Below we list current research topics in RSES, with links to relevant researchers and research groups. For a list of potential student projects and PhD topics, please refer to the potential project student page

Project name Group
Antarctic and tropical climate variability over the last millennium, and impacts on southern Australian rainfall Palaeoenvironments
Antarctic GPS project: geodetic monitoring of isostatic rebound near the Lambert Glacier Earth Dynamics
Arsenic and antimony speciation in open-ocean waters Biogeochemistry
Australian dust: its response to, and role in, climate change Palaeoenvironments
Biomarkers and Genomics Biogeochemistry
Bubble, Bubble is CO2 the trouble: A Natural Ocean Acidification Experiment in a coral reef setting -DP140103567 ANU Radiocarbon Laboratory
Character and timing of deformation and metamorphism on Sifnos, in the Cycladic Blueschist Belt, Aegean Sea , Greece Earth Dynamics
Character and timing of extension in the Cycladic Blueschist Belt in the Aegean Sea, Greece Earth Dynamics
Character and timing of major movement zones beneath the Austro-Alpine 'cold' lid of the Western and Central Alps Earth Dynamics
Cobalt speciation in the open ocean and the natural of its complexation to natural organic ligands Biogeochemistry
Cosmogenic nuclide production rates Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry
Craton modification and growth: The east Albany-Fraser Orogen in 3-D (Tkalčić, Kennett, Sippl, Spaggiari and Gessner) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Dating of allanite
Deformation in zircon
Developing resistivity imaging as a tool for understanding landscape evolution and sand deposition within the Lake George Basin Palaeoenvironments
Diamond exploration: novel techniques for the interpretation of diamond indicator minerals Experimental Petrology
Dynamics of the southern ocean
Early Earth formation and evolution Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry
Earth's Intra-plate Volcanic Engine (Davies, Campbell, Kennett and Duvernay) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Evolution of Lake George Palaeoenvironments
Evolution of the mantle
Expedition 342 of the International Ocean Drilling Program Palaeoenvironments
Finite Fault inversion using the W-Phase (Benavente and Cummins) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Fluid dynamics of mantle plumes
Fluidity: the next frontier (Mathews and Davies) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
From Plume Source To Hotspot: Quantifying Mixing In Mantle Plumes And It's Implications For The Nature Of Deep-Mantle Heterogeneity (Davies) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
From Plume Source To Hotspot: Quantifying Mixing In Mantle Plumes And Its Implications For The Nature Of Deep-Mantle Heterogeneity Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Geochronology of volcanic landscapes Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry
Geophysical and environmental signals from magnetic biominerals Palaeoenvironments
Glacial geology and climate change Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry
GRACE Follow-on mission Earth Dynamics
Groundwater and surface water geochemistry Palaeoenvironments
Hadean zircon mining Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry
Have we already lost the Australian Lungfish? ANU Radiocarbon Laboratory
Heat sources for Barrovian-type metamorphism, Grampian Highlands, Scotland Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry
How can we monitor the wave before its arrivals? (Allgeyer) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
How do sediments become magnetized? Palaeoenvironments
How fast do soils form? Palaeoenvironments
Improved Earth Structure in Northeast Asia and Seismic Moment Tensor Inversion Using Bayesian Partition Modeling (Tkalčić, Kim, Chen, Rhie and Ford) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Inner core structure using free oscillations of the Earth and neighbourhood algorithm (Pachhai,Tkalčić and Masters) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
IODP drilling in the Great Barrier Reef: unlocking the causes, rates and consequences of abrupt sea level and climate change – DP1094001 ANU Radiocarbon Laboratory
Is the physics that we use to model deep ocean gravity wave sufficient? (Allgeyer) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Localization of Intraplate Deformation through Fluid-assisted Fault Reactivation in the Lower-Crust: The Flinders Ranges, South Australia (Balfour, Cummins and Pilia) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Lunar soil analysis Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry
Mass balance changes of polar ice caps Earth Dynamics
Melting of Ice Sheets Climate and Fluid Physics
Mixing in ocean straits
Molecular fossils and early life on Earth Biogeochemistry
