Dr Adriana Dutkiewicz

F09 - Madsen Building
The University of Sydney

Biographical details

Employment History

2010- present: Senior Lecturer, The University of Sydney

2005-2010: ARC QEII Research Fellow, The University of Sydney

2000-2004: ARC APD Fellow, The University of Sydney.

1996-2000: Project geologist, CSIRO Division of Petroleum Resources

Awards and Distinctions

2006: Dorothy Hill Award from the Australian Academy of Science

2006: CSIRO Medal for Scientific Achievement (group award)

2005: JG Russell Award from the Australian Academy of Science

1997: Ph.D. thesis selected for special commendation by Flinders University (accepted without revision)

1991: The Western Mining Prize for Excellence in Geoscience (top First Class Honours).

Research interests

My research is focused on petrology of sedimentary rocks, fluid geochemistry, fluid inclusions, formation of sedimentary opal, Precambrian oil and Earth’s early life and environments. My currently funded projects include the study of ancient (older than about 1.6 billion years) petroleum systems. This project exploits recently discovered early Precambrian oil-bearing fluid inclusions and their geochemical compositions, including biomarkers, to constrain hydrocarbon-ore fluid interactions, the pressure-temperature conditions under which they co-exist, the diversity of the primordial biosphere and the nature of life’s earliest habitats. This research has included rocks from some of the oldest basins in Australia, Oklo natural fission reactors in Gabon, the Kapvaal Craton in South Africa and the Superior Craton in Canada. I am also investigating geological and geochemical processes involved in the formation of Australia’s precious opal deposits in the Great Artesian Basin, including Queensland boulder opal and Lightning Ridge black opal. I am especially interested in the composition of fluids responsible for the formation of opal and the timing of opal formation in relation to the complex geological history of the Great Artesian Basin. All of my research in multi-disciplinary and usually involves the use of fancy instruments and the development of novel analytical techniques or approaches.

Selected grants

2013

  • Tracing life's beginnings: molecular fossils from single oil inclusions; George S, Dutkiewicz A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2011

  • Australian Drilling Program: Biomarkers, Oxygen and Geobiology; Dutkiewicz A, George S, Webb G; Agouron Institute/Research Support.

2009

  • The Origin of Australian Opal Deposits: Unlocking the Secrets of an Australian Icon; Rey P, Dutkiewicz A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2008

  • Integrated Vibrational Spectroscopic Mapping for Archeological, Biological, Geological Materials, and Medical Research; Bernard C, Marshall C, Wood B, Potts D, Penny D, Dutkiewicz A, Grau G, Sorrell T, Swain M, Yang W, Soon L, Lay P, McNaughton D, Maschmeyer T, Ramzan I, Beardall J, Traini D, Carter E; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).
  • Integrated Vibrational Spectroscopic Mapping for Archeological, Biological, Geological, Materials and Medical Research; Lay P, McNaughton D, Maschmeyer T, Potts D, Swain M, Grau G, Sorrell T, Ramzan I, Beardall J, Bernard C, Marshall C, Dutkiewicz A, Penny D, Wood B, Yang W, Soon L, Traini D, Carter E; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).

2006

  • Chemistry Of The Archaean Ocean And Its Impact On EarthS Early Atmosphere And Ecosystems; Rey P, Dutkiewicz A, Marshall C, Van Kranendonk M, Philippot P; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage International: ARC International Fellowships (ARCIF).

2005

  • Biosphere hydocarbon and ore fluid interactions in the early precambrian; Dutkiewicz A, Ridley J, George S, Ridley L; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2002

  • Aboriginal Sandstone quarries, exchange and the history of seedgrinding in Australia; Field J, Dutkiewicz A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2001

  • Biogeochemistry of early Precambrian hydrocarbons: evolutionary, ecological, environmental and preservational implications; Dutkiewicz A, Buick R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Large Research Grants (LRG).

