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Michael Wingate

Adjunct Research Fellow

School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting

Contact details

Geological Survey of Western Australia
100 Plain St, East Perth, WA 6004

+61 (0)8 9222 3613


Michael Wingate graduated with an Honours degree from Carleton University, Ontario (1990), an MSc from the University of Victoria, British Columbia (1993), and a PhD from the Australian National University (1997). He held several postdoctoral research positions at the University of Western Australia from 1997 to 2005, conducting geochronological and paleomagnetic research in Australia, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Michael is currently manager of the geochronology and isotope geology programs at the Geological Survey of Western Australia.

Research Interests

  • Geochronology & isotope geology
  • Paleomagnetism
  • Tectonics
  • Large Igneous Provinces
  • Mafic dyke swarms

Research Affiliations

  • Adjunct Research Fellow, Dept of Applied Geology, Curtin University
  • John de Laeter Centre for Isotope Research, Curtin University
  • University Associate, Dept of Imaging and Applied Physics, Curtin University
  • ARC Centre for Core to Crust FluidSystems, Macquarie University
  • Steering Committee, Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs) Commission, International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI), 2003–present
  • Global Supercontinent Reconstruction Project (an Industry-Government-University consortium), Carleton University, Ottawa


Selected Publications

Doublier, MP, Thebaud, N, Wingate, MTD, Romano, SS, Kirkland, CL, Gessner, K, Mole, DR and Evans, N 2014, Structure and timing of Neoarchean gold mineralisation in the Southern Cross district (Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia) suggest leading role of late low-Ca I-type granite intrusions: Journal of Structural Geology, in press/available online.

Pidgeon, RT and Wingate, MTD 2014, Geochronology of the Archean of Western Australia: an historical approach: Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 97: 97–109.

Jourdan, F, Hodges, K, Sell, B, Schaltegger, U, Wingate, MTD, Evins, LZ, Söderlund, U, Haines, PW, Philips, D and Blenkinsop, T 2013, High-precision dating of the Kalkarindji large igneous province, Australia, and synchrony with the Early–Middle Cambrian (Stage 4–5) extinction: Geology, 42: 543–546.

Romano, SS, Thébaud, NJM, Mole, DR, Wingate, MTD, Kirkland, CL and Doublier, MP 2013, Age constraints on komatiites in the Southern Cross Domain, Yilgarn Craton: Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 61: 143–157.

Pisarevsky, SA, Wingate, MTD, Li, Z-X, Wang, X-C, Tohver, E and Kirkland, CL 2014. Age and paleomagnetism of the 1210 Ma Gnowangerup–Fraser dyke swarm, Western Australia, and implications for late Mesoproterozoic paleogeography: Precambrian Research, 246: 1–15.

Wang, X-C, Li, Z-X, Li, J, Pisarevsky, SA and Wingate, MTD 2014, Genesis of the 1.21 Ga Marnda Moorn large igneous province by plume–lithosphere interaction: Precambrian Research, 241: 85–103.

Gladkochub, DP, Donskaya, TV, Wingate, MTD, Mazukabzov, AM, Pisarevsky, SA and Kornilova, TA 2013, Using the isotope dating of endocontact hybrid rocks for the age determination of mafic rocks (southern Siberian craton): Russian Geology and Geophysics, 54: 1340–1351.

Calver, CR, Crowley, JL, Wingate, MTD, Evans, DAD, Raub, T and Schmitz, MD 2013, Globally synchronous Marinoan deglaciation indicated by U-Pb geochronology of the Cottons Breccia, Tasmania, Australia: Geology, 41: 1127–1130.

Haines, PW, Wingate, MTD and Kirkland, CL 2013, Detrital zircon U–Pb ages from the Paleozoic of the Canning and Officer basins, Western Australia: implications for basin evolution and interbasin connections: in Keep, M. and Moss, S.J. (Eds), 2013, The Sedimentary Basins of Western Australia IV: Proceedings of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia Symposium, Perth, WA, 2013.

