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Dr David Kelsey

Telephone +61 8 8313 0297 / +61 8 8313 4886
Position Microscopist / Lecturer - Metamorphic & Field Geology
Fax +61 8 8313 4356 / +61 8 8313 6222
Building Medical School North / Mawson Laboratories
Floor/Room NG 18 / B 47
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Adelaide Microscopy / Earth Sciences

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Teaching Interests

My goals in teaching are twofold: 1) to convey information to undergraduate, Honours and PhD students in a manner that is clear enough to enable them to easily digest the information; and 2) to try wherever possible to provide a greater context for the information I am providing.

A source of great inspiration and satisfaction is to witness ideas presented in lectures (for example) 'clicking' in students heads, so that they have not only understood the lecture or prac material, but can appreciate its relevance and apply their new-found knowledge.

My teaching roles  are:

1) the metamorphic geology component of Igneous & Metamorphic Geology III (3rd year level course in School of Physical Sciences). This involves lectures and repeat practical sessions;

2) coordinate and lead the field-based Field Geoscience Program III (3rd year level course in School of Physical Sciences). This is a two-week remote geological mapping course in central Australia, and is the most extensive field geological mapping students undertake in their undergraduate degree.

3) coordinate and teach the Minerals Teratiary Education Council (MTEC) short-course "Mineral Exploration Through Cover" which is for Honours level (4th year) geoscience students from 9 participating universities nationally (, and also for industry professionals.

Research Interests

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Professional Associations

Member of:

Geological Society of Australia (GSA1)

Specialist Group in Tectonics and Structural Geology (SGTSG)

Specialist Group in Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Petrology (SGGMP)

Mineralogical Society of America (MSA)

Geological Society of America (GSA2)

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Expertise for Media Contact

CategoriesScience & Technology
ExpertiseGeology; mountain building; heat flow; crustal metamorphism; rock deformation (e.g. folding, faulting) and structural geology; South Australian and Northern Territory geology; Antarctic geology; age-dating rocks (geochronology); plate tectonics; geological maps
NotesKeynote speaker at 4 international conferences (2006-2012) Invited presenter to run 2 workshops on use of program widely used to unravel thermal structure of earth's crust Invited author for scientific article ?On Ultrahigh Temperature Crustal Metamorphism? Chief Investigator on 3-yr Project from Federal Government to unravel evolution of Musgrave Province (on Aboriginal Land, central Aust.)

Entry last updated: Friday, 6 Jan 2017

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