Professor Trevor Ireland

Professorial Research Fellow

School of the Environment
Faculty of Science
+61 7 334 64093


Professor Trevor Ireland has research interests that span geochronology, isotope geochemistry through to cosmochemistry. The common link between these areas is the use of in situ microanalysis of geological and extraterrestrial samples by focused ion beam methodologies. He has current research topics aligned with the asteroid sample return missions to Ryugu and Bennu by the JAXA Hayabusa2 and NASA Osiris REx missions respectively; Samples of Ryugu are currently being prepared for distribution and analysis. Professor Ireland obtained his PhD at The Australian National University and following appointments at Washington University in St Louis, Max-Planck-Institut in Mainz, UCLA and Stanford, before he returned to lead the SHRIMP (Sensitive High Resolution Ion MicroProbe) Group at ANU. Professor Ireland has taken up an appointment to establish a SHRIMP analytical facility at UQ.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University


  • Hu, Yan, Moynier, Frédéric, Dai, Wei, Paquet, Marine, Yokoyama, Tetsuya, Abe, Yoshinari, Aléon, Jérôme, Alexander, Conel M. O'D., Amari, Sachiko, Amelin, Yuri, Bajo, Ken-ichi, Bizzarro, Martin, Bouvier, Audrey, Carlson, Richard W., Chaussidon, Marc, Choi, Byeon-Gak, Dauphas, Nicolas, Davis, Andrew M., Di Rocco, Tommaso, Fujiya, Wataru, Fukai, Ryota, Gautam, Ikshu, Haba, Makiko K., Hibiya, Yuki, Hidaka, Hiroshi, Homma, Hisashi, Hoppe, Peter, Huss, Gary R., Ichida, Kiyohiro ... Yurimoto, Hisayoshi (2024). Pervasive aqueous alteration in the early Solar System revealed by potassium isotopic variations in Ryugu samples and carbonaceous chondrites. Icarus, 409 115884, 115884. doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2023.115884

  • Aléon, J., Mostefaoui, S., Bureau, H., Vangu, D., Khodja, H., Nagashima, K., Kawasaki, N., Abe, Y., Alexander, C. M. O'd., Amari, S., Amelin, Y., Bajo, K., Bizzarro, M., Bouvier, A., Carlson, R. W., Chaussidon, M., Choi, B. G., Dauphas, N., Davis, A. M., Di Rocco, T., Fujiya, W., Fukai, R., Gautam, I., Haba, M. K., Hibiya, Y., Hidaka, H., Homma, H., Hoppe, P., Huss, G. R. ... Yurimoto, H. (2024). Hydrogen in magnetite from asteroid Ryugu. Meteoritics and Planetary Science. doi: 10.1111/maps.14139

  • Torrano, Zachary A., Jordan, Michelle K., Mock, Timothy D., Carlson, Richard W., Gautam, Ikshu, Haba, Makiko K., Yokoyama, Tetsuya, Abe, Yoshinari, Aléon, Jérôme, Alexander, Conel, Amari, Sachiko, Amelin, Yuri, Bajo, Ken‐ichi, Bizzarro, Martin, Bouvier, Audrey, Chaussidon, Marc, Choi, Byeon‐Gak, Dauphas, Nicolas, Davis, Andrew M., Di Rocco, Tommaso, Fujiya, Wataru, Fukai, Ryota, Hibiya, Yuki, Hidaka, Hiroshi, Homma, Hisashi, Hoppe, Peter, Huss, Gary R., Ichida, Kiyohiro, Iizuka, Tsuyoshi ... Yurimoto, Hisayoshi (2023). Neodymium‐142 deficits and samarium neutron stratigraphy of C‐type asteroid (162173) Ryugu. Meteoritics & Planetary Science. doi: 10.1111/maps.14109

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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Huston, David L., Trumbull, Robert B., Beaudoin, Georges and Ireland, Trevor (2023). Light Stable Isotopes (H, B, C, O and S) in Ore Studies—Methods, Theory, Applications and Uncertainties. Isotopes in Economic Geology, Metallogenesis and Exploration. (pp. 209-244) Cham: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-27897-6_8

  • Ireland, Trevor R. (2016). Secondary ion mass spectrometry. Encyclopedia of genetics, genomics, proteomics and informatics. (pp. 1770-1770) edited by George P. Rédei. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Dordrecht.

  • Paces, James B., Weis, Dominique and Ireland, Trevor R. (2015). Mass spectrometry. Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series. (pp. 533-541) Springer Netherlands.

  • Gibson, G. M., Champion, D. C. and Ireland, T. R. (2015). Preservation of a fragmented late Neoproterozoic-earliest Cambrian hyper-extended continental-margin sequence in the Australian Delamerian Orogen. Geological Society Special Publication. (pp. 269-299) Geological Society of London. doi: 10.1144/SP413.8

  • Ireland, Trevor R. (2015). Stellar chronology. Encyclopedia of scientific dating methods. (pp. 780-783) edited by W. Jack Rink and Jeroen Thompson. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Dordrecht. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-6304-3_254

  • Ireland, T. R. (2013). Ion Microscopes and Microprobes. Treatise on Geochemistry: Second Edition. (pp. 385-409) Elsevier Inc.. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-095975-7.01430-3

  • Ireland, Trevor R. (2004). SIMS Measurement of Stable Isotopes. Handbook of Stable Isotope Analytical Techniques. (pp. 652-691) Elsevier Inc.. doi: 10.1016/B978-044451114-0/50032-6

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