Martin Hand

Professor Martin Hand

Head of Department

School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

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


My research focuses on understanding the development of metamorphic and allied deformational systems in the continental crust. Within this theme he has led/continues to lead multidisciplinary teams that integrate geology, geochemistry and geophysics in pursuit of several topics: (1) Strain localisation mechanisms, and the evolution of intraplate orogenic systems, (2) Causes of high geothermal gradient regimes in the lithosphere, (3) The lithospheric development of Australia during the Proterozoic era and (4) Tectonic frameworks for Fe-oxide Cu-Au mineralisation in the Australian Proterozoic era (5) The development and evolution of high and ultra-high temperature metamorphic systems in the crust. (6) Unconventional geothermal systems.

My research focuses on understanding the development of metamorphic and allied deformational systems in the continental crust. Within this theme he has led/continues to lead multidisciplinary teams that integrate geology, geochemistry and geophysics in pursuit of several topics: (1) Strain localisation mechanisms, and the evolution of intraplate orogenic systems, (2) Causes of high geothermal gradient regimes in the lithosphere, (3) The lithospheric development of Australia during the Proterozoic era and (4) Tectonic frameworks for Fe-oxide Cu-Au mineralisation in the Australian Proterozoic era (5) The development and evolution of high and ultra-high temperature metamorphic systems in the crust.(6) Unconventional geothermal energy systems

2016-2018

Source to spectrum: Finding deposits beyond the Fe oxide-Cu Au envelope

Payne, J., Hand., M. Tomkins, A., Raimondo, T., Lilly, R, Reid, A., Dutch, R.

ARC Linkage

2016-2018

Rehydration of the lower crust, fluid sources and geophysical expression

Hand, M., Clark, C., Reddy, S., Hasterok, D., Rushmer, T.

ARC Discovery

2015-2016

Fracture mapping Australia’s Energy basins

Hand, M, King, R., Holford, S.

ARENA

2014-2016

Quantifying the flux of fugitive greenhouse gasses associated with coal seam gas and calibrating it to natural  baseline and anthropogenic sources

Kennedy, Prof Martin J; Hand, Prof Martin P; Vincent, Prof Robert A; Hamilton, A/Prof Murray W; Roberts, Mr Michael D; Malavazos, Mr Michael; Dwyer, Ms Carmen

ARC Linkage

2013

High sensitivity and precision mass spectrometry for tracing Australia’s ancient evolution and securing our  future groundwater resources

Hand, M. Kamenetsky, V et al

ARC LIEF

2013-2015

The Windmill-Bunger connection: a key to geodynamic models for the Precambrian Australian-Antarctic continent

Hand, M. Clark, C. Collins, A., Collins W.J.

Australian Antarctic Science Program

2012-2013

Determining the Resource and Energy Potential of the northern Gawler Craton, Officer and Arckaringa Basins, Musgrave Domain and Torrens Hinge Zone, South Australia

Hand, M., Musson, A., Bendall, B

Australian Geophysical Observing system

2012-2013

Calibrating electromagnetic geophysics for its application to mapping stress orientations,

temperature and permeability

Thiel, S., Peacock, J., Hand, M ; Heinson, G; Didea, Y

Australian Geophysical Observing system

2012-2014

Reservoir Quality in Sedimentary Geothermal Resources

Hand, M. Pring, A., Bedrikovetsky, P., Kennedy, M.; Huddlestone-Holmes, C. Zwingmann, H; Sheldon, H; Matthews,

Jenson, D.

ARENA

2012-2014

Data fusion and machine learning for geothermal target exploration

Durrant-Whyte, H; Williamson, B; Tiberi, C., Ramos, F., Hand, M; Sambridge, M; Sandiford, M., Rawling, T., Webster, R.

