle and Dr J. Hellstrom, University of Melbourne, on reconstructing rainfall records for southern Australia using speleothems.

Dr J. TROTTER collaborates with Prof. P. Cawood (Uni. of WA) on Sr isotope compositions of conodonts, Assoc. Prof. A George on oxygen isotope compositions of conodonts, Prof. B. Gulson (Macquarie University; CSIRO) on Zn isotope absorption in human blood, Dr R Thresher (CSIRO) on geochemistry of cold water corals.

Dr G. YOUNG with A/Prof. John Long (Museum Victoria), Drs I. Percival and L. Sherwin (NSW Geological Survey), Dr E. Papp (Papp Geophysical Survices), Dr C. Burrow and Dr S. Turner (Queensland Museum), Dr K. Trinajstic (University of WA), and Dr Yong-Yi Zhen (Australian Museum).

Earth Materials

Prof S.F. COX and Dr A. Halfpenny are collaborating with Assoc Prof D. Cooke, University of Tasmania, on aspects of the development of fracture-controlled flow systems in intrusion-related hydrothermal ore systems.  This collaboration forms part of the activities of the ARC Centre for Excellence in Ore Deposits.

Mr R.J.M. FARLA collaborated with Assoc Prof U.H. Faul (Boston University), A. Barnhoorn (Utrecht University).

Dr J.D. FITZ GERALD with Dr J. Keeling (Primary Industries and Resources, South Australia) on crystallography and defect structures in asbestiform antigorite deposit from Rowland Flat.

Prof. W. Collins and Dr S. Richards (James Cook University), Dr P. Betts (Monash University), Professor A. Gleadow and Professor M. Sandiford (The University of Melbourne).

Dr A. HALFPENNY collaborated with Dr D.R. Cooke, CODES, University of Tasmania, Hobart.

Prof I. JACKSON collaborated with Dr R.P. Wang (RSPSE, ANU) and Dr Z.H. Stachurski (Dept. of Engineering, CECS, ANU).

Prof G. LISTER collaborated with Australian Scientific Instruments, Geoscience Australia, Dr P. Vasconcelos, Dr H. Mulhaus and Mr S. McTaggart (University of Queensland),

Dr D.C. “Bear” McPHAIL collaborated with Dr P. de Caritat (Geoscience Australia) on groundwater geochemistry for mineral exploration in Cobar, NSW, northwestern India and northern Chile;

Dr D.C. “Bear” McPHAIL collaborated with Prof J. Brugger (South Australian Museum and University of Ireland) on the aqueous chemistry of gold, tellurium and zinc;

Dr D.C. “Bear” McPHAIL collaborated with Dr B. Macdonald (Fenner School of Environment and Society) on origin and nature of salinity in the Hunter catchment, NSW;

Dr D.C. “Bear” McPHAIL collaborated with Assoc Prof K. McQueen (University of Canberra), Mr M. Wimberger and Mr R. Berthelsen (The Peak Gold Mines, Cobar), and Mr K. Scott (CSIRO Exploration and Mining) on groundwater geochemistry and exploration geochemistry in the Lachlan Fold Belt, NSW;

Dr D.C. “Bear” McPHAIL collaborated with Dr P. Polito (Anglo American, Perth) and Prof T. Crawford (University of Tasmania) on exploration geochemistry in northern Queensland

Dr D.C. “Bear” McPHAIL collaborated with Dr B. Bourne (Barrick, Perth/South Africa) on mineral exploration in Tanzania; and

Dr D.C. “Bear” McPHAIL collaborated with Dr W. McLean (Parsons Brinckerhoff, Sydney) and Dr M. Norman (RSES) on groundwater dynamics in the Lower Murrumbidgee catchment, NSW.

Mr N.D. TAILBY collaborated with Dr K. Evan (Curtin University) on Ti-in-zircon and RbBr synchrotron research at the Advanced Photon Source and Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Dr U. TROITZSCH with A. Willis from Research School of Chemistry, ANU, and with Dr K. Grice and Dr B. Nabbefeld from Curtin University of Technology, Perth.

Mr L. WHITE has been collaborating with Dr P. Lennox (UNSW) on understanding the character of shear zones in the Wyangala Batholith, Lachlan Fold Belt, NSW.

Earth Physics

Prof R.W. GRIFFITHS, Dr G.O. HUGHES and Ms M. O’BYRNE with Prof J. Middleton (University of New South Wales) on wake flows in coastal oceans, funded by a joint ARC Discovery grant.

Prof B.L.N. KENNETT is Director of ANSIR which continues as a National Research Facility, as a joint venture between The Australian National University and Geoscience Australia linking to the Earth Imaging component of AuScope.    RSES supports the portable seismic instrument.
The ANSIR portable equipment is available via a competitive proposal scheme with support in 2008 for broadband instruments in Western and Southern Australia and short-period experiments in NSW and Tasmania

AuScope

Prof B.L.N. KENNETT acts as Program Manager and Senior Scientist for the Earth Imaging component of AuScope.  In addition to equipment provision via ANSIR, the Earth Imaging program supports major Geotransects.  Work this year was concentrated in South Australia with a deployment of passive sensors across the Gawler craton to complement refection profiling.  A large reflection experiment (‘GOMA’) carried out in November 2008 starting in the Northern Territory and working southwards along the side of the Adelaide to Darwin railway with a combination of funding from Geoscience Australia, AuScope and Primary Industries South Australia.

Prof K. LAMBECK with Dr J. Church, Dr N. White and Dr J. Hunter, Briefing: A post-IPCC AR4 update on sea-level rise, for the Department of Climate Change.

Dr M.L. RODERICK collaborates with with Dr T. McVicar & Dr L. Rotstayn (CSIRO), Dr G. McKeon & Dr J Carter (Qld Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Water), Dr I. Hume (NSW Dept of Primary Industries).

Dr N. RAWLINSON collaborates with Dr. Anya Reading (University of Tasmania).

