Evolution of plate tectonic systems

We examine many aspects of plate tectonics including continental collisions and mountain building, magma generation and ocean formation as well as the evolution of landforms and the formation of natural resources. Our work is global but particularly concentrated along ancient and modern plate boundaries. Individual members of our cluster have extensive experience in the ancient Tethyan ocean from the Mediterranean through the Himalaya and Tibet to New Caledonia, New Zealand and eastern Australia. We also undertake research elsewhere in Australia, central Asia and the Americas. Research topics within Plate Tectonics span the entirety of geologic history, from the initiation of plate tectonics through ancient periods of mountain building, uplift and erosion to active processes that shape the modern landscape.

Our projects range in scale from the tectonic histories of entire continents to chemical variations in minerals that occur at the microscopic level. We pride ourselves in making detailed field investigations that provide the stratigraphic and structural spatial constrains on which to base downstream follow-up laboratory based quantitative investigations and computer modeling.

For more information, refer to our list of projects, below.


The analytical facilities that are most pertinent to our research include the:

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