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. 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.

ELISABETH SCIBIORSKI

Research Fellow

Elisabeth's research focuses on integrating accessory mineral geochronology and trace element chemistry to study the temporal and thermal evolution of crustal rocks.

STUDENTS

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.

        BRUNO RIBEIRO

        PhD candidate

        Bruno's project aims to investigate a Paleo- to Mesoproterozoic terrane in Brazil by applying a multi-disciplinary approach to better constraint its tectonic evolution.

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        YOUSEF ZOLEIKHAEI

        PhD candidate

        Yousef explores the detrital record for paleogeographic reconstructions. He uses detrital minerals geochronology and geochemistry for his research.

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        ZEYNAB GHARAMOHAMMADI

        Visiting PhD candidate

        Zeynab's project looks into the evolution of the Arabia–Eurasia collision zone in Iran and its broader significance in the process of building the Alpine-Himalayan mountain belt.

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        ALUMNI

        DR. JEAN-FRANÇOIS MOYEN

        DR. ANNE WHITWORTH

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        DR. SCARLETT SOUTHALL

        DR. FIONA COUPERTHWAITE

        DR. ASHLEA WAINWRIGHT

        DR. MARIANNE RICHTER

        DR. NICHOLAS GARDINER

        DR. PABLO FARIAS

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