SHRIMP SI-Microscale stable-isotope analysis in the Earth Sciences

  • Ireland, Trevor (PI)
  • Bennett, Victoria (CoI)
  • Buick, Ian (CoI)
  • Campbell, Ian (CoI)
  • Carr, Paul Francis (CoI)
  • Fergusson, Christopher Lloyd (CoI)
  • Gagan, Michael (CoI)
  • Golding, Suzanne (CoI)
  • Grun, Rainer (CoI)
  • Harrison, Timothy (CoI)
  • Jones, Brian Gordon (CoI)
  • Kennedy, Allen K (CoI)
  • Kinny, Peter D (CoI)
  • Knesel, Kurt Michael (CoI)
  • Large, Ross Raymond (CoI)
  • Nutman, Allen (CoI)
  • Vasconcelos, Paulo M (CoI)
  • Williams, Ian (CoI)

Project: Research

Project Details


Stable-isotope variations of elements such as oxygen, carbon, and sulphur, preserve the most profound records of environmental conditions during the geological, biological, and climatic evolution of Earth and planets. We will build a stable isotope ion microprobe (SHRIMP SI) to examine extraterrestrial and terrestrial systems in unprecedented detail. In terrestrial applications, the main issue is accuracy at the 0.01 percent level for 20-micron spots, which we can apply to studies of development of life on Earth, climatic records, weathering, and formation of ore bodies. Sample return missions of solar wind and comets will provide unique samples related to the formation of our solar system.
Effective start/end date1/01/0531/12/09


  • University of Queensland (UQ): A$25,000.00
  • University of Melbourne: A$50,000.00
  • University of Wollongong: A$20,000.00
  • Curtin University: A$20,000.00
  • University of Tasmania: A$50,000.00
  • Australian National University (ANU): A$205,395.00
  • Australian Scientific Instruments Pty Ltd: A$250,000.00
  • Geoscience Australia: A$100,000.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$552,475.00
  • Australian National University (ANU): A$366,000.00


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