2000

  • Precambrian oil in fluid inclusions: new constraints on the generation and preservation of petroleum hydrocarbons; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • George, S., Volk, H., Dutkiewicz, A. (2012). Mass Spectrometry Techniques for Analysis of Oil and Gas Trapped in Fluid Inclusions. In Michael S. Lee (Eds.), Mass Spectrometry Handbook, (pp. 647-675). Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley.

Journals

  • Siljestrom, S., Volk, H., George, S., Lausmaa, J., Sjovall, P., Dutkiewicz, A., Hode, T. (2013). Analysis of single oil-bearing fluid inclusions in mid-Proterozoic sandstones (Roper Group, Australia). Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, (122), 448-463. [More Information]
  • Dutkiewicz, A., Landgrebe, T., Rey, P. (2013). Origin of Silica and Fingerprinting of Australian Sedimentary Opals. Gondwana Research.
  • Landgrebe, T., Merdith, A., Dutkiewicz, A., Müller, R. (2013). Relationships between palaeogeography and opal occurrence in Australia: A data-mining approach. Computers and Geosciences, 56, 76-82. [More Information]
  • Müller, R., Dutkiewicz, A., Seton (nee Sdrolias), M., Gaina, C. (2013). Seawater chemistry driven by supercontinent assembly, breakup, and dispersal. Geology (Boulder), 41(8), 907-910. [More Information]
  • Merdith, A., Landgrebe, T., Dutkiewicz, A., Müller, R. (2013). Towards a predictive model for opal exploration using a spatio-temporal data mining approach. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 60(2), 217-229. [More Information]
  • George, S., Dutkiewicz, A., Volk, A., Ridley, J., Buick, R. (2011). Stability of complex hydrocarbons within fluid inclusions in rocks exposed to high temperatures. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 73, A427-A427.
  • George, S., Volk, H., Maria-Fernanda, R., Dutkiewicz, A., Mossman, D. (2010). Diisopropyl naphthalenes: Environmental contaminants of increasing importance for organic geochemical studies. Organic Geochemistry, 41(9), 901-904. [More Information]
  • George, S., Dutkiewicz, A., Volk, H., Ridley, J., Mossman, D., Buick, R. (2009). Oil-bearing fluid inclusions from the Palaeoproterozoic: A review of biogeochemical results from time-capsules >2.0 Ga old. Science in China. Series D: Earth Sciences, 52(1), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Sestak, S., Singh, V., Volk, H., George, S., Dutkiewicz, A. (2009). Pyrolysis of Jamison Sandstone solid bitumen from the Mesoproterozoic Roper Superbasin. Journal Of Geochemical Exploration, 101(1), 94-94. [More Information]
  • Mossman, D., Gauthier-Lafaye, F., Dutkiewicz, A., Bruning, R. (2008). Carbonaceous substances in Oklo reactors-Analogue for permanent deep geologic disposal of anthropogenic nuclear waste. Reviews in Engineering Geology, XIX, 1-13.
  • George, S., Volk, H., Dutkiewicz, A., Ridley, J., Buick, R. (2008). Preservation of hydrocarbons and biomarkers in oil trapped inside fluid inclusions for > 2 billion years. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 72(3), 844-870. [More Information]
  • Mossman, D., Minter, W., Dutkiewicz, A., Hallbauer, D., George, S., hennigh, Q., Reimer, T., Horscroft, F. (2008). The indigenous origin of Witwatersrand "carbon". Precambrian Research, 164(3-4), 173-186.
  • Dutkiewicz, A., George, S., Mossman, D., Ridley, J., Volk, H. (2007). Oil and its biomarkers associated with the Palaeoproterozoic Oklo natural fission reactors, Gabon. Chemical Geology, 244(1-2), 130-154. [More Information]
