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Honours & Awards
Academic Staff

Post Graduate Students
General Staff
Theses Submited

Honours & Awards

Ms. J.N. Avila received a travel grant award, from the Graduate University for Advanced Studies Sokendai, to attend the 71st Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, Matsue, Japan.
Dr M. Forster was awarded an ARC Fellowship – Australian Research Fellow (ARF) - starting on August 2008 till August 2013.
Ms C. GREGORY received the Robert Hill Memorial Prize from the Research School of Earth Sciences for excellence in scientific communication.
Mr J. HIESS received an ICOG7 Travel Award to attend the 18th Annual V.M. Goldschmidt Conference, Vancouver, Canada, 13-18 July.
Prof T.R. IRELAND was awarded Fellowship of the Meteoritical Society.
Dr Neville Exon received the Stillwell Award for the best written paper in the Australian Journal of Earth Sciences in 2006, at the Australian Geoscience Convention in Perth in July.
Prof. B.L.N. KENNETT received the Gold Medal in Geophysics from the Royal Astronomical Society, London for his work in seismology. 
Prof. B.L.N. KENNETT was awarded the Peter Baume Award from ANU. This is the University’s most prestigious staff award and was presented in recognition of “his exemplary record of research achievement and leadership. Mr R.J.M. FARLA has received the Paterson Fellowship award 2009. In August 09 he will visit the David KOHLSTEDT laboratory at the University of Minnesota then proceed to meet Dr S. Karato at Yale University. He will attend the international conference Deformation, Rheology and Tectonics (DRT) early September 09.
Prof G. LISTER was awarded the Carey Medal by the Geological Society of Australia, and was made a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.
Prof H. St.C. O’NEILL was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of SciencesProf. P. DE DECKKER was awarded the Christoffel Plantin Medal for his achievements in many aspects of science. This Belgian award is offered annually.
Prof. R. GRÜN was elected Fellow to the Society of Antiquaries, London, and the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
Dr J. LONG (Museum Victoria; Adjunct Professor, RSES) received the Australasian Science prize for 2008 for his research on live birth in the Devonian Period published in Nature.
Prof. M.T. McCULLOCH was made a Fellow of the Geochemical Society in July 2008 for outstanding contributions to Geochemistry.
Prof. M.T. McCULLOCH was made a Fellow of the Australian Geological Society in July 2008 for outstanding contributions to the Earth Sciences.
Mr I. MOFFAT was appointed a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
A. Rosenthal received financial support from the conference organisers for travel to the 9th International Kimberlite Conference in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.



Director and Professor

B.L.N Kennett, MA PhD ScD Cambridge, FAA, FRS

Distinguished Professors:

B.L.N Kennett, MA PhD ScD Cambridge, FAA, FRS


R.J. Arculus BSC PhD Durham, FAIMM
I.H. Campbell, BSc UWA, PhD DIC London
S.F. Cox, BSc Tasmania, PhD Monash
P. DeDekker BA (Geology) MSc (Hons) Macquarie, PhD DSc Adelaide
D.J. Ellis MSc Melbourne, PhD Tasmania
N. Exon, BSc (Hons) NSW, PhD Kiel
R.W. Griffiths, BSc PhD ANU, FAIP, FAA
R. Grün, DiplGeol, Dr.rer.nat.habil Köln, DSc ANU, FAAH
T.R. Ireland, BSc Otago, PhD ANU
I.N.S. Jackson, BSc Qld, PhD ANU
G. Lister, BSc Qld, BSc (Hons) James Cook, PhD ANU
M.T. McCulloch, MAppSc WAIT, PhD CalTech, FAA
H.St.C. O'Neill, BA Oxf, PhD Manchester, FAA
B.J. Pillans, BSc PhD ANU, HonFRSNZ
M.S.Sambridge, BSc Loughborough, PhD ANU, FRAS

