Alastair Tait’s Ph.D. research has been featured on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s show, Catalyst! Al is researching how terrestrial microorganisms colonise and live in meteorites in one of the driest places on Earth. His work on how bacteria use the properties of meteorites to live under harsh conditions, and leave behind geochemical traces of their …


EGEL alumna, Lara Bowlt, her honours supervisors Andy Tomkins and Sasha Wilson, and collaborators Matt Genge, Helen Brand, and Jeremy Wykes have had a paper published in Nature. Part of this work emerged from Lara’s honours thesis, in which she discovered the oldest micrometeorites ever. You can learn more here: and here:

Poster Prize for Emily Hebbard

Congratulations to Emily Hebbard on winning a top poster prize at the 2016 Mine Rehabilitation Conference in Singleton, NSW! Emily presented the results of her 2015 Honours thesis on the topic of remediating arsenic-contaminated building infrastructure at the Ottery Mine in NSW.

Mineralogical Society Grant Success!

Congratulations to Jessica Hamilton and Connor Turvey on recieving travel grants from the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland! Thanks to the Mineralogical Society ( for its generous support of student research and congratulations to all the recipients.

AusIMM Bicentennial Gold 88 Success!

Congratulations to Connor Turvey and Jessica Hamilton for being awarded research grants from the AusIMM Bicentennial Gold 88 Endowment! These prizes are very competitive and are awarded to senior university students to support research of benefit to the Australian minerals industry. Jessica and Connor have been awarded funding to support their work on making the …