Associate Professor Patrice Rey
F09 - Madsen Building
The University of Sydney
Patrice Rey was born in France on the same year Bob Dylan delivered "Blowin' in the Wind" to the world. Beside these two events, April 16th 1962 was a pretty uneventful day.
Patrice has contributed innovative ideas on the origin of plate tectonics on Earth (Rey et al., 2014 Nature), the rifting and separation of New Zealand and Australia (Rey and Mueller, 2010 Nature Geoscience), and the formation of Archean gold deposits (Thébaud and Rey, 2013 Precambrian Research). He has solved a 150 year old problem by proposing the first explanation for the formation of precious opal, Australia’s national gemstone (Rey, 2013 Australian Journal of Earth Sciences). This paper became the most downloaded of the journal, and he was awarded the 2013 Geology Society of Australia A.B. Edwards Medal from its Economic Geology branch.
He has contributed novel ideas on the geology of the Archean. These include the Flat Earth Hypothesis published in Geology (Rey and Coltice, 2008, with a mention in Nature v. 454, August 2008), and the Waterworld Hypothesis published in Earth Planetary Science Letters (Flament, Coltice and Rey, 2008, with a mention in the NewScientist, v. 2689). In 2015, he was invited by the German Research Foundation to join a panel of international experts to assess submissions to Priority Programme SSP 1833 “Building a Habitable Earth”, and distribute 3.6 million Euros of research funding.
He is bridging the disciplines of field geology and computational sciences by becoming an expert user of High Performance Computers. In 2016, he was invited to join the Australian National Computational Infrastructure expert panel for Natural Sciences.
In 2014, he co-lead a group of geologists, geophysicists and computer scientists to build the Basin Genesis Hub, a research group focussing on the formation of sedimentary basins. It is funded by a $5.4m grant (Australian Research Council, Chevron, Oil Search, Statoil).
In 2014, he became Fellow of the Geological Society of America, an honour that is “...bestowed on the best of our profession in recognition of distinguished contributions to the geosciences”.
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).
Current research students
|Project title||Research student|
|Mantle Flow and Continental Lithospheric Margins.||Ömer BODUR|
|Sequence stratigraphy 2.0: Dynamic topography, tectonics, sea level change and sediment transfer||Xuesong DING|
|Numerical modelling of the interplay between tectonic and surface processes in Papua New Guinea||Rhiannon GARRETT|
|Basin Evolution of the North-West Shelf.||Amy I'ANSON|
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...
- Continental Dynamics - Central Anatolia Tectonics (CD-CAT); Brocard G, Rey P; National Science Foundation/Research Grant.
- ARC Research Hub for Basin GEodyNamics and Evolution of SedImentary Systems (GENESIS); Muller R, Rey P, Salles T, Moresi L, Rawling T, Elders C, Gallagher S; 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).