Senior Fellows

I. Buick, BSc (Hons), MSc Adelaide, PhD Cambridge (to 2 July 2008)
G.F. Davies, MSc Monash, PhD CalTech
S. Eggins, BSc UNSW, PhD Tasmania
C.M. Fanning, BSc Adelaide
M.K. Gagan, BA UCSantaBarbara, PhD James Cook
M. Honda, MSc PhD Tokyo
R.C Kerr, BSc Qld, PhD Cambridge , FAIP
C. Lineweaver, BSc Munich, PhD Berkeley
J.A. Mavrogenes, BS Beloit, MS Missouri-Rolla, PhD VirginiaPolyTech
D.C. McPhail, BSc. (Hons) MSc British Columbia, PhD. Princeton
I.S. Williams, BSc PhD ANU
G.C. Young BSc (Hons) ANU, PhD London


Y. Amelin, MSc, PhD Leningrad State University
R. Armstrong, BSc MSc Natal, PhD Witwatersrand
V.C. Bennett, BSc PhD UCLA
J.J. Brocks, Dip Freiburg, PhD Sydney
J. Hermann, Dip PhD ETH Zürich
A.M. Hogg, BSc ANU, PhD UWA
G. Hughes, BE ME Auckland, PhD Cambridge
M. Norman, BS Colorado , PhD Harvard
B.N. Opdyke, AB Columbia, MS PhD Michigan
R. Rapp, BA (Geological Sciences) State University of New York, PhD (Geology) Rensselar Polytechnic Institute (to 2 November 2008)
N. Rawlinson, BSc PhD Monash
M.L. Roderick BAppSc QUT, PGDipGIS Qld, Phd Curtin
D. Rubatto, BSc MSc Turin, PhD ETH
H. Tkalcic, Dip Engineering in Physics, Zagreb, PhD California
P. Tregoning, BSurv PhD UNSW
G. Yaxley, BSc PhD Tasmania

Research Fellows

L. Ayliffe, BSc (Hons) Flinders, Graduate Dipolma (Oenology) Adelaide, PhD ANU
A.L. Dutton, BA (Mus) Massachusetts, MSc PhD Michigan
M. Ellwood, BSc (Hons) Otago, PhD Otago
S. Fallon, BA MS San Diego, PhD ANU
M. Forster, BSc MSc PhD Monash
P. Treble, BSc Woll, BSc PhD ANU (to 1 July 2008)
J. Trotter, BSc MSc Macquarie, PhD ANU (from 18 September 2008)

Postdoctoral Fellows:

P. Arroucau, PhD Nantes University
M. Aubert, PhD, Université du Québec, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique
M.A Bonnardot, MSc De Savoie, PhD Nice-Sophia Antipolis
J.M. Desmarchelier, BSc PhD Tasmania (to 1 January 2008)
K. Fitzsimmons, Bsc (Hons), Dip Modern Languages Melbourne, PhD ANU
F. Fontaine, DEUG (Hons) Reunion, MSc PhD Montellier II(to 28 August 2008)
A. Halfpenny, M.E.Sc PhD Liverpool,
J. Huang, BSc Peking, PhD Academy of Sciences China
F. Jenner, BSc (Hons) Oxf Brookes, PhD ANU (from 17 January 2008)
S. Jupiter, A.B Harvard, PhD California (to 19 April 2008)
S. Micklethwaite, BSc PhD Leeds (to 1 July 2008)
S. Pozgay, BA Boston A.M PhD Washington (from 7 January 08)
S.W. Richards, BSc PhD Newcastle (to 11 August 2008)
M. Salmon, BSc (Hons) PhD, Victoria University of Wellington
M. Ward, BSc (Hons) Florida, C.A.S Cambridge, PhD Florida State (from 4 September 08)
B. Walther, B.A B.S Texas, PhD Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (from 2 June 2008)
M.H. Wille, Dimp Geosciences, Muenster, PhD Bern
J Zhang

