Developing and applying low-temperature thermochronology techniques to study the evolution of Earth's crust.
The Melbourne Thermochronology Research Group at the University of Melbourne, School of Earth Sciences specialises in the development and application of fission track and (U-Th-Sm)/He analyses of the common phosphate accessory mineral apatite and other uranium-enriched minerals, including zircon, titanite and monazite.
The Thermochronology group conducts research across all aspects of the development of laboratory techniques, as well as their application to understanding the low-temperature history of continental crust. Applications include continental extension, the origin and evolution of rifted continental margins, the evolution of convergent orogenic belts, sedimentary basin analysis, landscape evolution, and the long-term stability of cratonic regions of the crust.
Melbourne Thermochronology works in close collaboration with the University of Melbourne's Noble Gas Geochronology and Isotope Geochemistry groups, Iolite, Lithodat and Autoscan, and is a principal member of the AuScope Geochemistry Network.
We work all over the world.