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
Zircon and monazite trace element partitioning Experimental Petrology
Zinc and iron cycling in the north and south Tasman Sea Marine Biogeochemistry
What are the key parameter of effects in harbors and bays? (Allgeyer) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Were oceans in Earth's middle age anoxic, sulfidic and toxic? Paleobiogeochemistry
Weathering history of the Australian continent Water & Regolith Science
Water in the mantle Experimental Petrology
Variations in water resources in Australian drainage basins Geodynamics & Geodesy
Understanding the cycling of inorganic germanium in the ocean during the present and past using the Ge/Si signature of diatoms and sponges Marine Biogeochemistry
Transdimensional Bayesian finite fault inversion (Dettmer, Benavente, Hossen and Cummins) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Trace element and volatile recycling in subduction zones Experimental Petrology
Time-Reverse imaging of the tsunami source (Hossen, Cummins, Roberts and Allgeyer) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
The virtual Earth Structure Tectonics
The timing of extreme metamorphism Experimental Petrology
The history of past ice sheets Geodynamics & Geodesy
The geochemistry of the platinum group element in ore bearing and barren granitoid suites. Ore Genesis
The effect of climate change on polar ice sheets Geodynamics & Geodesy
The biogeochemistry of a Salt Lake Paleobiogeochemistry
The Australian Seismometers in Schools Network (AuSIS) (Balfour, Salmon and Sambridge) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Testing the limits of the ninhydrin method for radiocarbon dating degraded and contaminated bone Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory
Studying the crust and the upper mantle structure beneath Australia using multiple geophysical datasets (Sebastian, Tkalčić and Sippl) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Stratified turbulence Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Stardust Isotope Geochemistry
Planetary Sciences
Southern Ocean Circulation Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Source Mechanism Determination for Improved Seismic Hazard Assessment in Indonesia (Balfour and Cummins) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Seismology of the Earth's deep interior (Tkalčić et. al.) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Seismographic Studies on Basin Effects in the Amplification of Seismic Waves in Indonesia (Saygin, Cummins and Cipta) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Seismic wave propagation (Kennett) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Seismic sources (Tkalčić) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Rohling, Australian Laureate Fellowship “Sea level change and climate sensitivity” (FL120100050) Ocean & Climate Change
Refractory Inclusions Isotope Geochemistry
Planetary Sciences
Recycling of oceanic crust in the deep mantle Isotope Geochemistry
Reconstruction of silicon concentrations across the last interglacial-glacial transition using the silicon isotope signature of diatoms and sponges Marine Biogeochemistry
Realistic tsunami modeling with seafloor loading and density stratification (Allgeyer and Cummins) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Rapid determination of earthquake sources in Australia (Tkalčić, Hejrani and Fichtner) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Quaternary climate-volcanoenvironment impacts in southern Australasia Past Climates & Environmental Impacts
Present-day glacial isostatic adjustment of Antarctica Geodynamics & Geodesy
Oligocene extension on the south Cyclades shear zone, in the central Cyclades, Ios, Greece Structure Tectonics
Ocean circulation through the Indonesian Seaway Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory
Multi-array, multi-frequency probing of the Earth's heterogeneity (Tkalčić, Kennett, Stipčević and Tanaka) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Molecular fossils and early life on Earth Paleobiogeochemistry
Melting of Ice Sheets Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Mass balance changes of polar ice caps Geodynamics & Geodesy
Lunar soil analysis Isotope Geochemistry
Planetary Sciences
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
Is the physics that we use to model deep ocean gravity wave sufficient? (Allgeyer) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
IODP drilling in the Great Barrier Reef: unlocking the causes, rates and consequences of abrupt sea level and climate change – DP1094001 Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory
Inner core structure using free oscillations of the Earth and neighbourhood algorithm (Pachhai,Tkalčić and Masters) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Improved Earth Structure in Northeast Asia and Seismic Moment Tensor Inversion Using Bayesian Partition Modeling (Tkalčić, Kim, Chen, Rhie and Ford) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
How fast do soils form? Water & Regolith Science
How do sediments become magnetized? Paleo & Environmental Magnetism
How can we monitor the wave before its arrivals? (Allgeyer) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Heat sources for Barrovian-type metamorphism, Grampian Highlands, Scotland Isotope Geochemistry
Have we already lost the Australian Lungfish? Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory
Hadean zircon mining Isotope Geochemistry
Groundwater and surface water geochemistry Water & Regolith Science
GRACE Follow-on mission Geodynamics & Geodesy
Glacial geology and climate change Isotope Geochemistry
Geophysical and environmental signals from magnetic biominerals Paleo & Environmental Magnetism
Geochronology of volcanic landscapes Isotope Geochemistry
From Plume Source To Hotspot: Quantifying Mixing In Mantle Plumes And It's Implications For The Nature Of Deep-Mantle Heterogeneity (Davies and Jones) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Finite Fault inversion using the W-Phase (Benavente and Cummins) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Expedition 342 of the International Ocean Drilling Program Past Climates & Environmental Impacts
Evolution of Lake George Past Climates & Environmental Impacts
Water & Regolith Science
Early Earth formation and evolution Isotope Geochemistry
Diamond exploration: novel techniques for the interpretation of diamond indicator minerals Ore Genesis
Developing resistivity imaging as a tool for understanding landscape evolution and sand deposition within the Lake George Basin Water & Regolith Science
Deformation in zircon
Dating of allanite
Craton modification and growth: The east Albany-Fraser Orogen in 3-D (Tkalčić, Kennett, Sippl, Spaggiari and Gessner) Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Cosmogenic nuclide production rates Isotope Geochemistry
Convection Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Cobalt speciation in the open ocean and the natural of its complexation to natural organic ligands Marine Biogeochemistry
Climate and natural hazards in Australasia: prehistoric droughts, great earthquakes, and the Toba super-eruption Past Climates & Environmental Impacts
Character and timing of major movement zones beneath the Austro-Alpine 'cold' lid of the Western and Central Alps Structure Tectonics
Character and timing of extension in the Cycladic Blueschist Belt in the Aegean Sea, Greece Structure Tectonics
Character and timing of deformation and metamorphism on Sifnos, in the Cycladic Blueschist Belt, Aegean Sea , Greece Structure Tectonics
Bubble, Bubble is CO2 the trouble: A Natural Ocean Acidification Experiment in a coral reef setting -DP140103567 Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory
Biomarkers and Genomics Paleobiogeochemistry
Australian dust: its response to, and role in, climate change Paleo & Environmental Magnetism
Arsenic and antimony speciation in open-ocean waters Marine Biogeochemistry
Antarctic GPS project: geodetic monitoring of isostatic rebound near the Lambert Glacier Geodynamics & Geodesy
Antarctic and tropical climate variability over the last millennium, and impacts on southern Australian rainfall Past Climates & Environmental Impacts

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