Since 2011, Professor O’Reilly has been Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems and previously, of the associated GEMOC National Key Centre since 1995.
Important scientific contributions have focussed on understanding the nature of the deep Earth, integrating information across the boundaries of geochemistry, geophysics, petrophysics and tectonics. Outcomes include new insights into the geochemical and physical nature of the Earth’s mantle in deep space and time, and how these global processes have shaped the continents on which we live, including the distribution of economic deposits, and thus enhancing resource exploration targeting success. Outcomes have impacted internationally on directions of lithosphere (Earth’s upper 200 km) research and many early (and originally very controversial) findings are now considered to be part of the obvious body of knowledge on the deep Earth.
Not only is she a world-leading researcher, but also an exceptional research leader with a deep commitment towards teaching the next generation of researchers. Her outstanding leadership has fuelled and focussed inspiration in students, early-career researchers and her collaborators worldwide.
Her achievements have been recognised with a long list of awards including, elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences; 2001, Elected Fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (2001), Clarke Medal (Royal Society NSW) for outstanding contributions to Australian Geology (2007), Concurrent Professor of Earth Sciences at Nanjing University, Guest Professor at China University of Geoscience (Wuhan), Copernicus Visiting Professor at the University of Ferrara, and Docteur Honoris Causa from Lyon University. She has engaged deeply with national policy for Geoscience and for the importance of advanced physical and mathematical (APM) sciences (Earth Sciences, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics). Professor O’Reilly provides advice at state and federal government levels through numerous committee and advisory roles.