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. FIONA COUPERTHWAITE
Fiona was a Federation fellow at EAE and is studying timescales of magmatic eruptions in the newer volcanics province.
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.
Pablo's studies are centred around the tectono-magmatic evolution of Paleozoic rocks from Argentina. His main tools are geochronology of zircons and other accessory phases.
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. NICHOLAS GARDINER
Nick is a geochemist and petrologist whose research focuses on the magmatic and metamorphic processes that have shaped the evolution of Earth’s lithosphere, and the development of its metal resources, from the Archaean to the present day.
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.
DR. ALEX MCCOY-WEST
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.
Hoseong is interested in the melting of lower crust in producing melts with a TTG chemistry; now and back then
DR. YONA NEBEL-JACOBSEN
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. 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. 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 overseas the ICP-OES operations for water samples, the mineral separation in the department and is routinely analysing C-N isotopes in waters.
DR. ASHLEA WAINWRIGHT
Ashlea is taken care of our in-situ routines on the Neptune. She is an expert in isotope ratio analyses and has a wealth of experience with numerous isotope systems and rock matrices.