Dr H. TKALCIC continues collaboration with Geoscience Australia (Dr. A. Gorbatov), on the construction of synthetic seismograms for the implementation of earthquake source parameters inversion in Australia.

Dr H. TKALCIC collaborates with Dr A. Reading, University of Tasmania, on studying the lowermost mantle and core from core-sensitive seismic waves recorded at the GSN and SSCUA stations in Antarctica, installed by Dr Reading.

Dr P. TREGONING collaborated with Dr M. Leblanc (James Cook University) on a study of drought in the Murray-Darling Basin. He also collaborated with Dr C. Watson and Prof. R. Coleman on a satellite altimetry calibration experiment in Bass Strait. He collaborated with Dr C. Watson on a study of atmospheric pressure loading and propagation effects in the analysis of GPS data.

Australian National Seismic Imaging Resource (ANSIR)

Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP)

The Australian IODP Office (AIO) was established at RSES in 2008. The Australian Research Council, fourteen Universities and three Government Agencies provided funding for Australia to join the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), a major international program, from the beginning of 2008 ($8,150,000 over five years). Dr Neville Exon was acting Head of Australian IODP activities in the early part of the year, and later Program Scientist with the Australian IODP Office under a professorial contract. The office also represents New Zealand in what is now a joint IODP consortium (ANZIC). Naturally, the office has collaborated with a great variety of individuals in Universities, Government agencies and foreign agencies. The program now has a Governing Council and a Science Committee, and we have representatives on a number of IODP panels. Australian and New Zealand scientists have been placed on a number of forthcoming IODP expeditions. A web page has been established as www.iodp.org.au.

PRISE

Dr R.A. ARMSTRONG collaborated with Dr I. Graham (University of NSW) on megacrystic zircons from Cenozoic intraplate basalts along the Indo-Pacific continental margins; Dr L. Shewan (University of Sydney) on studies of human mobility on Archaeological sites from Cambodia; Dr J. Dodson, (ANSTO) on the isotope fingerprinting of archaeological samples from China.

Mr C.M. FANNING with Dr S. Boger (University of Melbourne) on the timing and tectonic evolution of Madagascar; Professor G. Clarke (Sydney University) on the timing and tectonic evolution of Cordillera Darwin, Tierra del Fuego; Geological Survey of South Australia and Mr G. Teale (Teale and Associates) on SHRIMP projects.

Mr S. Hui collaborated with Dr. Fred Jourdan, Western Australia Argon Isotope Facility, Curtin University, Western Australia, on 39Ar-40Ar dating of Lunar Impact Spherules.

Dr M.D. NORMAN collaborated with Parsons-Brinkerhoff on the geochemistry of groundwaters in NSW; Dr Philip Blevin (Geological Survey of NSW) on ages of mineralization related to granites; Medivac-Diakyne on development of laser ablation technologies; Dr A. Nemchin and Prof. R.A. Pidgeon (Curtin University) on the origin and evolution of the Moon.

A. Rosenthal collaborated with Dr Terry Mernagh, Laser Raman Spectroscopy, Geoscience Australia, on studies of minor amounts of H2O in melts.

Dr G. YAXLEY collaborated with BHP-Billiton, de Beers and Rio Tinto Exploration through an ARC Linkage Project with AMIRA International, to develop new mineralogical tools for diamond exploration. He also collaborated with Dr V. Kamenetsky at CODES, University of Tasmania, in joint supervision of RSES PhD student Kate Kiseeva, on experimental investigations of the melting of carbonate eclogite in the upper mantle and with Drs Ian Graham (Sydney University) and Lin Sutherland (Australian Museum) on the genesis of gem quality zircons.

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INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION

Earth Chemistry

Dr Y. AMELIN collaborated with Dr. Qing-zhu Yin, University of California, Davis, and Prof. T. Irving, University of Washington, on chronology and origin of angrites.

Dr Y. AMELIN collaborated with Dr. C. Stirling, Otago University, on detecting small uranium isotopic variations in nature and evaluating their origin and significance

Dr Y. AMELIN collaborated with Dr. A. Krot, University of Hawaii, on the origin of chondrites and their parent asteroids

Dr Y. AMELIN collaborated with Prof. M. Wadhwa, Arizona State University, and Prof. Stein Jacobsen, Harvard University, on refining techniques of isotopic analysis.

Dr. V.C. BENNETT and Dr. M. Honda collaborated with Dr. M. VanKranendonk (Geological Survey of Western Australia), Rare earth element and noble gas geochemistry of Archean cherts from the Pilbara drill core, Western Australia.

Dr J.J. BROCKS collaborated with Prof P. De Deckker (RSES, ANU), Dr G. Allison and C. Munday (BamBi, ANU), Prof K.-U. Hinrichs, Dr E. Schefuss and Ms M. Bausch (Marum, University of Bremen), Molecular Signatures of Biological Soil Crusts and Salt Lakes of South Australia.

Dr J.J. BROCKS collaborated with Prof J. Banfield, Ms C. Jones (UC Berkeley), Dr K. Heidelberg (University of Southern California), Prof E. Allen (UC San Diego), Prof E. Roden (University of Wisconsin in Madison), the J. Craig Venter Institute and JCI, Lipidomics and metagenomics of saline Lake Tyrrell, Victoria.

Dr J.J. BROCKS collaborated with Prof A. Pearson (Harvard University) and Prof T. Bosak (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Molecular fossils and physiological function of oligoprenyl-curcumenes.

Dr J.J. BROCKS collaborated with Prof N. Butterfield, Ms M. Pawlowska (University of Cambridge) and Mr R. Schinteie (RSES, ANU), The Paleontology and organic geochemistry of Mesoproterozoic successions from Russia.

Dr J.J. BROCKS collaborated with Dr P. Wynn (Lancaster University), Molecular fossils and elemental iodine in Stalagmites.

Dr J.J. BROCKS collaborated with Dr P. Schaeffer (University of Strasbourg, France), Carotenoids of the Palaeoproterozoic Barney Creek Formation.

