Dr Derek Wyman, PhD
Deputy Head of School
Madsen Building (F09), Rm 464
Phone: +61 2 9351 2924
Fax: +61 2 9351 3644
Derek Wyman’s research includes studies in Western Australia’s Yilgarn Craton and similar well-mineralised rocks in Canada. He also supervises Honours and Postgraduate students in studies of granitic rocks, gold deposits, massive sulphides and other types of mineralization in eastern Australia and Papua New Guinea. Derek maintains strong links with national and international research teams, as exemplified by his collaborative research with P. Hollings (Lakehead University, Canada) and the Ontario Geological Survey. This work focuses Archean granites and the world’s oldest in situ diamond deposits (2.7 billion year old) that challenge conventional models of diamond formation.
A China-sponsored year-long visit by Dr Wang Qiang (Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry) in 2005 initiated a strong new collaborative effort on the petrology of a wide variety of igneous suites in China. The studies explore the relationship of these rocks to ore deposits and China’s tectonic history. This collaborative research has involved joint fieldwork in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hunan in 2006, 2007 and 2009 and provides new insights into magmatism in the ancient mountain belts of Australia and the world.
- Wyman, D.A., Hollings, P., Biczok, J. 2011. Crustal evolution in a cratonic nucleus: Granitoids and felsic volcanic rocks of the North Caribou Terrane, Superior Province Canada. Lithos 123, 37-49.
- Wyman, D.A., and Kerrich, R., 2010. Mantle Plume – Volcanic Arc Interaction: Consequences for magmatism, metallogeny, and cratonization in the Abitibi and Wawa Subprovinces, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 47, 565-589.
- Wang Q., Wyman, D.A., Li, Z-X, Sun, W. a, Chung S.-L., Vasconcelos, P.M., Zhang, Q., Dong, H., Yu, Y., Pearson, N., Qiu, H., Zhu, T., Feng, X., 2010. Eocene north–south trending dikes in central Tibet: New constraints on the timing of east–west extension with implications for early plateau uplift? Earth and Planetary Science Letters 298, 205-216.
- Wang, Q., Wyman, D.A., Li, Z.-X., Bao, Z.-W., Zhao, Z.-H., Wang, Y.-X., Jian, P., Yue, Y.-H., Chen, L.-L., 2010 Petrology, geochronology and geochemistry of ca. 780 Ma A-type granites in South China: Petrogenesis and implications for crustal growth during the breakup of the supercontinent Rodinia. Precambrian Research 178, 185-208.
- Tang, G.-J., Wang, Q., Wyman, D.A., Li, Z.-X., Zhao, Z.H., Jia, X.-H., Jiang, Z.-Q., 2010. Ridge subduction and crustal growth in the Central Asian Orogenic Belt: Evidence from Late Carboniferous adakites and high-Mg diorites in the western Junggar region, northern Xinjiang (west China). Chemical Geology 277, 281-300.
- Tang, G.-J., Wang, Q., Wyman, D.A., Sun, M., Li, Z.-X., Zhao, Z.H., Sun, W.-D., Jia, X.H., Zi-Qi Jiang, Z.-Q., 2010. Geochronology and geochemistry of Late Paleozoic magmatic rocks in the Lamasu–Dabate area, northwestern Tianshan (west China): Evidence for a tectonic transition from arc to post-collisional setting. Lithos 119, 393-411.
- Wyman, D.A., and Kerrich, R., 2009. Plume and Arc magmatism in the Abitibi Subprovince: implications for the origin of Archean Continental Lithospheric Mantle. Precambrian Research 168, 4-22.
- Wyman, D.A., O’Neill, C., and Ayer, J.A., 2008. Evidence for Modern-Style Subduction to 3.1 Ga: A Plateau – Adakite – Gold (Diamond) Association. GSA Special Paper 440, When Did Plate Tectonics Begin on Planet Earth? (edited by Kent C. Condie and Victoria Pease), 129-148.
- Wang, Q., Wyman, D.A., , Xu, J., , Dong, Y , Vasconcelos, P.M., Pearson, N., Wan, Y., Dong, H., Li, C., Yu, Y., Zhu, T., Feng, X., Zhang, Q., Feng Z., Chu, Z., 2008, Eocene melting of subducting continental crust and early uplifting of central Tibet: evidence from central-western Qiangtang high-K calc-alkaline andesites, dacites and rhyolites. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 272, 158-171.
