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 through time.

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

Field-intensive studies are combined 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 but also include the practical impact that geological factors have on exploration, discovery and exploitation of minerals, energy and groundwater resources and advanced methodologies for site remediation and for carbon storage.



Minerals and Energy



Geochemistry and Geochronology

Atmospheres and Oceans

Environmental geology