Geology travel grants awarded

An IGC grant will enable Paul Ashwell to attend the Cities on Volcanoes Conference, Chile, and to conduct fieldwork to study modern lava domes as analogues for physical models and risk assessment of future lava dome eruptions in New Zealand. Image: Mt Taranaki, New Zealand. Source: Tony Fernandez/Flickr

The Academy and the Australian Geoscience Council congratulate the recipients of the inaugural round of the 34th International Geological Congress (IGC) Travel Grant Scheme for Early-Career Australian and New Zealand Geoscientists.

The Academy’s National Committee for Earth Sciences co-administers the IGC Travel Grant Scheme together with the Australian Geoscience Council.

The award provides grants for career-enhancing travel for early and mid-career geoscientists and was established with the proceeds of the 34th IGC in Melbourne in 2012. Applications are open year-round and are awarded each December.

Paul Ashwell will attend the Cities on Volcanoes Conference, Chile, and will conduct fieldwork to study modern lava domes as analogues for physical models and risk assessment of future lava dome eruptions in New Zealand.

​Bryony Caswell will do fieldwork on the Waikato coast, New Zealand, to examine paleoenvironment/paleoecology changes associated with a rarely studied Early Jurassic Ocean Anoxic Event.

Aditya Chopra will attend the Astrobiology Australasia conference, make a field trip to the Pilbara, present research and produce educational multimedia packages to be made publicly available.

Patricia Duranceicro will do analytical labwork on South Island orogenic gold deposits at the University of Tasmania, with results to feed into the New Zealand-wide Gold Exploration Models (GEM) program.

Robert Holm will visit the Mineral Resources Authority in Papua New Guinea to initiate research and training collaboration plus sample collection for south-west Pacific metallogenesis and tectonics of the northern Australia plate boundary.

Adam Martin will attend the 35th IGC and participate in IUGS Global Geochemical Baselines Task Group workshops as a contribution to New Zealand geochemical baseline mapping, SCAR meetings, and ICDP meetings.

Hans Oskierski will do fieldwork in New Zealand for sampling of ultramafic rocks and associated carbonates in connection with studies of mineral carbonation for CO2 sequestration.

Jozua van Otterloo will make a field visit with international collaborators to a key locality in the US to support research on magma transport processes related to volcanogenic mineralisation processes and volcanic hazards.

Laura Phillips will make a laboratory visit to Boise University USA to gather first tephra geochronology data for Late Permian sediments of the Galilee Basin, and learn the state-of-the-art CA-IDTIMS dating technique.

Michael Tetley will put the funds towards a 12-month research visit to Caltech, USA, to work with a world leader in Earth Dynamics to study the evolution of the Earth as a complete dynamic system over long timescales.

Zoe Thomas will do two weeks’ fieldwork in Northland, NZ, with the support of local Iwi, using a drone to map the extent of lignite deposits for reconstructions of past climate and to image an area of cultural significance. 

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