- Wang, Q., Wyman. D.A., Xu, J., Wan, Y., Li, C., Feng, Z., Jiang, Z., Qiu, H., Chu, Z., Zhao, Z., Dong, Y., 2008, Triassic Nb-enriched basalts, magnesian andesites, and adakites of the Qiangtang terrane (Central Tibet): evidence for metasomatism by slab-derived melts in the mantle wedge. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 155, 473-490. DOI 10.1007/s00410-007-0253-1
- Wang, Q., Wyman, D.A., Zhao Z.H., Xu, J.F., Bai, z.H., Xiong, X.L., Dai, T.M., Li, C.H., Chu, Z.Y., 2007, Petrogenesis of Carboniferous adakites and Nb-enriched arc basalts in the Alataw area, northern Tianshan Range (western China): Implications for Phanerozoic crustal growth in the Central Asia Orogenic Belt. Chemical Geology 236, 42-64. doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2006.08.013 – One top 50 Chem. Geol. papers cited, 2005 - 2010
- Wang, Q., Wyman, D.A., Xu, J, Jian, P., Zhao, Z., Li, C., , Xu, W., Ma¬, J., and He, B.,, 2007, Early Cretaceous adakitic granites in the Northern Dabie complex, central China: implications for partial melting and delamination of thickened lower crust. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 71, 2609-2639. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2007.03.008.
- Wang, Q., Wyman, D.A., Xu, J.F., Zhao Z.H., Jian, P., Zi, F., 2007. Partial melting of thickened or delaminated lower crust in the middle of eastern China: implications for Cu-Au mineralization. Journal of Geology 115, 149-161.
- Wyman, D.A. , Ayer, J.A. , Conceição, R.V., and Sage, R.P. , 2006, Mantle processes in an Archean orogen: Evidence from 2.67 Ga diamond-bearing lamprophyres and xenoliths. Lithos 89, 300-328. 10.1016/j.lithos.2005.12.005
- Wyman, D.A., and Hollings, P., 2006, Late Archean convergent margin volcanism in the Superior Province: A comparison of the Blake River Group and Confederation Assemblage. American Geophysical Union Monograph 164 Archean Geodynamics and Environments, Benn, K., Mareschal, J.-C., and Condie, K., (ed.s), 215 – 238.
- Wang, Q., Wyman, D.A., Xu J.F. ., Zhao Z.H., Ping J., Xiong X.L, Bao Z.W. Li, C.F., Bai Z.H., 2006, Petrogenesis of Cretaceous adakitic and shoshonitic igneous rocks in the Luzong area, Anhui Province (eastern China): Implications for geodynamics and Cu-Au mineralization., Lithos 89, 424-446. doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2006.02.001
- O’Neill, C., and Wyman, D.A., 2006, Geodynamic Modeling of Late Archean Subduction: P-T Constraints from Greenstone Belt Diamond Deposits. American Geophysical Union Monograph 164 Archean Geodynamics and Environments, Benn, K., Mareschal, J.-C., and Condie, K., (ed.s), 177-188.
- Wyman, D.A., 2003, Upper mantle processes beneath the 2.7 Ga Abitibi belt, Canada: a trace element perspective. Precambrian Research 127, 143-165.
- Wyman, D.A., and Kerrich, R., 2002, Formation of Archean Continental Lithospheric Roots: the Role of Mantle Plumes, Geology 30, 543-546.
- Wyman, D.A., Kerrich, R. and Polat, A., 2002, Assembly of Archean Cratonic Mantle Lithosphere and Crust: Plume-Arc Interaction in the Abitibi-Wawa Subduction-Accretion Complex, Precambrian Research Precambrian Research 115, 37–62.
- Barley, M.E., Rak, P., and Wyman, D., 2002, Tectonic controls on magmatic-hydrothermal gold mineralization in the magmatic arcs of Southeast Asia. In Blundell, D.J., Neubauer, F., and von Quadt, A., (eds.) The Timinng and Location of Major Ore Deposits in an Evolving Orogen, Geological Society of London Special Publication 204, 39-47.
- Wyman, D.A., 2000, High-precision exploration geochemistry: applications for volcanogenic massive sulphide exploration, Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 47, 861-871.
- Wyman, D.A., Ayer, J. and Devaney, J. R., 2000, Niobium-enriched basalts from the Wabigoon subprovince, Canada: evidence for adakitic metasomatism above an Archean subduction zone. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 179, 21-30.
- Hollings, P., Stott, G. and Wyman, D., 2000, Trace element geochemistry of the Meen-Dempster greenstone belt, Uchi Subprovince, Superior Province, Canada: back arc development on the margins of an Archean protocontinent. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 37, 1021-1038.
