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Professor Ian Fitzsimons

Professor Ian Fitzsimons Professor Ian Fitzsimons

BA(Hons)(Camb), PhD(Edin), FGS, FMinSoc, MGSAust

Position Professor
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School Western Australian School of Mines
Department Department of Applied Geology
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 312.305B
Phone 08 9266 2455
Fax 08 9266 3153
Email I.Fitzsimons@curtin.edu.au
ORCID orcid.org/0000-0002-8907-7455
ResearcherID www.researcherid.com/rid/A-3707-2012
Google Scholar scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=8ro6jBsAAAAJ&hl=en
Scopus Author Identifier www.scopus.com/authid/detail.url?authorId=6701336823

Overview

Ian joined Curtin as a lecturer in 1998, after research positions at the University of Edinburgh, Royal Holloway University of London, and Monash University. He has a first class Honours degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Cambridge and was awarded a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1992 for his thesis on "The metamorphic histories of some Proterozoic granulites from East Antarctica". Ian's initial appointment at Curtin was a joint research and teaching position within the Tectonics Special Research Centre, and he became one of the Deputy Directors of the Centre in 2003 until the end of its nine-year funding period in 2005. He was Head of the Department of Applied Geology from 2005 to 2009, and Acting Director of the Western Australian School of Mines during 2010. He is currently "discipline champion" for the geosciences at Curtin, responsible for coordinating the University's geoscience submission to the national research quality assessment initiative (ERA - Excellence in Research for Australia).

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Teaching

Discipline Expertise
Ian's teaching spans theoretical aspects of metamorphic petrology and geochemistry (phase diagrams, thermodynamics, kinetics, heat flow, stable isotopes, geochronology), the tectonic setting of metamorphism, ore deposits and mineral exploration, global tectonics and the geological history of the continents, and practical courses on analytical techniques and field geology.  He currently teaches the following Curtin units:

Curriculum Development and Course Administration
Ian was coordinator of Curtin's undergraduate geology programs from 2005 to 2009, and postgraduate coursework geology programs from 2005-2011, during which time he led a major reorganization of the Department’s undergraduate, honours and postgraduate curricula. He has a growing interest in on-line teaching, and is the current coordinator of the Graduate Diploma in Mineral Exploration Geoscience taught through a combination of web-based delivery and intensive face-to-face sessions. He is also involved in high-school geoscience curricula and assessment through the WA Curriculum Council and the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, and in national higher education teaching standards through the Science Reference Group for the Australian Teaching and Learning Council and the Australian Council of Deans of Science.

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Research Interests

Ian's research is focused on the mineralogy, petrology, geochronology and field geology of metamorphic rocks, and their application to tectonics and Earth history.  He has particular expertise in the use of thermodynamic and mineral-chemical data in the estimation of pressures–temperature histories for crustal and mantle rocks, the relationships between mineral assemblage, structure, and tectonic setting of metamorphism, and field and geochemical studies of the source, composition and spatial distribution of volatile fluids and melt during high-grade metamorphism. He has also worked on geochemical relationships in mantle eclogite and peridotite, the thermodynamic treatment of trace element partitioning in these rocks, and carbon isotope and trace element variations in diamond.  Since arriving at Curtin he has also developed expertise in U–Pb isotope geochronology of accessory minerals, the use of detrital zircon age spectra in lithological and tectonic correlations, and the regional geological histories of Precambrian rocks in East Antarctica, southern Africa, Madagascar, India, and Australia, and their implications for the assembly and dispersion of Proterozoic supercontinents.

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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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2011

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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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2003

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2001

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2000

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1999

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1997

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1996

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1995

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1994

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1992

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1991

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2006

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Chetty, T., I. C. Fitzsimons, L. Brown, V. Dimri, and M. Santosh. 2006.“Crustal structure and tectonic evolution of the Southern Granulite Terrain, India: Introduction.”Gondwana Research 10 (1-2): 3-5.

2004

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Fitzsimons, I. C. 2004.“Tectonics and evolution of the Precambrian Southern Granulite Terrain, India and Gondwanian correlations.”Journal of the Geological Society of India 64 (3): 362-363.

2001

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Rakotondrazafy, M., M. Razanatseheno, A. Nedelec, B. Ralison, I. C. Fitzsimons, M. Wingate, and J. Meert. 2001.“The Cambrian Carion Granite of Madagascar: A Case of Late Pan-African Shoshonitic Magmatism.”Gondwana Research 4 (4): 746-747.
  • Fitzsimons, I. C. 2001.“Acceptance speech by Dr Ian Fitzsimons.”Mineralogical Magazine 65 (2): 309-310.

2000

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  • Fitzsimons, I. C. 2000.“A review of tectonic events in the east antarctic shield and their implications for gondwana and earlier supercontinents.”Journal of African Earth Sciences 31 (1): 3-23.
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