The Australian Research Council has funded the "Closing Tethys" project. As part of this research we intend to support two MPhil students to establish a tectonic listening post in Turkey. We plan to find these students during 2012, and plan for them to start work on the project in 2013 at the very latest.
The best place to establish a listening post in Turkey appears to be in the southwest where the Lycian nappes slide off the Menderes massif. The plan is to send two students into the field, to work together, with each student having a complementary but mutual interest.
If you want to know what a "tectonic listening post" happens to be Email firstname.lastname@example.org or drop in for a chat. The M.Phil. degree can be taken after a student completes third year. Good marks in undergraduate are essential as this allows objective demonstration of your quality. It also encourages supervisors to provide hard-to-find research support.
Team work is essential, so applications from teams will be considered as well as applications by individual students.
The students will engage in fieldwork together, and they will map particular cross-sections. They will construct tectonic sequence diagrams in the field, and then sample to allow analysis of microstructures and geochronology back in the lab at ANU. The two students will be given complementary projects, but how this will work can only be ascertained at time of interview. A plan might be that one student focusses on the geochronology, working to time events in the cross-section, while the other engages in large-scale tectonic reconstruction based on the data collected, and synthesis of other research results.