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)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives

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Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects

Life and death of Australopithicus sediba: how a potential ancestor ended up dead in a cave in world heritage site in South Africa

Indicative Funding
$256,000 over 2 years
In August 2008 the remarkable Malapa fossil site was discovered with remains of the first and only fossils of Australopithecus sediba - a potential direct human ancestor. The fossils are in an exceptional state of preservation, and excavations will start in late 2013, creating a unique opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of the chemical, physical and biological factors that led to burial and fossilisation. This research will focus on the complex interplay between termites, sediment chemistry, landscape conditions and palaeo-climate as contributing factors to fossil preservation. Results will document the environment in which sediba lived and died, and assist future exploration for hominid fossils.
Paul Dirks, Eric Roberts, Carl Spandler and Tom Blenkinsop in collaboration with Lee Berger and Zubair Jinnah (College of Science & Engineering and University of the Witwatersrand - Johannesburg)
Australopithicus sediba; Taphonomy; Geochemistry

Anglogold Ashanti Geita Gold Mine Ltd - Contract Research

Geological Services, Geita Gold Mine

Indicative Funding
$1,818,729 over 6 years
The aim of the project is the development of new gold reserves from satellite pits and from the Kukuluma terrain, by building an integrated geological model for the entire tenement area. The area will be mapped, and a regional geological interpretation will be made as a basis for building a genetic model that will enable gold mineralization to be targeted, through ranking existing targets and generating new ones. A training strategy to improve the mine geology team will be implemented.
Paul Dirks, Tom Blenkinsop, Ioan Sanislav and Agnes Samper (College of Science & Engineering)
Gold; Exploration; Tanzania; Targeting; Training; Geita Mine

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  • Base Metal Genesis, Stratigraphy and Structural Evolution of the Central Tommy Creek Domain, Mt Isa Inlier (PhD , External Advisor)

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