Kirkland, CL, Johnson, SP, Smithies, RH, Hollis, J, Wingate, MTD, Tyler, IM, Hickman, AH, Cliff, JB, Tessalina, S, Belousova, EA and Murphy, RC 2013, Not-so-suspect terrane: constraints on the crustal evolution of the Rudall Province: Precambrian Research, 235: 131–149.

Prendergast, MD and Wingate, MTD 2013, Zircon geochronology of late Archaean komatiitic sills and their felsic country rocks, south-central Zimbabwe: Implications for the development of the Bulawayan Supergroup: Precambrian Research, 229: 105–124.

Van Kranendonk, MJ, Ivanic, TJ, Wingate, MTD, Kirkland, CL and Wyche, S 2013, Long-lived, autochthonous development of the Archean Murchison Domain, and implications for Yilgarn Craton tectonics: Precambrian Research, 229: 49–92.

Kirkland, CL, Smithies, RH, Woodhouse, AJ, Howard, HM, Wingate, MTD, Belousova, EA, Cliff, JB, Murphy, RC and Spaggiari, CV 2013, Constraints and deception in the isotopic record; the crustal evolution of the west Musgrave Province, central Australia: Gondwana Research, 23: 759–781.

Pawley, MJ, Wingate, MTD, Kirkland, CL, Wyche, S, Hall, CE, Romano, SS and Doublier, MP 2012, Adding pieces to the puzzle: episodic crustal growth and a new terrane in the northeast Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia: Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 59: 603–623.

Wyche, S, Kirkland, CL, Riganti, AR, Pawley, MJ, Belousova, EA and Wingate, MTD 2012, Isotopic constraints on stratigraphy in the central and eastern Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia: Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 59: 657–670.

Mole, DR, Fiorentini, ML, Thebaud, N, McCuaig, TC, Cassidy, KF, Kirkland, CL, Wingate, MTD, Romano, SS, Doublier, MP and Belousova, EA 2012, Spatio-temporal constraints on lithospheric development in the southwest-central Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia: Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 59: 625–656.

Ivanic, TJ, Van Kranendonk, MJ, Kirkland, CL, Wyche, S, Wingate, MTD and Belousova, EA 2012, Zircon Lu–Hf isotopes and geochemistry of the Murchison Domain of the Yilgarn Craton: Eoarchean crust reworked during Meso-Neoarchean plume-driven magmatism: Lithos, 148: 112–127.

Wade, CE, Reid, AJ, Wingate, MTD, Jagodzinski, EA and Barovich, K 2012, Geochemistry and geochronology of the c. 1585 Ma Benagerie Volcanic Suite, southern Australia: relationship to the Gawler Range Volcanics and implications for the petrogenesis of a Mesoproterozoic felsic large igneous province: Precambrian Research, 206: 17–35.

Gladkochub, DP, Donskaya, TV, Ernst, RE, Mazukabzov, AM, Sklyarov, EV, Pisarevsky, SA, Wingate, MTD and Söderlund, U 2012, Proterozoic basic magmatism of the Siberian Craton: Main stages and their geodynamic interpretation: Geotectonics, 46: 273–284.

Smithies, RH, Howard, HM, Evins, PM, Kirkland, CL, Kelsey, DE, Hand, M, Wingate, MTD, Collins, AS and Belousova, EA 2011, High-temperature granite magmatism, crust-mantle interaction and the Mesoproterozoic intracratonic evolution of the Musgrave Province, central Australia. Journal of Petrology, 52: 931–958.

Kirkland, CL, Spaggiari, CV, Pawley, MJ, Wingate, MTD, Smithies, RH, Howard, HM, Tyler, IM, Belousova, EA and Poujol, M 2011, On the edge: U–Pb, Lu–Hf, and Sm–Nd data suggests reworking of the Yilgarn craton margin during formation of the Albany-Fraser Orogen: Precambrian Research, 187: 223–247.