  • Dutkiewicz, A., Volk, H., George, S., Ridley, J., Buick, R. (2006). Biomarkers from Huronian oil-bearing fluid inclusions: An uncontaminated record of life before the Great Oxidation Event. Geology (Boulder), 34(6), 437-440.
  • Dutkiewicz, A., Volk, H., George, S., Ridley, J., Mossman, D., Buick, R. (2006). Oil and its biomarkers trapped inside fluid inclusions ca. 2.45–2.0 Ga. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 70(18, Supplement 1), A153-A153.
  • Dutkiewicz, A., Volk, H., George, S., Ridley, J., Mossman, D. (2006). Oil-bearing fluid inclusions: Biogeochemical time-capsules for >2.0 billion years. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 70(18), A198-A198.
  • Volk, H., George, S., Dutkiewicz, A., Ridley, J. (2005). Characterisation of fluid inclusion oil in a Mid-Proterozoic sandstone and dolerite (Roper Superbasin, Australia. Chemical Geology, 223(1-3), 109-135. [More Information]
  • Dutkiewicz, A., Volk, H., Ridley, J., George, S. (2004). Geochemistry Of Oil In Fluid Inclusions In A Middle Proterozoic Igneous Intrusion: Implications For The Source Of Hydrocarbons In Crystalline Rocks. Organic Geochemistry, 35(8), 937-957.
  • Dutkiewicz, A., Volk, H., Ridley, J., George, S. (2003). Biomarkers, brines, and oil in the Mesoproterozoic, Roper Superbasin, Australia. Geology (Boulder), 31(11), 981-984.
  • Dutkiewicz, A., Ridley, J. (2003). Hydrocarbon pseudo-inclusions in barite: how to recognize and avoid artifacts. Journal Of Sedimentary Research, 73(2), 171-176.
  • Volk, H., Dutkiewicz, A., George, S., Ridley, J. (2003). Oil migration in the Middle Proterozoic Roper Superbasin, Australia: evidence from oil includsions and their geochemistries. Journal Of Geochemical Exploration, 11, 437-441.
  • Dutkiewicz, A., Ridley, J., Buick, R. (2003). Oil-bearing CO2-CH4-H2O fluid inclusions: oil survival since the Palaeoproterozioc after high temperature entrapment. Chemical Geology, 194(1-3), 51-79.
  • Field, J., Fullagar, R., Dortch, J., Dutkiewicz, A., Gordon, P. (2003). Sandstone quarries and grinding stone manufacture: survey and excavation at Yambacoona Hill in south-eastern Australia. Australian Archaeology, 56, 46-47.
  • Dutkiewicz, A., Von Der Borch, C., Prescott, J. (2002). Geomorphology of the Lake Malata-Lake Greenly complex, South Australia, and its implications for late quaternary palaeoclimate. Royal Society of South Australia. Transactions, 126(2), 103-115.
  • George, S., Ruble, T., Dutkiewicz, A., Eadington, P. (2002). Reply to comment by Oxtoby on "Assessing the maturity of oil trapped in fluid inclusions using molecular geochemistry data and visually determined fluorescence colours". Applied Geochemistry, , 1375-1378.
  • Dutkiewicz, A., Von Der Borch, C. (2002). Stratigraphy of the Lake Malata Playa Basin, South Australia. Royal Society of South Australia. Transactions, , 91-102.
  • Dutkiewicz, A., George, S., Ruble, T., Eadington, P. (2001). Assessing the maturity of oil trapped in fluid inclusions using molecular geochemistry data and visually-determined fluorescence colours. Applied Geochemistry, 16(4), 451-473.
  • Dutkiewicz, A., George, S., Ruble, T. (2001). The use and abuse of fluorescence colours as maturity indicators of oil in inclusions from Australasian petroleum systems. APPEA Journal, 41 part 1, 505-522.

