Prof Tom Blenkinsop's research interests include structural geology and tectonics, economic geology and surface process/tectonic interactions. He will be leaving JCU to a post at Cardiff University, UK, in August, with many regrets after 11 years at JCU.

  • I am fascinated by deformation processes in the Earth at all scales, especially in the upper crust, and their relation to the formation of hydrothermal mineral deposits. I am particularly interested fracturing, fluid flow, and breccias and brecciation, and the application of kinematic and dynamic fault slip analyses to mineral deposits and tectonic problems. Fractal geometry is key concept in several of these studies. The relationship between tectonics and surface processes is another facet of upper crustal deformation of special interest. I am currently working in rocks ranging from Archean to Tertiary in age, and in various parts of Australia, Southern Africa, Brazil and Papua New Guinea.
  • 2011 to 2013 - Professor, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2002 to 2011 - Lecturer-Ass. Prof., James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 1989 to 2002 - Lecturer-Professor, University of Zimbabwe (Harare)
  • 1988 to 1989 - Principal Investigator, University of California, Santa Barbara (California)
  • 1987 - Research Assistant, Liverpool University (Liverpool)
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  • Base Metal Genesis, Geology, and Structural Evolution of the Central Tommy Creek Domain, Mt Isa Inlier (PhD , External Advisor)

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