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Luke Brosnan

Extraordinarily preserved dinosaur fossils

Supervisor: Prof. Kliti Grice

Co-supervisors: Dr Stephen Poropat,  Dr William Rickard

Funding: RTP and ARC

Darren Cheah

Writing Up

Heterogeneity of microbial genomes and biochemical functionality in relation to source rock maturity and provenance and petroleum deterioration in the deep subsurface

Supervisor: A/Prof. Marco Coolen

Co-supervisor: Prof. Kliti Grice

Funding: ARC Linkage

Carmelo Chiappalone

Advancement in analytical methodologies for generating accurate air emissions data from industrial sources

Supervisor: Prof. Kliti Grice

Co-supervisor: Adjunct A/Prof. Marisa Ioppolo-Armanios

Funding: Self-funded


Alejandra del Nogal

Mulu Cave Stalagmite Molecular Record Quaternary Ecosystem Climate Interactions

Supervisor: Prof. Kliti Grice

Co-supervisors: A/Prof. Marco Coolen, Adjunct Prof. Clem Kuek (Miri campus)

Funding: Curtin – Malaysia Research Institute (CMRI) Top-Down PhD Grant 2017


Md Akthar-E Ekram

The Lake Towuti Drilling Project: 600 kyrs of biodiversity changes in Southeast Asia recorded through ancient sedimentary DNA genotyping

Supervisor: A/Prof. Marco Coolen

Co-supervisor: Prof. Kliti Grice

Funding: ARC Discovery and Curtin Start-up

Sohaib Naseer Quraish

Recovery of the deep biosphere at the Chicxulub Impact Crater

Supervisor: A/Prof. Marco Coolen

Co-supervisor: Prof. Kliti Grice

Funding: ARC Discovery (Grice, Coolen, Summons)


Rajani Balkrishna Rao

Microbial biodiversity, biogeochemical and biotechnological properties of Mulu Cave systems

Supervisor: A/Prof. Marco Coolen

Co-supervisors: Adjunct Prof. Clem Kuek (Miri campus), Prof. Kliti Grice

Funding: Curtin – Malaysia Research Institute (CMRI) Top-Down PhD Grant


Sebastian Stanley

Investigating the Impact of Bushfires on Australian Petroglyphs

Supervisor: Prof. Kliti Grice,

Co-supervisors: A/Prof. Marco Coolen, Prof. Ben Mullins, Adjunct A/Prof. Marisa Ioppolo-Armanios, Prof. Katy Evans

Funding: APA Equivalent Targeted

Takashi Taniwaki

Thesis under examination

High-Resolution petroleum source rock characterization by integrating multiple geological aspects such as organic geochemistry, sedimentology and stratigraphy. Development of a new insight for exploration play analyses and petroleum system investigations.

Supervisor: Prof. Kliti Grice

Co-supervisor: Prof. Chris Elders

Funding: Inpex, industry funded


Madison Tripp

Processes leading to exceptional soft-tissue preservation in Mazon Creek (Carboniferous) concretions: A combined palaeontological, organic and inorganic geochemical approach

Supervisor: Prof. Kliti Grice

Co-supervisor: A/Prof. William Rickard

Funding: APA equivalent


Hridya Vijay

Microbial Fossilization of leaves

Supervisor: Prof. Kliti Grice

Co-supervisor: A/Prof. Marco Coolen, Dr Navdeep Dhami

Funding: ARC Laureate


Cornelia Wuchter

Living and dying under high stress: geobiochemical aspects of fossilization and environmental drivers shaping flexibility of carbon-utilization of plants in saline environments.

Supervisor: Prof. Kliti Grice

Co-supervisor: Prof. Laco Mucina

Funding: WA-OIGC