Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Scientists at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences work in a world-class research environment with state-of-the-art facilities, including a geochemical analysis unit and an organic geochemistry laboratory.

Head of department

Professor Martin Kennedy is Head of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. His research focuses on mechanisms of carbon sequestration and triggers of rapid climate change using an interdisciplinary and process-based approach. 

He combines detailed field observations with isotopic and mineralogical data from both ancient and modern sediments to determine the changes in the Earth’s biosphere through time, including the controls on the carbon cycle that regulate fossil fuel distribution and influence climate stability.



Alongside our research students, our department generates world-leading research in Earth and Planetary Sciences. This research occurs through a number of globally recognised research centres and groups, many of which partner with industry and other academic institutions in research collaborations.

Our research themes are:

  • earth surface processes
  • crustal processes
  • deep earth processes
  • planetary science

Our research centres are:

Our research groups are:

  • Geophysics and Geodynamics Group
  • Isotope and Inorganic Geochemistry
  • Organic Geochemistry
  • U Series Research Group
  • Genes to Geoscience (collaboration)


Level 2, Australian Hearing Hub
16 University Avenue
Macquarie University
North Ryde, Sydney, Australia

Department enquiries

Wendy Southwell
Phone: (02) 9850 8426
Fax: (02) 9850 6904

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