Earth and resources

Earth and resources studies cover a range of disciplines, including petrology, mineralogy, geochemistry, structural geology, tectonics, sedimentology, stratigraphy and hydrogeology, and underpin our capacity to ensure a sustainable supply of natural resources.

Fundamental research aims to understand interactions between the solid earth, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere, and how these evolved.

We examine many aspects of plate tectonics, including continental collisions and mountain building, magma generation, and the formation and deformation of sedimentary basins.

We combine field-intensive studies with sophisticated laboratory analyses and modelling to investigate geological processes and histories relevant to formation of minerals, energy and groundwater resources, and the occurrence of geological hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes.

Research topics span the entirety of earth history, and also include the practical impact of geological factors on exploration, discovery and exploitation of minerals, energy and groundwater resources, and advanced methodologies for site remediation and carbon storage.

People

Tectonics

Minerals and energy

Geophysics

Geomicrobiology

  • Professor Gordon Southam

    Professor
    School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
    Affiliate Professor
    Sustainable Minerals Institute

Geochemistry and geochronology

Atmospheres and oceans

Environmental geology

Volcanology