Anthony Kemp

Dr, Associate Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M004), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 5563 Citations
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Personal profile


Tony Kemp remains stuck in a geo-vortex that has dragged him from PhD studies at the ANU (Canberra, Australia), to research positions in Bristol (UK), Niigata (Japan), Townsville (QLD), Pullman (Washington, USA) and now Perth. He is currently based in the School of Earth Sciences at UWA, where he is cultivating an obsession for old bits of crust and arcane black minerals in pegmatites, and trying to convince people that minute variations in the isotope composition of obscure elements are important.

Previous positions

2011-2015 ARC Future Fellow, School of Earth and Environment, UWA (Australia)

2007-2011 ARC Research Fellow, School of Earth Science, James Cook University, Townsville (Australia)

2009-2010 Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar, School of the Environment, Washington State University (USA)

2005-2006 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geology, Niigata University, Niigata (Japan)

2002-2005 NERC Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol (UK)

Roles and responsibilities

Teaching and Research, School of Earth Sciences, UWA

Member of SES Executive Committe, SES Research Committee, CET Senior Research Leaders

Associate Editor, Precambrian Research (2018-)

Associate Editor, Australian Journal of Earth Sciences (2009-)

Governing Council, Australian and New Zealand International Ocean Discovery Consortium

ARC ERA Steward (Earth Sciences)

Australian-American Fulbright Commission, Discipline Committee (Geology)

Teaching overview

EART2234 Earth Processes - metamorphic petrology component (level 2 Geology Major)

EART3343 Structure and Tectonics - field component (level 3 Geology Major)

EART3342 Geochemistry and Petrology  - metamorphism and felsic igneous rocks (level 3 Geology Major)

GEOS5507 Analytical Techniques - LA-ICPMS component (Level 4/5)

GEOS5508 Isotope Geochemistry (Level 4/5)

I have active supervision roles for 9 PhD students (principal and co-ordinating supervisor of 4)

Research interests

My research encompasses a range of geoscience fields including igneous and metamorphic petrology, isotope geochemistry and geochronology, focusing on understanding the generation of the continental crust and the evolution of Earth’s crust-mantle system. My major contributions have stemmed from the design and application of analytical techniques to decipher the chemical and isotopic information contained within minerals - a rapidly expanding field. My research involves collaborators from the UK, USA, Sweden, Germany, Brazil, South Africa, China and Japan.

Current projects

Lifting the veil on the Geological Dark Ages: the search for Hadean crust on Earth (with GSWA, Prof Simon Wilde, Curtin, Prof Vickie Bennett ANU/RSES, Prof Jeff Vervoort, Washington State University, Prof Tim Elliott, Bristol, Prof Martin Whitehouse, Swedish Museum of Natural History). ARC Future Fellowship (2011-2015, research ongoing)

Genesis of TTG magmas and formation of Eo- to Paleoarchaean crust in southern West Greenland and western Scotland (with Prof Martin Whitehouse, Stockholm, Dr Anders Scherstén, Lund University, Sweden and Dr Tomas Naeraa, GEUS, Copenhagen)

Tracing the magmatic and metallogenic evolution of the Ordovician-Silurian Macquarie Arc, NSW (with Dr Phillip Blevin, NSW Geological Survey).

Silicic magma generation, accretionary orogenesis and crust-mantle evolution in the Lachlan and New England Orogens, NSW (with Dr Phillip Blevin, NSW Geol. Survey).

Differentiation processes in the roots of an island arc: the Hidaka metamorphic belt, Hokkaido, Japan (with Prof Toshiaki Shimura, Yamaguchi University, Japan)

Jurassic Arc? Reconstructing the Lost World of Eastern Australia. With Carl Spandler, Eric Roberts and Bob Henderson (JCU). Funded by ARC DP180102851.


English and Australian

Education/Academic qualification

Geology, PhD, Australian National University

… → 2002

Geology/Geochemistry, BSc (Hons), La Trobe University

… → 1997

External positions

Adjunct Research Professor, James Cook University Queensland



  • Igneous and metamorphic petrology
  • Isotope geochemistry
  • Geochronology
  • Granites and related rocks
  • Growth and evolution of the continental crust
  • Microanalysis
  • Zircon and other accessory minerals
  • volcanoes

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Research Output 1999 2019

4 Citations (Scopus)

A new 3.59 Ga magmatic suite and a chondritic source to the east Pilbara Craton

Petersson, A., Kemp, A. I. S., Hickman, A. H., Whitehouse, M. J., Martin, L. & Gray, C. M., 20 Apr 2019, In : Chemical Geology. 511, p. 51-70 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Igneous rocks

A Yilgarn seed to the Pilbara Craton (Australia)? Evidence from inherited zircons

Petersson, A., Kemp, A. & Whitehouse, M. J., 25 Sep 2019, In : Geology. 47, 11, p. 1098–1102 5 p., 11.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)

Controls on cassiterite (SnO2) crystallization: Evidence from cathodoluminescence, trace-element chemistry, and geochronology at the Gejiu Tin District

Cheng, Y., Spandler, C., Kemp, A., Mao, J., Rusk, B., Hu, Y. & Blake, K., Jan 2019, In : American Mineralogist. 104, 1, p. 118-129 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)

Geochronological constrains on the timing of magmatism, deformation and mineralization at the Karouni orogenic gold deposit: Guyana, South America

Tedeschi, M. T., Hagemann, S. G., Kemp, A. I. S., Kirkland, C. L. & Ireland, T. R., 15 Apr 2019, In : Precambrian Research. 105329.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Gold deposits

Projects 2010 2022

Testing continental growth models with calcium and strontium isotopes

Kemp, A., Wilde, S., Van Kranendonk, M. & Elliott, T.

Australian Research Council


Project: Research

Jurassic Arc? Reconstructing the Lost World of Eastern Australia

Kemp, A., Spandler, C., Roberts, E. & Henderson, R.

Australian Research Council


Project: Research

Cutting-edge electron probe microanalysis driving WA’s resource geosciences

Kilburn, M., Fiorentini, M., Kemp, A., Martyniuk, M., Fitzsimons, I., Putnis, A., Reddy, S., Barnes, S., Johnson, S. & Smithies, R.

Australian Research Council


Project: Research

Cutting-edge electron probe microanalysis driving WA’s resource geosciences

Kilburn, M., Fiorentini, M., Kemp, A., Martyniuk, M., Fitzsimons, I., Putnis, A., Reddy, S., Barnes, S., Johnson, S. & Smithies, R.

Australian Research Council


Project: Research


D.A. Brown Medal

Anthony Kemp (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Award


Isotope Geochemistry

Anthony Kemp