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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Naomi Tucker is a Lecturer in Earth science and an Early Career Researcher in metamorphic geology 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 was awarded 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 includes:

  • Using Archean metamorphism to better constrain early Earth geodynamics;
  • Lu-Hf garnet and apatite speed dating;
  • Subglacial geology of East Antarctica;
  • Using geochronology to map concealed terrane boundaries.

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


Current research projects and interests include:

  1. Using Archean metamorphism to better constrain early Earth geodynamics, with a focus on the Narryer Terrane, Western Australia;
  2. Development of efficient methods for Lu-Hf garnet and apatite speed dating;
  3. What's under the ice? Investigating the subglacial geology of East Antarctica;
  4. Geochronological insights into mapping concealed terrane boundaries;
  5. Microscale garnet-carbonate-sulfide interactions in high-grade terranes;
  6. Enhancing Earth science pedagogies;
  7. Remote sensing and its uses in geoscience.

Current projects

Discovery of a new ca. 2000 Ma magmatic suite in the Albany-Fraser Orogen
In collaboration with FMG., J. Payne (UniSA), C. Kirkland (Curtin) and T. Kemp (UWA). Funded by FMG Pty Ltd.
Ultrahigh thermal gradient metamorphism in the Narryer Terrane, western Australia
In collaboration with A. Kemp (UWA) and J. Hammerli (WSU). Funded by a UWA School of Earth Science Research Grant.
Lu-Hf garnet and apatite speed dating
In collaboration with C. Fisher (UWA), and M. Hand, S. Glorie and S. Gilbert (UofA).
Garnet-carbonate-sulfide interactions in high-grade terranes
Co-supervisor to PhD candidate J. Chong, in collaboration with M. Fiorentini and L. Martin (UWA).
Redefining structural and metamorphic geology of the Southwest Terrane, Yilgarn Craton
Co-supervisor to PhD candidate C. Gill, in collaboration with IGO, GSWA, N. Thebaud and T. Kemp (UWA).
P-T-t evolution of ultra-high temperature sapphirine-spinel granulites in East Antarctica
In collaboration with C. Clark (Curtin) and M. Hand (UofA).

Funding overview

2022 ARC DP220103027 What does on inside subduction zones?

2022 ARC DP220103037 Garnet speed dating

2019 UWA School of Earth Science Small Research Grant

2019 Research Collaboration Agreement UWA-UniSA-FMG

Teaching overview

UWA units
EART1105 Dynamic Planet (unit coordinator, 2019-present)
EART1104 Discovering Earth (lecturer, 2019-present)
EART2234 Earth Processes (lecturer and co-unit coordinator, 2022-present)

UWA Microcredentials
GEOSM505 Practical Earth Science Education (coordinator)

UWA Minors
Earth's environmental challenges (coordinator, 2020-present)

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

Community engagement

Active projects:

Curious Minds (2020 to present) - a hands-on extension and mentoring program to ignite Y9-10 girls’ passion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

UWA microcredentials to upskill K-10 STEM educators in the geosciences. Practical Earth Science Education will be running again in Term 2 2023 and enrolments are now open.

Primary and secondary Earth science incursions and excursions.

Homeward Bound leadership program (HB6 cohort)


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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Earth Science, Doctor of Philosophy, Metamorphic and crustal evolution of Australian-Antarctic Proterozoic margins, University of Adelaide


Research expertise keywords

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


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