Wingate, MTD, Pisarevsky, SA and De Waele, B 2010, Paleomagnetism of the 765 Ma Luakela volcanics in northwest Zambia and implications for Neoproterozoic positions of the Congo Craton. American Journal of Science, 310: 1333–1344.

Pidgeon, RT, Wingate, MTD, Bodorkos, S and Nelson, DR, 2010, The age distribution of detrital zircons in quartzites from the Toodyay–Lake Grace Domain, Western Australia: implications for the early evolution of the Yilgarn Craton. American Journal of Science, 310: 1115–1135.

Ivanic, TJ, Wingate, MTD, Kirkland, CL, Van Kranendonk, MJ and Wyche, S 2010, Age and significance of voluminous 2815–2715 Ma layered mafic-ultramafic intrusions in the Murchison Domain, Yilgarn Craton. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 57: 597–614.

Tack, L, Wingate, MTD, De Waele, B, Meert, J, Belousova, EA, Griffin, B, Tahon, A and Fernandez-Alonso, M 2010, The 1375 Ma ”Kibaran Event” in Central Africa: prominent emplacement of bimodal magmatism under extensional regime: Precambrian Research, 180: 63–84.

Van Kranendonk, MJ, Smithies, RH, Wingate, MTD, Bodorkos, S and Hickman, AH 2010, Evidence for Mesoarchean (~3.2 Ga) rifting of the Pilbara Craton: The missing link in an early Precambrian Wilson cycle: Precambrian Research, 177: 145–161.

Wingate, MTD, Pisarevsky, SA, Gladkochub, DP, Donskaya, TV, Konstantinov, KM, Mazukabzov, AM and Stanevich, AM 2009, Geochronology and paleomagnetism of mafic igneous rocks in the Olenek Uplift, northern Siberia: Implications for Mesoproterozoic supercontinents and paleogeography: Precambrian Research, 170: 256–266.

Mapeo, RBM and Wingate, MTD 2009, SHRIMP U–Pb zircon age for the Segwagwa-Masoke Igneous Complex of southeastern Botswana and implications for the deformation history of the Achaean to Proterozoic Transvaal Supergroup of southern Africa: Journal of African Earth Sciences, 54: 97–106.

De Waele, B, Fitzsimons, ICW, Wingate, MTD, Tembo, F and Mapani, BSE 2009, The geochronological framework of the Irumide Belt: a prolonged crustal history along the margin of the Bangweulu Craton: American Journal of Science, 309, 132–187.

Ernst, RE, Wingate, MTD, Buchan, KL and Li, Z-X 2008, Global record of 1600–700 Ma Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs): Implications for the reconstruction of the proposed Nuna (Columbia) and Rodinia supercontinents: Precambrian Research, 160: 159–178.

Gladkochub, DP, Donskaya, TV, Wingate, MTD, Poller, U, Kröner, A, Fedorovsky, VS, Mazukabzov, AM, Todt, W and Pisarevsky, SA 2008, Petrology, geochronology, and tectonic implications of c. 500 Ma metamorphic and igneous rocks along the northern margin of the Central-Asian Orogen (Olkhon terrane, Lake Baikal, Siberia). Journal of the Geological Society, 165: 235–246.

Prendergast, MD and Wingate, MTD 2007, Zircon geochronology and partial structural re-interpretation of the late Archaean Mashaba Igneous Complex, south-central Zimbabwe: South African Journal of Geology, 110: 585–596.

Macdonald, FA, Wingate, MTD and Mitchell, K 2005, Geology and age of the Glikson impact structure, Western Australia: Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 52: 631–640.

Wingate, MTD, Pirajno, F and Morris, PA 2004, The Warakurna large igneous province: a new Mesoproterozoic large igneous province in west-central Australia: Geology, 32: 105–108.

DeWaele, B, Wingate, MTD, Fitzsimons, ICW and Mapani, BSE 2003, Untying the Kibaran knot: A reassessment of Mesoproterozoic correlations in southern Africa based on SHRIMP U–Pb data from the Irumide belt: Geology, 31: 509–512.

