AuScope Geochemistry Network

Dr Samuel Boone1, Dr Alexander Prent2, Hayden Dalton1, Dr Guillaume Florin3, Dr Yoann Greau3, Dr Olivier Alard3, Dr Erin  Matchan1, Dr Tim Rawling4, Dr Fabian Kohlmann5, Moritz Theile5, Dr Wayne Noble5, Dr Lesley Wyborn6, Prof Suzanne  O’Reilly3, Prof Barry Kohn1, Prof Andy Gleadow1, Prof Brent McInnes2

1University of Melbourne, School of Earth Sciences, Parkville, Australia
2Curtin University, John de Laeter Centre, Bentley, Australia
3Macquarie University, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Sydney, Australia
4AuScope, Melbourne, Australia
5Lithodat Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia
6Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Established in 2019, the AuScope Geochemistry Network (AGN) is a collaborative consortium of Australian Earth Science analytical laboratories. Current AGN nodes include Curtin University, The University of Melbourne and Macquarie University, however, there are plans to expand the AGN by including additional research partners in 2021. The AGN’s mission is to: (i) endorse existing geochemical capability across Australia; (ii) promote capital and operational investments in new, advanced geochemical infrastructure; (iii) support increased end user access to laboratory facilities; (iv) support professional development via online tools, training courses and workshops; and (v) foster a FAIR Australian geochemistry data ecosystem through the development of a central repository for multiple isotopic data types.

Towards these goals, the AGN is collaborating with Lithodat to build a FAIR-based, cloud-hosted open geochemistry data platform called AusGeochem. Data models are being developed in consultation with method-specific expert advisory groups, adopting international data reporting practices and utilising world-class data collections at Curtin (SHRIMP U-Pb), Macquarie University (LA-ICP-MS U-Pb and Lu-Hf) and the University of Melbourne (Fission Track, (U-Th)/He and Ar/Ar).

This all-purpose geochemistry research tool will allow laboratories to upload, archive, mint (IGSN), disseminate and publish (DOIs) their datasets while maintaining privacy control and to perform statistical analyses and data synthesis within the context of large volumes of publicly funded geochemical data aggregated by the AGN, all while minimising data handling. The AusGeochem platform will, thus, provide a powerful new resource to quantitatively understand Earth system processes, utilising Australian-produced geochemistry data from across the globe.


Dr Samuel C Boone is a research fellow in the University of Melbourne School of Earth Sciences and a data science coordinator within the AuScope Geochemistry Laboratory Network. Prior to this, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Geosciences at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz.

His research concerns investigating the tectono-thermal evolution of Earth’s crust in relation to orogenesis, continental breakup and landscape evolution.

To do this, he integrates a range of temperature-sensitive radiometric dating techniques, such as fission track and (U-Th-Sm)/He thermochronology, with geochemistry, structural geology and stratigraphy in field and laboratory work.


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