Producing internationally recognised techniques for geological dating.
Professor Pete Kinny is an influential geochemist and geochronologist in Curtin’s Faculty of Science and Engineering who holds the highest citation rate among Curtin’s geoscience researchers. His work includes studies of the Earth’s earliest crust, diamond formation in the Earth’s mantle, timing of supercontinent formation and break-up, and the tectonic architecture of gneiss terranes (the Earth’s older crustal blocks composed of deformed metamorphic rock) in Australia, Antarctica, Scotland and Greenland.
Alongside conducting research, Professor Kinny supervises PhD candidates and provides mentoring for the next generation of isotope geochemists at Curtin. He is the Vice Chair of the Western Australian division of the Geological Society of Australia, and since 2001, he has been a chief investigator on Australian Research Council grants worth more than $1.7 million.
Prior to his current position, Professor Kinny was Head of the Department of Applied Geology at the WA School of Mines from 2009 – 2015. During his tenure, he established both a Mineral Separation Facility and an experimental petrology laboratory. He has also served on the board of Earth Science Western Australia.