Research Network for Metals in Medicine



Professor Ken Collerson

BSc(Hons), PhD(UNE)

Position: Professor of Earth Sciences and Director Advanced Centre for Queensland University Isotope Research (ACQUIRE)

Affiliation: University of Queensland

Postal Address:
Richards Building
University of Queensland
Brisbane Q 4072

Phone: +61 (07) 3365 8505

Research Profile

Principal research interests:

  • Character and evolution of the mantle transition zone.
  • Isotope and geochemical constraints on genesis of kimberlites and lamproites and their relationship to plume magmatism.
  • Early evolution of the Earth – the search for Hadean crust.
  • Evolution of the continental lithosphere, growth of the atmo-hydrosphere, source of ocean island basalts and the formation of komatiites.
  • U-series geochronology of carbonates and igneous rocks.
  • Measurement of extinct nuclides to constrain core formation and mantle fractionation processes during the first 400 Ma of Earth history.
  • Evolution of Precambrian lithosphere.
  • Sr-Nd-Pb-U-series isotope and trace element geochemical constraints on island arc magmatism.
  • Evolution of Permian to Recent seawater using Sr isotopic compositions of carbonates and anhydrite as proxies.
  • Radiogenic isotopes and trace element geochemistry of groundwater.
  • Low blank trace metal and isotope analysis in health, toxicological, forensic and environmental research

Selected Publications

More than 220 publications (papers and conference presentations): including 5 in Nature articles and 3 in Science.

Publications 1995 to 2003

    Book Chapters
  1. COLLERSON, K.D. (2002) Ultra-Deep Xenoliths. 2002 Yearbook of Science and Technolog.y McGraw Hill New York. 397-400.
  2. Weeks, L & COLLERSON, K.D. (in press) Archaeometallurgical Studies In Saar Excavation Reports Vol 111 Early Dilmun Settlement at Saar Archaeology Internaational Ludlow UK,( In press).
  3. COLLERSON, K.D. Ellis, D.J., Oliver, R.L., Tingey, R.J., Harley, S.L. & Wilson, C. (2002) Geological Research in the East Antarctic Shield. In ANARE 50th Science Symposium Merchant, H. (ed.) (in press).
  4. Gasparon, M. & COLLERSON, K.D., (1999). Trace element and Sr isotopic composition of waters from the Great Artesian Basin, Australia: Implications for the formation of mineral deposits and hydrocarbon resources. In. Organic Matter and Mineralization: Thermal Alteration, Hydrocarbon Generation and Role in Metalogenesis. (Glikson, M. & Mastalerz, M. eds.) Kluwer Academic & Lippincott Raven Publishers, London, 53-65.
  5. Golding, S.D., COLLERSON, K.D. Uysal, I.T., Glikson, M., Baulbys, K., & Zhao, J-X. (1999). Nature and source of carbonate mineralisation in coals of the Bowen Basin, Eastern Australia: Implications for the origin of coal seam methane and other hydrocarbons sourced from coal In. Organic Matter and Mineralization: Thermal Alteration, Hydrocarbon Generation and Role in Metalogenesis. (Glikson, M. & Mastalerz, M. eds.) Kluwer Academic & Lippincott Raven Publishers, London, 269-313.

  6. Conference Proceedings
  7. COLLERSON, K.D. (1995) Developments in radiogenic isotope geochemistry at The University of Queensland: Geochronological and geochemical applications. In Johnson, R.W. & King, C.R., Eds, Queensland: The State of Science Proceedings, Brisbane, 15-16 July 1994, 305-337. R Soc Queensl.

  8. Refereed Papers (in press)
  9. Kamber, B., COLLERSON, K.D., Moorbath, S. & Whitehouse, M.J. High 238U/204Pb source of the most ancient TTG gneisses: the Hadean Smoking Gun. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. (in press)
  10. Li, B.-P., Zhao, J.-X., COLLERSON, K.D., & Greig., A.. (2002) Application of ICP-MS trace element analysis in study of ancient Chinese ceramics. Chinese Science Bulletin (in press).
  11. Zhao, J.-X. , Wang, Y.J., COLLERSON, K.D., and Gagan, M.K. (2002) Speleothem U-series dating of synchronised climate oscillations during last deglaciation. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. (in press).
  12. Williams P.W., King, D.N.T., Zhao, J.-X., COLLERSON, K.D., (2003) Speleothem master chronologies and Holocene palaeo-temperature interpretation from the North Island of New Zealand. Holocene (in press)