Conferences

  • Siljestrom, S., Lausmaa, J., Volk, H., George, S., Sjovall, P., Dutkiewicz, A., Hode, T. (2011). Analysis of single Precambrian oil-bearing fluid inclusions as a way of constraining evolution of eukaryotes. EGU General Assembly, Oxford, UK: Pergamon Elsevier.
  • Merdith, A., Landgrebe, T., Dutkiewicz, A., Rey, P. (2011). Data Mining for Opal Exploration. National Opal Symposium, Lightning Ridge: Thomson Reuters.
  • Dutkiewicz, A., Landgrebe, T., Rey, P. (2011). Elemental Characteristics of Australian Sedimentary Opals and their Implications for Opal Formation and Gemstone Fingerprinting. AGU 2011 Fall Meeting, USA: Thomson Reuters.
  • Rey, P., Dutkiewicz, A. (2010). The formation of seam opals at Lightning Ridge. 13TH QUADRENNIAL IAGOD SYMPOSIUM 2010, South Australia: IAGOD.
  • Dutkiewicz, A., Volk, H., Ridley, J., George, S. (2007). Precambrian inclusion oils in the Roper Group: a review. CABS 2005 Central Australian Basins Symposium Petroleum and Minerals Potential, Northern Territory: Northern Territory Geological Survey.
  • George, S., Ruble, T., Volk, H., Lisk, M., Brincat, M., Dutkiewicz, A., Ahmed, M. (2004). Comparing the geochemical composition of fluid inclusion and crude oils from wells on the Laminaria High, Timor Sea. The Timor Sea Symposium, Australia: Northern Territory Geological Survey.
  • Dutkiewicz, A., George, S., Volk, H., Ridley, J. (2003). Geochemistry and microthermometry of ~ 1400 million year-old oil in fluid inclusions in sedimentary and igneous rocks in the Roper Superbasin, Australia. Acta Mineralogica Petrographica, Hungary: Acta Mineralogica-Petrographica.
  • Dutkiewicz, A. (2001). Hydrocarbon fluid inclusions and pyrobitumen nodules in the uraniferous Matinenda Formation: implications for oil migration during the early Proterozoic. European Current Research on Fluid Inclusions, Portugual: Universidade de Porto.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • George, S., Dutkiewicz, A. (2012). Chemical fossils: Marking the origins of life. chemistry in australia.

2013

  • Siljestrom, S., Volk, H., George, S., Lausmaa, J., Sjovall, P., Dutkiewicz, A., Hode, T. (2013). Analysis of single oil-bearing fluid inclusions in mid-Proterozoic sandstones (Roper Group, Australia). Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, (122), 448-463. [More Information]
  • Dutkiewicz, A., Landgrebe, T., Rey, P. (2013). Origin of Silica and Fingerprinting of Australian Sedimentary Opals. Gondwana Research.
  • Landgrebe, T., Merdith, A., Dutkiewicz, A., Müller, R. (2013). Relationships between palaeogeography and opal occurrence in Australia: A data-mining approach. Computers and Geosciences, 56, 76-82. [More Information]
  • Müller, R., Dutkiewicz, A., Seton (nee Sdrolias), M., Gaina, C. (2013). Seawater chemistry driven by supercontinent assembly, breakup, and dispersal. Geology (Boulder), 41(8), 907-910. [More Information]
  • Merdith, A., Landgrebe, T., Dutkiewicz, A., Müller, R. (2013). Towards a predictive model for opal exploration using a spatio-temporal data mining approach. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 60(2), 217-229. [More Information]

2012

  • George, S., Dutkiewicz, A. (2012). Chemical fossils: Marking the origins of life. chemistry in australia.
  • George, S., Volk, H., Dutkiewicz, A. (2012). Mass Spectrometry Techniques for Analysis of Oil and Gas Trapped in Fluid Inclusions. In Michael S. Lee (Eds.), Mass Spectrometry Handbook, (pp. 647-675). Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley.

