Associate Professor Patrice Rey
F09 - Madsen Building
The University of Sydney
Patrice Rey was born in France on the same Bob Dylan delivered "Blowin' in the Wind" to the world. Beside these two events, April 16th 1962 was a pretty uneventful day.
Patrice is a tectonicist interested in (1) the evolution of the continental lithosphere through tectonic processes, and (2) the evolution of tectonic processes through time. His research activities are therefore problem-driven and process-oriented. They are supported by research strategies involving quantitative multidisciplinary approaches, based on field work, numerical modelling and physical modelling. In the past Patrice has been working on the seismic structure of the continental crust and its relation to mountain building processes. He has produced work on the seismic reflectivity of ductile shear zones in the crust. In Europe he has worked on the evolution of the Variscan belt and its tectonic relationships with the Caledonides. In the last ten years he has been investigating the tectonics processes that have shaped the surface of the early Earth in the Archaean era (4.03 to 2.5 Ga).
More recently, Patrice has reveal the secrets of the formation of precious opal in central Australia, and he suggested that the geological evolution of central Australia was a unique Terrestrial analogue for the evolution of Mars during the drying out of its surface 3 billion years ago.
Teaching and supervision
GEOS-2114/2914- Hot Rocks and Volcanoes
GEOS-3101/3801- Earth Structure and Evolution
GEOS-2124/2914- Fossils and Tectonics
GEOS-3104/3804- Geophysical Methods
Honours and Postgraduate Teaching
PhD candidate LukeMondy was awarded the George Harris Award for outstanding efforts andachievement as a post-graduate student in 2013. Luke was awarded the 2012 price for the best Honours thesis is Geophysics.
PhD candidate Gemma Roberts was awarded the inaugural Dr Eduard Gübelin Research Scholarship(35,000 Suiss Franc)offered by the Dr. Eduard Gübelin Association for Research & Identificationof Precious Stones.
PhD candidate Megan Korchinski: University of Minnesota, co-supervision with Prof C. Teyssier and D. L. Whitney.
Master student Jonathan Poh: University of Western Australia, co-supervision with Dr N. Thébaud and Dr F. Wellmann.
2015: Nikita Golkin, Luke Hardiman
2014: Rhiannon Garrett, best Honours research in geology and geophysics
Former PhD students - Where are they now:
Dr Nicolas Thébaud: Research Professor at the Center for Exploration Targetting, University of Western Australia.
Dr Guillaume Duclaux: Six year as senior researcher at CSIRO, now researcher at the University of Bergen, Norway.
Dr Nicolas Flament: Senior research fellow at the University of Sydney.
Dr Camille François: Postdoc researcher at the University of Liège (Belgium).
What is Patrice thinking about these days?
The origin of plate tectonics on Earth.
Rift basins and continental margins.
Precious opal in central Australia.
Metamorphic and oceanic core complexes.
Tectonic processes and landscape evolution
Earthbyte Research Group at USyd
Basin Genesis Hub (ARC-Industrial Transformatin Research Hub)
STAMP (StrucTural geology And Metamorphic grouP) University of Minnesota
Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris
Awards and honours
In 2014, Patrice was elected to the Geological Society of America Fellowship. TheGSAFellowship is an honor bestowed on the best geoscientists in recognition oftheir distinguished contributions to the geosciences.
Recipient of the 2013 Geological Society of Australia A.B. Edwards medal for his work on the formation of precious opal in central Australia.
In the media
On the origin of plate tectonics...
On the formatin of precious opal in central Australia...
On the Flat Earth hypothesis...
On the Waterworld hypothesis...
On bubble batholiths...
PhD and master's project opportunities
- GENESIS Hub – GEodyNamics of SedImentary Systems (ARC- ITRH); Muller R, Rey P, Salles T, Moresi L, Rawling T, Elders C; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Industrial Transformation Research Hubs (ITRH).
- Space SyReNS; Cairns I, Muller R, Bland-Hawthorn J, Crawford J, Lenzen M, Odeh I, Ivers D, Wu X, Sukkarieh S, Khachan J, Rey P, Vila-Concejo A, Bruce E, Murphy R, Leon-Saval S; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).
- The Origin of Australian Opal Deposits: Unlocking the Secrets of an Australian Icon; Rey P, Dutkiewicz A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
- 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).
- From Synchrotron Characterisation of Single Fluid Inclusions to Archaean Geodynamics: An Integrated Study of Fluid-Rock Interaction in the Primitive Crust.; Rey P, Brugger J, Dunlap W, McLaren S, Philippot P, James D; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
- Plate tectonics, lithospheric deformation and the primitive Earth.; Rey P; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Newly Appointed Staff (NAS).
- Experimental thermomechanical modelling on convergent gravitational collapse of stretch lithosphere; Rey P; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Large Research Grants (LRG).