The formation of curved orogenic structures is a contested issue in tectonics research. There is substantial debate over whether orogen-parallel buckling or orogen-normal bending is the mechanism responsible. Existing geological evidence has thus far not been unique to either mechanism. Therefore, this PhD project aims to utilise numerical methods and geodynamic modelling to analyse these differing approaches to orocline formation to determine viability and differences in the competing mechanisms.

Funding: UQRS

Advisors: Associate Professor Gideon Rosenbaum, Associate Professor Lutz Gross

Project members

Troy SMITH

PhD candidate