Macquarie’s Earth sciences research is world leading. In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation, our Earth sciences research received a rating of 5 out of 5 – ‘outstanding performance well above world standard’.
Five of our researchers are ranked in the top one per cent of researchers in the world. Additionally, one of our researchers is ranked in the top 25 geoscientists in the world, and another is ranked in the top 70 (ESI, 2014).
Our Earth sciences research is primarily focused on an interdisciplinary approach to studying the solid Earth which integrates geochemistry, geodynamics, geophysics and petrology; and on climate science, coastal dynamics, fluvial systems and environmental management of different land use contexts.
Our facilities include:
- Geochemical Analysis Unit (GAU)
- organic geochemistry laboratory and instruments
- U-Series Research Group Analytical facilities
- experimental petrology laboratories
- geophysics instrumentation, and
- support infrastructure for rock preparation and thin sectioning, including a selFrag instrument
Our research hubs
Macquarie’s Earth sciences activities support six research hubs:
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems
- ARC National Key Centre for Geochemical Evolution and Metallogeny of Continents
- Concentration of Research Excellence in Earth and Planetary Evolution
- Concentration of Research Excellence in Climate Risk
- Genes to Geoscience
- Risk Frontiers