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Dr Nick Timms

Dr Nick Timms Dr Nick Timms

BSc(Hons)(Liv), PhD(James Cook)

Position Senior Lecturer
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School Western Australian School of Mines
Department Department of Applied Geology
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 312.318
Phone 08 9266 4372
Fax 08 9266 3153
Email N.Timms@curtin.edu.au

Brief Summary

Nick joined Curtin as an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage International Postdoctoral Fellow in 2004 and subsequently involved with ARC Discovery Project (2006-2008) investigating the effects of deformation on the geochemistry of accessory phases (particularly zircon). Most recently, Nick was project leader for the geology of the Perth Basin as part of the WA Geothermal Centre of Excellence (2010-2012). Prior to his arrival at Curtin, Nick held a Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Liverpool (2002-2003) and was a Research Skills Trainer for postgraduate students at Liverpool's Centre for Lifelong Learning (2003-2004). He has an Honours degree in Geology from the University of Liverpool (1997) and was awarded a PhD in Geology from James Cook University, North Queensland (2002) for his thesis on "A tectonic evolution through microstructures: Orford to Piermont area of the New England Appalachians, western central New Hampshire".

Memberships, Awards and Training

Geological Society of Australia - current member

Meteoritical Society - current member

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Teaching

Applied Geology Honours Coordinator (MJRH-GEOLG)
GEOL2007 Structural Geology (Unit Coordinator, lecturer)
GEOL2001 Structure, Mineralogy and Geochemistry (lecturer)
GEOL2009 Geological Field Mapping (Unit Coordinator, lecturer)
GEOL4000 Minerals Geoscience (Unit Coordinator, lecturer)
ERTH4001 Geoscience Honours Dissertation (Unit Coordinator, Supervisor)
ERTH4003 Geoscience Honours Dissertation Preparation (Unit Coordinator, Supervisor)

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Research Interests

Nick's expertise primarily lies in structural and microstructural geology. His current work focuses on how rock and mineral deformation links with geochemistry and the implications for tectonics, meterorite impact science and lunar geology. In particular he is studying the role of crystal-plasticity in modifying geochemical systems in zircon by linking quantitative microstructural, geochronological and geochemical analysis.
Nick is an accomplished field geologist, particularly structural mapping of complex areas. He has extensive experience in a variety of micro-analytical techniques, including the development and application of electron backscatter diffraction for geological materials. Nick has also worked as a field geologist in the petroleum and gold exploration industries.
Nick’s other research interests encompass a variety of topics such as the deformation of ore minerals, structural evolution of gold ore deposits, fault damage development in carbonates, brittle and ductile deformation of quartz, porphyroblast inclusion trails in metamorphic rocks, sequence stratigraphy and facies architecture of tidal sediments, and the structural and diagenetic evolution of petroleum reservoirs and aquifers for geothermal exploration. 

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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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1999

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Additional publication categories

2015

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

2006

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Timms, N. E., P. D. Kinny, and S. M. Reddy. 2006.“Enhanced diffusion of Uranium and Thorium linked to crystal plasticity in zircon.”Geochemical Transactions 7.

2005

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Mcilroy, D., S. Flint, J. A. Howell, and N. E. Timms. 2005.“Sedimentology of the tide-dominated Jurassic Lajas Formation, Neuquén Basin, Argentina. From: Veiga, G. D., Spalletti, L. A., Howell, J. A. & Schwartz, E. (eds) 2005. The Neuquén Basin, Argentina: A Case Study in Sequence Stratigraphy and Basin Dynamics.”Geological Society Special Publication 252: 83-107.
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