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Dr Graham Baines

Telephone +61 8 8313 5323
Position Research Associate
Fax +61 8 8313 4347
Building Mawson Laboratories
Floor/Room G 11b
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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Biography/ Background

I am a geophysicist whose research integrates geological observations with geophysical data, primarily magnetic and gravity surveys, in order to understand the geodynamic evolution of Earth's lithosphere. Having completed undergraduate studies in Geology and Geophysics at the University of Liverpool, UK, I undertook PhD research in Geophysics at the University of Wyoming, USA. My PhD research used bathymetric, magnetic and gravity data, together with geochonologic dating and numerical models to determine the tectonic evolution of >130,000 km2 of oceanic lithosphere at the Southwest Indian Mid-Ocean Ridge. Having completed my PhD in mid-2006, I moved to Adelaide to take up a postdoctoral research position at the South Australian Centre for Mineral Exploration Under Cover (CMXUC), where my research integrates seismic, magnetic, gravity and sparsely distributed drillhole constraints to determine the basement architecture and evolution of the Archean-Mesoproterozoic Northern Gawler Craton where it is buried beneath sediments of the Eastern Officer Basin.


PhD (Geophysics) - University of Wyoming, USA - 2006 Thesis Title: “Geodynamic investigation of ultra-slow spreading oceanic lithosphere: Atlantis Bank and vicinity, SW Indian Ridge.” Advisor: Dr. Michael J. Cheadle.

M.E.Sci (Hons) in Geology and Geophysics (First Class): University of Liverpool, 2001.

Teaching Interests

  • Potential Field Geophysics
  • Geodynamics
  • Petroleum Exploration
  • Field Geology


A.G. Baines, D. Giles, P.G. Betts and G. Backé, Locating a major Proterozoic Crustal Boundary beneath the Eastern Officer Basin, Australia, Precambrian Research, In Press, doi:10.1016/j.precamres.2011.09.001,   Link to Article

G. Backé, G.Baines, D. Giles, W. Preiss and A. Alesci, Basin geometry and salt diapirs in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia: Insights gained from geologically constrained modelling of potential field data, Marine and Petroleum Geology, v.27(3), p.650-665, doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2009.09.001, 2010. Link to Article

A.G. Baines, M.J. Cheadle, B.E. John, C.B. Grimes, J.J. Schwartz, J.L. Wooden, SHRIMP Pb/U zircon ages constrain gabbroic crustal accretion at Atlantis Bank on the ultraslow-spreading Southwest Indian Ridge, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v.287, p.540-550, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2009.09.002, 2009. Link to article

J.J. Schwartz, B.E. John, M.J. Cheadle, P.W. Reiners and A.G. Baines; 'The cooling history of Atlantis Bank oceanic core complex: evidence for hydrothermal activity 2.6 Myr off-axis': Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 10 Q08020, doi:10.1029/2009GC002466. Link to article

A.G. Baines, M.J. Cheadle, B.E. John & J.J. Schwartz; ‘The rate of detachment faulting at an oceanic core complex; Atlantis Bank, SW Indian Ridge’, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v.273, p.105-114, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2008.06.013. Link to article.

A.G. Baines, M.J. Cheadle, H.J.B. Dick, A. Hosford Scheirer, B.E. John, N.J. Kusznir and T. Matsumoto; ‘The evolution of the Southwest Indian Ridge from 55°45’E-62°E: changes in plate-boundary geometry since 26 Ma’, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 8, Q06022, doi:10.1029/2006GC001559, 2007. Link to Article

B.E. John, D.A. Foster, J.M. Murphy, M.J. Cheadle, A.G. Baines, C.M. Fanning & P. Copeland: 'Determining the cooling history of in situ lower oceanic crust - Atlantis Bank SW Indian Ridge' EPSL, v. 222 (1), p. 145-160, 2004. Link to Article

A.G. Baines, M.J. Cheadle, H.J.B. Dick, A. Hosford-Scheirer, B.E. John, N.J. Kusznir & T. Matsumoto: 'A mechanism for generating the anomalous uplift of oceanic-core complexes: Atlantis Bank, SW Indian Ridge' Geology, v.31 (12), p. 1105-1108, 2003.


Entry last updated: Saturday, 15 Feb 2014

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