About

Dr Melanie Finch is a structural and metamorphic geologist at James Cook University, Australia. She completed her PhD at Monash University in 2016 on the tectono-metamorphic evolution of a hot back arc and its thick shear zones. She was then awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Tuebingen, Germany. Melanie returned to Australia in 2018 in a teaching-research position at Monash University and then moved to JCU in 2022. 

Melanie's research focuses on understanding how viscous shear zones accommodate strain and fluid flow. She works on fluid transport from subduction slabs, into the subduction channel shear zone and through the mantle wedge. She is also interested in the role of shear zones in forming critical mineral ore deposits.

Melanie is a 2021-2022 STA ‘Superstar of STEM’ and the President of Women in Earth and Environmental Sciences Australasia (WOMEESA).

Teaching
  • EA2510: Earth Resources, Exploration and Environment (Level 2; TSV)
  • EA3210: Structural Geology and Tectonics (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
Interests
Research
  • I am interested in understanding how ductile shear zones accommodate strain and transport fluids in a variety of settings. I would like to determine the role of ductile shear zones in the formation of hydrothermal ore deposits, particularly in skarn deposits. I am also interested in understanding the fluid flux from the subducting slab, into the subduction channel shear zone, and through the mantle.
Experience
  • 2019 to 2021 - Lecturer, Monash University
  • 2016 to 2018 - Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Tuebingen (Germany)
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Honours
Awards
  • 2021 to 2022 - STA Superstar of STEM
Memberships
  • 2021 - President of Women in Earth and Environmental Science Australasia (WOMEESA)
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  • The role of structurally-controlled saline fluid flow in the formation of Australia?s Rare Earth Element deposits (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Structural and tectonic controls on sediment hosted Cu-Zn-Pb and critical minerals deposits in the Western Succession Mt Isa inlier (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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