- Wyman, D.A., 1999, Paleoproterozoic boninites in an ophiolite-like setting, Trans-Hudson orogen, Canada. Geology 27, 455-458.
- Wyman, D.A., 1999, A. 2.7 Ga depleted tholeiite suite: evidence of plume-arc interaction in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt, Canada. Precambrian Research 97, 27-42.
- Wyman, D.A., Kerrich, R., and Groves, D.I., 1999, Lode Gold Deposits and Archean Mantle Plume – Island Arc Interaction, Abitibi Subprovince, Canada. Journal of Geology 107, 715-725.
- Hollings, P. and Wyman, D.A., 1999, Trace Element and Sm-Nd isotope systematics of volcanic and intrusive rocks from the 3 Ga Lumby Lake greenstone belt, Superior Province: evidence for Archean plume-arc interaction. Lithos, 189-213.
- Hollings, P., Wyman, D.A., and Kerrich, R., 1999, Komatiite - basalt - rhyolite volcanic associations in Northern Superior Province greenstone belts: Significance of plume-arc interaction in the generation of the proto continental Superior Province. Lithos 46, 137-161.
- Kerrich, R., Wyman, D.A., Hollings, P. and POLAT, A., 1999, Variability of Nb/U and Th/La in 3.0 to 2.7 Ga Superior Province ocean plateau basalts: implications for the timing of continental growth and lithosphere recycling, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 168, 101-115.
- Kerrich, R., Polat, A., Wyman, D.A., and P. Hollings, 1999, Trace element systematics of Mg-, to Fe- tholeiitic basalt suites of the Superior Province: implications for Archean mantle reservoirs and greenstone belt genesis. Lithos 46, 163-167.
- Polat, A., Kerrich, R., and Wyman, D.A., 1999, Geochemical diversity in oceanic komatiites and basalts from the late Archean Wawa greenstone belts, Superior Province, Canada: trace element and Nd-isotopic evidence for a heterogeneous mantle. Precambrian Research 94, 139-173.
- Wyman, D.A., and Hollings, P., 1998, Long-lived mantle-plume influence on an Archean protocontinent: Geochemical evidence from the 3 Ga Lumby Lake greenstone belt. Geology v. 26, p. 719-722.
- Kerrich, R., Wyman, D.A., Fan, J. and Bleeker, W., 1998, Boninite Series - Low Ti-tholeiite associations from the 2.7 Ga Abitibi Greenstone belt. Earth and Planetary Science Letters v. 164, p. 303-316.
- Polat, A., Kerrich, R., and Wyman, D.A, 1998, The late Archean Schreiber-Hemlo and White River-Dayohessarah greenstone belts, Superior Province: collages of oceanic plateaus, oceanic arcs, and subduction-accretion complexes. Tectonophysics v. 289, p. 295-326.
- Kerrich, R. and Wyman, D.A, 1996, A Review of Developments in Trace Element Fingerprinting of Geodynamic Settings and Their Implications for Mineral Exploration. Special Volume of the Australian Journal of Earth Sciences v. 44, p. 465-488.
- Wyman, D.A., Kerrich, R., and Sun, M., 1995, Noble metal abundances of late-Archean (2.7 Ga) accretion-related shoshonitic lamprophyres, Superior Province, Canada. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta v. 59, p.47-57.
- Kerrich, R.., and Wyman, D.A, 1994, The mesothermal gold-lamprophyre association: Significance for an accretionary geodynamic setting, supercontinent cycles, and metallogenic processes. Mineralogy and Petrology v. 51, p.147–172.
- Wyman, D.A, and Kerrich, R., 1993, Archean shoshonitic lamprophyres of the Abitibi Subprovince, Canada: Petrogenesis, age, and tectonic setting. Journal of Petrology v.34, p. 1067-1109.
- Kerrich, R., and Wyman, D.A, 1990, The geodynamic setting of mesothermal gold deposits: An association with accretionary tectonic regimes. Geology v. 18, p.882-885.
- Wyman, D.A, and Kerrich, R., 1989, Archean shoshonitic lamprophyres of the Superior Province, Canada: Distribution, petrology, and geochemical characteristics. Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 94B, p.4667-4696.
- Wyman, D.A, and Kerrich, R., 1989, Archean shoshonitic lamprophyres associated with Superior Province gold deposits: Distribution, tectonic setting, noble metal abundances, and significance for gold mineralization. Economic Geology Monograph 6, p.651-667.