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Jack Stirling

PhD student
School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting

Contact details

G07 - Student Hub
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
School of Earth Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway

+61 428 829 634


Initially enrolling at the University of Western Australia in 2011 Jack was focused on obtaining a Bachelor of Science majoring in Chemistry. However, a keen interest in Earth science drove him to switch his primary major to Geology in his second year, completing his undergraduate studies in 2014 with a double major in Chemistry and Geology.  

Having a keen interest in geochronology Jack decided to pursue an honours project under the supervision of Dr Steven Denyszyn and Dr Marco Fiorentini. This projected focused on investigating the age of emplacement of dolerite sills into petroleum bearing evaporite sequences of the Angara-Taseeva Syncline, Southern Siberian Traps, and their relationship to the end-Permian mass extinction.  

In late 2015 Jack applied for a Master of Science (Geology) and received the University Postgraduate Award in support of his research project under the supervision of Dr Steven Denyszyn, Dr Robert Loucks, and Dr Marco Fiorentini. This project focused on high-precision ID-TIMS U-Pb geochronology of lower crustal cumulate rocks from the Kohistan Arc Complex of Northern Pakistan, which aimed to answer questions regarding the duration of island arc formation and the rates of continental crust production in island arc settings. The academic achievements earned by Jack during his master’s studies made him the 2017 valedictorian for science graduates.  

After several months travelling Europe following the completion of his master’s project, Jack returned to the University of Western Australia in late 2017 to pursue a PhD in isotope geochemistry under the supervision of Dr Tony Kemp, Dr Steven Denyszyn, and Dr Malcolm McCulloch. Jack received the Dean’s Excellence in Science PhD scholarship in support of his project entitled “Generation of granites and continental growth in Eastern Australia. A detailed analysis of compositional variation in the 'I-type' Siluro-Devonian Bega Batholith, NSW”. This project aims to use isotope tracing (U-Pb, Lu-Hf, Sm-Nd, Rb-Sr, Pb, & O) in whole-rock and accessory minerals (Zircon, Apatite, Allanite, & Titanite) to establish the petrogenesis and evolution of I-type granites in Eastern Australia, with a particular focus on what magmatic processes are responsible for the geochemical and isotopic asymmetry of the Bega Batholith.  

In late 2019 Jack was afforded, and accepted, the opportunity to work for Fortescue Metals at their Solomon operation in the Pilbara, putting his PhD project on hold until April 2020. 

Jack has also devoted his time as a postgraduate student to assist in teaching in the EART2232 Field Geology unit, acting as a field demonstrator for this undergraduate course.