Emerging Renewables program

2012-2014

Supercells and the supercontinent cycle

Collins, W.J. Belousova, Elena; Murphy, J B; Hand, M

ARC Discovery

2012

An advanced, macro-scale, hydro-thermo-mechanical testing chamber for sustainable deep geological applications

Ranjith, P.G; Airey, David W; Sandiford, M; Hand, M, (and 15 others)

ARC LIEF

2011-2014

South Australian Centre for Geothermal Energy Research

M Hand, P. Dowd

South Australian Government

2011

Developing world-class race element microanalytical imaging facilities for South Australia through key analytical infrastructure advances

M. Hand, N. Cook, Y. Ngothai, B. Gillanders, M. Tester, D. Giles, J.

Terlet, A. Pring, T. Baker, J. Kirby, J. Payne

Premiers Science Research Fund

2011

High performance electron microprobe analyser optimised for the microanalysis of sulphides and heavy elements

J. Brugger, M. Hand, H Ebendorff-Heidepriem C.E. Lenehan, A.G. Tomkins, W.M. Skinner, K.J. Ehrig.

ARC LIEF

 

Isotopic and Geochemical framework for mineral exploration in the central Musgrave Province

S. Hill, M. Hand

Pepinnini Minerals

2010-2012

Constraining conditions and timing of orogeny and reworking in the west Musgrave Province

Kelsey, D., Hand, M., Collins, A., Jourdan, F., Smithies, R.H., Kirkland, C.

ARC Linkage

2010-2012

The enigmatic link between crustal growth and supercontinent formation

Collins W.J. Hand, M. & Condie, K

ARC Discovery

2009-2010

Isotopic fingerprinting of prospective rocks in Australian Proterozoic basins: creating a new resource focussed capability for South Australia

M Hand, K. Barovich, A. Collins, J. Foden

Institute of Minerals Energy and Resources, University of Adelaide.

2009

TRaX engagement with State and Territory Geological Surveys: developing ARC-co-funded collaborations with the Northern Territory Geological Survey

M Hand, K. Barovich, D. Kelsey, A. Collins

 

Institute of Minerals Energy and Resources, University of Adelaide.

2009-2011

The Thermal Evolution of Peninsula India: Past Behaviours and Future Potential

 

Collins, A., Hand, M., Kelsey, D., Halverson, G., Baines, G. Backe, G., Clark, C., Reddy, S, Kinny, P., Timms, N.

Australia-India Strategic Research Fund

2009

Development of the Institute of Minerals Energy and Resources Geothermal Research Facility

 

M Hand, A. Collins, D. Giles, G. Backe, G. Baines, S. Holford

 

Institute of Minerals Energy and Resources, University of Adelaide.

2009

TRaX engagement with State and Territory Geological Surveys: developing ARC-co-funded collaborations with the Geological Survey of Western Australia

A. Collins, M Hand, K. Barovich, D. Kelsey

 

Institute of Minerals Energy and Resources, University of Adelaide.

2007

Ultratrace element and isotope analysis facility

McLaughlin; M. JD Foden;  S Walker; AS Collins; P Marschner;. Smith; Smith;  DJ Chittleborough; A Ball;. JC Stangoulis;. JK Kirby;. BA Zarcinas;  M Hand;. BM Gillanders; GP Halverson

ARC LIEF

2007-2009

'Modern-Style Subduction Reflected in the 2.0 Billion Year Old East African Eclogites

A Collins, M Hand, A. Mruma, K. Barovich, G. Heinson

ARC Discovery

2007

Geochemical and isotopic investigations of base-metal and Ni-PGE mineralisation potential in the Musgrave Block, South Australia

M Hand & K Barovich

Collaborative research contract with PIRSA

2006-2008

Enigmatic orogeny during the dispersal of Rodinia: deciphering the record of tectonic reworking in the Vestfold Hills, east Antarctica, Australia

Collins, M Hand, Clark, Wartho, Chetty, Harley. 

Antarctic Science Advisory Council

2006

Syngenetic and remobilised nickel in the Fowler Belt and potential for shear hosted Au systems.

 

M Hand

SA Government PACE scheme for accelerating mineral exploration in South Australia

2005-2007

How responsive are continental interiors to the geodynamic evolution of plate margins? An Australian case study.

M Hand

ARC Discovery

2005

Geochemical and isotopic framework for the Musgrave Province

 

K Barovich & M Hand

Collaborative research contract with PIRSA

2005-2008

Deciphering the tectonic history of the Musgrave Province to assist mineral explorers and regional synthesis programs. 

