Curriculum Vitae of Prof. Dr. William L. Grffin


Project co-leader: William Lindsay GriffinProfessor, Earth and Planetary Evolution, Macquarie University, Australia

BSc:  Stanford University, March 1962  (Geology)

MSc:  Stanford University, January 1964  (Geology)

PhD:  University of Minnesota, August 1967  (Petrology)

Dr Griffin is an internationally recognized researcher in the field of petrology and geochemistry of Earth materials. He is a specialist in the isotopic and trace element studies of diamonds and other UHP phases with the aim of understanding the composition of the lithospheric mantle and the geochemical and dynamic evolution of the crust-mantle system.

Recent Publications




  Australia’ssecond-mostcitedgeoscientist(ThomsonEssentialScienceIndicators, January2010)



Griffin, W. L., Belousova, E. A., Walters, S. G. and O’Reilly, S. Y. 2006. Archeanand Proterozoic Crustal Evolution in the Eastern Succession of the MtIsa District, Australia: U-Pb and Hf-isotope studies of detrital zircons. Aust. Journal of Earth Sciences 53,125-150.

Griffin, W. L., Pearson, N. J., Belousova, E. A. and Saeed, A. 2006.  Comment: Hf- isotope heterogeneity in standard zircon 91500. Chemical Geology 233,358-363.

Griffin, W. L., Belousova, E. A., and O'Reilly, S. Y. 2007. Terrane Chron Analysis of Zircons from Western Australian Samples. Western Australia Geological Survey, Record 2007/4,51pp.

Griffin, W. L. and O’Reilly, S. Y. 2007. Cratoniclithospheric mantle: Isanything subducted?Episodes30,43-53.

Griffin, W. L., Pearson, N. J., Belousova, E. A. and Saeed, A. 2007. Reply to F. Corfu, Discussionon "Comment: Hf isotope heterogeneity in zircon 91500". Chemical Geology 244,354-356.

Griffin, W. L. 2008. Major transformations reveal Earth’s deep secrets. Geology 36,


Griffin, W. L., O’Reilly, S. Y., Afonso, J. C. and Begg, G. 2009. The composition and evolution of lithospheric mantle: Are-evaluation and its tectonic implications. Jour. Petrology 50,1185-1204.

Griffin, W. L., Kobussen, A. F., Babu, E.V.S.S.K., O’Reilly, S.Y., Norris, R. and Sengupta, P.2009. Atrans lithospheric suture in the vanished1-Galithosphericroot ofSouth India: evidence from contrasting lithospheresections in the Dharwar Craton. Lithos 112,Supp.2,1109-1119.