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. FIONA COUPERTHWAITE

Postdoctoral Researcher

Fiona was a Federation fellow at EAE and is studying timescales of magmatic eruptions in the newer volcanics province.

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.

PABLO FARIAS

PhD candidate

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

Research Fellow

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 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.

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.

HOSEONG LIM

PhD Candidate

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

DR. JACK MULDER

Research Fellow

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

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. 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.

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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.

MARIANNE RICHTER

PhD candidate

Marianne is working on the isotope composition of rocks from the Arctic Gakkel Ridge; a remote spreading ridge with unusual chemical signatures.

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.

RACHELLE PEARSON

Laboratory Technician

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

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.

DR. ASHLEA WAINWRIGHT

Laboratory Technician

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. 

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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