Dr Timothy Chapman

Postdoctoral fellow - Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law; School of Environmental and Rural Science

Timothy Chapman

Phone: +61 +61267733175

Mobile: +61 403337173

Email: timothy.chapman@une.edu.au


My research is a mix of igneous and metamorphic petrology, focusing on the formation and evolution of the lithosphere and mantle. I am particularly interested in processes occurring at high-pressure in doing so I apply various datasets including field relationships, geochemistry and micro-analytical techniques. My primary interest is the utilisation of this natural geological information obtained at the micro-scale together with advanced computational methods such as phase equilibria modelling to elucidate petrological processes, including mineral and rock formation and tectonic evolution. It doing so I have focussed on field areas including Fiordland, New Zealand, New Caledonia, New England, and the Izu-Bonin arc, Japan.


2017 Doctorate of Philosophy, The University of Sydney

2012 Bachelor of Science (H1M), The University of Sydney


2014 Sydney Alumina Scholarship

2013  Deas-Thomson Scholarship in Geology

2012 University Medal

2012 Ken Richards Memorial Scholarship in Geology

2012 Sheila Mitchell Swain Memorial Prize.

2011  Earth Resources Foundation, Second- and Third-Year Scholarship.

2009 University Prize for Geology.

Primary Research Area/s

petrology; microstructure; geology

Research Interests

Primary research interests are focused on the textural and chemical analysis of high-grade, high-pressure metamorphic and igneous rocks . Utilising petrological, geochemical and structural information together with phase equilibria modelling to study geological processes critical to the formation and modification of rocks at the micro- to tectonic-scale .

Grants 2018  Australian Synchrotron X-ray Florescence Microscopy beamtime: Decoupling of major and trace element diffusion during recrystallization of the continental crust: diffusion controlled by crystal defect density. $98352

2018 Deep time Earth modelling and visualisation infrastructure for Deep Carbon Cycle research $110 000.

2016 Australian Synchrotron X-ray Florescence Microscopy beamtime: Tracing melt transfer zones in the lower crust: A microchemical perspective. $73764

2015 Boninite and forearc basalt differentiation series: phenocryst (dis)equilibrium and parental liquids Izu-Bonin Mariana Forearc Expedition 352; Chapman T & Clarke G; Australian National University/Australia and New Zealand International Consortium. $40 000.

2015 Edgeworth David Travel Grant: Field work in New Caledonia. $2500.

2013  Edgeworth David Travel Grant: Collaboration with Prof. Richard White at the University of Mainz. $5000.

2013 – 2016 Postgraduate Research Support Scheme 2013–2016: Conference attendance. $5000 total.

Research Supervision Experience

I have supervised one previous honours completion (UYSD)


Chapman, T., Clarke, G. L., Piazolo, S., Robbins, V. A., Trimby, P. (2019) Grain-scale dependency of metamorphic  reaction on strain at lower crustal conditions. Journal of Metamorphic Geology. DOI:  10.1111/jmg.12473.

Chapman, T., Clarke, G. L., Piazolo, S., Daczko, N. R. (2019) Inefficient high-grade metamorphism in orthogneiss.  American Mineralogist. 104, 17–30.

Shervais, J., …. Chapman, T., et al. (2018) Magmatic response to subduction initiation, Part I: Fore-arc basalts of the  Izu-Bonin Arc from IODP Expedition 352. Geochemistry, Geophysics & Geosystems. DOI:    10.1029/2018GC007731.

Chapman T., Clarke G. L., Piazolo S., Daczko D. R. (2017). Evaluating importance of metamorphism in the  foundering of continental crust. Scientific Reports. DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-13221-6.

Reagan M., Pearce J., Petronotis K., Almeev R., Avery A., Carvallo C., Chapman T., et al. (2017) Subduction initiation and ophiolite crust: new insights from IODP drilling. International Geology Review, DOI:      10.1080/00206814.2016.1276482.

Ryan J., Shervais J, Li Y., Reagan M., Li H., Heaton D., Godard M., Kirchenbaur M., Whattam S., Pearce J., Chapman T., et al., (2017) Application of a handheld X-ray fluorescence spectrometer for real-time,  high-density quantitative analysis of drilled igneous rocks and sediments during IODP expedition 352. Chemical Geology 451: 55–66

Chapman T., Clarke G, Daczko N (2016) Crustal differentiation in a thickened arc – evaluating depth dependences. Journal of Petrology 57: 595–620.

Chapman, T., Clarke, G. L., Daczko, N. R., Piazolo, S., Rajkumar, A. (2015) Orthopyroxene–omphacite- and garnet–omphacite-bearing magmatic assemblages, Breaksea Orthogneiss, New Zealand: oxidation state controlled by high-P oxide fractionation. Lithos 216–217, 1–16.

Reagan M., Pearce J., Petronotis K., Almeev R., Avery A., Carvallo C., Chapman T., et al., (2015) Izu-  Bonin- Marian Fore Arc. Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program, 352. College Station, TX.


Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Member of the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA)

Member of the Geological Society of Australia (GSA)

Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG)

Member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM)

Member of the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (AMMS)