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Researcher: Whittaker, J (Dr Jo Whittaker)

Fields of Research

Marine Geoscience
Tectonics
Geodynamics
Geochronology
Basin Analysis
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Geology
Surveying (incl. Hydrographic Surveying)
Palaeoclimatology
Isotope Geochemistry
Exploration Geochemistry
Inorganic Geochemistry
Stratigraphy (incl. Biostratigraphy and Sequence Stratigraphy)
Sedimentology
Pattern Recognition and Data Mining
Volcanology
Structural Geology
Chemical Oceanography
Oceanography
Geophysics
Biological Oceanography
Physical Oceanography

Research Objectives

Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments
Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments (excl. Social Impacts)
Copper Ore Exploration
Precious (Noble) Metal Ore Exploration
Natural Hazards in Marine Environments
Marine Oceanic Processes (excl. climate related)
Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Mineral Exploration
Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Oceanography

Career Best Publications

Authigenic monazite and detrital zircon dating from the Proterozoic Rocky Cape Group, Tasmania: links to the Belt-Purcell Supergroup, North America; Precambrian Research
How supercontinents and superoceans affect seafloor roughness; Nature
Long-term interaction between mid-ocean ridges and mantle plumes; Nature Geoscience
Major Australian-Antarctic Plate Reorganization at Hawaiian-Emperor Bend Time; Science
Onset of Antarctic Circumpolar Current 30 million years ago as Tasmanian Gateway aligned with westerlies; Nature
Ridge subduction sparked reorganization of the Pacific plate-mantle system 60-50 million years ago; Geophysical Research Letters
Sunda-Java trench kinematics, slab window formation and overriding plate deformation since the Cretaceous; Earth and Planetary Science Letters
The hydrangeas of plate tectonics; Nature Geoscience

