Skip to main content

Research Highlights

It took 2 billion years for Earth to kick start its supercontinent cycle

In a recently published article in Geology, a team of researchers associated with Curtin University’s Earth Dynamics Research Group provide the first clues about the infancy of the supercontinent cycle in deeper time.

Evans, Li & Murphy 2016.

Supercontinents break up along old scars

Recent geodynamic modelling published in the new Nature journal Communications Earth and Environment shows that while the break-up of a supercontinent is triggered by mantle plumes, the locations for the development of continental rifts is largely guided by the orogens.


  • Article listed in the 2020 Top 100 Scientific Reports

    An article published last year in the journal Scientific Reports, has recently been announced as one of the top 100 downloaded earth science papers for Scientific Reports in 2020. The work, led by recent PhD graduate Hamed Gamal El Dien, also gained siginifcant attention in the media. More details of the work can be found here.

    Well done to the entire team for this achievement.

  • PhD student receives Commendation from the Chancellor!

    PhD graduate, Hamed Gamal El Dien, was recently acknowledged with a Chancellor's commendation for his extraordinary efforts during his doctoral research.

    Congratualtions and well done Hamed!

  • New article in Nature Geoscience!

    A recently published Nature Geoscience article outlines the critical importance of water in the melting that occurs in subduction zones.
    This work, lead by Prof. Bill Collins, also discusses how this fluid-fluxed melting influences the mineralogical and geochemical signatures of the continental crust.

  • Dr Sergei Pisarevsky awarded Russian Megagrant

    Dr Sergei Pisarevsky was recently awarded a Russian "megagrant" for the project "Orogenesis: Assembly and Growth of Continents and Supercontinents". The grant will lead to the creation of a new facility at the Institute of the Earth's Crust, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

    Congratulations Sergei!

  • Daniel Brennan awarded best student geologic map

    PhD student Daniel Brennan was recently awarded the best student geologic map at the 2019 Geological Society of America's Annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Well done Dan!



    Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Tectonics and Earth Resources

  • CCFS

    ARC Center of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems

  • TIGeR

    The Institute for Geoscience Research

  • Applied Geology

    The Department of Applied Geology, Curtin University

  • WASM

    Western Australian School of Mines

Important upcoming events

Community Feature Article

Understanding how supercontinents form and drift apart

Prof. Li was recently featured in an article discussing the work that we do in the Earth Dynamics Research Group. The article was produced by Futurum, a magazine and online platform aimed at inspiring young people to follow a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The article also includes a link to an activity sheet for students and teachers. For more information, teaching resources, and course and career guides, see

CCFS Short Course on Snowball Earth by Professor Paul Hoffman

A CCFS-sponsored short course on the global climatic phenomenon known as Snowball Earth was held at Curtin University on 15 July, 2016.

Read More

Traveling Geologist

The work of Applied Geology’s research fellow and lecturer, Chris Spencer, has seen him visit many exotic and remote locations around the world, documented on his travel blog Traveling Geologist – check out some of the incredible photos.

Visit the website