Dr Sabin Zahirovic

F09 - Madsen Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 416 77 55 89

Biographical details

Sabin is a postdoctoral research associate in the EarthByte Group, School of Geosciences. He completed his PhD (University of Sydney) in 2014 titled “Post-Pangea global plate kinematics and geodynamic implications for Southeast Asia”. Sabin has been at the School of Geosciences since December 2008, working in various roles as a Research Assistant, Lab Demonstrator, Tutor and Associate Lecturer at junior, intermediate and senior undergraduate levels.

Research interests

Sabin’s research has focussed on the plate-mantle system, especially in the Tethyan tectonic domain, including the India-Eurasia collision, Southeast Asian tectonics, the NW Australian Shelf and New Guinea. Sabin also has ongoing interests in deep-time plate reconstructions and paleogeography.

Teaching and supervision

Currently Sabin is supervising one PhD student and several research assistants within the EarthByte Group, and leads the New Guinea- stream of the 5-year Basin GENESIS Hub project funded by the ARC and industry partners.

Current projects

Large-scale retreat and advance of shallow seas in Southeast Asia driven by mantle flow

Tectonic evolution and deep mantle structure of eastern Tethyan domain since the Jurassic

Plate tectonics and geodynamics of New Guinea

Associations

EarthByte Group, School of Geosciences, The University of Sydney

Awards and honours

2015 - School of Geosciences Special Recognition Award

2012 - Faculty of Science Award for Citizenship

2011 - LA Richardson Memorial Prize in Geophysics, George Harris Scholarship, University of Sydney Medal, Vice-Chancerllor's Research Scholarship, Australian Postgraduate Award

2010 - Geological Society of Australia Student Scholarship, Australian Institute of Geoscientists Bursary

2009 - Quodling Testimonial Prize for Crystallography and Petrology

2008 - WH Maze Prize in Intermediate Geography

2007 - Geographical Society of NSW Student Award, Edgeworth David Prize in Palaentology

In the media

Sabin's research and updates can be viewed at the EarthByte webpage:

http://www.earthbyte.org/tag/sabin-zahirovic/

International links

United States

(California Institute of Technology) Long-term EarthByte collaboration with Prof. Mike Gurnis on linking plate reconstructions with geodynamics

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Matthews, K., Maloney, K., Zahirovic, S., Williams, S., Seton, M., Muller, R. (2016). Global plate boundary evolution and kinematics since the late Paleozoic. Global and Planetary Change, 146, 226-250. [More Information]
  • Zahirovic, S., Flament, N., Muller, R., Seton, M., Gurnis, M. (2016). Large fluctuations of shallow seas in low-lying Southeast Asia driven by mantle flow. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 17(9), 3589-3607. [More Information]
  • Yang, T., Gurnis, M., Zahirovic, S. (2016). Mantle-induced subsidence and compression in SE Asia since the early Miocene. Geophysical Research Letters, 43(5), 1901-1909. [More Information]
  • Seton, M., Mortimer, N., Williams, S., Quilty, P., Gans, P., Meffre, S., Micklethwaite, S., Zahirovic, S., Moore, J., Matthews, K. (2016). Melanesian back-arc basin and arc development: Constraints from the eastern Coral Sea. Gondwana Research, 39, 77-95. [More Information]
  • Muller, R., Seton, M., Zahirovic, S., Williams, S., Matthews, K., Wright, N., Shephard, G., Maloney, K., Barnett-Moore, N., Hosseinpour, M., Cannon, J., et al (2016). Ocean Basin Evolution and Global-Scale Plate Reorganization Events since Pangea Breakup. Annual Reviews of Earth and Planetary Science, 44, 107-138. [More Information]
  • Zahirovic, S., Matthews, K., Flament, N., Muller, R., Hill, K., Seton, M., Gurnis, M. (2016). Tectonic evolution and deep mantle structure of the eastern Tethys since the latest Jurassic. Earth-Science Reviews, 162, 293-337. [More Information]
  • Gibbons, A., Zahirovic, S., Muller, R., Whittaker, J., Yatheesh, V. (2015). A tectonic model reconciling evidence for the collisions between India, Eurasia and intra-oceanic arcs of the central-eastern Tethys. Gondwana Research, 28(2), 451-492. [More Information]
  • Bai, Y., Wu, S., Liu, Z., Muller, R., Williams, S., Zahirovic, S., Dong, D. (2015). Full-fit reconstruction of the South China Sea conjugate margins. Tectonophysics, 661, 121-135. [More Information]
  • Zahirovic, S., Muller, R., Seton, M., Flament, N. (2015). Tectonic speed limits from plate kinematic reconstructions. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 418, 40-52. [More Information]
  • Zahirovic, S., Seton, M., Muller, R. (2014). The Cretaceous and Cenozoic tectonic evolution of Southeast Asia. Solid Earth, 5(1), 227-273. [More Information]
  • Seton, M., Williams, S., Zahirovic, S., Micklethwaite, S. (2013). Obituary: Sandy Island (1876-2012). EOS, 94(15), 141-142. [More Information]
  • Wright, N., Zahirovic, S., Muller, R., Seton, M. (2013). Towards community-driven paleogeographic reconstructions: integrating open-access paleogeographic and paleobiology data with plate tectonics. Biogeosciences, 10(3), 1529-1541. [More Information]
  • Seton, M., Muller, R., Zahirovic, S., Gaina, C., Torsvik, T., Shephard, G., Talsma, A., Gurnis, M., Turner, M., Maus, S., et al (2012). Global continental and ocean basin reconstructions since 200 Ma. Earth-Science Reviews, 113(3-4), 212-270. [More Information]
  • Zahirovic, S., Muller, R., Seton, M., Flament, N., Gurnis, M., Whittaker, J. (2012). Insights on the kinematics of the India-Eurasia collision from global geodynamic models. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 13(4), 1-25. [More Information]
  • Gurnis, M., Turner, M., Zahirovic, S., DiCaprio, L., Spasojevic, S., Muller, R., Boyden, J., Seton, M., Manea, V., Bower, D. (2012). Plate Tectonic Reconstructions with Continuously Closing Plates. Computers and Geosciences, 38(1), 35-42. [More Information]

