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.
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Late Cretaceous to Oligocene burial and collision in western Papua New Guinea: Indications..
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The Late Pleistocene evolution of palaeo megalake Bungunnia, southeastern Australia: A sedimentary record of fluctuating lake dynamics, climate change and the formation of the modern Murray River
Sandra McLaren, Malcolm W Wallace, Tess Reynolds
Journal article | 2012 | Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeocology
Palaeogeographic, climatic and tectonic change in southeastern Australia: the Late Neogene evolution of the Murray Basin
Sandra McLaren, Malcolm W Wallace, Stephen J Gallagher, John A Miranda, Guy R Holdgate, Laura J Gow, Ian Snowball, Per Sandgren
Journal article | 2011 | Quaternary Science Reviews
Distribution of Palaeozoic reworking in the Western Arunta Region and northwestern Amadeus Basin from Ar-40/Ar-39 thermochronology: implications for the evolution of intracratonic basins
Sandra McLaren, Mike Sandiford, W James Dunlap, Ian Scrimgeour, Dorothy Close, Christine Edgoose
Journal article | 2009 | Basin Research
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Victorian Young Tall Poppy Science Award
Dorothy Hill Award
Senior Lecturer In Structural Geology/Tectonics
Australasian Quaternary Association
Ordinary Member, Victorian Division
Geological Society of Australia
University of Melbourne
Arts (Editing and Communications)
University of Melbourne
Doctor of Philosophy
Bachelor of Science (honours)