Prof I.H. CAMPBELL, Y. WANG and Dr C. ALLEN collaborated with Prof P. Reiners (Yale University); Triple-dating detrital zircons from the Ganges River.

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

Prof I.H. CAMPBELL and Dr C. ALLEN collaborated with Prof J. Gill (University of California at Santa Cruz); zircon age patterns from sandstones of Fiji, and their and oxygen and hafnium isotope composition

Prof I.H. CAMPBELL and Dr C. ALLEN collaborated with Prof B. Nash and Dr H. Cathey (University of Utah); age, and oxygen and hafnium isotope composition of zircon from ancient Yellowstone volcanic centres.

Prof I.H. CAMPBELL and Dr C. ALLEN collaborated with Dr S. Bryan (University of Queensland/Kingston University, London) and Mr A. Ramos (Kingston University); age and inheritance history of zircons from the Sierra Madre Occidental

Dr. S.J. Fallon collaborated with Dr. B. Roark (Texas A&M), Prof R. Dunbar (Stanford University) and Dr T. Guilderson (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) on climate records from North Pacific Deep Sea Corals; with Dr L. Skinner on ocean overturning from deep sea sediment cores; with Dr P. Montagna and Dr S. Silenzi (ICRAM, Italy) on Mediterranean sea level and radiocarbon reservoir ages; and with Dr O. Sherwood (Memorial University, on dating and climate from deep sea corals.

Dr M. Forster collaborated with Prof T. Ahmad, University of Delhi on the structure and metamorphism of the NW Himalaya; with Prof D. Papanikolous, Dr N. Scarpelis, Dr S. Lozios, Mr K. Soukis and Ms E. Moustaka (all from Athens University) on shear zone operation and exhumation of HP rocks on Evvia, Greece; with Dr M. Cottam and Prof Hall (Royal Holloway, University of London), on the exhumation of Mt Kinabalu, SE Asia.

Dr M. Honda with Dr J. Harris (The University of Glasgow, UK), Continuation of collaboration on noble gas studies in diamonds.

Prof T.R. IRELAND is collaborating with Prof E. Zinner and Prof B. Fegley (Washington University in St Louis), and Prof K. McKeegan (UCLA).

Dr D. RUBATTO collaborated 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 and the timing of anatexis in the Central Alps. 

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

Dr D. RUBATTO collaborated with Prof R. Carosi, Univeristy of Pisa, Italy and Dr D. Visona, University of Padova, Italy on the chronology of high-temperature shear zones in the core of the Higher Himalayan Crystallines

Dr D. RUBATTO collaborated 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 D. RUBATTO collaborated with Prof S. Chakraborty, Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany, Dr R. Anczkiewicz, Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow, Poland, Prof S. Dasguspta, Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Kolkata, India and Prof D. K. Mukhopadhyay, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India on the chronology of metamorphism in the Sikkim region of the Himalayas. 

Dr D. RUBATTO collaborated with Dr R. Anczkiewicz, Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow, Poland, on the composition and age of highly differentiated melts from Vietnam and the timing of metamorphism in the Polish Sudetes. 

Dr D. RUBATTO collaborated with Prof R. Compagnoni and Mr I. Gabudianu-Rudulescu, University of Torino, Italy, on the stability of allanite and monazite at high pressure and the age of high-pressure metamorphism in the Gran Paradiso Massif, Western Alps.

Dr D. RUBATTO collaborated with Prof R. Compagnoni, Dr B. Lombardo and Dr S. Ferrando, University of Torino, Italy, on the age and composition of zircon in high-pressure granulites from the Argentera Massif, Western Alps.

Dr D. RUBATTO collaborated with Dr M. Beltrando University of Turin, Italy and Dr G. Manatchal, University of Strassburg, France, on the chronology of major detachments within the Alpine orogeny. 

Dr D. RUBATTO collaborated with Dr M. Beltrando and Mr A. Vitale-Brovarone University of Turin, Italy on the timing of subduction of the Corsican ophiolites.

Dr D. RUBATTO collaborated with Prof B. Cesare University of Padova, Italy on the volcanism in the Neogene Volcanic Province of SE Spain.

Mr R. Schinteie collaborated with M.M. Pawlowska, Department of Earth Sciences, Cambridge University, UK, on biomarkers of fossil-bearing Mesoproterozoic sedimentary rocks.

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

Dr I.S. WILLIAMS and Prof R.W.R. RUTLAND with Dr J. Kousa (Geological Survey of Finland). The evolution of the Svecofennian orogen.

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

Dr I.S. WILLIAMS with Prof Oh Chang Whan and Dr Kim Sung Won (Chonbuk National University, South Korea). The timing of thermal events in South Korea and South China.

DR I.S. WILLIAMS with Prof Cho Moonsup, Dr Cheong Chang Sik, Dr Kim Jeongmin, Mr Yi Keewook and Mr Kim Yoonsup (Korea Basic Science Institute and Seoul National University, South Korea). The chronology of thermal events in South Korea.

DR I.S. WILLIAMS with Dr Sun Weidong and Dr Liu Yulong (Chinese Academy of Science, Guangzhou). The age of carbonatite magmas associated with the Bayan Obo rare earth element deposit, Inner Mongolia.

DR I.S. WILLIAMS with Prof A. Nieva (University of Coimbra, Portugal). Petrogenesis of Early Ordovician granodiorite and Variscan two-mica granites from central Portugal.

DR I.S. WILLIAMS with Dr A.R. Sola (Instituto Nacional de Engenharia Tecnologia e Inovação, Portugal). U-Pb zircon ages and oxygen isotopic compositions of late Variscan granitoids from the Nisa-Albuquerque batholith, SW Iberian Massif.

DR I.S. WILLIAMS with Dr P. Fiannacca (University of Catania, Sicily). Age, sources and metamorphic history of para- and augen gneisses from the Peloritani Mountains, Sicily.

DR I.S. WILLIAMS with Prof F. Bea (University of Granada, Spain). SHRIMP U-Pb geochronology.

