Professor Trevor Ireland

Honorary Fellow
ANU College of Science
T: +61 2 6125 5172

Areas of expertise

  • Geochronology 040303
  • Isotope Geochemistry 040203
  • Stellar Astronomy And Planetary Systems 020110
  • Planetary Science (Excl. Extraterrestrial Geology) 020108
  • Geochemistry 0402

Research interests

  • SHRIMP Ion microprobe analysis of terrestrial and extraterrestrial materials
  • Geochronology of Gondwana, particularly New Zealand, Antarctica, Australia
  • Trace element geochemistry
  • Sulfur isotope geochemistry
  • Isotope systematics of refractory inclusions in primitive meteorites
  • Origin and evolution of the solar nebula
  • Hayabusa and Osiris-REx Asteroid Sample Return Missions


  • BSc(Hons) in Geology and Physics from Otago University (NZ) [1981]
  • PhD in Isotope Geochemistry from ANU [1987]
  • Post Doc Washington University in St Louis [1987-1989]
  • Post Doc (Max-Planck Institüt für Geochemistry, Mainz) [1989]
  • ARC QEII Fellow (ANU) [1990-1993]
  • Research Associate (UCLA) [1993]
  • Research Fellow (ANU) [1994-1997]
  • Asst Professor (Stanford University) [1997-2000]
  • Assoc. Professor (ANU) [2000-2007]
  • Professor (ANU) [2008-2021]

Currently Professorial Research Fellow (University of Queensland)


Researcher's projects

Analysis of water in nominally anhydrous minerals

Triple O isotope analysis of meteoritic materials (including refractory inclusions, chondrules, Mars meteorites).

S isotopes in Archean rocks, microbial fractionations



Available student projects

Chemistry and isotope systematics in early solar system materials including presolar grains

S isotopes in sulfide minerals as recorders of conditions throughout Earth history

Analysis of water in meteoritic and terrestrial materials



Projects and Grants

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