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

    6009 Perth


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Naomi Tucker is a Lecturer and Early Career Researcher in Earth Science at the University of Western Australia.

She completed her PhD at the University of Adelaide in 2018 with a research focus on Archean-Proterozoic high-temperature metamorphism and crustal growth along Australian-Antarctic continent margins. Her PhD outcomes resulted in eight peer-review journal publications, a Deans Commendation, and a University Doctoral Medal.

Naomi has remote field experience in East Antarctica (Bunger Hills) and central-west Australia and is enthusiastic to apply her expertise to new challenges and collaborations.

Her current research foci include using Archean metamorphism to better constrain the onset of "modern" plate tectonics, the subglacial geology of East Antarctica, and using geochronology to map terrane boundaries.

Naomi has interests in primary, secondary and tertiary STEM pedagogy, science communication, and community outreach.


Current research interests include:

  1. Archean metamorphism as a proxy for the onset of "modern" plate tectonics
  2. What's under the ice? Investigating the subglacial geology of East Antarctica
  3. Geochronological insights into mapping terrane boundaries
  4. Investigating microscale garnet-carbonate-sulfide interactions in high-grade terranes
  5. Enhancing Earth science pedagogies
  6. Remote sensing and its uses in geoscience

Current projects

P-T-t evolution of ultra-high temperature sapphirine-spinel granulites in East Antarctica
In collaboration with C. Clark (Curtin) & M. Hand (UofA)
Garnet-carbonate-sulfide interactions in high-grade terranes
Co-supervisor to PhD candidate J. Chong, in collaboration with M. Fiorentini & L. Martin (UWA)
Investigations into a new ca. 2000 Ma magmatic suite in the Albany-Fraser Orogen
In collaboration with Fortescue Metals Group Ltd., J. Payne (UniSA), C. Kirkland (Curtin) & T. Kemp (UWA)
Assessing modes of Archean crustal growth in the Narryer Terrane using a metamorphic proxy
In collaboration with A. Kemp (UWA) & J. Hammerli (WSU, USA)
Funded by UWA School of Earth Science Research Grant
July 2019 - present

Funding overview

2019 UWA School of Earth Science Small Research Grant

2019 Research Collaboration Agreement between UWA, UniSA and Fortescue Metals Group Pty Ltd.

Teaching overview

Microcredential coordinator
GEOSM505 Practical Earth Science Education - commencing semester 1 2022

Minor coordinator
Earth's environmental challenges (2020-present)

Unit coordinator
EART1105 Dynamic Planet (2019-present)

EART1105 Dynamic Planet (2019-present)
EART1104 Discovering Earth (2019-present)

Professional Development
UWA Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (completed 2020)
HEA Fellowship (Fellow, since Jan 2020)

Community engagement

Curious Minds A hands-on extension and mentoring program to ignite Y9-10 girls’ passion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Science Cafe (Scitech & UWA) Year 10 students engage with STEM professionals to gain insight into the pathways for pursing science beyond high school

STAWA Careers Forum Online webinar series featuring STEAM professionals to assist Year 9-12 students with career decision making. Recordings will be made available on the UWA science resources for teachers webpage: https://www.uwa.edu.au/science/resources/science-resources-for-teachers

Primary & secondary Earth science incursions/excursions

  • All Saints' College
  • Hammond Park Catholic Primary School
  • Cottesloe Primary
  • Children's University incursions to UWA

UWA microcredentials for K-10 STEM educators

  • "Teaching Outdoors" field trip for WA STEM primary & secondary educators (2020-present)

  • Practical Earth Science Education - commencing semester 1 2022


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 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Earth Science, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Adelaide


Research expertise keywords

  • Metamorphic petrology
  • Crustal evolution
  • Geochronology
  • Isotope geochemistry
  • East Antarctica
  • Archean-Proterozoic Australia


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