Earth Environment

Mr M. AUBERT collaborates with Director Yang Decong and Mr. Ji Xueping (Yunnan Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology) and Mr. Li Gang (Diqing Tibethan Autonomous Prefecture Cultural Relics Administration Office, China) on investigating rock art in Yunnan, China for Uranium-series dating.

Dr L. K. AYLIFFE with Dr T.E. Cerling (University of Utah), Dr B. H. Passey (CALTECH).

Prof. P. DE DECKKER continues his large ARC Discovery-funded project on the geochemical and microbiological fingerprinting of surficial aeolian deposits from central Australia, together with Dr J. Brocks, Dr G. Alison from the anu Medical School, and colleagues form the University of Bremen [Drs K-U. Hinrichs, E. Schefuss and J-B. Stuut] and from the Max Plank Institute of Marine Microbiology [ Drs D. de Beer and R. Abed], Dr S. van der Kaars of the University of Gottingen,and Prof. N.J. Tapper and Mr T. O’Loinsigh from Monash University. Onre large paper was published in G-cubed in 2008.

Prof. P. DE DECKKER’s collaboration with Dr S. Schmidt from the University of Bordeaux on radio-tracers in deep-sea marine cores from offshore South Australia is near completion.

Prof. P. DE DECKKER competed a research paper with Dr Y. Yokoyama from the University of Tokyo on post-glacial sea level change from the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Prof. P. DE DECKKER continues collaboration with Dr M. Moros from the Baltic Sea Research Institute on a deep-sea core offshore the River Murray mouth. Currently work is completed on the Holocene sequence [paper submitted], and work on the older sequence has commenced.

Dr A. DUTTON collaborates with Dr E. Bard (CEREGE, France), Dr F. Antonioli (ENEA, Italy), on dating submerged speleothems from Argentarola Cave, Italy.

Dr A. DUTTON collaborates with Dr F. Antonioli (ENEA, Italy), Dr C. Monaco (University of Catania), and G. Scicchitano (University of Catania) on dating submerged speleothems from Sicily.

Dr A. DUTTON collaborates with Dr R.M. Leckie, Dr S. Burns, and S. Dameron (University of Massachusetts) on abrupt changes in ocean circulation during the early Eocene climatic optimum.

Dr A. DUTTON collaborates with Dr P. Pearson (Cardiff University, UK) , Dr T. Bralower (Penn State University, USA), and Dr B. Wade (Texas A&M University, USA) on diagenesis in Eocene tropical planktonic foraminfera.

Dr A. DUTTON collaborates with Dr C. Stirling (Otago University, New Zealand) on dating last interglacial corals from the Cape Range Peninsula, WA.

Dr S. EGGINS collaborates with Dr Baerbel Hönisch (LDEO, USA), and Dr Ann Russell and Prof. Howard Spero (UC Davis, USA) on culturing planktic foraminifera (DP0880010); with Prof. James Zachos (University of Santa Cruz, USA) on the chemistry of ancient foraminifers; with Prof. Jonathon Erez (Hebrew Univeristy, Jerusalem) on the chemistry of benthic foraminifers; and with Dr Dorrit Jacob (University of Mainz, Ger) on in situ analysis of Ca and Sr isotopes in carbonates.

Dr M.J. ELLWOOD collaborates with Dr. Michelle Kelly (NIWA, NZ) on Understanding the growth habits of deep sea sponges, with Dr. Philip Boyd (NIWA, NZ) and Dr. Cliff Law (NIWA, NZ) on Trace element cycling in the Tasman Sea, with Dr Derek Vance (University of Bristol, UK) on isotope fractionation in diatoms and copper isotopes in oceanic waters.

Dr K.E. FITZSIMMONS collaborates with Prof G.A.T. Duller (Aberystwyth University) and Dr H.M. Roberts (Aberystwyth University) on further developing thermally-transferred OSL dating techniques.

Dr K.E. FITZSIMMONS collaborates with Prof. G.H. Miller (University of Colorado, Boulder) on comparison of aridity proxies (with Dr J.W. Magee, ANU), and monsoon influence on the north Australian arid zone.

Dr M.K. GAGAN, Dr. L.K. AYLIFFE, Mr. D. QU, and Ms J. MAZERAT with Dr W. Hantoro and Dr D. Natawidjaja (Indonesian Institute of Sciences), Prof. Z. Liu (University of Wisconsin – Madison), and Prof. K. Sieh (Earth Observatory of Singapore), 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, Dr L.K. AYLIFFE and Ms S. LEWIS 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), Dr H. Kawahata (Tohoku University) and Dr A. Suzuki (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology), PhD dissertation on Late Quaternary climatic histories from raised coral terraces in the Philippines.

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

Prof. R. GRÜN collaborated with Prof. C. Falgueres, Dr. J.J. Bahain and other staff members of the the Département de Préhistoire du Musée National d'Historie Naturelle, Paris, on the further development of dating techniques, he co-supervises Mr M. Duval, who visited the ANU to carry out ESR and isotopic measurements for his PhD work and collaborates with Drs D. Grimaud-Hervé and M.H. Moncel on the application of new isotopic systems on Neanderthal remains.

Prof. R. GRÜN 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 his student Ms T Kelley carried 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, 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 collaborates with Prof. S. Brandt (Univeristy of Florida), Prof. M. Rodrigo (University of Madrid), Prof. J. Richter (Universität zu Köln), Prof. G. Barker (Univeristy of Cambridge) for the dating work in Africa.

Prof R. GRÜN’s collaboration continues with Dr A. Pike, Department of Archaeology, 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.

Ms S.C. LEWIS visited Dr A. LeGrande, Dr M. Kelley and Dr G. Schmidt at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, 21 July to 21 September.

