Klaus Gessner

Dr, Diplom Frankfurt, PhD Johannes Gutenberg Mainz

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

    6009 Perth


  • 1196 Citations
  • 15 h-Index
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Personal profile

Funding overview


Australian Synchrotron Research Program (Dynamic permeability in ductile shear zones, with F. Fusseis and R. Hough, ~$15,000)


iVEC Project on Visualisation and Quantification of Rock Sample CT Data for Petroleum Exploration (with CSIRO Petroleum Resources) ($5,000)
pmd*CRC research Module Modelling extension of the Mt Isa Inlier ($5,000)


pmd*CRC research Module M18 Geodynamics of the Mt Isa Inlier ($10,000)
Industry Honours project grant (AngloGoldAshanti Pty Ltd, $2,900)
Industry Honours project grant (Birla Nifty Pty Ltd, $4,800k)
iVEC Research Grant, equipment, travel costs ($49,000k)
UWA Faculty grant distinguished visitors scheme (Prof Passchier, $2,500)
iVEC internship project for Bodey Baker ($8,000)


internship project for Cameron Walsh ($8,000)


UWA Research grant (Digital Photogrammetry ($18,000)


Geological Society of America Penrose conference committee, conference and accommodation (through NSF) (~$1,500)


DAAD (D/00/39304), Visiting Fellowship to Australia, Stipend and Travel (~$26,000)
German Research Coucil (DFG; GE 1155/1-1), Conference travel (GSA) and field trip to Nevada, USA ($3,000)

Current projects

Opportunities for Postgrads and Honours Students: Various opportunities in field studies and modelling of rock deformation, fluid flow and heat transfer in hydrothermal mineralisation and geothermal applications.

Teaching overview

I am involved in teaching the following units/courses.


Mineral Resources (EART3351) http://units.handbooks.uwa.edu.au/units/eart/eart3351

Structural Geology and Tectonics (EART3343)


Computer-aided Exploration Techniques (EART8506)


Structural and Field Geology



Process Modelling of Hydrothermal Systems



My main interests are in Structural Geology, Tectonics, and Mineral deposit research, including

· The interaction between deformation, heat transfer and fluid flow in hydrothermal ore deposits and geothermal fields

· The thermal and mechanical evolution of continental rifts (particularly in the Aegean region and in Australian Proterozoic domains)

· The tectonic evolution of western Turkey

In addition to conventional geological methods I use a number of quantitative techniques such as numerical simulation, digital photogrammetry, and 3D visualisation and analysis of geological data, to better understand Earth processes.

I have worked in South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, Turkey, and Spain.

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fluid flow Earth & Environmental Sciences
nappe Earth & Environmental Sciences
craton Earth & Environmental Sciences
mineralization Earth & Environmental Sciences
Flow of fluids Chemical Compounds
hydrothermal systems Physics & Astronomy
Rocks Chemical Compounds
tectonics Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2001 2019

No evidence for high-pressure melting of Earth's crust in the Archean

Smithies, R. H., Lu, Y., Johnson, T. E., Kirkland, C. L., Cassidy, K. F., Champion, D. C., Mole, D. R., Zibra, I., Gessner, K., Sapkota, J., De Paoli, M. C. & Poujol, M., 5 Dec 2019, In : Nature Communications. 10, 5559.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Earth crust
Earth (planet)
Open Access
7 Citations (Scopus)

Crustal fluid flow in hot continental extension: Tectonic framework of geothermal areas and mineral deposits in western Anatolia

Gessner, K., Markwitz, V. & Güngör, T., 1 Jan 2018, In : Geological Society Special Publication. 453, 1, p. 289-311 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mineral resources
mineral deposit
fluid flow
Flow of fluids

Improved Interpretation of Deep Seismic Reflection Data in Areas of Complex Geology Through Integration With Passive Seismic Data Sets

Dentith, M., Yuan, H., Murdie, R. E., Pina-Varas, P., Johnson, S. P., Gessner, K. & Korhonen, F. J., 1 Dec 2018, In : Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. 123, 12, p. 10,810-10,830

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

seismic reflection
seismic data
2 Citations (Scopus)
Recurrence Plot
Nonlinear analysis
Nonlinear Analysis
wavelet analysis
Wavelet transforms


Original XRT volume of detrital zircon grains

Markwitz, V. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 3 Oct 2017



Projects 2005 2015