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Associate Professor Chris Clark

Associate Professor Chris Clark Associate Professor Chris Clark

BSc(Hons) PhD(Adel)

Position Head of Department
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School Western Australian School of Mines
Department Department of Applied Geology
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 312.319
Phone 08 9266 2446
Fax 08 9266 3153
Email C.Clark@curtin.edu.au
Twitter twitter.com/chrisfpclark
Linked In linkedin.com/pub/chris-clark/27/187/993

Brief Summary

I received a BSc (Hons) degree from the University of Adelaide in 2001, and  completed my PhD in 2006, also at Adelaide. I joined Curtin in 2007 to commence a five year Targeted Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. I currently hold an Australian Research Council DECRA and a Curtin University Research Fellowship that run until 2017.

Overview

Whilst primarily a metamorphic geologist, my research interests impinge on and use techniques and data from the fields of geochemistry, geochronology, structural geology and tectonics. My principal research interests are high-T and ultrahigh-T metamorphism; fluid flow in mid-crustal rocks; the P–T–t–d evolution and tectonics of metamorphic belts, and the application of petrology to understanding orogenic evolution; and, secular change and styles of tectonics and metamorphism. To date I have made contributions to understanding: fluid flow in mid-crustal rocks, particularly with respect to constraining the timing of fluid ingress and potential fluid sources involved in the rehydration of granulite terranes at the grain-to-terrane scale, and, the metamorphic evolution of parts of the Central Australia including the Proterozoic Arunta and Curnamona Provinces and India, with particular reference to quantifying the P–T–t–d evolution. My research utilizes a range of analytical and modeling techniques, and is built on observations made in the field. I have currently active research interests in the Neoproterozoic Southern Granulite Terrane in India (HP and UHT granulite facies metamorphism), the Albany Fraser Orogen in southwestern Australia (polyphase metamorphism and crustal anatexis), and in the Eastern Ghats Belt (UHT metamorphism).

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Memberships, Awards and Training

I am a member of Geological Society of Australia, the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America. I am on the editorial board of Journal of the Geological Society London as the metamorphic subject editor. In 2006  I received an Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Award, this enabled me to undertake research based at the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) in Hyderabad, India. In 2006 I was the recipient of the Walter Howchin Medal of the Geological Society of Australia. 

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Teaching

Geology Mapping Project 392 (unit coordinator)

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Research Interests

My research interests span the fields of metamorphic/structural geology, tectonics, geochronology, and fluid migration. My PhD was focused on the Olary region of South Australia, and I have  also undertaken research in southern and eastern India and the Vestfold Hills and Rauer Islands of East Antarctica. My current research project at Curtin is concerned with the generation of high-geothermal gradient conditions in crustal rocks of Central Australia, Antarctica and India.

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Specialty Areas

Metamorphic and field geology, geochronology and stable isotope geochemistry

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Publications

2017

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2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

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2009

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2008

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2007

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2006

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2005

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2004

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2003

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