Nutman, Allen Phillip. Prof.

Head of School - School of Earth & Environmental Sciences

  • Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
  • School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Australian Centre for Astrobiology
  • GeoQuEST Research Centre
  • Head of School - School of Earth & Environmental Sciences 2016 -
  • College of Experts - Australian Research Council 2016 -
  • College of Experts - Kazakhstan National Center of Science and Technical Evaluation 2017 -

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Early Precambrian crustal evolution and tectonics, climate, environment and emerging life. This is undertaken via integrated field studies (including detailed geological mapping), geochemistry, petrography and zircon U-Pb geochronology.

    Zirconology in general, not only U-Pb dating but using zircon trace element geochemistry and inclusion suites of other minerals as tracers of crustal evolution, surficial processes and the evolution and origin of orebodies

    Palaeozoic crustal evolution in eastern Australia, with emphasis on the New England Orogen and the Macquarie arc. 

     

Selected Publications


Investigator On


Potential Supervision Topics


  • The geochemistry of altered Eoarchaean metabasalts; more evidence of carbon dioxide drawdown? (Honours) Deep crust under the Illawarra: Interpreting xenoliths in a dolerite dykes from the southern part of the region (Honours) Geochemical processes in deep time (Masters/PhD)

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy The Macquarie Arc: Understanding The Geologic Setting of Porphyry-Copper Systems in Eastern Australia. Zhang, Qing
    Master of Philosophy Zircon geochronology of migmatites and granites from the Karakoram Shear Zone, Ladakh, MW India: Implications for the timing and mechanisms of continental collision Langlois, Lauren
    Doctor of Philosophy Tectonic Evolution of the Shyok Suture in the Nubra Valley, Ladakh Himalaya, NW India Saktura, Wanchese
    Doctor of Philosophy Tectonic Evolution of the Himalayan Dras Arc and Fore-Arc Sequence in Ladakh, NW India Walsh, Jessica
    Doctor of Philosophy The Great Serpentinite Belt and its exotic metamorphic rocks: Insights into crustal growth along a Paleozoic convergent margin. New England Orogen, NSW, Australia. Manton, Ryan

Education And Training


Teaching Overview


  • I taught a range of undergraduate and graduate subjects at Memorial University of Newfoundland 1984-1988.

    In University of Wollongong subjects taught are:

    2010-2016 EESC101 'Planet Earth' an introduction to the solid Earth - its structure, evolution, rocks, minerals etc.

    2010-continuing EESC201 'Earth's Inferno' the second year igneous and metamorphic petrology subject.

    I have introduced many innovations into these subjects, including digital online resources such as 'Petroscope', the deployment of more 'real-life' assessment items and deployment of Hi-Tech equipment in teaching, such as the hand-held-XRF.

    My goal is to embed the range of laboratory, field and computational skills necessary for a professional Geoscientist. 

Keywords


  • Archaean gneiss complexes
  • Earliest evidence of life
  • Isua supracrustal belt
  • Zirconology

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Early Precambrian crustal evolution and tectonics, climate, environment and emerging life. This is undertaken via integrated field studies (including detailed geological mapping), geochemistry, petrography and zircon U-Pb geochronology.

    Zirconology in general, not only U-Pb dating but using zircon trace element geochemistry and inclusion suites of other minerals as tracers of crustal evolution, surficial processes and the evolution and origin of orebodies

    Palaeozoic crustal evolution in eastern Australia, with emphasis on the New England Orogen and the Macquarie arc. 

     

Selected Publications


Investigator On


Potential Supervision Topics


  • The geochemistry of altered Eoarchaean metabasalts; more evidence of carbon dioxide drawdown? (Honours) Deep crust under the Illawarra: Interpreting xenoliths in a dolerite dykes from the southern part of the region (Honours) Geochemical processes in deep time (Masters/PhD)

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy The Macquarie Arc: Understanding The Geologic Setting of Porphyry-Copper Systems in Eastern Australia. Zhang, Qing
    Master of Philosophy Zircon geochronology of migmatites and granites from the Karakoram Shear Zone, Ladakh, MW India: Implications for the timing and mechanisms of continental collision Langlois, Lauren
    Doctor of Philosophy Tectonic Evolution of the Shyok Suture in the Nubra Valley, Ladakh Himalaya, NW India Saktura, Wanchese
    Doctor of Philosophy Tectonic Evolution of the Himalayan Dras Arc and Fore-Arc Sequence in Ladakh, NW India Walsh, Jessica
    Doctor of Philosophy The Great Serpentinite Belt and its exotic metamorphic rocks: Insights into crustal growth along a Paleozoic convergent margin. New England Orogen, NSW, Australia. Manton, Ryan

Education And Training


Teaching Overview


  • I taught a range of undergraduate and graduate subjects at Memorial University of Newfoundland 1984-1988.

    In University of Wollongong subjects taught are:

    2010-2016 EESC101 'Planet Earth' an introduction to the solid Earth - its structure, evolution, rocks, minerals etc.

    2010-continuing EESC201 'Earth's Inferno' the second year igneous and metamorphic petrology subject.

    I have introduced many innovations into these subjects, including digital online resources such as 'Petroscope', the deployment of more 'real-life' assessment items and deployment of Hi-Tech equipment in teaching, such as the hand-held-XRF.

    My goal is to embed the range of laboratory, field and computational skills necessary for a professional Geoscientist. 

Keywords


  • Archaean gneiss complexes
  • Earliest evidence of life
  • Isua supracrustal belt
  • Zirconology
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