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Alan Aitken

Goodeve Assistant Professor
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)

Contact details

Robert Street Building, Rm 110
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway

+618 6488 7147

A leading researcher in the use of integrated geoscience methods to increase our understanding of the tectonic processes that control the architecture of continents, and their importance for natural resources and geological hazards.

Key Research

  • Methods to create linkages between geoscientific datasets at different scales.
  • Developing gravity and magnetic data as tools to understand 4D tectonic systems.
  • Combined geophysical methods in lithosphere imaging.
  •           Understanding physical processes within the continental lithosphere


Aitken, A.R.A., Occhipinti, S.A., Lindsay, M.D., Joly, A., Howard, H.M., Johnson, S.P., Hollis, J.A., Spaggiari, C.V., Tyler, I.M., McCuaig, T.C., Dentith, M.C. (2018)The tectonics and mineral systems of Proterozoic Western Australia: Relationships with supercontinents and global secular change. Geoscience Frontiers, 9 (2), pp. 431-439

Aitken, A.R.A., 2010. Moho Geometry Gravity Inversion Experiment (MoGGIE): A refined model of the Australian Moho, and its tectonic and isostatic implications. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 297: 71-83, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2010.06.004 Impact factor: 4.279  Article citations: 2

Aitken, A.R.A., Altinay, C., Gross, L., (2015). Australia's lithospheric density field, and its isostatic equilibration. Geophysical Journal International 203, 1961-1976

Howard, H.M., Smithies, R.H., Kirkland, C.L., Kelsey, D.E., Aitken, A.R.A., Wingate, M.T.D., Quentin de Gromard, R., Spaggiari, C.V., Maier, W.D., (2015). The burning heart — The Proterozoic geology and geological evolution of the west Musgrave Region, central Australia. Gondwana Research, 27 (1) pp 64-94. 

Aitken, A.R.A., Raimondo, T., Capitanio. F.A., (2013). The intraplate character of supercontinent tectonics. Gondwana Research, 24 (3-4), pp. 807-814

Aitken, A.R.A. and Betts, P.G., 2009. Constraints on the Proterozoic supercontinent cycle from the structural evolution of the south-central Musgrave Province, central Australia. Precambrian Research, 168(3-4): 284-300 Impact factor: 4.116  Article citations: 5

Aitken, A.R.A. 2011. Did the growth of Tibetan topography control the locus and evolution of Tien Shan mountain Building? Geology, 39(5), 459-462 doi: 10.1130/G31712.1 Impact factor: 4.026  Article citations: 0

Aitken, A.R.A., Betts, P.G., Weinberg R.F., and Gray, D., 2009. Constrained potential field modeling of the crustal architecture of the Musgrave Province in central Australia: Evidence for lithospheric strengthening due to crust-mantle boundary uplift.  Journal of Geophysical Research B: Solid Earth, 114, B12405, doi:10.1029/2008JB006194 Impact factor: 3.303  Article citations: 3

Aitken, A.R.A. and Betts, P.G., 2009. Multi-scale structural and aeromagnetic analysis to guide tectonic models: An example from the eastern Musgrave Province, Central Australia.  Tectonophysics, 476(3-4): 418-435 Impact factor: 2.509  Article citations: 3

Aitken, A.R.A., Betts, P.G., Ailleres, L., 2009. The architecture, kinematics, and lithospheric processes of a compressional intraplate orogen occurring under Gondwana assembly: The Petermann orogeny, central Australia.  Lithosphere, 1(6): 343-357, doi: 10.1130/L39.1 Impact factor: 1.781  Article citations: 4

Betts, P.G., Giles, D., Aitken A.R.A. 2011. Paleoproterozoic Accretion Processes of Australia and comparisons with Laurentia. International Geology Review, 53 (11-12): 1357-1376, doi: 10.1080/00206814.2010.527646 Impact factor: 1.288  Article citations: 0