M Hand, G. Heinson, P. Betts, B. Schaeffer, N. Direen, K. Barovich, J. Foden

ARC Linkage

2005-

2007

 

Developing a coherent tectonic  framework for the southern Australian Proterozoic: exploring linkages between the Curnamona Province and the Gawler Craton

M Hand & K. Barovich

Collaborative research contract with PIRSA

2004-2008

Developing a tectonic framework for the Gawler Craton: paving the way for successful mineral exploration programs

M Hand, B. Schaefer, G. Heinson, P. Betts, K Barovich, N Direen

ARC Linkage

2004-2006

Developing the tectonic and isotopic framework for Mesoproterozoic Fe-oxide Cu-Au and Au mineralisation in the Gawler Craton

M Hand & K. Barovich

Collaborative research contract with PIRSA

2004-2006

Crustal evolution of the Musgrave

Block

K. Barovich  & M Hand

Collaborative research contract with PIRSA

2004

Deep Earth Resources

Equipment Initiative

G Heinson, N. Direen, M Hand, K. Barovich

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences Strategic funding

2004

Establishment of the Continental Evolution Research Group as a University of Adelaide Research Centre

M Hand, G. Heinson, K. Barovich, N. Direen

University of Adelaide Strategic funding initiative

2003-2005

Magmatism, Metamorphism and Mineralisation:  The Development of an Isotopic and Geochemical Framework for the Curnamona Cu-Au Province

M Hand, K Barovich, J. Foden.

ARC Linkage

2003-2005

Thermal regimes, flexure and duration: establishing the framework for intracratonic orogeny in central Australia

M Hand, P Kinny, B. Schaefer, S. Samson

ARC Discovery

2003

Geochemical and Isotopic constraints on crustal evolution in the Musgrave Block

K Barovich & M Hand

Collaborative research contract with PIRSA

2002

Crustal heat production rates and high geothermal gradient regimes: a central Australian perspective

M Hand

University of Adelaide Small Research Grant Scheme

2001-2003

Age constraints on deformation and mineralisation in the southern Delamerian Fold Belt

M Hand

ARC SPIRT grant

2001-2002

Collaborative research contract with the South Australian Department of Mines and Energy

M Hand & K Barovich

Collaborative research contracts with PIRSA

2001

Spatial and temporal evolution of deformation in the southern Adelaide Fold Belt

M Hand

University of Adelaide Small Research Grant Scheme

1998-2000

Heat production and LPHT thermal regimes in the Mt Isa Inlier.

M Hand

ARC Discovery

1997

Heat production and thermal regimes during low-pressure metamorphism

M Hand

University of Adelaide Small Research Grant Scheme

1997-2001

Heat production and thermal regimes in Australian low – pressure – high - temperature terrains.

M Hand

ARC: Research Fellowship

1996

The contribution of deviatoric stress to metamorphic PT paths

M Hand

University of Adelaide Small Research Grant Scheme

1995

Field constraints on driving stresses during continental deformation. A Himalayan test case

M Hand, Sandiford, K. Stüwe

University of Adelaide Small Research Grant Scheme

 

Current teaching roles

Igneous and Metamorphic Geology II: Mineralogy (mineral chemistry, classification and structure) , minimum optical mineralogy and crystallography required to use the petrographic microscope. Petrography, mineralogy, classification of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Introduction to methods of rock and mineral analysis (XRD, XRF, electron microprobe). Details of the field trip communicated at the start of the course

Field Geoscience III: This course provides a comprehensive introduction to independent geological mapping and the construction of geological maps. You will develop the skills required to interpret and solve geological relationships at a variety of scales, and synthesise them into four-dimensional models that describe the geological evolution of terrains. These skills include hand specimen and outcrop geology, mapping and stratigraphic analysis at a range of scales, aerial photo interpretation, remote sensing and the integration of geophysical datasets into geological mapping and interpretation. Thus, the course will draw upon the principals of structural geology and combine them with an understanding of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rock systems. Fieldwork will focus on the Precambrian terrains of southern and central Australia, however the acquired skills will be transferable into any aged geological system.

