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Chris Kirkland

Associate Professor | Theme Leader Timescales of Mineral Systems
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET) - Curtin Node

Contact details

Department of Applied Geology
Western Australian School of Mines
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Curtin University
GPO Box U1987, Perth WA 6845

+618 9266 4956


Research Output / Publications

Associate Professor Chris Kirkland is leader of the Timescales of Mineral Systems Theme with CET, established at Curtin University. He completed his undergraduate degree in Geoscience at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and gained a PhD in isotope geology at University College Dublin, specializing in Secondary Ionization Mass Spectrometry. After completing a Postdoctoral position at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, he moved to Western Australia in 2008 to take up a position as a Senior Geochronologist with the Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA). As part of this position he was responsible for the development of isotope geology within GSWA and focused on the development of state-wide Lu-Hf datasets with linkage to other chemical, physical and remotely sensed datasets. Chris is a member of the centre of excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems.

Research interests
My research seeks to constrain the timing and spatial extent of a wide range of mineral systems through direct and indirect dating of ore bodies and their distal footprints. I apply geochronology to date sedimentation, magmatism, fluid flow, mineralization and deformation and have traced crustal evolution through a range of stable and radiogenic isotopic methods, with implications for tracking prospective zones. I have applied these methods in numerous settings including: Western Australia, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Greenland.

Specific aspects of my research include:
•    Secular changes in tectonics and geochemistry through earth history.
•    Proterozoic mineral systems on the margins of Archean cratonic blocks.
•    Crustal evolution mapping and tracking of juvenile – fertile zones in space and time.
•    Microchemistry and isotopic signatures of uranium bearing accessory minerals.
•    Radiogenic and stable isotope geochemistry by secondary ionization mass spectrometry.
•    Mineral-scale studies of magmatic processes.
•    Precambrian crustal evolution of the North Atlantic Region.
•    Geochronology / isotope geology of Western Australia.