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

Prof. M.T. McCULLOCH is collaborating with Dr Marco Taviani, and Dr Alessandro Remia (ISMAR-CNR, Bologna, Italy) and Dr Paolo 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 Professor Robert Dunbar and Dr (Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University, California, USA) Brendan Roarck (Texas A&M) on Deep Sea corals in the Pacific Ocean. Dr Roarck was awarded an American Australian Association Fellowship to undertake research with Professor McCulloch at RSES

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 Lu-Hf isotopes in ancient zircons.

Prof M.T. McCULLOCH is collaborating with Prof Thierry 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 N. Prouty, 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. M.T. McCULLOCH is continuing collaboration with Dr S.D. JUPITER who is now at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), South Pacific Country Program.

Prof M.T. McCULLOCH is collaborating with Dr Jens Zinke from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on coral research and land-use changes in eastern Africa and the Indian ocean.

Mr I. MOFFAT collaborated with Professor Avraham Ronen, Department of Archaeology, University of Haifa on a project investigating the applicability of Sr isotope tracing to human migration in the Levant.

Mr I. MOFFAT collaborated with Associate Professor Steve Hasiotis, Department of Geology, The University of Kansas on a project concerning the stratigraphy and ichnology of the Darling River, Western NSW.

Dr. B. OPDYKE has ARC funded collaborative research funded with Prof. J. Zachos of the University of Santa Cruz

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

Prof B.J. PILLANS with Prof A. Netto (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) on landscape evolution in Brazil.

Prof B.J. PILLANS co-editing a new book on Australian geomorphology with Prof P. Bishop (Glasgow University).

Ms J. SUTTON with NIWA, the New Zealand Foundation for Research Science and Technology.

Dr P. TREBLE collaborates with Prof I. Fairchild, University of Birmingham, on reconstructing rainfall records for southern Australia using speleothems.

Dr J. TROTTER collaborates with Prof. C. Barnes (University of Victoria, BC, Canada) and Prof. C. Lécuyer (CNRS & Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France) on oxygen isotope compositions of conodonts, with Prof. R Dunbar (Stanford University), Dr B. Roark (Texas A & M), and Dr P. Montagna (ICRAM, Italy) on the geochemistry of cold water corals, and Prof. C. Barnes on Sr isotopes of Tertiary forams.

Dr G. YOUNG’s collaborations include Prof Zhu Min, Prof Chang Meemann and Dr Zhao Wen-Jin at the Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology & Palaeoanthropology, Academia Sinica, Beijing, Profs D. Goujet, P. Janvier and H. Lelievre at the Museum nationale d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, Prof. P. Ahlberg at the University of Uppsala, Dr T. Ryan Gregory at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Prof. C. Marshall at Harvard University, Dr M. Coates at the University of Chicago, Dr J. Maisey at the American Museum of Natural History, and Prof. Ivan Schwab, University of California.

Earth Materials

Dr A.G. CHRISTY collaborates with Dr S.A. Welch (Ohio State University, USA) and Dr D. Kirste (Simon Fraser University, Canada) on incongruent jarosite dissolution/precipitation and rare earth element fractionation as a monitor of this process.

Dr A.G. CHRISTY collaborates with Prof S.M. Clark (Advanced Light Source, Berkeley, California, USA) on the high-pressure structural behaviour of mercury oxide studied in diamond anvil cell using synchrotron x-rays.

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) a Dr G. Pennachioni (Universita di Padova) on fluid flow in Alpine shear zones.

Dr J.D. FITZ GERALD collaborates with Prof I. Parsons, Grant Institute, University of Edinburgh and Dr U. Golla-Schindler, University of Münster on feldspar exsolution.  He also collaborates with Dr A.K. Engvik, Geological Survey of Norway, Prof A. Putnis, Institut fur Mineralogie, University of Münster and Prof H. Austrheim, Institute of Geosciences, University of Oslo on Albitisation of granitoids.  Another collaboration, on defect structures in phlogopite, continues with Dr A. Camacho, University of Manitoba and Dr J.K. Lee, Queens University.  Microstructures in natural, growth-banded and recrystallized zircons are the focus of a collaboration with Dr P. Vonlanthen, now at University of Lausanne.

Dr A. HALFPENNY collaborates with Prof D. Prior, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK, and Dr J. Wheeler, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK, on the recrystallisation and nucleation mechanisms in quartzites and marbles.

Dr A. HALFPENNY collaborates with Prof D. Prior, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK, on the controlling deformation mechanisms of gabbroic shear zones collected on IODP Expedition 304/305.

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 Q. Qing (Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China) on the formation of high Mg-diorites and the differentiation of the continental crust.

Dr J. HERMANN collaborates with Prof M. Harrison (UCLA, USA) and Dr M. Heizler (Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Socorro, USA) on the experimental determination of Ar diffusion in muscovite.

Dr J. HERMANN collaborates with Dr A. Korsakov (Novosibirsk, Russia) on coesite and diamond facies metamorphism in the Kokchetav Massif, Kazakhstan.

Dr J. HERMANN collaborates with 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), Prof I. Buick (Stellenbosch University, South Africa) and Dr A. Acosta Vigil (University ofGranada, Spain), on partial melting in crustal xenoliths of the South Spanish volcanic province.

Dr J. HERMANN collaborates Dr M.T. Gomez Pugnaire and Mr. J.A. Padron  (University of Granada, Spain), on dehydration of antigorite in subducted serpentinites.

Dr J. HERMANN collaborates Prof R. Compagnoni and Dr M. Beltrando  (University of Torino, Italy), on formation and evolution of blueschist and eclogite facies rocks in the Western Alps and Corsica.

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 collaborated with Dr D.R. Schmitt (University of Alberta, Canada), Assoc Prof U.H. Faul (Boston University, Dr Y. Aizawa (Japan Manned Space Systems Corporation, Japan), Dr A. Barnhoorn (Utrecht University), Dr J. Kung (National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan), Prof R.C. Liebermann (Stony Brook University), and Dr S.J.S. Morris (University of California, Berkeley) in the laboratory measurement and modelling of seismic properties.

