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Tony Kemp

Future Fellow

School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting

Contact details

Robert Street Building, Rm 215 
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
School of Earth Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway

+61 8 6488 7846


Research Output / Publications
UWA Research Repository

Research interests

My research seeks to unravel the generation of the continental crust and the evolution of the crust-mantle system through a combination of detailed field study, trace element geochemistry and stable and radiogenic isotope tracing.

Specific aspects include:

  • igneous processes and the origin of granitic and related rocks.

  • petrological, geochemical and isotopic aspects of crustal melting.

  • the processes and rates of continental crust generation and recycling through time.

  • global links between felsic magmatism, crust generation and recycling through time.

  • geochemical and isotopic evolution of Archean gneiss terranes and greenstone belts.

  • crust-mantle exchange at subduction zones, subduction zone metamorphism.

  • microchemistry and isotope geochemistry of accessory minerals by laser ablation and secondary ionization mass spectrometry.

  • radiogenic and stable isotope geochemistry by multi-collector inductively-coupled plasma-source mass spectrometry.

Key Research Projects and Collaborations

  • Lifting the veil on the GeologicalDark Ages: the search for Hadean crust on Earth (ARC Future Fellowship FT100100059, with GSWA, Simon Wilde, Curtin, Vickie Bennett ANU/RSES and Jeff Vervoort, Washington State).

  • Four dimensional lithospheric evolution and controls on mineral system distribution in Neoarchaean to Palaeoproterozoic terranes (ARC Linkage project LP110100667).

  • Tracking mass transport during subduction zone metamorphism using trace element and radiogenic isotope geochemistry (DP1095280 with Carl Spandler and Nick Oliver, JCU).

  • Proterozoic crust-mantle evolutionof the Northern Australian Craton from hafnium and oxygen isotopes in zircon (ARF and collaborative with Geoscience Australia, GSWA, Chris Hawkesworth, St Andrews, John Valley, Madison and Jeff Vervoort, Washington State Univ.).

  • Tracing the magmatic and metallogenic evolution of the Ordovician-Silurian Macquarie Arc, NSW (with Phil Blevin, NSW DPI, and Geoscience Australia).

  • Silicic magma generation, accretionary orogenesis and crust-mantle evolution in the Lachlan and New England Orogens, NSW (with Phil Blevin, NSW DPI, and Geoscience Australia).

  • Genesis of TTG magmas and formation of Eo- to Paleoarchaean crust in southern West Greenland (with Martin Whitehouse, Stockholm, Anders Scherstén, Lund University, Sweden and Tomas Naeraa, GEUS, Copenhagen).

  • Differentiation processes in the roots of an island arc: the Hidaka metamorphic belt, Hokkaido, Japan (with Toshiaki Shimura, Niigata University).