Alan Collins

Professor Alan Collins

Professor

School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Professor Alan Collins received a BSc (Hons.) degree from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, The University of London, then completed a PhD in 1997 at The University of Edinburgh on the tectonics of SW Turkey. This work identified multiple stages of thrust-sheet movement, foreland basin formation and subsequent consumption in the ophiolite-bearing Lycian nappes along the Aegean and Mediterranean coast of Turkey. After completing this, Alan went down in the crust and back in time to work on the Ediacaran-Cambrian amalgamation of Gondwana, working initially in Madagascar, and later in East Africa, India, Western Australia and East Antarctica. Using tectono-stratigraphic techniques, he has helped unravel much of the East African Orogen to produce a model for the collision of Neoproterozoic India with the central Africa. This work began in Leicester University, UK, and continued in the Tectonics Special Research Centre in Curtin University and The University of Western Australia.

Prof. Collins commenced at The University of Adelaide as a Senior Lecturer in 2005 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2009 and Professor in 2014. His on-going research directs various aspects of geoscience, including palaeomagnetism, structural geology, geochronology and sedimentology to answer geologically significant questions. He was awarded an Australian Research Council 'Future Fellowship' in 2012.

Alan Collins was Academic Group Leader of Geology and Geophysics in the School of Earth and Environmental Science from 2010-2012 and is now Director of the Centre for Tectonics, Resources and Exploration (TRaX).

To find out a bit of what I do, check out a podcast of my professorial inaugural lecture (link below)

I am a data-focussed geologist whose research focusses on applying a wide range of earth science specialisations to address tectonic questions. Specific projects I am interested in range from tectonic geography problems, like unravelling the formation of Gondwana, investigating the exhumation history of inland Australia, or investigating the timing of SE Asia accretion, to better understanding a focussed process-based question, such as the fluid nature, timing and physical conditions during detachment fault deformation. Most of my research involves a combination of geochronology/thermochronology with geochemistry and structural geology. Most involves student-focussed projects, significant fieldwork (often international and/or in remote regions), and most projects involve collaboration with a wide-range of specialists based throughout the world.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2014 Professor University of Adelaide
    2005 - 2008 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2004 - 2005 Senior Research Fellow University of Western Australia
    2000 - 2003 ARC Postdoctoral Fellow Curtin University
    1999 - 2000 ARC IREX Fellow Curtin University
    1999 - 2013 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    1997 - 1999 Geological Society of London, Fermor Fellow University of Leicester
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2007 Award 2007 Edward A. Flinn Award
    2002 Fellowship F.W. James Chair in Geology St Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia Canada
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1993 - 1997 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom PhD
    1990 - 1993 Imperial College London United Kingdom BSc(Hons)
  • Research Interests

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Principal Supervisor Provenance, Basin Analysis and Isotopic History of the Tonian-Cryogenian Flinders Ranges Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jarred Cain Lloyd
    2018 Co-Supervisor Paleoenvironments of the Tonian-Cryogenian of the Adelaide Basin Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Georgina Mitford Virgo
    2018 Co-Supervisor Low Temperature Thermal Evolution of the McArthur Basin and Associated Basement Terrane Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Angus Leslie Nixon
    2017 Principal Supervisor Crustal Evolution of the Dharwar Craton, India Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Venkata Pavan Katuru
    2017 Principal Supervisor Novel Geochemical and Geochronological tools for Cu-Au mineralization Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ahmad Abdullah A Redaa
    2016 Principal Supervisor Provenance and Tectonic Evolution of the McArthur Basin, Northern Territory Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Bo Yang
    2016 Principal Supervisor Neoproterozoic Geology of Zambia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Brandon Luke Alessio
    2015 Principal Supervisor Structure and Tectonic Evolution of Gondwana Amalgamation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Sheree Armistead
    2015 Co-Supervisor Tectonic Evolution of the Zambezi Belt - East African Orogen Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jack Alexander Gillespie
    2015 Principal Supervisor Palaeogeography and Tectonic Evolution of Indochina Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Romana Elysium Carthew Dew
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor The thermochronological evolution of the northern Gawler Craton and northern Adelaide Rift Complex Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr James William Hall
    2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor The Low-Temperature Tectonic Evolution of the Western Tian Shan (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Gilby Mats Jepson
    2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor The Isotopic Evolution of the Northern East African Orogen Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Morgan Lee Blades
    2013 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Petrology and Geochemistry of Sangeang Api and Recent Volcanism in The Sumbawa-Flores Sector of The Sunda Arc: The Response of Along-Arc Geochemistry to Subduction Processes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Benjamin James Cooke
    2013 - 2016 Principal Supervisor The Stenian-Cambrian Tectonic Evolution of Central Madagascar Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Donnelly Brian Archibald
    2013 - 2016 Principal Supervisor The Tectonic Evolution of Khao Khwang Fold-Thrust Belt, Central Thailand: new Insights into the Permian and Triassic Evolution of the Indosinian Orogeny in SE Asia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Francesco Arboit
    2013 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Proterozoic Crustal Growth in the Southeastern Gawler Craton; The Development of the Barossa Complex, and an Assessment of the Detrital Zircon Method Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Kieran Meaney
    2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Constraints on the timing and physical conditions of shale detachment faulting using natural examples Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Rowan Lawrence Hansberry
    2010 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Geochronological and Geochemical Constraints on the Lithospheric Evolution of the Arabian Shield, Saudi Arabia: Understanding Plutonic Rock Petrogenesis in an Accretionary Orogen Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Frank Alexander Robinson
    2009 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Elemental, Sotopic and Molecular Signatures of Early Cambrian Marine Sediments and a Phantom Petroleum System in South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Tony Hall
    2009 - 2014 Principal Supervisor The tectonic evolution of the Southern Granulite Terrane of India and its role in the amalgamation of Gondwana Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Diana Plavsa
    2009 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Supercontinents and Glaciation: a perspective from western Gondwana Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Mr Ben McGee
    2008 - 2011 Co-Supervisor The Architecture and Evolution of Intracontinental orogens: a structural, metamorphic and geochemical characterisation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Tom Raimondo
    2008 - 2017 Principal Supervisor A Geochronological U-Pb Zircon La-ICPMS Age and Provenance Study of Wanni, Highland and Vijayan Complexes of Sri Lanka and Proterozoic Pranhita-Godavari Purana Basin of India Unveils Origin of Sri Lanka Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Udeni Bandara Amarasinghe
    2006 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Palaeoproterozoic eclogite formation in Tanzania: a structural, geochronological, thermochronological and metamorphic study of the Usgaran and Ubende orogenic belts Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Rachael Brick
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2007 - ongoing Member Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia Australia
    2005 - ongoing Member Adelaide University Geological Society Australia
    1999 - ongoing Member Geological Society of Australia Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Board Member Geological Magazine United Kingdom
    2007 - ongoing Board Member Precambrian Research
    2003 - ongoing Associate Editor Gondwana Research
    2000 - ongoing Board Member Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences (Advisory Board Member)
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83133174
  • Email: alan.collins@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4347
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Mawson Laboratories, floor B
  • Room: B 45
  • Org Unit: Earth Sciences

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