- Dr David Flannery
- Research Fellow
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences,
Geology & Geochemistry
- Adjunct Professor
Science and Engineering Faculty,
- Discipline *
- Geology, Aerospace Engineering, Astronomical and Space Sciences
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Doctor of Philosophy in Geology (University of New South Wales)
- Professional memberships
Geological Society of America, Geological Society of Australia, NASA Mars 2020 Science Team
Geology, Sedimentology, Geobiology, Astrobiology, Precambrian, Archean, Proterozoic, Stromatolites, Mars, PIXL
David joined the School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences at QUT in 2019 to develop capabilities in the fields of deep-time geology and astrobiology.
David graduated from Macquarie University in 2009 with a major in paleobiology, before attending Peking University’s College of Urban and Environmental Science and MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences as a Visiting Research Scholar. He received a PhD from the University of New South Wales in 2014 for research into evidence for life and early terrestrial environments preserved in Archean (4-2.5 billion-year-old) rocks in Western Australia.
In 2014-2015, while a Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar based at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), he studied molecular evidence for ancient microbial metabolisms preserved in Earth’s oldest known fossils, and worked on the development of lithochemistry instruments that were later selected to fly on NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Mission. He then joined JPL as a full time research scientist based in the Planetary Science Section.
David has broad interests in the fields of astrobiology, geology and sustainable development, and welcomes collaborations in these areas.
David has successfully proposed and worked on a number of instrument development programs funded by NASA. Several of these technologies have applications in the mining sector.
He is a member of the NASA Mars 2020 Rover Mission Science Team and a Co-Investigator of the Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochemistry, which was selected to fly on the same mission.
- Flannery D, Summons RE, Walter MR, (2018) Archean lakes as analogues for habitable Martian paleoenvironments, From habitability to life on Mars p127-152
- Flannery DT, Allwood A, Hodyss R, Summons RE, Tuite M, Walter MR, Williford KH, (2019) Microbially influenced formation of Neoarchean ooids, Geobiology p151-160
- Allwood A, Rosing MT, Flannery D, Hurowitz JA, Heirwegh CM, (2018) Reassessing evidence of life in 3,700-million-year-old rocks of Greenland, Nature p241-244
- Flannery D, Allwood A, Summons RE, Williford KH, Abbey W, Matys ED, Ferralis N, (2018) Spatially-resolved isotopic study of carbon trapped in ~3.43 Ga Strelley Pool Formation stromatolites, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta p21-35
- Heirwegh CM, Elam T, Flannery D, Allwood A, (2018) An empirical derivation of the X-ray optic transmission profile used in calibrating the Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochemistry (PIXL) for Mars 2020, Powder Diffraction p162-165
- Tobin TS, Flannery D, Sousa FJ, (2018) Stratigraphy, sedimentology and paleontology of Upper Cretaceous deposits of Day Nunatak, Snow Hill Island, Antarctica, Cretaceous Research p407-419
- Flannery D, Allwood A, Van Kranendonk MJ, (2016) Lacustrine facies dependence of highly 13C-depleted organic matter during the global age of methanotrophy, Precambrian Research p216-241
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.