Dr F.E. JENNER collaborates with Dr J.E. Mungall, University of Toronto, Department of Geology on the chemistry of High-Ca Boninites from the Northern Tonga Region of the SW Pacific.

Prof G. LISTER collaborated: a) with Professor T. Ahmad at Delhi Universiy, India in developing an AISRF project and in the Himalayan 08 geotransect; b) with Professor Jean-Pierre Burg at ETH Zurich in initiating a PhD prject for Mr C. Augenstein in the Swiss Alps; c) with Mr C. Soukis, Dr N. Skarpelis and Prof D. Papanikolaou at Athens University in developing a project on Evia, Greece.

Dr D.C. “Bear” McPHAIL collaborated with Prof K. Kyser (Queen’s University, Canada) and Dr C. Oates (Anglo American, London), with DR. P. de Caritat (Geoscience Australia) on groundwater geochemistry for mineral exploration in northern Chile and northwestern India.

Mr C. PIRARD collaborates with Dr F. Hatert (Laboratoire de Minéralogie, University of Liège, Belgium) on the mineralogy and ore geology of Katanga Cu-Co-U deposits, D.R. Congo.

Mr C. PIRARD collaborates with Prof A.-M. Fransolet and Dr F. Hatert (Laboratoire de Minéralogie, University of Liège, Belgium) on metasomatism in phosphates-bearing pegmatitic systems.

Mr C. PIRARD collaborates with O.Namur, Dr B.Charlier and Prof J. Vander Auwera (U.R. Pétrologie & Géochimie endogènes, University of Liège, Belgium) on the differentiation of ferrobasaltic magmas in the Sept-Iles Layered Intrusion, Quebec, Canada.

Dr R. RAPP collaborates with Prof H. Martin and Dr D. Laporte, Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans, Universite de Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France, and Dr J.-F. Moyen, Department of Geology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, on crust-mantle interactions in the Archean and the origin of Archean granitoid magmatism.

Mr N.D. TAILBY collaborates with Dr A.M. Walker (University College London), Dr A.J. Berry (Imperial College London), Dr S.R. Sutton (University of Chicago), Dr I.S. Rodina and Dr A.V. Soldatov (Southern Federal University, Russia), on Ti site occupancy in zircon.

Mr L. WHITE (and the structure and tectonics team) collaborates with Prof T. Ahmad (Delhi University) on Himalayan geology.

Earth Physics

Prof R.W. GRIFFITHS with Prof. C. Kincaid, University of Rhode Island, USA, on the flow in mantle subduction zones and the interaction of mantle plumes with subduction.

Dr A.McC. HOGG and Prof R.W. GRIFFITHS with Prof. W.K. Dewar, Florida State University, USA, and Dr P. Berloff, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA and University of Cambridge, UK, on small-scale ocean mixing produced by mesoscale eddies.

Dr A.McC. HOGG with Dr. M.P. Meredith, British Antarctic Survey, UK, Dr. C. Wilson, Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, UK, and Mr J.R. Blundell, National Oceanography Centre, UK, on eddy heat flux in the Southern Ocean.

Prof B.L.N. KENNETT is collaborating with Dr S Fishwick, University of Leicester, UK, and Mr A. Fichtner, University of Munich, Germany, 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 seismic waves in complex subduction zones and long range propagation in the lithosphere.

Dr R.C. KERR with Prof J.R. Lister, University of Cambridge, UK, on the gravitational instability of strongly sheared mantle plumes.

Dr. S.H. POZGAY collaborated with Dr. Christian Haberland, Dr. Trond Ryberg, Dr. Klaus Bauer, and Karl Otto (GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam [GFZ]), Bambang Suwargadi (GeoTek, LIPI, Indonesia), and Hendra (BMG, Medan, Sumatra) installing seismic stations in north Sumatra, Indonesia.

Dr N. RAWLINSON collaborates with: Prof. Greg Houseman, University of Leeds, on teleseismic tomography; Prof. Tim Stern from the Victoria University of Wellington on wide-angle tomography; and Prof. Mike Kendall, Bristol University, on ambient noise tomography.

Dr M.L. RODERICK collaborates with Dr A. Dai, National Centre for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, and Dr B. Liepert, Lamont-Doherty Observatory, Columbia University, New York, on changes in the global hydrologic cycle, and with Dr S. Schymanski, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany and Prof M. Sivapalan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, on the development of a new theoretical framework for ecohydrology, and with Prof J. Shuttleworth, University of Arizona, on land surface physics.

Prof. M. SAMBRIDGE with Prof. R. Snieder (Colorado School of Mines), Coda wave interferometry, Dr. E. Debayle (Univ. of Strasbourg) on mantle imaging with body waves, Prof. K. Gallagher (Univ. of Rennes) on Bayesian inference methods, Prof. J. Tromp (California Inst. Of Tech.) on Adjoint methods for seismic imaging.

Dr H. TKALCIC has collaborated with with Prof. Doug Dreger, University of California at Berkeley, Prof. Gillian Foulger, University of Durham and Dr. Bruce Julian, USGS, on anomalous seismic radiation earthquakes in the Bárdarbunga area of Iceland.

Dr H. TKALCIC continues to collaborate with Prof. V. Cormier from University of Connecticut on the deep Earth structure, with Dr Y. Chen and Dr. Roland Gritto, Multimax, Inc., USA, on studying lithospheric structure under China from teleseismic receiver functions, and on studying lithospheric structure and seismic sources under the Zagros Mountains; with Prof. M. Herak, Dr. S. Markusic and Ph.D. candidate J. Stipcevic, on studying lithospheric structure under Croatia and the Adriatic Sea from teleseismic receiver functions; with Ph.D. candidate A. Fitchtner, University of Munich, Germany, on studying the crust and upper mantle under Australia using waveform modelling, and on studying volcanic earthquakes on Iceland.

Dr. P. TREGONING collaborated with Dr G. Ramillien and Dr J.-M. Lemoine on the analysis and interpretation of GRACE space gravity data. He collaborated with Drs R. King, T.A. Herring and S. McClusky on the development of the GAMIT GPS software and with Dr M. Vergnolle, N. Cotte and A. Walpersdorf on the slow-slip events in the Gurrero subduction zone.

