Component Leaders

Professor Malcolm Sambridge, ANU

– Earth Imaging and Earth Sounding and Geophysical Education Inversion Laboratory Programs

Professor Sambridge is currently a Professor at the Research School of Earth Sciences at ANU. His research contributions have been in geophysical inverse problems across seismology and geophysics. He was awarded the Price medal of the Royal astronomical Society in 2009, elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2010 and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2015.

Professor Louis Moresi, University of Melbourne

– Simulation, Analysis and Modelling (SAM) Program

Professor Louis Moresi is Professorial Chair of Earth Sciences (Geophysics), at The University of Melbourne. His research interest lies in computational geodynamics with application areas in mineral, petroleum and geothermal exploration, planetary evolution, geology and industrial flows.

Dr Lutz Gross, University of Queensland

– Inversion Laboratory Program

Lutz joined the University of Queensland in 2003 after working for the University of Karlsruhe, ANU, Massey University (New Zealand) and CSIRO. He has a background mathematical modelling, numerical analysis, parallelized algorithms, software engineering and large-scale scientific computing. His research work is focusing on computational methods for the inversion of large-scale geophysical data sets. Lutz is also closely linked with industry through several projects involving gravity, electro-magnetic and seismic data inversion and processing.

Dr John Dawson, Geoscience Australia

– Geospatial Framework and Geospatial Observatory Program

Dr Dawson leads the National Geodesy Program at Geoscience Australia and is responsible for Australia’s geospatial coordinate system. John is Chair of the Asia-Pacific Reference Frame, an initiative of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM). He is the Program Manager (Positioning) at the Collaborative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI).

Professor Brent McInnes, Curtin University

– Earth Composition and Evolution (ECE) and Geochemistry Program

Professor Brent McInnes is a Research Professor at Curtin University and Director of the John de Laeter Centre in Perth, Western Australia. Previous to this he was employed as a Chief Research Scientist in the Division of Earth Sciences and Resource Engineering of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). A Fellow and former VP Australasia of the Society of Economic Geologists, his honours include the 2003 CSIRO Chairman’s Gold Medal for Research Excellence, the 2007 CSIRO National Service from Science Award and the 2007 Fulbright Coral Sea Fellowship at NASA.

Dr David Belton, University of Melbourne

– Subsurface Observatory Program

In the challenging realm of subsurface observation and petrophysical research, Dr Dave Belton deploys skills from a background in mining, instrumentation and measurement, supporting geological and analytical capabilities. These have been developed in State, Federal Resource environments as well as University research groups covering a spectrum of disciplines.

Dr Michelle Salmon, ANU

– Geophysical Education Program

Dr Salmon, a research officer at ANU, coordinates the AuScope Australian Seismometers in Schools Network (AuSIS), which installs research-quality earthquake recorders in schools. Her research interests include seismic imaging of the Earths interior, seismic hazard assessment and science outreach. She has previously worked as a civil engineer in New Zealand doing seismic retrofitting.

Dr Robert Woodcock, CSIRO

– Grid Geoscience Information Infrastructure and NVCL Programs

Dr Robert Woodcock is the Research Group Leader for Geoscience Analytical Platforms in the CSIRO Minerals Resources Flagship and Deputy Director of the CSIRO Earth Observation Informatics Future Science Platform. His research interests lie in the application of Earth observation informatics to national scale problems and the publication and use of open data as well as the effective use of high performance computing by Earth observation users in research, government and industry environments.