Adjunct Prof Structural Geology
School of Earth Sciences
The University of Queensland
Structural Geology Consultant:
Holcombe Coughlin & Oliver
66 Tallai Rd, Tallai,
Telephone: +61 (0) 402 859 610
After more than 30 years of academic life, the last 15 of which had been spent in exploration applied research and consulting, I now split my time between commercial consulting (Holcombe Coughlin and Associates) and applied research at the University of Queensland.
My expertise is in the structural analysis of metamorphic rocks, and my main interest is in the geological architecture and
formation of mountain systems, both modern mountain ranges and eroded
ancient mountain belts,
particularly the characterisation of strain and flow kinematics
of metamorphic rocks and shear zones, the evolution of orogenic
belts, and the structural control of mineralisation. Additionally I have an interest in developing computer
applications applied to mapping and structural analysis, and links to these can be found on this page.
My field experience has been divided between strongly deformed Precambrian metamorphic terranes (eg., Mount Isa, New Mexico, Southern Appalachians, Yilgarn, Finland, Brazil, Uruguay, Siberia, West Africa) and Phanerozoic continental margin orogens (Australian NEFB, Argentine and Peruvian Andes, Alpine Fault, New Zealand), and related Tethyan terranes in the Balkans, and Southeast Asia. I have also had passing experience in a variety of other terranes in the US, Scandinavia, and Australia.
My current research focus is the linkage between the tectonics of eastern Australia and Southeast Asia, and the extent of Transamazonian extension in the evolution of eastern South America.