Martin Van Kranendonk

Co-director of ACA
University of New South Wales
Phone: +61 2 9385 2439

Research Interests

Early Earth and the evolution of the planetary system through time. Particularly crust formation processes in the Archean and the interplay and feedback(s) between planetary dynamics and changes in the atmosphere/hydrosphere and biosphere. Current research is focussed on:

  1. The transition from a reducing, warm, early Earth to a cool, more oxidized modern Earth across the Archean-Proterozoic boundary, 2.5-2.2 Ga;
  2. Secular changes in tectonics and geochemistry through the Precambrian and how these influenced changes in the atmosphere/hydrosphere and may have contributed to evolution of the biosphere;
  3. Relation between Earth’ earliest life and hydrothermal vent systems in the North Pole Dome area of the Pilbara Craton, Western Australia;
  4. Archean crustal evolution of the Barberton granite-greenstone terrain, southern Africa, and the relative contribution of subduction-accretion vs plume magmatism to crust formation.