Other

  • Zahirovic, S., Muller, R., Seton, M., Whittaker, J. (2010), Can geodynamic modelling help resolve the India-Eurasia collision controversy?.
  • Zahirovic, S., Muller, R., Seton, M., Whittaker, J., Flament, N., Gurnis, M. (2010), The India - Eurasia collision and marginal basin evolution in the NW Pacific.

2016

  • Matthews, K., Maloney, K., Zahirovic, S., Williams, S., Seton, M., Muller, R. (2016). Global plate boundary evolution and kinematics since the late Paleozoic. Global and Planetary Change, 146, 226-250. [More Information]
  • Zahirovic, S., Flament, N., Muller, R., Seton, M., Gurnis, M. (2016). Large fluctuations of shallow seas in low-lying Southeast Asia driven by mantle flow. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 17(9), 3589-3607. [More Information]
  • Yang, T., Gurnis, M., Zahirovic, S. (2016). Mantle-induced subsidence and compression in SE Asia since the early Miocene. Geophysical Research Letters, 43(5), 1901-1909. [More Information]
  • Seton, M., Mortimer, N., Williams, S., Quilty, P., Gans, P., Meffre, S., Micklethwaite, S., Zahirovic, S., Moore, J., Matthews, K. (2016). Melanesian back-arc basin and arc development: Constraints from the eastern Coral Sea. Gondwana Research, 39, 77-95. [More Information]
  • Muller, R., Seton, M., Zahirovic, S., Williams, S., Matthews, K., Wright, N., Shephard, G., Maloney, K., Barnett-Moore, N., Hosseinpour, M., Cannon, J., et al (2016). Ocean Basin Evolution and Global-Scale Plate Reorganization Events since Pangea Breakup. Annual Reviews of Earth and Planetary Science, 44, 107-138. [More Information]
  • Zahirovic, S., Matthews, K., Flament, N., Muller, R., Hill, K., Seton, M., Gurnis, M. (2016). Tectonic evolution and deep mantle structure of the eastern Tethys since the latest Jurassic. Earth-Science Reviews, 162, 293-337. [More Information]

2015

  • Gibbons, A., Zahirovic, S., Muller, R., Whittaker, J., Yatheesh, V. (2015). A tectonic model reconciling evidence for the collisions between India, Eurasia and intra-oceanic arcs of the central-eastern Tethys. Gondwana Research, 28(2), 451-492. [More Information]
  • Bai, Y., Wu, S., Liu, Z., Muller, R., Williams, S., Zahirovic, S., Dong, D. (2015). Full-fit reconstruction of the South China Sea conjugate margins. Tectonophysics, 661, 121-135. [More Information]
  • Zahirovic, S., Muller, R., Seton, M., Flament, N. (2015). Tectonic speed limits from plate kinematic reconstructions. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 418, 40-52. [More Information]

2014

  • Zahirovic, S., Seton, M., Muller, R. (2014). The Cretaceous and Cenozoic tectonic evolution of Southeast Asia. Solid Earth, 5(1), 227-273. [More Information]

2013

  • Seton, M., Williams, S., Zahirovic, S., Micklethwaite, S. (2013). Obituary: Sandy Island (1876-2012). EOS, 94(15), 141-142. [More Information]
  • Wright, N., Zahirovic, S., Muller, R., Seton, M. (2013). Towards community-driven paleogeographic reconstructions: integrating open-access paleogeographic and paleobiology data with plate tectonics. Biogeosciences, 10(3), 1529-1541. [More Information]

2012

  • Seton, M., Muller, R., Zahirovic, S., Gaina, C., Torsvik, T., Shephard, G., Talsma, A., Gurnis, M., Turner, M., Maus, S., et al (2012). Global continental and ocean basin reconstructions since 200 Ma. Earth-Science Reviews, 113(3-4), 212-270. [More Information]
  • Zahirovic, S., Muller, R., Seton, M., Flament, N., Gurnis, M., Whittaker, J. (2012). Insights on the kinematics of the India-Eurasia collision from global geodynamic models. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 13(4), 1-25. [More Information]
  • Gurnis, M., Turner, M., Zahirovic, S., DiCaprio, L., Spasojevic, S., Muller, R., Boyden, J., Seton, M., Manea, V., Bower, D. (2012). Plate Tectonic Reconstructions with Continuously Closing Plates. Computers and Geosciences, 38(1), 35-42. [More Information]

2010

  • Zahirovic, S., Muller, R., Seton, M., Whittaker, J. (2010), Can geodynamic modelling help resolve the India-Eurasia collision controversy?.
  • Zahirovic, S., Muller, R., Seton, M., Whittaker, J., Flament, N., Gurnis, M. (2010), The India - Eurasia collision and marginal basin evolution in the NW Pacific.

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