Associate Professor Scott Bryan

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Doctor of Philosophy (Monash University)


I study volcanoes and the different ways volcanism has impacted our planet – its evolution, its atmosphere and our environment. Volcanoes are one of the most powerful agents of change on our planet, from creating the continents we live on to changing the climate and extinguishing life.

My research focuses on two particular themes:

1.      The largest volcanic events in Earth history: Known as Large Igneous Provinces, these have been linked to the birth of new continents, making the mineral and energy resources we depend on, and major extinctions.

2.      How life interacts with volcanism: I’m particularly interested in floating masses of pumice (pumice rafts), produced by explosive eruptions, which act as a mass-transit vehicles transporting shallow marine communities across deep oceans. These pumice rafts have the potential to help sustain coral reefs like the Great Barrier Reef.


Awards and Recognition
2016: Vice-Chancellors Award for Excellence, QUT

2015: Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award, QUT

2013: Exceptional Reviewer Award, Geological Society of America Bulletin

2011: Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award, QUT

2010: Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship, QUT

2003: Damon Wells Research fellowship, Yale University

Projects (Chief investigator)

Additional information

I have been Geology & Geochemistry Discipline Leader since 2014. This follows a career trajectory involving positions at a number of institutions, both in Australia and overseas, undertaking a number of roles including post-doctoral research, research fellowship and lecturing positions. In addition, I have undertaken, and continue to undertake translational research projects with a number of industry partners. My research is international, having undertaken field research in many countries including: Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Argentina, Tonga, Namibia, China, the Canary Islands, USA and UK. The scope of my research is broad and deals with physical volcanology, volcaniclastic sedimentology, stratigraphy, igneous petrology, tectonics, geochronology, structure and mineralisation. Many research projects have involved collaboration with other departmental researchers and academics, national and international researchers, students and/or industry clients. Most research has been interdisciplinary and therefore team-based, with each member bringing a different skill set to the research project.


Past Positions

2013-2014: Senior Lecturer, QUT

2010-2013: Vice-Chancellors Senior Research Fellow, QUT

2009-2010: ResTeach Affliate, School of Earth Sciences, The University of Queensland

2008-2010: Principal Research Fellow, WH Bryan Mining & Geology Research Centre, The University of Queensland

2006-2008: Senior Lecturer, School of Geography, Geology & Environment, Kingston University

2003-2005: Damon Wells Fellow, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University

2000-2003: ARC Research Associate, Department of Earth Sciences, The University of Queensland