Wingate, MTD and Evans, DAD 2003, Paleomagnetic constraints on the Proterozoic tectonic evolution of Australia. In: Yoshida, M, Windley, B and Dasgupta, S (eds). Proterozoic East Gondwana: Supercontinent Assembly and Breakup: Geological Society of London Special Publication, 206: 77–91.

Pisarevsky, SA, Wingate, MTD, Powell, CM, Johnson, SP and Evans, DAD 2003, Models of Rodinia assembly and fragmentation. In: Yoshida, M, Windley, B and Dasgupta, S (eds). Proterozoic East Gondwana: Supercontinent Assembly and Breakup: Geological Society of London Special Publication, 206: 35–55.

Pisarevsky, SA, Wingate, MTD and Harris, LB 2003, Late Mesoproterozoic (ca 1.2 Ga) paleomagnetism of the Albany–Fraser orogen: no pre-Rodinia Australia–Laurentia connection: Geophysical Journal International, 155: F6–F11.

Wingate, MTD, Pisarevsky, SA and Evans, DAD 2002, Rodinia connections between Australia and Laurentia: no SWEAT, no AUSWUS? Terra Nova, 14: 121–128.

Wingate, MTD 2001, SHRIMP baddeleyite and zircon ages for an Umkondo dolerite sill, Nyanga Mountains, eastern Zimbabwe: South African Journal of Geology, 104: 13–22.

Halls, HC and Wingate, MTD 2001, Paleomagnetic pole from the Yilgarn B (YB) dykes of Western Australia: no longer relevant to Rodinia reconstructions: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 187: 39–53.

Tack, L, Wingate, MTD, Liégeois, J-P, Fernandez-Alonso, M and Deblond, A 2001, Early Neoproterozoic magmatism (1000–910 Ma) of the Zadinian and Mayumbian Groups (Bas-Congo): onset of Rodinia rifting at the western edge of the Congo craton: Precambrian Research, 110: 277–306.

Meert, JG, Nédélec, A, Hall, C, Wingate, MTD and Rakotondrazafy, M 2001, Paleomagnetism, geochronology and tectonic implications of the Carion Granite, central Madagascar: Tectonophysics, 340: 1–21.

Wingate, MTD 2000, Ion microprobe U–Pb zircon and baddeleyite ages for the Great Dyke and its satellite dykes, Zimbabwe: South African Journal of Geology, 103: 74–80.

Wingate, MTD and Compston, W 2000, Crystal orientation effects during ion microprobe U–Pb analysis of baddeleyite: Chemical Geology, 168: 75–97.

Wingate, MTD, Campbell, IH and Harris, LB 2000, SHRIMP baddeleyite age for the Fraser Dyke Swarm, southeast Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia: Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 47: 309–313.

Wingate, MTD and Giddings, JW 2000, Age and paleomagnetism of the Mundine Well dyke swarm, Western Australia: implications for an Australia–Laurentia connection at 755 Ma: Precambrian Research, 100: 335–357.

Hanley, LM and Wingate, MTD 2000, A SHRIMP zircon age for an Early Cambrian dolerite dyke – an intrusive phase of the Antrim Plateau Volcanics of northern Australia: Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 46: 1029–1040.

Wingate, MTD 1999, Ion microprobe baddeleyite and zircon ages for late Archean mafic dykes of the Pilbara Craton, Western Australia: Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 46: 493–500.

Wingate, MTD 1998, A palaeomagnetic test of the Kaapvaal – Pilbara (Vaalbara) hypothesis at 2.78 Ga: South African Journal of Geology, 101: 257–274.

Wingate, MTD, Campbell, IH, Compston, W and Gibson, GM 1998, Ion microprobe U–Pb ages for Neoproterozoic basaltic magmatism in south-central Australia and implications for the breakup of Rodinia: Precambrian Research, 87: 135–159.

Wingate, MTD and Irving, E 1994, Extension in high-grade terranes of the southern Omineca Belt, British Columbia: evidence from paleomagnetism: Tectonics, 13: 686–711.