Dr Kurt Knesel
School of Earth Sciences
The University of Queensland
Dr Kurt Knesel
is a geochemist and has developed novel methods for the investigation of isotopic signatures of the various material components of magmatic systems, together with innovative experimental techniques to better understand the physical processes and pathways by which magmas are formed and transported.
also applies high-resolution noble gas isotopic techniques to derive geochronological information on young volcanic rocks and employs this data to unravel the life cycles of active volcanoes and to predict potential volcanic events.
Young volcanism in the Borborema Province, NE Brazil, shows no evidence for a trace of the Fernando de Noronha plume on the continent, Knesel
, K., Souza Zorano S., Vasconcelos P. V., Cohen B. E., and Silveira Francisco V. , Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Volume 302, Issue 1-2, p.38-50, (2011)
Available online 22 December 2010.
40Ar/39Ar geochronology reveals the youngest continental intraplate volcanism in Brazil, Souza, Z., Knesel K., Vasconcelos P. M., and Silveira F. V. , 44th Brazilian Geological Congress, Curitiba, Brazil, (2008)
Rapid change in drift of the Australian plate records collision with Ontong Java plateau, Knesel, K., Cohen B. E., Vasconcelos P. V., and Thiede D. , Nature, Volume 454, Issue 7205, p.754-757, (2008)
Volcano geochronology provides a continental speedometer for unraveling tectonic events and informing plate reconstructions, Knesel
, K., Vasconcelos P. V., Cohen B. E., and Thiede D. , Earth Systems Dynamics Network: The Meeting of the Elements: Earth, Fire, Water & Air., St Lucia, Australia, (2008)
U-series isotopic disequilibrium produced during experimental melting of granitic crust: Implications for shallow-level assimilation and pluton remobilisation, Knesel
, K., Turner S., and Davidson J. P. , 16th Annual V.M. Goldschmidt Conference [, Melbourne, (2006)