2011

  • Siljestrom, S., Lausmaa, J., Volk, H., George, S., Sjovall, P., Dutkiewicz, A., Hode, T. (2011). Analysis of single Precambrian oil-bearing fluid inclusions as a way of constraining evolution of eukaryotes. EGU General Assembly, Oxford, UK: Pergamon Elsevier.
  • Merdith, A., Landgrebe, T., Dutkiewicz, A., Rey, P. (2011). Data Mining for Opal Exploration. National Opal Symposium, Lightning Ridge: Thomson Reuters.
  • Dutkiewicz, A., Landgrebe, T., Rey, P. (2011). Elemental Characteristics of Australian Sedimentary Opals and their Implications for Opal Formation and Gemstone Fingerprinting. AGU 2011 Fall Meeting, USA: Thomson Reuters.
  • George, S., Dutkiewicz, A., Volk, A., Ridley, J., Buick, R. (2011). Stability of complex hydrocarbons within fluid inclusions in rocks exposed to high temperatures. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 73, A427-A427.

2010

  • George, S., Volk, H., Maria-Fernanda, R., Dutkiewicz, A., Mossman, D. (2010). Diisopropyl naphthalenes: Environmental contaminants of increasing importance for organic geochemical studies. Organic Geochemistry, 41(9), 901-904. [More Information]
  • Rey, P., Dutkiewicz, A. (2010). The formation of seam opals at Lightning Ridge. 13TH QUADRENNIAL IAGOD SYMPOSIUM 2010, South Australia: IAGOD.

2009

  • George, S., Dutkiewicz, A., Volk, H., Ridley, J., Mossman, D., Buick, R. (2009). Oil-bearing fluid inclusions from the Palaeoproterozoic: A review of biogeochemical results from time-capsules >2.0 Ga old. Science in China. Series D: Earth Sciences, 52(1), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Sestak, S., Singh, V., Volk, H., George, S., Dutkiewicz, A. (2009). Pyrolysis of Jamison Sandstone solid bitumen from the Mesoproterozoic Roper Superbasin. Journal Of Geochemical Exploration, 101(1), 94-94. [More Information]

2008

  • Mossman, D., Gauthier-Lafaye, F., Dutkiewicz, A., Bruning, R. (2008). Carbonaceous substances in Oklo reactors-Analogue for permanent deep geologic disposal of anthropogenic nuclear waste. Reviews in Engineering Geology, XIX, 1-13.
  • George, S., Volk, H., Dutkiewicz, A., Ridley, J., Buick, R. (2008). Preservation of hydrocarbons and biomarkers in oil trapped inside fluid inclusions for > 2 billion years. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 72(3), 844-870. [More Information]
  • Mossman, D., Minter, W., Dutkiewicz, A., Hallbauer, D., George, S., hennigh, Q., Reimer, T., Horscroft, F. (2008). The indigenous origin of Witwatersrand "carbon". Precambrian Research, 164(3-4), 173-186.

2007

  • Dutkiewicz, A., George, S., Mossman, D., Ridley, J., Volk, H. (2007). Oil and its biomarkers associated with the Palaeoproterozoic Oklo natural fission reactors, Gabon. Chemical Geology, 244(1-2), 130-154. [More Information]
  • Dutkiewicz, A., Volk, H., Ridley, J., George, S. (2007). Precambrian inclusion oils in the Roper Group: a review. CABS 2005 Central Australian Basins Symposium Petroleum and Minerals Potential, Northern Territory: Northern Territory Geological Survey.

2006

  • Dutkiewicz, A., Volk, H., George, S., Ridley, J., Buick, R. (2006). Biomarkers from Huronian oil-bearing fluid inclusions: An uncontaminated record of life before the Great Oxidation Event. Geology (Boulder), 34(6), 437-440.
  • Dutkiewicz, A., Volk, H., George, S., Ridley, J., Mossman, D., Buick, R. (2006). Oil and its biomarkers trapped inside fluid inclusions ca. 2.45–2.0 Ga. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 70(18, Supplement 1), A153-A153.
  • Dutkiewicz, A., Volk, H., George, S., Ridley, J., Mossman, D. (2006). Oil-bearing fluid inclusions: Biogeochemical time-capsules for >2.0 billion years. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 70(18), A198-A198.

