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Researcher: Coffin, MF (Professor Mike Coffin)

Fields of Research

Marine Geoscience
Tectonics
Volcanology
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Surveying (incl. Hydrographic Surveying)
Seismology and Seismic Exploration
Geochronology
Geology
Environmental Management
Environmental Science and Management
Isotope Geochemistry
Aquaculture
Oceanography
Sedimentology
Chemical Oceanography
Palaeoclimatology
Geodynamics
Stratigraphy (incl. Biostratigraphy and Sequence Stratigraphy)
Special Vehicles
Physical Oceanography

Research Objectives

Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments
Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Natural Hazards
Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Marine Environments
Natural Hazards in Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments
Natural Hazards in Marine Environments
Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts)
Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation
Marine Oceanic Processes (excl. climate related)
International Organisations
Conserving Natural Heritage
Mineral Resources (excl. Energy Resources)
Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments (excl. Social Impacts)
Oil and Gas Exploration
Mineral Exploration
Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Oceanography

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

'Rootless' serpentinite seamount on the southern Izu-Bonin forearc: implications for basal erosion at convergent plate margins; Geology (Boulder)
A Multichannel Seismic Transect of the Somalian Continental Margin; Fourteenth annual offshore technology conference
Academic/Industrial Cooperation In Marine Seismology: An International Model; 2000 Offshore Technology Conference
Age and geochemistry of the oceanic Manihiki Plateau, SW Pacific: New evidence for a plume origin; Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Anomalous uplift and subsidence of the Ontong Java Plateau inferred from CO2 contents of submarine basaltic glasses; Geology (Boulder)
Australian developments in marine science; Eos
Breakup and Seafloor Spreading between the Kerguelen Plateau-Labuan Basin and the Broken Ridge-Diamantina Zone; Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results
Broken Hill - Sydney - Tasman Sea transect, New South Wales, eastern Australia; Global Geoscience Transect
Chapter 24. Large igneous provinces and flood basalt volcanism; The Encyclopedia of Volcanoes
COBBOOM: The Continental Breakup and Birth of Oceans Mission; Scientific Drilling
Constraints on Macquarie Ridge tectonics provided by Harvard focal mechanisms and teleseismic earthquake locations; Journal of Geophysical Research
Contemporaneous massive subaerial volcanism and late cretaceous Oceanic Anoxic Event 2; Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Continental Breakup and Sedimentary Basin Formation
Continental Breakup and Sedimentary Basin Formation
Cretaceous Fossil Wood From the Raggatt Basin, Southern Kerguelen Plateau (Site 750); Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results
Crustal structure in the Western Somali Basin; Royal Astronomical Society Geophysical Journal
Crustal structure of the Ontong Java Plateau: modeling of new gravity and existing seismic data; Journal of Geophysical Research
Deciphering Ontong Java Atoll, Nukumanu Atoll, and Kroenke Canyon, Western Equatorial Pacific final project report for RV Falkor FK141015 15 October – 3 November 2014
Deep seismic investigation of the Ontong Java Plateau; Eos
Depleted mantle wedge and sediment fingerprint in unusual basalts from the Manihiki Plateau, central Pacific Ocean; Geology (Boulder)
Design and operation of a deep seismic survey in the Tasman Sea basin; Tectonophysics: International Journal of Geotectonics and The Geology and Physics of The Interior of The Earth
Determining scientific projects for the deep-sea drilling vessel Chikyu; Eos
Determining Scientific Projects for the Deep-Sea Drilling Vessel Chikyu; Eos: Transactions, American Geophysical Union
Development of an Intraoceanic Large Igneous Province: The Kerguelen Plateau and Broken Ridge, Southern Indian Ocean; JOIDES Journal (Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling)
Early development of the Southern Kerguelen Plateau (Indian Ocean) from shallow wide-angle ocean bottom seismometer and multichannel seismic reflection data; Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth
Earth, Oceans, and Life -Science of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP); Chikyu Monthly
East African continental margin transect
Emplacement and subsidence of Indian Ocean plateaus and submarine ridges; Synthesis of Results From Scientific Drilling in the Indian Ocean
