DR Sandra McLaren

DR Sandra McLaren


  • Lithospheric evolution, Tectonics, crustal growth and differentiation
  • Stratigraphy, Basin evolution



  • I am a geologist with research interests in a wide range of earth science fields. I completed my PhD at the University of Adelaide in 2001 and subsequently held a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Melbourne and an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship (APD) at the Research School of Earth Sciences at the Australian National University, and recently completed an ARC Australian Research Fellowship at the University of Melbourne (2009-2017). I am currently employed as a Senior Lecturer in Structural Geology and Tectonics in the School of Earth Sciences. My main research interest is in understanding the long term evolution of the Australian continent and I have a research track record in a range of geological fields, including Proterozoic tectonics, the origins and thermal impacts of high heat producing granites in Australia, crustal and lithospheric thermal structure, the Neogene evolution of the Murray Basin (including the onset of arid climatic conditions), argon thermochronology methods and applications, and the structural and tectonic evolution of the Papua New Guinea highlands.   


Member of

  • Australasian Quaternary Association. Ordinary Member 2011 -
  • Geological Society of Australia. Ordinary Member, Victorian Division 1998 -


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • 2010-2012 Swedish Research Council Vetenskapsrådet, “Dating a hot, dry continent: a palaeomagnetic solution” joint application with lead CI Prof. Ian Snowball (Lund University, Sweden)   


Education and training

  • GCertUniTeaching, University of Melbourne 2018
  • PGCertArts(Edit&Comm), University of Melbourne 2012
  • PhD, Adelaide University 2001
  • BSc(Hons), Adelaide University 1997

Awards and honors

  • Dorothy Hill Award, Australian Academy of Science, 2008
  • Victorian Young Tall Poppy Science Award, Australian Institute of Policy and Science, 2008


Available for supervision

  • Y