Dr Alan Baxter

Tibet Research Group

Rm 407 Madsen Building
School of Geosciences
University of Sydney
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Research interests

Alan’s main area of research is looking at the sedimentary response to convergent margin tectonics using detrital zircon geochronology and detrital mineral geochemistry. He is especially interested in the collision of India and Asia and how this event is preserved in the sedimentary record. His other interests include using radiolarian biostratigraphy to constrain the age of deep-marine sedimentation in ancient oceans.

Alan received his undergraduate geology degree at Trinity College Dublin in 2005. In 2010 he completed his PhD. thesis at the University of Hong Kong entitled " Applied radiolarian biostratigraphy and detrital mineral analysis of Mesotethyan and Neotethyan sediments from India and Tibet". He joined the School of Geosciences as a postdoctoral fellow in April 2011.

Selected Publications

  • Discovery of Upper Jurassic Radiolarians from the Naga Ophiolite, Nagaland, northeast India. Alan T. Baxter, Jonathan C. Aitchison, Sergey Zyabrev, Jason R. Ali. Article in Press at Gondwana Research.
  • Evidence from U-Pb detrital zircon ages for possible large-scale lateral transfer of terranes along the Yarlung Tsangpo suture zone, Tibet. Jonathan C. Aitchison, XiaoPing Xia, Alan T. Baxter and Jason R. Ali. Article in Press at Gondwana Research.
  • Mid-Cretaceous Radiolarians from the Spontang ophiolite near Ladakh, India; Implications for Neo-Tethyan Ocean evolution. Alan T. Baxter, Jonathan C. Aitchison, Jason R. Ali and Sergey V. Zyabrev. Journal of the Geological Society, London, 2010, Vol. 167, Issue 3, pp. 511-517.
  • Radiolarian age constraints on Mesotethyan ocean evolution, and their implications for development of the Bangong-Nujiang suture, Tibet. Alan T. Baxter, Jonathan C. Aitchison and Sergey V. Zyabrev. Journal of the Geological Society, London, 2009, Vol. 166, Issue 4, pp. 689-694.