Erosional and depositional processes on the submarine flanks of Ontong Java and Nukumanu atolls, western equatorial Pacific Ocean; Marine Geology
Evidence for Vigorous Cretaceous Mantle Dynamics from Large Igneous Provinces
Evolution of the conjugate East African-Madagascan margins and the Western Somali Basin; Geological Society of America
Evolution of the Southern Kerguelen Plateau deduced from seismic stratigraphic studies and Drilling at Sites 748 and 750; Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results
Expeditions to Drill Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Sites
Expeditions to Drill Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific sites
Expeditions to Drill Pacific, Artic and Atlantic sites
Exploring large subsea igneous provinces; Oceanus: Reports on Research At The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Extension along the Australian-Pacific transpressional transform plate boundary near Macquarie Island; Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems
From strike-slip faulting to oblique subduction:  a survey of the Alpine Fault-Puysegur Trench transition, New Zealand, Results of Cruise Geodynz-sud Leg 2; Marine Geophysical Researches: An International Journal for The Study of The Earth Beneath The Sea
From the Alpine Fault to the Puysegur Trench (New Zealand): results of the GEODYNZ-SUD, Leg 2 swath-mapping survey; Comptes rendus de l'academie des sciences Serie II
Geological framework of the Kerguelen Plateau and adjacent ocean basins
Geological insights from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 search; Eos
Granitic Islands
Heard of the Kerguelen Plateau
Igneous Provinces
Imaging, Mapping and Modelling Continental Lithosphere Extension and Breakup [Book Review]
Impact origin for the greater Ontong Java Plateau?; Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Indian Ocean Plate Reconstructions Since the Late Jurassic; Synthesis of Results From Scientific Drilling in the Indian Ocean
Influence of cumulative convergence on lithospheric thrust fault development and topography along the Australian-Pacific plate boundary south of New Zealand ; Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems
Intrabasement reflections of the Ontong Java Plateau: implications for plateau construction; Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems
Intraplate Magmatism; Encyclopedia of Marine Geosciences
Investigating Large Igneous Province Formation and Associated Paleoenvironmental Events: A White Paper for Scientific Drilling; Scientific Drilling
IODP plans its first drilling expeditions in the world's oceans
Jurassic to Eocene Plate Tectonic Reconstructions in the Kerguelen Plateau Region; Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results
Kerguelen hotspot magma output since 130 Ma; Journal of Petrology
Kerguelen Plateau crustal structure and basin formation from seismic and gravity data; Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth
Large Earthquake Strikes Hokkaido, Japan
Large igneous provinces
Large Igneous Provinces; Scientific Ocean Drilling: Accomplishments and Challenges
Large igneous provinces; Scientific American
Large igneous provinces; Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
Large Igneous Provinces and Plate Tectonics; History and Dynamics of Global Plate Motions
Large igneous provinces and scientific ocean drilling: status quo and a look ahead; Oceanography
Large Igneous Provinces: A workshop to develop scientific drilling initiatives on volcanic margins and oceanic plateaus
Large igneous provinces: crustal structure, dimensions, and external consequences; Reviews of Geophysics
Large Igneous Provinces: IODP-MI/JOI Large Igneous Province Workshop; Coleraine, United Kingdom, 22-25 July 2007
Large igneous provinces: Progenitors of some ophiolites?; Mantle plumes: their identification through time
Lead isotopic record of Barremian-Aptian marine sediments: Implications for large igneous provinces and the Aptian climatic crisis; Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Leg 183 snthesis: Kerguelen Plateau-Broken Ridge-a large igneous province; Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results
LIPs – Enorme episodiske vulkanutbrudd; Geo (Trondheim)
Looking Ahead to the Future of Marine Reflection Seismology
Macquarie Island's Finch-Langdon fault: A ridge-transform inside-corner structure; Geology (Boulder)
Marine Nation 2025: Marine Science to Support Australia's Blue Economy
Marine Science: Challenges for a Growing 'Blue Economy'; Science Matters: How We Will Address the Challenges of Australia's Future
Massive Early Cretaceous volcanic activity in the Nauru basin related to emplacement of the Ontong Java Plateau; Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems
Mesozoic global environments; CHIKYU+10 International Workshop
Morphostructure of an incipient subduction zone along a transform plate boundary: Puysegur Ridge and Trench; Geology (Boulder)
Multinational Survey of Earth's Largest LIP
National Marine Science Plan 2015-2025: Driving the development of Australia’s blue economy
Naturaliste Plateau, offshore Western Australia: A submarine window into Gondwana assembly and breakup; Geology
Naturaliste Plateau: constraints on the timing and evolution of the Kerguelen Large Igneous province and its role in Gondwana breakup; Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
Neotectonics of the Macquarie Ridge Complex, Australia-Pacific plate boundary; Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics
New findings from the Kerguelen Plateau; Geology (Boulder)
New frontiers in scientific drilling of the Indian Ocean; Scientific Drilling
Ocean Drilling Program: That Sinking Feeling; Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science
Oceanic crust and Moho of the Pacific plate in the eastern Ogasawara Plateau region; The Island Arc
ODP at Kerguelen Plateau Leg 120 explores origins and history
ODP Leg 192: Basement Drilling on the Ontong Java Plateau; JOIDES Journal (Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling)
Oligocene to Recent tectonic history of the Central Solomon intra-arc basin as determined from marine seismic reflection data and compilation of onland geology; Tectonophysics: International Journal of Geotectonics and The Geology and Physics of The Interior of The Earth
Ontong Java and Kerguelen Plateaux: Cretaceous Icelands?; Journal of the Geological Society
Origin and evolution of a submarine large igneous province: the Kerguelen Plateau and Broken Ridge, southern Indian Ocean; Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Origin and Evolution of the Kerguelen Plateau, Broken Ridge and Kerguelen Archipelago: Editorial; Journal of Petrology
Origin of continental components in Indian Ocean basalts: evidence from Elan Bank (Kerguelen Plateau, ODP Leg 183, Site 1137); Geology (Boulder)
Paleontology of the Cretaceous of the Central Kerguelen Plateau; Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results
Petrology and geochemistry of LIPS: A comparison between the Ontong Java Plateau and the Kerguelen Plateau; Chikyu Monthly
Preliminary results of multichannel seismic cruise MD47 on the Southern Kerguelen Plateau; Comptes rendus de l'academie des sciences Serie II
Preliminary results of ODP Leg 120 in the Central and Southern Kerguelen Plateau (Indian Ocean); Comptes rendus de l'academie des sciences Serie II
Program Focuses Attention on Continental Margins
Provenance of Proterozoic garnet-biotite gneiss recovered from Elan Bank, Kerguelen Plateau, southern Indian Ocean; Geology (Boulder)
Reconstruction of Madagascar and Africa: evidence from the Davie Fracture Zone and Western Somali Basin; Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth
Ridge Issues; Continental shelf limits : the scientific and legal interface
RV Investigator Voyage Summary: HEOBI – Heard Earth-Ocean-Biosphere Interactions
Salt diapirs bordering the continental margin of northern Kenya - southern Somalia; Science
Scientific Ocean Drilling in the Early 21st Century and Seismic Survey Requirements; 2000 Offshore Technology Conference
Scratching the surface: estimating dimensions of large igneous provinces; Geology (Boulder)
Seaward-dipping reflectors offshore the southeastern United States: seismic evidence for extensive volcanism accompanying sequential formation of the Carolina trough and Blake Plateau basin; Geology (Boulder)
Sedimentary regimes at the Macquarie Ridge Complex: interaction of Southern Ocean circulation and plate boundary bathymetry; Paleoceanography
Seismic stratigraphy and evolution of the Raggatt Basin, southern Kerguelen Plateau; Marine and Petroleum Geology
Seismic stratigraphy of the Raggatt Basin, southern Kerguelen Plateau: tectonic and paleoceanographic implications; Geological Society of America. Bulletin
Selected Topics Relating to the Indian-Ocean Basins and Margins - Introduction; Sedimentary Geology: International Journal of Pure and Applied Sedimentology
Sequence stratigraphy, structural style, and age of deformation of the Malaita accretionary prism (Solomon arc-Ontong Java Plateau convergent zone); Tectonophysics: International Journal of Geotectonics and The Geology and Physics of The Interior of The Earth
Sequence stratigraphy, structure, and tectonic history of the southwestern Ontong Java Plateau adjacent to the North Solomon Trench and Solomon Islands Arc; Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth
Sound images of the Ocean in Research and Monitoring
Structure and development of a microcontinent: Elan Bank in the southern Indian Ocean; Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems
Structure and Evolution of the Central Kerguelen Plateau Deduced from Seismic Stratigraphic Studies and Drilling at Site 747; Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results
Structure and tectonic history of the southern Kerguelen Plateau (Indian Ocean) deduced from seismic reflection data; Tectonics
Structure and tectonic setting of the 77°E and 75°E Grabens, Kerguelen Plateau ,South Indian Ocean; Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics
Structure of the Kerguelen Plateau province from Seasat altimetry and seismic reflection data; Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science
Structure of the southern New South Wales continental margin, south-eastern Australia; BMR Journal of Australian Geology and Geophysics
Structure of the southern New South Wales continental margin, southeastern Australia; BMR Journal of Australian Geology & Geophysics
Submarine geology and geomorphology of active Sub-Antarctic volcanoes: Heard and McDonald Islands; American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting
Subsidence of the Kerguelen Plateau: The Atlantis Concept; Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results
Tectonic implications of fault-scarp-derived volcaniclastic deposits on Macquarie Island: Sedimentation at a fossil ridge-transform intersection?; Geological Society of America. Bulletin
The Development of Paleoseaways around Antarctica; The Antarctic Paleoenvironment: A perspective on global change: Part One
The East African and Madagascan margins: stratigraphy, structure and tectonics; Indian Ocean - First Regional Seminar on Petroleum Exploration
The Kerguelen Plateau: new paleontologic and paleomagnetic age constraints on growth history from ODP Leg 183 drilling; Royal Society of New Zealand Bulletin
The Lost World: Environmental Effects During the Formation of a Giant Volcanic Province
The Lost World: Environmental Effects During the Formation of a Giant Volcanic Province
The Mesozoic break-up of Gondwana; Indian Ocean - First Regional Seminar on Petroleum Exploration
The Mesozoic East African and Madagascan Conjugate Continental Margins: Stratigraphy and Tectonics ; Geology and Geophysics of Continental Margins
The Ontong Java Plateau uncovered: evidence for mass wasting on the flanks of Ontong Java and Nukumanu atolls; Australian Earth Science Convention
The Raggatt Basin:  a mid-ocean sedimentary basin on the Kerguelen Plateau; Atlas of seismic stratigraphy
The separation of Madagascar and Africa; Science
The Southern Ocean observing system: initial science and implementation strategy; Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research; Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research
The world’s largest submarine canyon—Kroenke Canyon in the Western Equatorial Pacific; American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting
Timing of hot spot-related volcanism and the breakup of Madagascar and India; Science
Topographic expression of the Danger Islands Troughs and implications for the tectonic evolution of the Manihiki Plateau, western equatorial Pacific Ocean; Geological Society of America. Special Papers
Underthrusting at the Hjort Trench, Australian-Pacific plate boundary: incipient subduction?; Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems
Volcanism and Climate; Encyclopedia of Marine Geosciences
Volcanism and continental break up: a global compilation of large igneous provinces; Geological Society Special Publication
Widespread Neogene volcanism on Central Kerguelen Plateau, Southern Indian Ocean; Australian Journal of Earth Sciences

Research Projects

Australian Membership of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Australian Membership of the International Ocean Discovery Program; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Australian Membership of the International Ocean Discovery Program; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Deciphering Ontong Java Atoll, Nukumanu Atoll, and Kroenke Canyon, Western Equatorial Pacific; Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI)
Keystone of East Gondwana: Unravelling the tectonic and geodynamic evolution of' Gulden Draak Ridge; CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Submarine volcanism and hydrothermalism around Heard and McDonald Islands; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
The Kerguelen Large Igneous Province: dynamics of a pulsating mantle plume; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
College of Experts

Research Candidate Supervision