Associate Professor Andy Tomkins - Monash University

Associate Professor Andy Tomkins - Monash University

Location: 
Cory Theatre - GTAC
Start Time: 
Wed, 17/07/2019 - 6:30pm
End Time: 
Wed, 17/07/2019 - 7:30pm

​Meteorites & Cosmic Dust: Insights into the Early Solar System & Earth

​Special seminar hosted by ANZAAS, Victorian Division

Meteorites are fragments of the building blocks of the Solar System. Almost all of them are older than the oldest rocks on Earth, mostly having formed ~4.56 billion years ago. In this talk Associate Professor Andy Tomkins will present an overview of the research on meteorites and micrometeorites being conducted at Monash University. He will show how the Monash team goes about hunting for meteorites on the Nullarbor Plain, and how micrometeorites can be extracted from ancient sedimentary rocks. Examples of current research projects will include using meteorites from Mars to study its climatic evolution, using primitive meteorites to study how the cores of asteroids formed, and using micrometeorites to study the ancient atmosphere of the Earth.

Associate Professor Andy Tomkins is a geoscientist who applies the principles of metamorphic petrology, structural geology and igneous petrology to his work to make unique contributions to the fields of economic geology, meteoritics and planetary science. After obtaining a geology degree he did a PhD in economic geology at the ANU, then a postdoc in Canada before returning to Australia.