Senior Visitors

K.S.W. Campbell, MSc PhD Queensland, FAA *
J.M.A Chappell, BSc MSc Auckland, PhD ANU, FAA, HonFRSNZ *
W.Compston, BSc PhD Dsc(Hon) WAust, FAA, FRS*
D.H. Green, BSc MSc DSc, DLitt(Hon) Tas, PhD Camb, FAA, FRS*
K. Lambeck, BSurv NSW, DPhil, DSc Oxf, FAA, FRS*
I. McDougall, BSc Tas, PhD ANU, FAA*
R. Rutland, BSc, PhD London, FTSE*
S.R. Taylor, BSc (Hons) MSc New Zealand, PhD Indiana, MA DSc Oxford, HonAC
J.S. Turner MSc Syd, PhD Camb, FIP, FAIP, FAA, FRS*
* Emertus Professor

Research Officers

A.G. Christy, BA(Hon) MA PhD Cambridge
J.D. Fitz Gerald, BSc James Cook, PhD Monash
P. Holden, BSc Lancaster, PhD St. Andrews
J. Kurtz, BSc MSc Louisiana State, PhD Arizona State
G. Luton, Bachelor of Surveyor UNSW (from 7 July 2008)
H.W.S. McQueen, BSc Qld, MSc York, PhD ANU
R. Rapp, BA (Geological Sciences) State University of New York, PhD (Geology) Rensselar Polytechnic Institute (from 3 November 2008)

Research Assistants

A. Arcidiaco, BAppSc GradDip SAInst
B.J. Armstrong, BSc UNISA
R.W.L Martin, BSc ANU
P. Rickwood, BSc (Comp Sci) (Hons) UNSW
Y. Shan, BSc Wuhan Cehui Technical University, MSc Wuhan Cehui Technical University, PhD UNSW
C. Tarlowski, MSc Moscow, PhD Warsaw
D. Zwartz, BSc (Hons) Victoria University of Wellington, PhD ANU (to 11 July 2008)


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PhD Candidates

J. Avila, MSc Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
F. Beavis, BA/BSc (Hons), ANU
R. Berdin, BSc MSc Philippines
T. Bodin, MSc Louis Pasteur University
R. Brodie, BSc QLD
J. Brownlow, BSc (App Geology), UNSW
B. Choo, BSc Murdoch Univ
M. Coman, BSc (Hons) ANU
M. Crawford, BSc (Hons) UQ
A. Cross, BAppSc GDipAppSc MAppSc Canberra
J. Dawson, BSc BS MSc Melbourne, Grad Cert UWS
A. De Leon, BSc (Hons) University of Melbourne
J.P. D’olivo Cordero, MSc UABC Mexico
G. Estermann, MSc Vienna
T. Ewing, BSc (Hons), MSc  University of Canterbury
R. Farla, Doctoraal Degree Utrecht University
A. Fyfe, BSc, La Trobe University, Hons, Australian National University
C. Gouramanis, BSc (Hons) La Trobe University, BSc ANU
C. Gregory, BSc Monash, BSc (Hons) ANU
J. Hiess, BSc (Hons) Canterbury
A. Higgins, BSc (Hons) ANU
J. Hoffmann, BA BSc (Hons) Monash University
S. Hui, BSc Australian National University
R. Ickert, MSc (Hons) Simon Fraser University
J. Jasonsmith BSc. (Ecology) - University of Otago; B.App.Sc. (Hons, Environmental Chemistry) - University of Canberra
H. Jeon, MSc Seoul National University
R.C. Joannes-Boyau, MSc University-Bordeaux
J. Jones, Dip Gemmology GAGTL, London, BSc (Hons) Auckland University
J. Kang, BSc MSc Korea University
T. Kelly, BSc University of Tasmania, BSc (Hons) Australian National University
E. Kiseeva, BSc and MSc St Petersburg State Mine Institute
I. Kovacs, MSc Eötvös
S. Lewis, BSc (Hons) Monash University
H. Li, BSc MSc Peking University
G. Mallman, BA MS Brazil
J. Mazerat, BSc MSc Bordeaux University
I. McCulloch, BSc UNSW, GradDip ANU
S. McKibbin, BSc University of Newcastle
N. Mikkelson, BSc (Hons), ANU BArts, ANU
P. Millsteed, Dip 1 cert in Gemmology ACT Institute of Technology, BSc UC
I. Moffat, BA BSc (Hons) University of Queensland
M. O'Byrne, BSc (Hons) Grad Dip ANU
A. Papuc, BSc (Hons) Australian National University
J. Park, BSc MSc Korea University
C. Pirard, BSc, MSc University de Liege
J. Robertson, DipABRSM (Piano Perf) Royal Schools of Music, BSc (Hons) University of Otago
D. Robinson, BSc (Hons) Flinders, Grad Cert UWS
J. Rogers, B.Sc. (Maths) UK, B.A. (anthropology) ANU, B.Sc (Hons) (geology) ANU
A. Rosenthal, MSc University in Freiberg, Germany
A. Sadekov , BC MG Moscow State
R. Schinteie, Cert Arts MSc BSc GripDip University of Auckland
Shirtliff, Gregory BA BSc (Hons) ANU
N. Sinclair, BA/BSc Deakin University, BSc (Hons) ANU
M. Smith, BAppSc, Grad Dipl, MAppSc, Ballarat University
P. Smythe, BSc University of Wollongong, Hons (Physics) ANU
H. Sparks, BSc UBC, BSc (Hons) ANU
A. Stepanov, BSc MSc Novosibirsk State University
K. Stewart, BSc ANU
J. Sutton, MSc B.Tech University of British Columbia, BSc University of Northern British Columbia
N. Tailby, BSc (Hons) ANU
S. Tynan, BA/BSc (Hons) ANU
D. Valente, BSc (Hons) La Trobe
D. Viete, BSc BE (Hons) Monash
L. Wallace, BSc (Hons) Univ Tasmania
L. White, BSc (Hons) University of New South Wales
D. Wilkins, BA/BSc (Hons) ANU.

