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Birger Rasmussen in the Stirling Range, Western Australia

Prof Birger Rasmussen

BSc(Hons), PhD (UWA)
Tel: +61 (0)8 9266 9254
Fax: +61 (0)8 9266 3153
Room: 207-206

Academic Background

Birger holds a PhD in sedimentary petrology, clastic diagenesis and petroleum geology. Following several years in the petroleum industry as a development geologist, Birger was awarded an Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Australian Research Council (ARC), based on the use of radioactive bitumen nodules and oil-bearing fluid inclusions to trace oil migration in ancient sedimentary basins. During a subsequent ARC QEII Fellowship, he studied the impact of diagenetic phosphates on marine phosphorus and rare-earth element cycles, and their potential for dating ancient biological and environmental events. In 2007, Birger joined Curtin University as a Research Professor.

Research Interests

Birger's research interests include the behaviour of U-bearing accessory minerals (e.g. monazite, xenotime, zircon, zirconolite, tranquillityite) and their application to dating geological processes such as diagenesis, metamorphism, deformation, magmatism and hydrothermal mineralisation (e.g. Au, Fe, U and Cu-Pb-Zn). The aim of this research is to trace the large-scale movement of heat and fluids through time and space, and ultimately, to help refine aspects of Earth's geological history. Birger also has an interest in the nature of Earth’s early biosphere and environment. Current research topics include:

Research Publications