Dr. J. ZHANG participated in a joint French-Australian Project of collaboration of Jason-1 altimeter using the French Transportable Satellite Laser Ranging System (FTLRS) in Tasmania, from Dec, 2007 to April, 2008

Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP)

Collaboration with a considerable number of scientists in the American, Japanese, European, New Zealand and Korean IODP Offices in the IODP context.

PRISE

Dr R.A. ARMSTRONG collaborates with Prof. A. da Silva Filho and Assoc. Prof. I. de Pinho Guimarães, Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil, on the geochronology and crustal growth history of the Borborema province, Brazil; Prof. R. Hall and Dr M. Cottam, Royal Holloway, University of London, on the geochronology of the mount Kinabalu granite of North Borneo; Prof. N. Beukes, B. Nel and R. da Silva, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, on the detrital and igneous zircon record and chronology of the western margin of the Kaapvaal Craton; Prof. N. Beukes and B. Masinga, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, on the age of deposition and mineralization of the Transvaal Sequence iron ore deposits, southern Africa; Dr E. Roberts, Witwatersrand University, on provenance and age of detrital zircons from the Rukwa Rift Basin, Tanzania; Dr. A. Cocherie and Dr. P Rossi, BRGM, France, on dating of samples from northern Africa and Corsica; Dr G. de Kock, Council for Geoscience, South Africa, on the geochronology and metamorphism the Birimian sequences of Ghana; Dr Paul Macey, Council for Geoscience, South Africa, on the geochronology of western Madagascar; L. Longridge on the age and metamorphic history of the Khan valley region of Namibia; Dr. J. Harnmeijer and Prof. R. Buick, Center for Astrobiology & Early Earth Evolution, University of Washington on the age of ancient sediments from Greenland; C. Sanchez-Garrido, University of Stellenbosch, on the geochronology of pebbles in the Moodies Group, Barberton Mountain Belt, South Africa; J. Taylor, University of Stellenbosch, on the geochronology of migmatites on the Ancient Gneiss Complex, Swaziland; Prof, S. Siegesmund, Göttingen University, Germany, on SHRIMP dating of samples from Argentina.

Mr C.M. FANNING continued collaborations with Prof P.K. Link, Idaho State University on the provenance and time of deposition of Neoproterozoic sequences in Utah and Idaho; Dr J. Goodge, University of Minnesota, Duluth on geochronology and provenance of sequences in the central Transantarctic Mountains; Prof F. Hervé, Universidad de Chile and Dr R.J. Pankhurst, British Geological Survey on the geochronological and tectonic evolution of the Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and the Antarctic Peninsula; Prof C. Rapela, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina and Dr R.J. Pankhurst, British Geological Survey on the geochronological and tectonic evolution of the north Patagonian massif and adjacent cratons/terrains of Argentina; Dr C. Casquet and Dr C. Galindo, Universidad Complutense, Madrid on the geochronological and tectonic evolution of the Sierras Pampeanas, NW Argentina; Dr J.N. Aleinikoff, United States Geological Survey on SHRIMP II U-Pb analyses of zircon and xenotime; Dr Christine Siddoway, Colorado College and Mr Rory McFadden, University of Minnesota on the tectonic evolution of the Fosdick Mountains, Mary Byrd Land, Antarctica.

Mr S. Hui collaborated with Prof. Ralph P. Harvey, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA on analysis of cosmic spherules from the Lewis Cliff, Antarctica.
Dr M.D. NORMAN collaborates with Prof. M. Garcia, University of Hawai’i, Honolulu, Prof. M. Rhodes, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Dr. Aaron Pietruszka, San Diego State University, San Diego, and Prof. Dominique Weis, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, on the composition of the mantle and construction of Hawaiian volcanoes; Prof. R. Duncan, Oregon State University, Corvallis, on the impact history of the Moon; and Prof. D. Keppie, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, on the tectonics of Central America.

A. Rosenthal collaborated with Drs M. Drury, A. Barnhoorn and H. van Roermund, University Utrecht, Netherlands, on deformation, structure and Norwegian regional petrology/geology (part of her Mervyn and Katalin Paterson Fellowship); Prof S. F. Foley, Mainz University, Germany, on the establishments of near-solidus melts of peridotite in the presence of CO2 and H2O at 40-60kbar, using piston-cylinder apparaturs and ongoing studies of the petrogenesis of Ugandan kamafugites; Profs H. E. Höfer, G. Brey and A.B. Woodland, University Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on using the electron microprobe 'flank method' (Höfer and Brey), and Mössbauer spectroscopy (Woodland) to study the establishment of the oxidation state of the Norwegian peridotite body and also on the development of standards for Fe3+/Fe in garnets; Dr I. Kovacs, Eötvös Lorand Geophysical Institute of Hungary, Budapest, Hungary, on ongoing studies of minor amounts of H2O in melts of residual eclogite.

Dr G. Yaxley collaborated with Prof Steven Foley, University of Mainz on an experimental project relating to high pressure melting of hydrous carbonate-bearing peridotite; Prof A. Woodland and Dr H Höfer, University of Frankfurt, and Dr A. Berry, Imperial College, on determination of Fe3+ contents of garnets in garnet peridotite xenoliths by Mössbauer Spectroscopy, the Flank Method and synchrotron-based XANES.

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COOPERATION WITH GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY

Earth Chemistry

Dr J.J. BROCKS collaborated with Dr E. Grosjean and Dr G.E. Logan (Geoscience Australia), The use of polyethylene byproducts to determine the permeability of rock.

Dr J.J. BROCKS collaborated with Dr C. Boreham (Geoscience Australia), Applications of HPLC in organic geochemistry.

Dr. S.J. FALLON collaborated with Dr. A. McDougall (Dept. Natural Resources & Water, aging of Queensland Lungfish).

