OUR TEAM

Our people are at the core of what makes the Monash Isotopia such a unique and fulfilling place to work. We’re proud of the diversity of our staff, with each member contributing their unique skills to the projects we’re working on. Together, we’ve planned and executed some of the most innovative and cutting edge experiments. Find out more about our team members below.

DR. PETER CAWOOD

Professor of Geodynamics and Principle Investigator

Peter is an Australian Research Council laureate fellow and the patron and co-founder of the ISOTOPIA laboratory. 
His research is focusing on the development and evolution of the early crust on Earth.

DR. IAN CARTWRIGHT

Professor of Hydrogeology and Principle Investigator

Ian has been working at Monash Geoscience for many years. He has a standing reputation as one of Australia's leading experts in ground and surface water chemistry.

DR. OLIVER NEBEL

Associate Professor of Geochemistry
ISOTOPIA Research Director
SEAE Laboratory Coordinator

Oliver is the head and one of the principle investigators of the laboratory. As a trained analytical geochemist and geochronologist, he is often involved in setting up new techniques. His research is focusing on crustal formation and mantle evolution.

DR. YONA NEBEL-JACOBSEN

Clean-Laboratory Manager
Research Fellow

Yona is responsible for the daily operation of our clean room laboratory. She is overseeing the chromatographic purification of elements and the analyses of solution-based element concentrations and isotope analyses.
Her research interests are around Hf isotopes and onset of subduction.

DR. MASSIMO RAVEGGI

Principle Laboratory Technician

Massimo oversees all laboratories and the laser ablation systems in particular. He is a specialist in dating various minerals using the U-Pb system.

RACHELLE PEARSON

Laboratory Technician

Rachelle oversees the ICP-OES operations for water samples, the mineral separation in the department and is routinely analysing C-N isotopes in waters.

DR. VITOR BARROTE

Research Fellow

Laboratory Technician

Vitor takes care of our LA-SS routines on the MC-ICP-MS. He has experience with diverse isotopic systems and methods, including Hf, U-Pb and Nd.

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DR. ANDREW FRIERDICH

Researcher and ARC DECRA fellow

Andrew is a low-temperature geochemist with a strong focus on Fe-bearing minerals in the environment. He is applying geochemical engineering to unlock crucial metals out of minerals.

DR. ALEX MCCOY-WEST

Research Fellow

Alex is working on early crustal formation using stable Nd isotopes. He is strongly involved in our laboratory operations and is an expert in both, MC-ICP-MS and TIMS.

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DR. ERIN MARTIN

Research Fellow

Erin's work looks into major changes in earth systems, recorded by geochemical proxies, and their links to mantle dynamics.

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DR. JACK MULDER

Research Fellow

Jack's main focus is the formation of crust and how this is recorded in detrital sedimentary sequences.

DR. LAURA MILLER

Research Fellow

Laura is a geochemist, specialist in synchrotron techniques, and experimental petrologist whose work focuses on using trace element geochemistry to investigate the evolution of the continental crust.

DR. JEAN-FRANÇOIS MOYEN

Visiting Professor

Jeff looks at the geodynamics of the Archaean Earth, the geochemistry
of granitoids and the partial melting processes within the continental
crust

ALISON DAVIES

PhD candidate

Alison's work circles around the isotope composition of Ag and analytical protocols to improve their measurements. One of her prime goals is the tracing of gold deposits, which often also host silver.

    AMREI LADWIG

    PhD candidate

    Amrei's focus is the formation of the crust in the Archean eon. She is using element and isotope systematics of the Australian Yilgarn and the South African Kaapvaal cratons.

      HOSEONG LIM

      PhD Candidate

      Hoseong is interested in the melting of lower crust in producing melts with a TTG chemistry; now and back then

        SASKIA RUTTOR

        PhD candidate

        Saskia is looking into the evolution of oceanic island in the Tasman Sea and elsewhere. She is using radiogenic and stable isotopes for her research.

        SCARLETT SOUTHALL

        PhD Candidate

        Scarlett's project looks into the recrystallization of Fe-oxide minerals to gain a better understanding of metal mobility in laterite ore deposits.

        ANNE WHITWORTH

        PhD candidate

        My project aims to understand the iron isotope geochemistry of jarosite, as well as the behaviour of iron and other trace elements during jarosite recrystallisation.

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        ALUMNI

        DR. FIONA COUPERTHWAITE

        DR. ASHLEA WAINWRIGHT

        DR. MARIANNE RICHTER

        DR. NICHOLAS GARDINER

        DR. PABLO FARIAS

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