Researcher biography

Professor Jonathan Aitchison is Head of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) at The University of Queensland. Originally from New Zealand, he grew up on a plate boundary where the rocks and types of landscapes he studies are generated. After graduating with a BSc Hons and MSc at the University of Otago, Professor Aitchison took up an appointment in Japan as a Monbusho Scholar. On completion of his PhD, which focussed on convergent plate margin rocks in the New England Region of northern NSW he returned to Japan to undertake a JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) postdoctoral fellowship. After spending five years at the University of Sydney in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, he moved to the University of Hong Kong in 2003. As Head of the Department of Earth Sciences he also led the HKU Tibet Research Group. In 2011 he returned to Australia and the University of Sydney after accepting the Edgeworth David Chair of Geology. Professor Aitchison commenced with UQ as Head of the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management in February 2015 until the end of 2016 when this school was merged with Earth Sciences to become the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.