Multi-array, multi-frequency probing of the Earth's heterogeneity (Tkalčić, Kennett, Stipčević and Tanaka) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Ocean circulation through the Indonesian Seaway ANU Radiocarbon Laboratory
Ocean Convection Climate and Fluid Physics
Ocean internal waves and turbulence Climate and Fluid Physics
Ocean thermohaline circulation
Oligocene extension on the south Cyclades shear zone, in the central Cyclades, Ios, Greece Earth Dynamics
Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands
Present-day glacial isostatic adjustment of Antarctica Earth Dynamics
Pulsing Mantle Plumes: Causes And Geological Consequences (Davies) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Quantifying The Key Controls On Regional Subduction Dynamics (Davies) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Rapid determination of earthquake sources in Australia (Tkalčić, Hejrani and Fichtner) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Realistic tsunami modeling with seafloor loading and density stratification (Allgeyer and Cummins) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Reconstructing the evolution of the European Alps in 4D
Reconstruction of silicon concentrations across the last interglacial-glacial transition using the silicon isotope signature of diatoms and sponges Biogeochemistry
Recycling of oceanic crust in the deep mantle Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry
Refractory Inclusions Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry
Revising the history of motion of the Indian Plate (0-100 Ma) and reconstructing the 4D evolution of the Himalaya
Rohling, Australian Laureate Fellowship “Sea level change and climate sensitivity” (FL120100050) Palaeoenvironments
Seismic sources (Tkalčić) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Seismic wave propagation (Kennett) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Seismographic Studies on Basin Effects in the Amplification of Seismic Waves in Indonesia (Saygin, Cummins and Cipta) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Seismology of the Earth's deep interior (Tkalčić et. al.) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Source Mechanism Determination for Improved Seismic Hazard Assessment in Indonesia (Balfour and Cummins) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Southern Ocean Circulation Climate and Fluid Physics
Stardust Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry
Studying the crust and the upper mantle structure beneath Australia using multiple geophysical datasets (Sebastian, Tkalčić and Sippl) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Testing the limits of the ninhydrin method for radiocarbon dating degraded and contaminated bone ANU Radiocarbon Laboratory
The Australian Seismometers in Schools Network (AuSIS) (Salmon, Sambridge and Byrne) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
The biogeochemistry of a Salt Lake Biogeochemistry
The effect of climate change on polar ice sheets Earth Dynamics
The geochemistry of the platinum group element in ore bearing and barren granitoid suites. Experimental Petrology
The global consequences of subduction zone congestion (Miller, Moresi (lead), Betts, Whittaker) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
The history of past ice sheets Earth Dynamics
The oceanic Nazca plate
The timing of extreme metamorphism Experimental Petrology
The virtual Earth Earth Dynamics
Time-Reverse imaging of the tsunami source (Hossen, Cummins, Roberts and Allgeyer) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Trace element and volatile recycling in subduction zones Experimental Petrology
Transdimensional Bayesian finite fault inversion (Dettmer, Benavente, Hossen and Cummins) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Transitions in the Banda Arc - Australia continental collision (Miller) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Understanding the cycling of inorganic germanium in the ocean during the present and past using the Ge/Si signature of diatoms and sponges Biogeochemistry
Unraveling the changing patterns of Australian rainfall Palaeoenvironments
Using dense seismic arrays to map deep mantle sharp features (Miller and Sun) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Variations in water resources in Australian drainage basins Earth Dynamics
Vertical movement of tide gauges Earth Dynamics
Wake flows in coastal oceans
Water in the mantle Experimental Petrology
Weathering history of the Australian continent Palaeoenvironments
Were oceans in Earth's middle age anoxic, sulfidic and toxic? Biogeochemistry
What are the key parameter of effects in harbors and bays? (Allgeyer) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Zinc and iron cycling in the north and south Tasman Sea Biogeochemistry
Zircon and monazite trace element partitioning Experimental Petrology

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