PROF Andy Gleadow

PROF Andy Gleadow


  • Geology, Geochronology and Tectonics (Thermochronology of the Continental Crust)



  • Professor Gleadow has been a pioneer in the development of fission track dating methods for understanding the thermal and tectonic evolution of the continental crust, establishing Australia at the forefront of this field internationally. He has published widely on fission track and other thermochronological methods, especially as applied to extensional tectonics, the evolution of cratons and orogenic belts, sedimentary basin analysis, and landscape evolution. He currently leads a major collaborative dating project aimed at establishing a robust time scale for the remarkable Indigenous rock art of the Kimberley Region of NW Australia. He has been Head of the Schools of Earth Sciences at both Melbourne and La Trobe Universities, and a Program Coordinator in both the Australian Geodynamics, and Predictive Mineral Discovery CRCs, amongst many other roles. His work has been recognised by numerous awards, including the Research Medal of the Royal Society of Victoria; the Stillwell and Selwyn Medals of the Geological Society of Australia, the Gold Medal of the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering, the Centenary Medal of the Australian Government, the Jaeger Medal of the Australian Academy of Science and the Laslett Prize for Fission Track Thermochronology. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Geological Society of Australia and the American Geophysical Union, and Geochemical Fellow of the Geochemical Society and European Association of Geochemistry. He is currently a Director of the Kimberley Foundation Australia and has previously served as President of the Geological Society of Australia and Councillor for the Australian Academy of Science. In 2017, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the earth sciences and education.   


Member of

  • The Geochemical Society. Member 2004 -
  • American Geophysical Union. Member 1990 -
  • Geological Society of America. Member 1975 -
  • Geological Society of Australia. Member, Past-President, National Executive Committee 1974 -
  • Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia. Member 1983 - 2011
  • Sigma-Xi Scientific Research Society. Member 1980 - 2011


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1974
  • BSc(Hons), University of Melbourne 1970

Awards and honors

  • Officer of the Order of Australia, AO, 2017
  • Laslett Prize, International Thermochronology Community, 2014
  • F.L. Stillwell Medal, Geological Society of Australia, 2009
  • David White Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Melbourne, 2007
  • National Carrick Award for Teaching Excellence - Physical Sciences, Carrick Institute, 2007
  • Jaeger Medal, Australian Academy of Science, 2004
  • Centenary Medal, Australian Government, 2003
  • Selwyn Medal, Geological Society of Australia, 2002
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, 1999
  • Gold Medal for Excellence in Research, Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering, 1997
  • Special Investigator Award, Australian Research Council, 1996
  • Research Medal, Royal Society of Victoria, 1995



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