MPhil Candidates

L. Bean, BSc Dip. Ed. Sydney Uni, Grad Dipl. ANU
R Beattie, BA Macquarie
G Bell, BA (Hons), BSc ANU
A. Deonath, MSc Indian School of Mines
K. Dowell, BSc (Hons), ANU
I. Itikarai, BSc UPNG Papua New Guinea
A. Maulanai, BSc (Hons) Hasanuddin Univ., Indonesia
M. Nash, B.Comm UC, BSc ANU
R. Shi, BSc China University of Geosciences
M. Umar, BSc Syiah Kuala University, MSc ITB, Indonesia

Honours Students

Geology Honours

R. Bailey
S. Biddlecombe
K. Boston
J. Burke
A. David
C. Firth
A. Green
Jia-Urnn Lee
R. Mann
S. McAlpine
J. McDonald
G. Nash
T. O'Kane
N. Pittman
E. Reynolds
A. Robertson
I. Stenhouse
C. Thompson
J. Thorne

Physics of Earth Honours

A. Barker
D. Hutchinson

BGOS Honours

L. Soroka

Masters Students

N. Brown
R. Chopping
S. Chow
R. Costelloe
P. Crosthwaite
J. Gu
J. Hunt
P. Ivanov
R. Morris
H. Tassell


Melissa Coman - Convection Forced by Horizontal Variations in Heating with two Plumes or Sill. Supervisor: Prof Ross Griffiths, Advisers: Dr Graham Hughes, Dr Ross Kerr, Dr Andrew Hogg, Dr Trevor McDougall

John Dawson – Satellite Radar Interferometry with Application to the Observation of Surface Deformation in Australia. Supervisor: Dr Paul Tregoning, Advisers: Dr Kurt Lambeck, Dr Herb McQueen, Dr Richard Coleman

Gisela Estermann – Contribution of Mountain Glacier Melting to Sea – Level Changes: Recent Past and Future. Supervisor: Prof Kurt Lambeck, Advisers: Dr Paul Tregoning, Dr Herb McQueen, Dr John Church

Courtney Gregory – Allanite Chemistry and U-Th-Pb Geochronology. Supervisor: Dr Daniela Rubatto, Advisers: Dr Joerg Hermann, Prof Trevor Ireland, Ms Charlotte Allen, Dr Ian Williams