Research Publications

A forward geodynamic modelling approach to understand the history of subduction along the east Asian margin; 6th eResearch Australasia Conference 2012
A new heat flux model for the Antarctic Peninsula incorporating spatially variable upper crustal radiogenic heat production; Geophysical Research Letters
A tectonic model reconciling evidence for the collisions between India, Eurasia and intra-oceanic arcs of the central-eastern Tethys; Gondwana Research
Age constraints from the Rocky Cape Group: putting Tasmania on the Mesoproterozoic map; 22nd Australian Earth Sciences Convention 2014
An interdisciplinary approach to constructing models of the lithosphere across the Australia-Antarctica conjugate margin; Australian Earth Sciences Convention (AESC 2016)
An open-source software environment for visualizing and refining plate tectonic reconstructions using high-resolution geological and geophysical data sets; GSA Today
Australian-Antarctic rifting; PESA Eastern Australasian Basins Symposium III
Authigenic monazite and detrital zircon dating from the Proterozoic Rocky Cape Group, Tasmania: links to the Belt-Purcell Supergroup, North America; Precambrian Research
Award in geophysics
Community infrastructure and repository for marine magnetic identifications; Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems
Constraining the Jurassic extent of Greater India: Tectonic evolution of the West Australian margin; Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems
Crustal velocity and sediment thickness asymmetries along and between the conjugate Australian-Antarctic margins; Eastern Australasian Basins Symposium IV
Deciphering Ontong Java Atoll, Nukumanu Atoll, and Kroenke Canyon, Western Equatorial Pacific final project report for RV Falkor FK141015 15 October – 3 November 2014
Developing a consistent sequence stratigraphy for the Wilkes Land and Great Australian Bight margins; Eastern Australasian Basins Symposium IV
Development of the Australian‐Antarctic depth anomaly; Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems
Discovery of a microcontinent (Gulden Draak Knoll) offshore Western Australia: implications for East Gondwana reconstructions; Gondwana Research
Displacement along the Red River Fault constrained by extension estimates and plate reconstructions; Tectonics
Early India-Australia spreading history revealed by newly detected Mesozoic magnetic anomalies in the Perth Abyssal Plain; Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth
Eastern Indian Ocean microcontinent formation driven by plate motion changes; Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Erosional and depositional processes on the submarine flanks of Ontong Java and Nukumanu atolls, western equatorial Pacific Ocean; Marine Geology
Full‐fit, palinspastic reconstruction of the conjugate Australian‐Antarctic margins; Tectonics
Full-fit reconstruction of the Labrador Sea and Baffin Bay; Solid Earth
Full-fit reconstructions of the southern Australian margin and Antarctica – implications for correlating geology between Australia and Antarctica; Eastern Australasian Basins Symposium IV
Geologic and kinematic constraints on Late Cretaceous to mid Eocene plate boundaries in the southwest Pacific; Earth Science Reviews
Global sediment thickness data set updated for the Australian-Antarctic Southern Ocean; Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems
How Australia and India broke up - 100 million years ago
How supercontinents and superoceans affect seafloor roughness; Nature
Insights on the kinematics of the India-Eurasia collision from global geodynamic models; Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems
Intraplate Magmatism; Encyclopedia of Marine Geosciences
Long-term interaction between mid-ocean ridges and mantle plumes; Nature Geoscience
Major Australian-Antarctic Plate Reorganization at Hawaiian-Emperor Bend Time; Science
Mapping Tertiary mid-ocean ridge subduction and slab window formation beneath Sundaland using seismic tomography; ASEG 2010 Geophysical Conference Proceedings
Micro-continents offshore Western Australia: implications for East Gondwana reconstructions; European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014
Micro-continents offshore Western Australia: insights into the make-up and break-up of East Gondwana; XII International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Science (ISAES 2015)
Microcontinents offshore Western Australia: insights into the make-up and break-up of East Gondwana; Riding the Wave: GSA Specialist Group in Tectonics and Structural Geology Conference
Newly-recognised Continental Fragments Rifted from the West Australian Margin; West Australian Basins Symposium 2013
Onset of Antarctic Circumpolar Current 30 million years ago as Tasmanian Gateway aligned with westerlies; Nature
Response to Comment on “Major Australian-Antarctic Plate Reorganization at Hawaiian-Emperor Bend Time”; Science
Restoring the continent-ocean boundary: constraints from lithospheric stretching grids and tectonic reconstructions; ASEG 2010
Revised plate tectonic history of the west Australian margin reveals how the Gascoyne Terrane docked at West Burma; ASEG 2010
Revised tectonic evolution of the Eastern Indian Ocean; Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems
Ridge subduction sparked reorganization of the Pacific plate-mantle system 60-50 million years ago; Geophysical Research Letters
Rocks from the Cascade Seamount: an archive of the unzipping of Gondwana and the initiation of the ACC?; AGU Chapman Conference on Submarine Volcanism: New Approaches and Research Frontiers
Seismic facies and stratigraphy of the Cenozoic succession in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica: Implications for tectonic, climatic and glacial history; Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology: An International Journal for The Geo-Sciences
Seismic stratigraphy of the Adare Trough area, Antarctica; Marine Geology: International Journal of Marine Geology, Geochemistry and Geophysics
Semi-automatic fracture zone tracking; Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems
Strike-slip tectonics during the Neoproterozoic–Cambrian assembly of East Gondwana: evidence from a newly discovered microcontinent in the Indian Ocean (Batavia Knoll); Gondwana Research
Structural Architecture of Australia's Southwest Continental Margin and Implications for Early Cretaceous Basin Evolution; West Australian Basins Symposium 2013
Submarine geology and geomorphology of active Sub-Antarctic volcanoes: Heard and McDonald Islands; American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting
Sunda-Java trench kinematics, slab window formation and overriding plate deformation since the Cretaceous; Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Tectonic drivers and the influence of the Kerguelen plume on seafloor spreading during formation of the early Indian Ocean; Gondwana Research
Tectonic Evolution and Continental Fragmentation of the Southern West Australian Margin; West Australian Basins Symposium 2013
Tectonic history of mid-Miocene to present southern Victoria Land Basin, inferred from seismic stratigraphy in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica; 10th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences
The breakup of East Gondwana: Assimilating constraints from Cretaceous ocean basins around India into a best-fit tectonic model; Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth
The forgotten component of sub-glacial heat flow: upper crustal heat production and resultant total heat flux on the Antarctic Peninsula; 19th EGU General Assembly (EGU2017)
The hydrangeas of plate tectonics; Nature Geoscience
The Neoproterozoic East Gondwana suture: reconciling geological and geophysical evidence; Riding the Wave: GSA Specialist Group in Tectonics and Structural Geology Conference
The Ontong Java Plateau uncovered: evidence for mass wasting on the flanks of Ontong Java and Nukumanu atolls; Australian Earth Science Convention
The tectonic fabric of the ocean basins; Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics
The world’s largest submarine canyon—Kroenke Canyon in the Western Equatorial Pacific; American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting
Unraveling the unusual morphology of the Cretaceous Dirck Hartog extinct mid-ocean ridge; AGU 2015 Fall Meeting
What can potential field data really tell us about Continent-Ocean transitions?; ASEG 2010
What is it really like under the Indian Ocean

Research Projects

Deciphering Ontong Java Atoll, Nukumanu Atoll, and Kroenke Canyon, Western Equatorial Pacific; Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI)
East Tasman Plateau - Key to unravelling the onset of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current; CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
East Tasman Plateau - key to unravelling the onset of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current ; Australian and New Zealand Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Consortium (ANZIC)
Episodic mantle plumes: driving plate tectonics and continental margin evolution?; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Geochemical affinity of dredged rocks from the Perth Abyssal Plain; University of New England (UNE)
Keystone of East Gondwana: Unravelling the tectonic and geodynamic evolution of' Gulden Draak Ridge; CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Ore deposits and tectonic evolution of the Lachlan Orogen, SE Australia; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Reconstructing East Antarctica in Gondwana: ground-truthing a new tectonic model; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Reconstructing the submarine and subglacial East Gondwanan mountain chain; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Submarine volcanism and hydrothermalism around Heard and McDonald Islands; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
The global consequences of subduction zone congestion; Australian Research Council (ARC)
The Perth Abyssal Plain: Understanding Eastern Gondwana Break-up; CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Antarctic / Indian Ocean Geophysics Research

Research Candidate Supervision