Curtin awards Honorary Doctorate to resources CEO and former Organic Geochemist of University of Bristol
The Western Australian Organic & Isotope Geochemistry, The Institute for Geoscience Research is an internationally recognised Centre contributing to world-class research.
Research in current priority areas: Application of biomarkers (organic geochemistry), compound-specific isotope analysis, palaeogenomics, & geomicrobiology to:
- Assisting the full realisation of Australia's future natural resources (e.g. petroleum, natural gas & mineral exploration).
- Studying microbial communities & activities in modern & ancient environments, including the deep biosphere.
- Establishing new biochemical pathways in extant organisms.
- Participation in Integrated Ocean Drilling Projects (IODP) & petroleum source rock characterisation projects.
- Study of global anoxic events & mass extinctions of life.
- Development of novel tools used in organic & isotope geochemistry & in palaeogenomics/geomicrobiology.
- The study of climatic trends both past & present.
- Issues concerning environmental sustainability (e.g. water, sediments, soil).
- Ecology of modern lakes & monitoring of coastal environments.