2005

  • Volk, H., George, S., Dutkiewicz, A., Ridley, J. (2005). Characterisation of fluid inclusion oil in a Mid-Proterozoic sandstone and dolerite (Roper Superbasin, Australia. Chemical Geology, 223(1-3), 109-135. [More Information]

2004

  • George, S., Ruble, T., Volk, H., Lisk, M., Brincat, M., Dutkiewicz, A., Ahmed, M. (2004). Comparing the geochemical composition of fluid inclusion and crude oils from wells on the Laminaria High, Timor Sea. The Timor Sea Symposium, Australia: Northern Territory Geological Survey.
  • Dutkiewicz, A., Volk, H., Ridley, J., George, S. (2004). Geochemistry Of Oil In Fluid Inclusions In A Middle Proterozoic Igneous Intrusion: Implications For The Source Of Hydrocarbons In Crystalline Rocks. Organic Geochemistry, 35(8), 937-957.

2003

  • Dutkiewicz, A., Volk, H., Ridley, J., George, S. (2003). Biomarkers, brines, and oil in the Mesoproterozoic, Roper Superbasin, Australia. Geology (Boulder), 31(11), 981-984.
  • Dutkiewicz, A., George, S., Volk, H., Ridley, J. (2003). Geochemistry and microthermometry of ~ 1400 million year-old oil in fluid inclusions in sedimentary and igneous rocks in the Roper Superbasin, Australia. Acta Mineralogica Petrographica, Hungary: Acta Mineralogica-Petrographica.
  • Dutkiewicz, A., Ridley, J. (2003). Hydrocarbon pseudo-inclusions in barite: how to recognize and avoid artifacts. Journal Of Sedimentary Research, 73(2), 171-176.
  • Volk, H., Dutkiewicz, A., George, S., Ridley, J. (2003). Oil migration in the Middle Proterozoic Roper Superbasin, Australia: evidence from oil includsions and their geochemistries. Journal Of Geochemical Exploration, 11, 437-441.
  • Dutkiewicz, A., Ridley, J., Buick, R. (2003). Oil-bearing CO2-CH4-H2O fluid inclusions: oil survival since the Palaeoproterozioc after high temperature entrapment. Chemical Geology, 194(1-3), 51-79.
  • Field, J., Fullagar, R., Dortch, J., Dutkiewicz, A., Gordon, P. (2003). Sandstone quarries and grinding stone manufacture: survey and excavation at Yambacoona Hill in south-eastern Australia. Australian Archaeology, 56, 46-47.

2002

  • Dutkiewicz, A., Von Der Borch, C., Prescott, J. (2002). Geomorphology of the Lake Malata-Lake Greenly complex, South Australia, and its implications for late quaternary palaeoclimate. Royal Society of South Australia. Transactions, 126(2), 103-115.
  • George, S., Ruble, T., Dutkiewicz, A., Eadington, P. (2002). Reply to comment by Oxtoby on "Assessing the maturity of oil trapped in fluid inclusions using molecular geochemistry data and visually determined fluorescence colours". Applied Geochemistry, , 1375-1378.
  • Dutkiewicz, A., Von Der Borch, C. (2002). Stratigraphy of the Lake Malata Playa Basin, South Australia. Royal Society of South Australia. Transactions, , 91-102.

2001

  • Dutkiewicz, A., George, S., Ruble, T., Eadington, P. (2001). Assessing the maturity of oil trapped in fluid inclusions using molecular geochemistry data and visually-determined fluorescence colours. Applied Geochemistry, 16(4), 451-473.
  • Dutkiewicz, A. (2001). Hydrocarbon fluid inclusions and pyrobitumen nodules in the uraniferous Matinenda Formation: implications for oil migration during the early Proterozoic. European Current Research on Fluid Inclusions, Portugual: Universidade de Porto.
  • Dutkiewicz, A., George, S., Ruble, T. (2001). The use and abuse of fluorescence colours as maturity indicators of oil in inclusions from Australasian petroleum systems. APPEA Journal, 41 part 1, 505-522.

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