Potential projects

Below we list potential student projects in RSES, with links to relevant supervisors and research groups. For a list of topics, research groups, and research projects in RSES, please see the research projects page

Project name Group
4D tectonic reconstruction - the fate of the subducted lithosphere Structure Tectonics
A comparative study of the geochemistry of ore-bearing Ore Genesis
About the ups and downs of climate – Sea-level changes during the long-term cooling from the warm Pliocene Ocean & Climate Change
Alteration and mineralisation of the oceanic crust Isotope Geochemistry
Analysis of Earthquake Data from the Indonesian Seismograph Network Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Archaean granite-greenstone evolution Isotope Geochemistry
Archean continent formation and evolution Isotope Geochemistry
Are subduction zone magmas born oxidised? Experimental Petrology
Assessing Environmental Impacts in Harbours Ocean & Climate Change
ANU Radiocarbon Laboratory
Australian Lungfish ecology Water & Regolith Science
Marine Biogeochemistry
Biogeochemistry and molecular fossils Paleobiogeochemistry
Bulk dissipation in partially molten peridotite Rock physics
Carbonate eclogite in the upper mantle - its role in petrogenesis Experimental Petrology
Characterising carbonate occurrences from the Tumut-Eucumbene Tunnel, NSW, Australia Experimental Petrology
Climate change and the melting of polar ice caps Geodynamics & Geodesy
Climate Change and the Water Cycle Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Climate sensitivity Ocean & Climate Change
Computational methods for nonlinear inverse problems Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Copper and its influence on marine phytoplankton growth Marine Biogeochemistry
Cosmic collisions on the Moon Isotope Geochemistry
Crustal and mantle dynamics: what is the nature of the forces driving continental tectonics? Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Cycles of the Indian Monsoon Ocean & Climate Change
Dating the Permian-Triassic extinction event in Australia Isotope Geochemistry
Deep Sea Corals as climate archives Marine Biogeochemistry
ANU Radiocarbon Laboratory
Deglaciations – How the world warmed up Ocean & Climate Change
Diamonds are forever Isotope Geochemistry
Diffusion as a limiting factor in isotopic dating and tracing Isotope Geochemistry
Dislocation mobility and damping in single-crystal MgO Rock physics
Early Earth: the zircon tale continues Isotope Geochemistry
Energy transfers in the ocean internal wave field Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Establishing a tectonic listening post in Turkey Structure Tectonics
Examining Gas – Solid Reactions in Earth and Planetary Systems Ore Genesis
Planetary Sciences
Exploring potential and limitations of ultrahigh-precision U-Pb dating Isotope Geochemistry
Finding the oldest molecular fossils of cyanobacteria Paleobiogeochemistry
Fluid flow and mineralisation in intrusion-related ore systems Ore Genesis
Formation of garnet kelyphite rims on kimberlite-bourne peridotite xenoliths Experimental Petrology
From Plume Source To Hotspot: Quantifying Mixing In Mantle Plumes And It's Implications For The Nature Of Deep-Mantle Heterogeneity Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Gas - Solid Reactions in Earth and Planetary Systems Experimental Petrology
Planetary Sciences
Geospeedometry Structure Tectonics
High-Precision Hypocentre Determination for Local Earthquakes Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
How hot? Comparing palaeo-thermometers Ocean & Climate Change
How old are the planets? Isotope Geochemistry
Hydrology of the Murray Darling Basin Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Imaging the Earth's interior structure with seismic tomography Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Inside isotopic clocks: distribution of parent and daughter nuclides in geochronometer minerals Isotope Geochemistry
Joint Inversion of Seismic, Tsunami and Geodetic Data for Rupture Models of Large Earthquakes Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Laboratory and numerical modeling of lee wave breaking Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Laboratory studies of the seismic signature of fluids in the Earth's crust Rock physics
Landscape evolution in the Canberra region, New South Wales Water & Regolith Science
Lithospheric Controls on Early Life Habitats Isotope Geochemistry
Magnetic mapping of iron oxides in Australian soils Paleo & Environmental Magnetism
Mass variations estimated from GRACE Geodynamics & Geodesy
Melt inclusions, volatile fluxes and halogen cycling through Island Arcs Isotope Geochemistry
Modeling Earth's Engine: Utilizing Innovative Numerical Schemes To Unravel The Secrets Of Plate Tectonics And Mantle Convection On Earth Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Modelling of seismic sources Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Modern and ancient mantle chemistry Isotope Geochemistry
Molecular fossils and toxic ancient oceans Paleobiogeochemistry
Monitoring groundwater changes in Australia Geodynamics & Geodesy
Natural and human-induced changes in Australia’s rainfall during the last millennium Past Climates & Environmental Impacts
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
New constraints on the Earth's inner core anisotropy from seismic body waves Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Nitrogen in the Earth's mantle Isotope Geochemistry
Novel Uses of Radiocarbon in Environmental Studies ANU Radiocarbon Laboratory
Marine Biogeochemistry
Ore deposits and tectonic evolution of the Lachlan Orogen, SE Australia Isotope Geochemistry
PhD/Master projects Marine Biogeochemistry
Ocean & Climate Change
Past Climates & Environmental Impacts
Marine Geology & IODP
Planet's internal rotation Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Precise timing of ore formation Isotope Geochemistry
Pulsing Mantle Plumes: Causes And Geological Consequences Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Quantifying The Key Controls On Regional Subduction Dynamics Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Reading rocks Structure Tectonics
Reconstructing CO2 input and ecosystem changes from a natural ocean acidification experiment, Milne Bay, PNG Marine Biogeochemistry
ANU Radiocarbon Laboratory
Regional Hydrologic Studies Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Regolith and rock art on Burrup Peninsula, northwestern Western Australia Water & Regolith Science
Satellites and Brooding Earthquakes in the Himalaya Geodynamics & Geodesy
Seismic attenuation imaging of the Banda Arc Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Seismic sources Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Seismic structure of Earth's core and lowermost mantle Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Sensing water vapour in the atmosphere using GPS Geodynamics & Geodesy
Slab structure and dynamics of arcuate shaped subduction zones Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Southern ocean nutrients and their links to climate change: insights from the elemental and isotope signature of diatoms Marine Biogeochemistry
Studying the crust and the upper mantle structure beneath Australia using multiple geophysical datasets Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Subduction dynamics: slabs in the mantle Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
Synthetic sandstones from sintered glass beads Rock physics
Tectonic deformation of Papua New Guinea Geodynamics & Geodesy
The age and tectonic setting of basaltic intrusions of the south coast of NSW Experimental Petrology
The dynamic planet: Connecting the surface to the deep Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
The Early Time: towards consistent time scale of the Solar System formation Isotope Geochemistry
The evolution of ore-associated felsic system with time Ore Genesis
The geochemistry of platinum group elements in felsic rocks Ore Genesis
The history of mixing nucleosynthetic components during formation of our Solar System Isotope Geochemistry
The Map That Changes The World Structure Tectonics
The role of water in upper-mantle seismic-wave attenuation: a laboratory study Rock physics
Towards understanding the landscape evolution of the Lake George basin Water & Regolith Science
Understanding links between metals, metal speciation and phytoplankton growth in the ocean Marine Biogeochemistry
Using dense seismic arrays to map deep mantle sharp features Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics
What the Earth is made of? Isotope Geochemistry
Xenon in early Earth Isotope Geochemistry
Zircon and monazite in granites Experimental Petrology

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