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Major research streams:


Palaeomagnetism, global palaeogeography, and true polar wander (TPW) events

We aim to establish a continuous global palaeogeography for the past 2,000 million years through a combined palaeomagnetic and geological (including data-mining) approach, and identify possible TPW events that are important for the examination of geodynamic models.

We acquire high-quality palaeomagnetic poles for key time intervals (filling time gaps) on targeted continents around the world (PhD projects available). We are also establishing a GIS-based, and user-friendly, Global Palaeomagnetic Database.

Key Researchers: Dr Uwe Kirscher,  Dr Ross MitchellDr Sergei PisarevskiyProf. Zheng-Xiang Li.

PhD students: Mr Yebo Liu


Field-based geological studies

We have a number of field-based research programs aiming to;

  1. Apply key constraints for the reconstruction of supercontinents Nuna (the northern Queensland project; PhD projects available) and Rodinia (Australia-China-Laurentia comparative studies), and
  2. Improve the global plume record so to test the superplume-supercontinent coupling (or otherwise) hypothesis (PhD projects available).

Field-based studies are augmented by the establishment of global geotectonic and mineral databases through IGCP 648, and data-mining. We also have collaborative research projects on and around Tibet and other parts of the world (PhD projects available).

Key Researchers: Dr Amaury PourteauDr Weihua Yao, Prof. Zheng-Xiang Li.

PhD students: Mr Jiangyu Li, Ms Silvia Volante, Ms Erin Martin, Mr Adam Nordsvan, Ms Camilla Stark.


Geodynamic modelling

We integrate all available information and outcomes from the other Research Streams to formulate, test, refine and quantify geodynamic models (the Earth’s inner workings) at both the global (first order) and the plate (second order) scales (PhD projects available).

Key Researchers: Dr Nan Zhang in collaboration with all other team members and external collaborators.