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Academic Education and Qualifications


  • BSc (Honours) - Geology Department, University of Tasmania, 1978 - 1981
  • Diploma of Education (Secondary Science Teaching) - Centre for Education, University of Tasmania, 1982
  • PhD - Geology Department, University of Tasmania, 1989-1993


Employment History


  • 2010-present: ARC Future Fellow, Earth Materials, RSES
  • 2001-2009: Fellow in PRISE, RSES
  • 2000-2001: Education Officer, Minerals Council of Australia
  • 1999: Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, University of Frankfurt,Germany
  • 1996-1999: ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, Petrochemistry Group, RSES
  • 1993-1996: Postdoctoral Fellow, Petrochemistry Group, RSES


Primary Research Skills and Experience


  • High-pressure experimental petrology, mainly using piston-cylinder presses (up to 6.5 GPa), belt apparatus (up to 6.5 GPa) and multi-anvil apparatus (>6.5 GPa).
  • Range of micro-analytical techniques applied to experimental and natural samples (electronprobe microanalysis, LA-ICPMS, synchrotron-based XANES)


Professional Society Activities





1999: Awarded Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for 9 months, with 3-month resumption awarded in 2006.