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I am a Senior Lecturer in Geochronology and Tectonics at School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Queensland. My research advances fundamentals of Plate Tectonics, the unique and unifying theory for our home planet. My group uses a set of field, laboratory, and computational approaches to reveal the geologic history of modern and ancient plate boundaries, focusing on reconstructing the evolution of plate-margin mountains and basins. Such regions are among the most dynamic in the Earth system: their development alters regional and global climate, impacts biogeographic evolution, triggers earthquakes and other geologic hazards, and determines formation and distribution of natural resources such as critical minerals. I have been fortunate to work in some of the most rewarding areas for geologists, including the Himalaya-Tibetan Plateau, Central Andes, eastern Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Islands.

I am the lead of UQ Thermochronology Lab that focuses on apatite fission-track analysis. As an in-depth user of UQ CGMS (Centre for Geoanalytical Mass Spectrometry), I also work with laser ablation ICP-MS with recent work around laser ablation U-Pb dating of low-U mineral phases such as calcite, hydrothermal garnet, and fluorite.

PhD/MPhil studies: UQ offers a competitive scholarship package, including a full tuition support at ~AU$46,000/year, a stipend at ~AU$30,000/year, and additional opportunities for tutoring or teaching assistantship. PhD students could commence their studies at UQ in January, April, July, or October. Get in touch if you're interested in learning more about possible projects with our team.

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Tectonic and Biostratigraphy Research Group: At UQ, I am a part of a larger team that specializes in tectonics, the Tectonic and Biostratigraphy Research Group. Collectively, our research focuses on Earth processes that range from the recycled mantle wedge, continental collision, mountain building, to sediment delivery. We hold expertise in field geology, sedimentary geology, geochronology, thermochronology, and micropaleontology.

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