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Exploring mantle evolution with atom probe tomography

Early Career Researcher Dr Hamed Gamal El Dien wrote a short "Tools of the Trade" article for Nature Reveiws Earth & Environment to highlight the emerging technique of atom probe tomography and its potential in his research on the evolution of the mantle.

A dedicated Geoscience Atom Probe at the John de Laeter Centre of Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

Nature Review of State-of-the-Art Supercontinent Research

An article published in Nature Reviews Earth & Environment presents the current state-of-the-art in supercontinent research. The review, led by Prof Ross Mitchell, also includes many current or previous Earth Dynamics Research Group members as co-authors.

Supercontinent Pangea

Supercontinent Pangea and the structure of mantle at almost 3,000 kilometers deep. (Courtesy of Ross Mitchell and Bernhard Steinberger.)


  • Article listed in the 2020 Top 100 Scientific Reports and selected as one of Editor's choice

    An article published last year in the journal Scientific Reports, has recently been announced as one of the top 100 most downloaded earth science papers for Scientific Reports in 2020. As futher indication of it's significance it was also selected as one of 5 Editor's choice in geochemistry (Mantle).

    More details of the work can be found here.

  • 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!

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Community Feature Article


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.

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Traveling Geologist

The work of previous EDRG team member, Chris Spencer, has seen him visit many exotic and remote locations around the world, documented on his travel blog Traveling Geologist. The page has now expanded to provide a platform for other Earth scientists to share their adventures – check out some of the incredible photos and stories.

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