Dr I.S. WILLIAMS holds a 25% appointment as Chief 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 scientific advice to the Geological Survey of Canada (Ottawa, Canada), Hiroshima University (Hiroshima, Japan), The NationalInstitute of Polar Research (Tokyo, Japan), The Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences (Beijing, China), the All Russian Geological Research Institute (St. Petersburg, Russia), the Korea Basic Science Institute (Daejeon, South Korea), the University of São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil) and Geoscience Australia (Canberra).

Dr I.S. WILLIAMS provided scientific and technical training in secondary ion mass spectrometry to scientists from laboratories that have purchased SHRIMP ion microprobes: Prof. Cho Moonsup, Dr Kim Jeongmin, Mr Yi Keewook and Mr Kim Yoonsup (Korea Basic Science Institute and Seoul National University, South Korea), and Dr Wan Yusheng, Mr Zhang Yuhai, Mr Fan Runlong and Ms Dong Chunyan (Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Beijing) during their visits to Australian Scientific Instruments.

Dr I.S. WILLIAMS collaborated with Dr M. Hotchkis and Dr D. Child (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Sydney) in the development of SHRIMP IIe multicollector techniques for the isotopic analysis of U and Pu in micro-particles of nuclear materials.

Dr I.S. WILLIAMS and Ms Heejin Jeon are collaborating with Dr P. Blevin (Geological Survey of New South Wales) in a study of the Late Palaeozoic granites of southeastern Australia.

Earth Environment

Prof R. GRÜN collaborates with the Department of Environment and Conservation, NSW, and the Three Traditional Tribal Groups in the ARC Linkage grant Environmental Evolution of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area.

Miss T.E. KELLY cooperated with National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Conservation and Climate Change, Mungo Project.

Prof M.T. McCULLOCH and Dr S.D. JUPITER formerly from RSES and now WCS 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. McCULLOCH together with Jon 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.
Mr I. MOFFAT collaborated with Alice Beale, Anthropology Department, Western Australian Museum on a project investigating the effectiveness of various geophysical techniques to locate historic graves in a variety of geological environments.

Prof B.J. PILLANS with Mr J. Wilford (Geoscience Australia) on landscape evolution in the Harden-Young region, N.S.W.

Earth Materials

Dr M.-A. BONNARDOT with Mr H. Jelsma (DeBeers), Structure and tectonics of parts of Central Africa and bearing on kimberlite emplacement.

Dr A. HALFPENNY with Mr F. Tulleman and Mr D. Schonfeldt (Porgera Joint Venture, Barrick Gold), on the structural controls and evolution of the Porgera gold deposit, Papua New Guinea

Prof S.F. COX and Dr S. Micklethwaite collaborated with a consortium of minerals industry sponsors, via AMIRA International, in an ARC Linkage project “Exploration potential of stress transfer modeling 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.

Prof S.F. COX and Dr Angela Halfpenny are collaborating with geoscientists at the Porgera gold deposit (PNG) on studying the development of fracture-controlled flow systems in this rich and very large, intrusion-related gold system.  This collaboration forms part of the activities of the ARC Centre for Excellence in Ore Deposits.

Dr S. MICKLETHWAITE with Mr A. Goode (AMIRA International), Mr J. Essman and others (Newcrest, Nevada), Mr C. Weakly and others (Barrick, Nevada), and Mr I. Pegg and others (Gold Fields, West Australia), Exploration potential of stress transfer modeling in fault-related mineral deposits.

Mr L. WHITE has been collaborating with the Southern Frontiers team at Geoscience Australia (Petroleum and Marine Division) to understand the distribution and character of faults in Australia’s southern margin basins.

Dr D.C. “Bear” McPHAIL collaborated with Dr P. de Caritat (GA), Dr C. Oates (Anglo American) and Mr K. Kyser (Queen’s University, Canada) on interpreting groundwater geochemistry in mineralized areas of northern Chile and northwestern India. Dr P. de Caritat (GA), Manfred Wimberger (The Peak Gold Mines, Cobar) on the hydrogeochemistry of the gold fields in Cobar, NSW. Dr W. McLean (Parsons Brinckerhoff) and Dr M. Norman (RSES) on hydrogeochemistry of the Lower Murrumbidgee Catchment, NSW.

Earth Physics

Prof. 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.  From mid-2008 Dr H. Tkalcic has taken on the prime operational responsibility for the facility.  The seismic and infrasound arrays have been very ably supported by Scott Savage as station manager at Warramunga. Very high reliability has been achieved with data transmitted continuously to the International Data Centre in Vienna via satellite link.

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

Dr M. SALMON collaborated with Department of Primary Industries and Resources SA in the deployment of the Gawler Craton array.

Dr M. SALMON liaised with Geoscience Australia to provide AUSCOPE instruments for the 2008 Gawler Craton deep seismic reflection transect.

Prof. M. SAMBRIDGE spent January to June on outside studies leave at Geoscience Australia, where he gave lectures on inverse methods and collaborated with Dr. P. Cummins, Geoscience Australia on earthquake finite fault inversions.

Dr TREGONING has cooperated with Mr G. Johnston and N. Dando on the AuScope gravity programme.

PRISE

Dr R.A. ARMSTRONG with D. Braxton of Anglo American Exploration (Australia) Pty Ltd on SHRIMP U-Pb geochronology of a Pliocene intrusive complex in Indonesia; Dr Hielke Jelsma (De Beers) on the geochronology of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Dr R.A. ARMSTRONG and Dr M.D. NORMAN with S. Matthews of Minera Meridian Limitada, Chile on sulphur isotope studies of sulphide-bearing veins from the Andes.
Dr R.A. ARMSTRONG and Dr G. YAXLEY with the Northern Territory Geological Survey on the geochronology, provenance and history of selected areas of the Northern Territory, using U-Pb, oxygen and Hf isotope studies.
Dr M.D. NORMAN with G. Douglas, CSIRO, on field trials to investigate surface-groundwater interactions.

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