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 focuses on the development and evolution

of the early crust on Earth.

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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.

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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.

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DR. YONA NEBEL-JACOBSEN

Clean-Laboratory Manager
Research Fellow

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.

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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.

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RACHELLE PEARSON

Laboratory Technician

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.

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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 in target minerals.

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DR. XUEYING WANG

Research Fellow & Instrument Scientist

Xueying is an isotope geochemist with training in France and 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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STUDENTS

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.

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    HOSEONG LIM

    PhD Candidate

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

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      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.

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      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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      DR. ALEX MCCOY-WEST

      Research Fellow

      Alex is working on early crustal formation using stable Nd isotopes. He is an expert in both MC-ICP-MS and TIMS.

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      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.

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      ALISON DAVIES

      PhD candidate

      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.

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        DR. JEAN-FRANÇOIS MOYEN

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        DR. ANNE WHITWORTH

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        DR. SCARLETT SOUTHALL

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        DR. FIONA COUPERTHWAITE

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        DR. ASHLEA WAINWRIGHT

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        DR. MARIANNE RICHTER

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        DR. NICHOLAS GARDINER

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        DR. PABLO FARIAS

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