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Dr Nick Direen is a principal geoscientist with FrOG Tech, and an honorary associate of the School of Earth Sciences, and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. He received his BSc (Hons) and the University Medal from UTAS in 1995, and his PhD from UTAS in 1999, advised by Tony Crawford and Michael Roach. Nick worked at GA as a research scientist from 1999 to 2002: in the Minerals Division, as part of the Australian Geodynamics CRC program investigating the tectonics and Cu-Au metallogeny of the Lachlan Orogen, and as part of a team investigating the Gawler Craton, Olympic Dam and related IOCG systems; then in the Petroleum and Marine Division as part of the Law of the Sea team defining the limits of the Australian and Antarctic continental shelves. In 2002 Nick was appointed as an adjunct lecturer in geophysics and tectonics at the University of Adelaide, where he was CI on two major ARC Linkage grants to investigate the Musgrave and Gawler provinces of SA, as well as running a research program on southern hemisphere rifted margins. Nick joined FrOG Tech as a structural geologist in 2006, and has since worked worldwide with the upstream petroleum industry. Nick was awarded the 2003 Stillwell Medal of the Geological Society of Australia (with Professor Tony Crawford), the Howchin Medal of the SA Division of GSA, and an Early Career Researchers Fellowship from the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2004. He has also been nominated twice (2008, 2009) for the ENI New Frontiers of Hydrocarbons Prize by the Fondazione ENI Enrico Mattei for his research on volcanic rifted margins, and again for the Stillwell Medal in 2009. Nick was President of the ACT ASEG in 2000-2002, Chair of the GSA SA Division in 2007, and Chair of the GSA Tasmanian Division in 2008-2010.
Nick is internationally sought after for his skills in unravelling the crustal architecture of basins and fold belts by integrating structural geology, seismic reflection, gravity and magnetic datasets. He typically undertakes this research under contract to major oil exploration companies. Nick's research at UTAS is funded by the ARC, FrOG Tech and a private foundation, and focuses on Antarctica and rifted continental margins, and involves collaborations with a number of leading institutions in Spain, the UK and the USA. This fundamental research has challenged existing paradigms for how continents actually break up - and the profound consequences of this for petroleum exploration.
2012 PhD supervision
Authorised by the Head of School, Earth Sciences
9 November, 2012