Jospeh Hiess – Early Crustal Petrogenesis: Integrated in Situ U-Pb, O, Hf and Ti Isotopic Systematics of Zircon from Archaean Rocks, West Greenland. Supervisor: Dr Victoria Bennett, Advisers: Dr Allen Nutman, Prof Trevor Ireland, Dr Joerg Hermann, Dr Ian Williams

Istvan Kovacs – Water in the Nominally Anhydrous Minerals of the Upper Mantle: Analytical and Experimental Developments. Supervisors: Prof Hugh O’Neill, Dr Joerg Hermann, Advisers: Prof David Green, Prof Trevor Ireland, Dr John Fitzgerald

Guilherme Mallman – Mantle Redox State and Its Effect on Trace-Element Partitioning During Basalt Petrogenesis. Supervisor: Prof Hugh O’Neill, Advisers: Dr Victoria Bennett, Dr Gregory Yaxley, Dr Carl Spandler

Tjipto Prastowo - Mixing in Buoyancy-Driven Exchange Flows. Supervisor: Prof Ross Griffiths, Advisers: Dr Graham Hughes, Dr Michael Gagan, Dr J.R Taylor, Dr Ross Kerr

Aleksey Sadekov – Advancing Planktonic Foraminifera Mg/Ca Thermometry: A Microanalytical Perspective. Supervisor: Dr Stephen Eggins, Advisers: Prof Patrick De Deckker, Prof Malcolm McCulloch, Dr Michael Gagan, Dr George Chaproniere

Heather Sparks – Supervisor: Dr John Mavrogenes, Dr Joerg Hermann, Dr Christopher McFarlane, Dr Andrew Berry

Dianne Valente – The Geology, Geochemistry and Geochronology of the El Abra Mine, Chile and the Adjacent Pajonal-El Abra Suite of Intrusions. Supervisor: Prof Ian Campbell, Advisers: Dr John Mavrogenes, Dr Victoria Bennett, Dr Joerg Hermann


James Hunt – Revision of osteolepiform sarcopterygians (lobe-finned fishes) from the Middle Devonian Hatchery Creek fish assemblage, Wee Jasper, Australia.  Supervisor: Dr Gavin Young.

Student awards

A.L. Hales Honours Year Scholarship: Graham Nash and David Hutchinson
Mervyn and Katalin Paterson Fellowship: Robert Farla
Robert Hill Memorial Prize: Courtney Gregory
A.E. Ringwood Scholarship: Huijuan Li
John Conrad Jaeger Scholarship: Lloyd White

Summer Research Scholarships

Ms D. Dass (Australian National University, Canberra) under the supervision of Michael Ellwood
Ms N. Lim (Australian National University, Canberra) under the supervision of Patrick De Deckker
Ms E. Newland (RMIT, Melbourne) under the supervision of Michael Ellwood
Ms R. Norman (Australian National University, Canberra) under the supervision of Stephen Eggins
Mr Y. Zhao (Australian National University, Canberra) under the supervision of Brian Kennett

Student Internships

Mr A. Arad of RMIT; Supervisor Dr Hrvoje Tkalcic
Ms J. Arthur of Australian National University; Supervisor Prof Ian Campbell
Mr J. Bennett of Australian National University; Supervisor Dr John Mavrogenes
Ms S. Doos of Australian National University; Supervisor Prof Hugh O’Neill
Ms K. James of Australian National University; Supervisor Dr Michael Ellwood
Ms E. Johnson of University of Newcastle; Supervisor Prof Gordon Lister
Mr A. Lukomskyj of Australian National University; Supervisor Dr Ulrike Troitzsch
Ms S. NGO of Australian National University; Supervisor Dr Hrvoje Tkalcic
Ms D. Tanner of Australian National University; Supervisor Prof Gordon Lister
Mr Y. Zhao of Australian National University; Supervisor Prof Brian Kennett



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School Manager

Michael Avent, Grad Cert Mgmnt, Grad Dip Admin, University of Canberra

Executive Assistant to the Director

Marilee Farrer

Building and Facilities Officer

Eric Ward, Cert V Frontline Management, Quest/ANU

Assistant Building and Facilities Officer

Nigel Craddy (from 10 June 2008)