  13. Refereed Papers
  14. Murphy, D.T., Kamber, B.S. & COLLERSON, K.D. (2003) A refined solution to the first terrestrial Pb-isotope paradox. Journal of Petrology 44, 39-53.
  15. Neef, C., Zhao, J.-X., COLLERSON, K.D., and Zhang, F.S. (2003) Late Quaternary and Holocene uplift and subsidence of the west coast of Tanna, south Vanuatu, southwest Pacific: U-Th ages of raised coral reefs in the median sedimentary basin. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 50: 39-48.
  16. Li B. P., Zhao, J.-X., COLLERSON, K.D., Greig, A. (2002) ICP-MS trace element analysis of ancient porcelain bodies from Cizhou Kiln, north China. Science and Technology of Ancient Ceramics 5 - Proceedings of the International Symposium (ISAC '02), 162-173.
  17. COLLERSON, K.D. & Kamber, B.S. & Schoenberg, R. (2002) Applications of accurate, highprecision Pb isotope ratio measurement by multi-collector ICP-MS. Chemical Geology. 188, 65-83.
  18. Shen, G.-J., Wang, W., Wang, Q., Zhao, J.-X., COLLERSON, K.D., Zhou, C.-L., Tobias, P.V. (2002) U-series Dating of Liujiang Hominid Site in Guangxi, Southern China. Journal of Human Evolution 43, 817-82927.
  19. Kamber, B.S., G., A. Ewart, COLLERSON, K.D. M.C. Bruce, & McDonald GD, (2002) Mobile trace element constraints on the role of slab melting and implications for Archaean crustal growth models. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology. 144, 38-56.
  20. Schoenberg, R., Kamber, B., COLLERSON, K.D., & Eugster, H. (2002) New evidence for solar system Hf-W evolution and the timing of terrestrial core formation. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 66, 3151-3160.
  21. Schoenberg, R., Kamber, B., COLLERSON, K.D., & Moorbath S, (2002) Tumgsten isotope evidence from ca. 3.8 Ga metasediments for meteorite bombardment on the Earth. Nature. 418 403-405.
  22. Murphy, D.T., COLLERSON, K.D. & Kamber, B.S. (2002) Lamproites from Gaussberg, Antarctica: Possible transition zone melts of Archaean subducted sediments. Journal of Petrology. 43, 981-1001
  23. Zhao, J.X., Hu, K., Xu, H. & COLLERSON, K.D. (2001) TIMS U-Th dating of a hominid site in Nanjing, China. Geology 29, 27-30.
  24. COLLERSON, K.D., Hapugoda, S., Kamber, B.S. & Williams, Q. (2001) Majorite and and silicate perovskite in xenoliths from Malaita. Respons to Technical
  25. Comment by Neal, C.R., Haggerty, S.E. & Sauter, V. Science . 292, 1015a.
  26. Zhao, J.-X., Xia, Q.K. & COLLERSON, K.D. (2001) Timing and duration of the Last Interglacial inferred from high resolution U-series chronology of stalagmite growth in Southern Hemisphere. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 184, 635-644.
  27. COLLERSON, K.D., Hapugoda, S., Kamber, B.S. & Williams, Q. (2000) Rocks from the Mantle Transition Zone: Majorite and Microdiamond-bearing Xenoliths from Malaita, Southwest Pacific. Science . 288, 1215-1223
  28. Kamber, B.S. & COLLERSON, K.D. (2000) Role of “hidden” deeply subducted slabs in mantle depletion. Chemical Geology 166, 241-254.
  29. Kamber, B.S. & COLLERSON, K.D. (2000): Zr/Nb systematics of ocean-island-basalts reassessed - the case for binary mixing. J. Petrol, 41, 1007-1021.
  30. COLLERSON, K.D. & Kamber, B.S. (1999) Evolution of the continents and the atmosphere inferred from Th-U-Nb systematics of the depleted mantle. Science, 283, 1519-1522.
  31. Kamber, B.S. & COLLERSON, K.D. (1999) Origin of ocean-island basalts: A new model based on lead and helium isotope systematics. Journal of Geophysical Research 104, 25469-25479.
  32. Niu, Y., COLLERSON, K.D., Batiza, R., Wendt, J.I., & Regelous, M. (1999) Origin of enrichedtype mid-ocean ridge basalt at ridges far from mantle plumes: The East Pacific Rise at 11°20´N. Journal of Geophysical Research 104, 7067-7088.
  33. COLLERSON, K.D., Kiernan, K., & Williams, R.W. (1998) 1997 Eruption of McDonald Island, Southern Indian Ocean. Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, 23.
  34. Wendt, J.I. & COLLERSON, K.D. (1998) Early Archean U-depletion and timing of late Archean high grade metamorphism in the Saglek-Hebron segment of the North Atlantic Craton. Precambrian Research. 93, 281-297.
  35. Regelous, M., Niu, Y., Wendt, I., Batiza, R., Grieg, A., & COLLERSON, K.D. (1998) An 800 ka record of the geochemistry of magmatism on the East Pacific Rise at 10°30’ N: insights into magma chamber processes beneath a fast-spreading ocean ridge. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 168, 45-63.
  36. Ewart, A., COLLERSON, K.D., Regelous, M., Wendt, J.I. & Niu, Y (1998) Geochemical evolution within the Tonga-Kermadec-Lau arc-backarc systems: The role of varying mantle wedge composition in space and time. Journal Petrology. 39, 331-368.
  37. Scherer, E.E., Cameron, K.L., Johnson, C.M., Beard, B.L., Barovich, K.M. & COLLERSON, K.D., (1997) Lu-Hf geochronology applied to dating Cenozoic events affecting lower crustal xenoliths from Kilbourne Hole, New Mexico. Chemical Geology. 142, 63-78.
  38. McDonald, G.D., COLLERSON, K.D., & Kinny, P.D. (1997) Archean and Paleoproterozoic crustal evolution of the Black Angel gneiss complex in the Mount Isa Block, North Australian Craton. Geology. 25, 1095-1098.
  39. Regelous, M., COLLERSON, K.D., Ewart, A. & Wendt, J.I. (1997) Trace element transport rates in subduction zones - evidence from Th, Sr and Pb isotope data for Tonga-Kermadec arc lavas. Earth and Planetary Science Letters., 150, 291-302.
  40. Wendt, J.I., Regelous, M., COLLERSON, K.D. & Ewart, A. (1997) Evidence for the role of two mantle plumes in lavas from northern Tonga Island Arc. Geology.y 25, 611-614.
  41. Regelous, M. & COLLERSON, K.D. (1996) 143Nd-142Nd systematics of early Archaean rocks, and implications for crust-mantle evolution. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 60, 3513-3520.