Papua New Guinea Geoscience Network (www.pnggeoscience.com)

Senior Geoscientist, Frogtech Geoscience

My main research interests revolve around tectonics, igneous petrology and structural geology. To date my research focus has been towards the investigation of the tectonic and magmatic processes that occur at convergent margins and associated subduction dynamics; and the driving forces that cause major tectonic reorganisation and how these are expressed in the geological record. Most of this research addresses large-scale geological processes; however, at a smaller-scale I am also interested in the feedbacks between tectonic and structural processes, natural hazards, and landscape evolution/geomorphology. I employ multidisciplinary research methodologies that include igneous petrology, geochemistry and geochronology, field studies and structural relationships, economic geology, stratigraphy and principles of sedimentology, geomorphology, and using geophysical methods to unravel geology at both regional terrane scale and on local scales. As part of this research, I am particularly interested in the generation of plate tectonic reconstructions and the use and development of novel-multidisciplinary methods to unravel the tectonic history of complex geological terranes, and further, what insights these reconstructions can provide us into the role of tectonics in ore deposit formation.

Current Projects: Reconstructing the Southwest Pacific; Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands Metallogenesis; Arc Magmatism in Papua New Guinea; Magmatic History of Northeast Queensland; Reconstructing Jurassic-Early Cretaceous Eastern Australia

  • 2017 to present - Senior Geoscientist, Frogtech Geoscience
  • 2016 - Lecturer in Petrology and Mineralogy, James Cook University
  • 2013 to 2015 - Lecturer - Master Tutor, James Cook University
  • 2014 - PhD, James Cook University
  • 2009 - PGDip Engineering Geology, University of Canterbury
  • 2008 - BSc (Hons), University of Canterbury
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  • 2016 - ECR Rising Stars Leadership Program
  • 2014 - Dean's Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence (JCU)
  • 2014 - Sessional Staff Teaching Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (JCU)
  • 2009 - S P A Harrison Memorial Prize in Engineering Geology (UC)
  • 2008 - Sir Julius von Haast Prize in Geology (UC)
  • 2016 - 5th AUGEN Conference Travel Grant
  • 2016 - 34th IGC Travel Grant for Early-Career Australian and New Zealand Geoscientists

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  • Establishing a Tectonic Framework for the Cretaceous break-up of Eastern Gondwana: Insights from Papua New Guinea and Offshore Geology of the Coral and Tasman Seas. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Mesozoic detrital zircon provenance of Central Africa: Implications for Jurassic-Cretaceous tectonics, paleogeography and landscape evolution. (2019, PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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