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 focuses 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 University for many years. He has an outstanding reputation as one of Australia's leading experts in ground and surface water chemistry.
DR. OLIVER NEBEL
Associate Professor of Analytical Geochemistry
Oliver is one of the principal 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
Yona is responsible for the daily operation of our clean room laboratory. Yona specialises in the chromatographic purification of elements and the analyses of solution-based element concentrations and isotope analyses.
She is currently focusing on Cu, Mo and Zn isotopes for understanding crustal processes.
DR. MASSIMO RAVEGGI
Principle Laboratory Technician
Massimo oversees all of the Isotopia laboratories, and is the primary contact for laser ablation systems.
He is a specialist in U-Pb dating of various minerals.
Rachelle oversees the ICP-OES operations for water samples, mineral separation in the department, including the use of heavy liquids, and is routinely analysing C-N isotopes in natural 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 in target minerals.
DR. LAURA MILLER
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's research focuses on integrating accessory mineral geochronology and trace element chemistry to study the temporal and thermal evolution of crustal rocks.
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 is interested in the melting of lower crust in producing melts with a TTG chemistry; now and back then
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.
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.
DR. VITOR BARROTE
Vitor is an expert in laser ablation and VHMS style mineralisation. He is currently focusing the use of monazite as a pathfinder mineral in identifying new ore deposits. Vitor also hosts Gneiss Chats on the Geology Podcast Network.
Alison's work circles around the isotope composition of Ag and analytical protocols to improve their measurements. Alison's PhD sought to utilise Ag isotopes for tracing Au.