Sedimentary Isotope Geoscience

The main research strength and capabilities of the SIG group are based on the:

  • intra-basin correlation studies
  • the reconstruction of paleo-depositional environments
  • the reconstruction of paleo-depositional environments

Our work also has broader implications for Earth system evolution studies, and basin exploration purposes.

Our research strength

The main research strength and capabilities of the SIG group are based on the:

  • state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation (i.e., new-generation mass spectrometers) and clean laboratory facilities
  • expertise of our researchers in different areas of stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry. These include applications in the fields of isotope chemostratigraphy, diagenesis of sedimentary rocks, geochemistry of redox-sensitive elemental and isotope proxies, and radiogenic isotope systems for geochronology.


2017 – 2019: Tectonic Geography of the World's Oldest Petroleum Play, McArthur Basin: Research Theme on "New Isotope Proxies for Past Depositional Environments", Collaborative 'Academia-Industry' Project, Funded by Australian Research Council - ARC Linkage Scheme. Project Budget: ca. 880 000 AUD

2017 – 2019: Calcium and Oxygen Isotope Constraints on the Origin of Carbon Isotope Anomalies: Testing the Model of Global "Carbonate Hypersaturation" of Silurian Seawater, Funded by Czech Science Foundation (GACR). Project Budget: ca. 340 000 AUD

2015 – 2018: BASE-LiNE Earth: Brachiopods as Sensitive Tracers of Global Marine Environment: Insights from alkali and alkaline earth metal element ratios and isotope systems, Funded by European Commission (Marrie Curie Actions ITN-ETN: European Training Network). Project Budget: ca. 5 200 000 AUD

The team

Dr Juraj Farkas; Professor Alan Collins, Dr Grant Cox

Technical and laboratory assistance: David Bruce, Dr Tony Hall, Mark Rollog