Mineral and Energy Resources III: This course covers the processes that control the formation of ore deposits, energy and geothermal resources. Resource forming processes are examined in the framework of the tectonic, petrogenetic and geochemical evolution of the Earth's crust on local, regional and global geological scales. Thus, the course draws upon igneous and metamorphic processes, geochemistry and structural geology. In the ore deposits geology part of the course, practical work emphasises the mesoscopic recognition of ore minerals and textures in both hand sample and drill core.

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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 Tectonic setting of early Mesoproterozoic mineral systems in the Gawler Craton Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mitchell Jae Bockmann
    2018 Co-Supervisor Indirect estimates of thermal properties and heat flow on terrestrial planets Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Simon Robert Willcocks
    2018 Principal Supervisor Mesozoic Molybdenum Deposits in the Eastern Qinling Orogen in Central China Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jie Yu
    2017 Co-Supervisor Thermal History Reconstruction of Northern Territory Basins Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Nicholas Stewart Fernie
    2017 Principal Supervisor Metamorphic Geology and Tectonics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Renee Jade Tamblyn
    2016 Principal Supervisor Metamorphic Controls on K-U-Th distribution in the crust Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Kiara Louise Alessio
    2016 Co-Supervisor A Multidisciplinary approach to estimating surface heat flow Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Matthew Geoffrey Gard
    2016 Co-Supervisor Impact of Melt loss on crustal heat production and Earth geodynamics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Megan Alice Williams
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Metamorphic and Crustal Evolution of Australian-Antarctic Proterozoic Margins Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Naomi Marie Tucker
    2013 - 2018 Principal 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 Co-Supervisor Optimisation of Geothermal Systems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Josephine Varney
    2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Characterising the P-T-t Histories and Effects of Melt Loss in High Thermal Gradient Terranes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Laura Jane Morrissey
    2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Structural Permeability in Australian Sedimentary Basins Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Adam Henry Edward Bailey
    2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor What do Epsilon Hafnium Isotopic Arrays tell us about Wilson Cycle Tectonics? Implications for the Type Area in the Appalachian-Variscan Orogen Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Bonnie Joanne Henderson
    2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Thermo-mechanical evolution of orogeny in the Musgrave Province Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Alec Keith Walsh
    2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Metamorphic and isotopic characterisation of Proterozoic belts at the margins of the North and West Australian Cratons Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Jade Rachel Anderson
    2009 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Magnetotelluric Monitoring Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jared Peacock
    2008 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Basin Analysis and the Geochemical Signature of Paleoproterozoic Sedimentary Successions in Northern Australia: Constraints on Basin Development in Respect to Mineralisation and Paleoreconstruction Models Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Lex Lambeck
    2008 - 2017 Co-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
    2008 - 2011 Principal Supervisor The Architecture and Evolution of Intracontinental orogens: a structural, metamorphic and geochemical characterisation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Tom Raimondo
    2007 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Geotectonics in the Gawler Craton: Constraints from Geochemistry, U-Pb Geochronology and Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf Isotopes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Katie Howard
    2007 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Investigating the Metamorphic Evolution of Reworked Terrains Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Kathryn Cutts
    2006 - 2010 Co-Supervisor The Source and Origin of High Heat Production Granites in the Mt Printer and Other Proterozoic In tires Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Kamonporn Kromkhun
    2006 - 2011 Co-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
    2004 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Reworking the Gawler Craton: Metamorphic and Geochronological Constraints on Palaeoproterozoic Reactivation of the Southern Gawler Craton, Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Rian Dutch
    2004 - 2008 Co-Supervisor Palaeo- to Mesoproterozoic Evolution of the Gawler Craton, Australia: Geochronological, Geochemical and Isotopic Constraints Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Justin Payne
    2003 - 2007 Co-Supervisor Magnetotelluric Experiments in Central and Southern Australia and their Implications for Tectonic Evolution Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Katherine Selway
    2003 - 2006 Co-Supervisor Unravelling the Tectonic Framework of the Musgrave Province, Central Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Benjamin Wade
    2001 - 2006 Principal Supervisor Developing a Tectonic Framework for the Southern Curnamona Cu-Au Province: Geochemical and Radiogenic Isotope Applications Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Lachlan Rutherford
  • Position: Head of Department
  • Phone: 83135324
  • Email: martin.hand@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Mawson Laboratories, floor G
  • Room: G 09
  • Org Unit: Earth Sciences

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