Finance Manager

Teresa Heyne, BComm, Deakin University

Finance Officers

Sheryl Kluver, Assoc Diploma in Graphic Communications, Australian Army (to 6 May 2008)

Natalie Fearon (from 6 May 2008)

Human Resources Officer

Nathalie Garrido, Cert III Tourism & Events Management, CIT

Student Officer

Maree Coldrick

School Administrative Assistant and Student Officer

Rebecca Kelly, Cert II Business (Office Administration), QUEST Solutions

Information Technology Manager

Paul Davidson, BSc, MSc, Auckland, PhD, ANU

Information Technology Officer

Duncan Bolt, BSc Sydney
Brian Harrold, BSc ANU

Graphics Support Officer

Brad Ferguson, BDesign(Photography) CIT

Receptionist & Finance Assistant

Natalie Fearon (from 5 May 2008)
Sally Provins (from 16 June 2008 to 2 August 2008)
Josephine Margo (from 18 August 2008)

Area Administrators

Earth Chemistry - Robyn Petch
Earth Environment - Susanne Hutchinson, BA, La Trobe University
Earth Materials - Kay Provins
Earth Physics - Denise Steele (to 5 May 2008)
Sheryl Kluver, Assoc Diploma in Graphic Communications, Australian Army (from 6 May 2008)
                        Danica Fouarce (Prof Kurt Lambeck), BEnv.Des, BA Hons, University of WA
IODP - Alena Almassy (from 12 August 2008)

School Librarian

Chris Harney, Dip CIT, BA (Communications Information) University of Canberra

Technical Officers

Charlotte Allen, AB Princeton MSc Oregon , PhD VirginiaTech
Anthony Beasley, AssocDip CIT
Nick Best
Brent Butler, Cert III Mechanical Engineering Sydney Institute
Joseph Cali, BAppSc QIT
David Cassar
David Clark
Aron Coffey (from 18 September 2008)
Wayne Cook, Cert Geoscience (field hands) CIT, BSc ANU (to 9 August 2008)
Derek Corrigan
Joan Cowley, BSc ANU
Daniel Cummins
John D. Fitz Gerald, BSc James Cook, PhD Monash
John Foster, BSc Sydney, MSc PhD ANU
Daniel J Hunt, Adv Diploma Mechanical Engineering (Trainee)
Ben Jenkins, BSc UTS, PhD ANU
Damien Kelleher, AssocDip Cartog CIT (to 14 February 2008)
Leslie Kinsley, BSc GradDipSc ANU
Harri Kokkonen, BAppSc CCAE
Richard Krege, MSc Australian Defence Force Academy, BSc Charles Stuart University, BE University of Canberra (from 7 April 2008)
Andrew Latimore
Qi Li
Linda McMorrow, AssocDip Science NTU
Graham Mortimer, BSc PhD Adelaide 
Hayden Miller, Advanced Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, CIT (from 1 September 2008) 
Samuel Mertens, BA (Hons)
Andrew Myers, (to 8 March 2008)
Charles Norris, BSc ANU (to 3 January 2008)
Shane Paxton
Anthony Percival
Sisounthon (Tony) Phimphisane
Tristan Redman - Trainee
Hideo Sasaki - Trainee
Scott Savage
Norman Schram, Dip EIE SAIT
Dean Scott
Heather Scott-Gagan, BSc Sydney
David Thomson
Ulrike Troitzsch Diplom (Technische Universität Darmstadt), PhD ANU
Carlyle Were
Andrew Welsh, BAppSc CCAE (to 7 August 2008)
Andrew Wilson
Geoffrey Woodward
Igor Yatsevich, BEng Tashkent Polytec Inst, PhD Russian Academy of Sciences
Xiaodong Zhang, PhD LaTrobe

Fitting and Machining Apprentice

Ben Tranter, Cert II in Automotive Radiator Services John Batman Institute of TAFE, Automotive Climate Control / Air conditioning Casey Institute of TAFE (from 11 March 2008)



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