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Associate Professor Scott Bryan

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences,
Geology & Geochemistry


Associate Professor Scott Bryan
Associate Professor
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences,
Geology & Geochemistry
Discipline *
Geology, Geochemistry, Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
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Identifiers and profiles

Doctor of Philosophy (Monash University)


Crustal Evolution, Geochronology, Igneous Petrology, Precious Metal Epithermal Mineralisation, Sedimentology, Tectonics, Volcanic-Biotic Interactions, Volcanology

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008



Scott’s research interest and passion is in volcanism and the various ways volcanic activity has had an impact on Earth, its evolution, environment and atmosphere. This has taken Scott to all parts of the globe to see and work in beautiful places for both pure and applied research projects. Two particular areas of research focus are: 1) the largest igneous events in Earth history (known as Large Igneous Provinces), which have been linked to major biological extinctions and environmental/climatic change in Earth’s history as well as fundamental to major tectonic events such as the breakup of continents and the generation of mineral, and energy/hydrocarbon resources; and 2) Volcanic-Biotic Interactions, in particular floating masses of pumice (pumice rafts) produced by explosive volcanic eruptions – these have been important in dispersing a wide variety of marine biota over long distances (1,000’s km) and are potentially vital to contributing to the long-term resilience of coral reefs in our region.

 Past Positions

2013-2014: Senior Lecturer, QUT

2010-2013: Vice-Chancellors Senior Research Fellow, QUT

2009-2010: ResTeach Affliate, School of Earth Sciences, The University of Queensland

2008-2010: Principal Research Fellow, WH Bryan Mining & Geology Research Centre, The University of Queensland

2006-2008: Senior Lecturer, School of Geography, Geology & Environment, Kingston University

2003-2005: Damon Wells Fellow, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University

2000-2003: ARC Research Associate, Department of Earth Sciences, The University of Queensland

Awards and Recognition

2016: Vice-Chancellors Award for Excellence, QUT

2015: Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award, QUT

2013: Exceptional Reviewer Award, Geological Society of America Bulletin

2011: Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award, QUT

2010: Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship, QUT

2003: Damon Wells Research fellowship, Yale University

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Scott Bryan.


Associate Professor Bryan’s career objective is to undertake exciting, innovative and multi-disciplinary research in Earth Sciences, and communicate this through research publications and teaching. He looks to challenge existing paradigms and ideas, and devise new ways and models for studying volcanic processes and deposits, as well as applying new techniques to solve problems. In his teaching, Scott encourages students to take the same approach, and to be able to critically assess information presented to them. Associate Professor Bryan has taught at a number of institutions in a variety of environments and at different levels of academic understanding, including classroom-based subjects to field courses for undergraduate/post-graduate students and professional (industry) geologists. He has previously contributed to undergraduate degrees in Geology, Earth Systems Science, Earth & Planetary Science and Environmental Hazards and Disaster Management. In his current position, Scott teaches into first, second and third year subjects in Natural Hazards (ERB201), Igneous Petrology (ERB206), Plate Tectonics (ERB304), Sedimentology & Stratigraphy (ERB203),  and Evolving Earth (ERB102).

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Scott Bryan.


Associate Professor Scott Bryan is currently Earth Science Discipline Leader and follows a career trajectory involving positions at a number of institutions, both in Australia and overseas, undetaking a number of roles including post-doctoral research, research fellowship and lecturing positions. In addition, he has undertaken, and continues to undertake translational research projects with a number of industry partners. His research is international, having undertaken field research in many countries including: Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Argentina, Tonga, Namibia, China, the Canary Islands and UK. The scope of Dr Bryan’s research is broad and deals with physical volcanology, volcaniclastic sedimentology, stratigraphy, igneous petrology, tectonics, geochronology, structure and mineralisation. Many research projects have involved collaboration with other departmental researchers and academics, national and international researchers, students and/or industry clients. Most research has been interdisciplinary and therefore team-based, with each member bringing a different skill set to the research project.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Scott Bryan.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.