Geochemistry and geochronology
Unlocking Earth’s secrets
A wide variety of research activity in our school utilises geochemical methods to make discoveries and advances in our understanding of Earth processes and evolution of our planet. Questions such as the processes of formation and growth of continental crust, the origin of mineral deposits, deciphering climate records in corals, and whether the oceans are acidifying, are addressed through applying inorganic geochemical techniques.
Geochronology focuses on precise methods to generate absolute ages that help define exactly when key events occurred. Our researchers and students have access to a variety of specialised analytical instruments in WA to generate absolute ages from individual mineral grains.
Corals control their own chemistry to stay healthy
Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at UWA have found that some corals are able to combat the effects of ocean acidification by controlling their own chemistry.Read more
Centre for Exploration Targeting
The Centre for Exploration Targeting undertakes applied research to produce innovative outcomes which deliver practical integrated targeting tools and techniques to improve the risk/reward ratio in exploration.Find out more
Earth and Environment Analysis Laboratory
The Earth and Environment Analysis Laboratory is a Faculty of Science (FoS) Core Facility providing a range of analytical services to the FoS and broader University communities.
School of Earth Sciences
The University of Western Australia’s School of Earth Sciences applies geoscience to understand the complex processes that shape our planet.
Harnessing resources and energy for a sustainable future
Our energy and geoscience research is helping create a world of secure, sustainable and emission-free minerals and energy.
Coral reef studies and coastal marine systems
The coral reef studies and coastal marine systems group is working at understanding the effect of climate change on our coastal reefs and marine systems.