Michael Wingate


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

    6009 Perth


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After several years of rather diverse employment in Canada, I earned a PhD in geology from the Australian National University in 1997. I was employed in a research-only position at the Tectonics Special Research Centre at the University of Western Australia (UWA) from 1997 to 2005. From June 1997 to June 2000, I held an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, conducting SHRIMP U-Pb geochronology and paleomagnetism studies in Australia, Africa, Europe, and Asia, aimed at understanding the Mesoproterozoic assembly, configuration, and Neoproterozoic breakup of the Rodinia supercontinent, and in particular, understanding Australia’s role in Rodinia. In January 2003, I was awarded an ARC Discovery Project and Australian Research Fellowship, to investigate the assembly of Australia by constraining the latitudinal separation between its major crustal blocks at key times during the Paleo- and Mesoproterozoic. I have participated extensively in numerous international research projects, focused mainly in Africa, India, Russia, and China. In 2005, I accepted a permanent position as a geochronologist with the Geological Survey of Western Australia, now part of the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation, and Safety. Since 2010, I have been employed as the Manager of Geochronology and Geochemistry, and I am responsible for all aspects of managing the technical, operational, financial, developmental, and collaborative aspects of the analytical programs, the Survey laboratory, and six staff members. My current status as an Adjunct Research Fellow at UWA enables me to interact extensively with academic staff and students, and I have had the opportunity to co-supervise PhD students in the School of Earth Sciences. I have numerous opportunities to train and mentor students at UWA and Curtin University well as junior staff at the Geological Survey. This environment has enabled me to continue to contribute substantially to a wide range of geological and geochronological research.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Geology, PhD, Testing Precambrian Continental Reconstructions Using Ion Microprobe U–Pb Baddeleyite Geochronology and Paleomagnetism of Mafic Igneous Rocks, Australian National University

Award Date: 29 May 1997

External positions

Manager, Geochronology and Isotope Geology, Geological Survey of Western Australia

29 Aug 2005 → …


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