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Professor Kliti Grice

Professor Kliti Grice Professor Kliti Grice
Position John Curtin Distinguished Professor
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School School of Science
Department Department of Chemistry
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 500.2116
Phone +618 9266 2474
Fax +618 9266 2300
Email K.Grice@curtin.edu.au

Brief Summary

Professor Kliti Grice Grice is an internationally renowned organic geochemist who creatively combines geological information with data on molecular fossils and their stable carbon, hydrogen and sulfur isotopic compositions to reconstruct details of microbial, fungal and floral inhabitants of modern and ancient aquatic environments and their association with prolific source rocks for oil/gas and mineral exploration. She is especially well known for identifying a geological and environmental basis for the largest mass extinction in Earth’s history, which happened at the end of the Permian Period, about 252 million years ago.

Grice’s research over the years has integrated molecular and isotopic information on plant and algal physiology, microbial ecology, food-webs, organic chemistry, petroleum geochemistry and geology with our planet's history. In particular, she has shown how some of the major biological extinction events of the geological past can be traced to factors intrinsic to the Earth system, as opposed to external factors such as asteroid impacts. Analyses of the natural variation in stable isotopes of lipids present in controlled growth experiments from extant plants, algae and grazing organisms carried out by Grice have provided new insights into how these systems function across paleoecological to modern timescales and across a wide range of spatial scales.

Grice’s outstanding research reputation has also attracted many national and international PhD and postdoctoral scholars to the wonders of Earth science. She provides training and mentorship to students coming from a wide array of scientific disciplines, including chemistry, biology, geology and environmental science. In addition, the training of research students at the PhD and Masters level, as well as early career researchers, is the prime focus of the world-class organic and isotope geochemistry centre that she has established at Curtin University.

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Memberships, Awards and Training

MEMBERSHIPS OF LEARNED SOCIETIES, RESEARCH ALLIANCES AND RESEARCH COMMITTEES

2013-present 'Give to change' Committee, Curtin University

2013 Elected Fellow of the Geochemical Society and European Association of Geochemistry

2013- present Australian Eureka Prize Panel Member

2013- present Standing Commitee for Earth Sciences, Australian Academy of Science

2013-present Australian Academy of Science Committee

2013- present Azolla Fern Foundation, International Scientific Advisory Board

2012- American Geophysical Union, award commitee

2012- present Elected Member of the Executive Council of Afro-Asian Association of Petroleum Geochemists (AAAPG)

2011-current CSIRO Cluster Leader of Minerals Down-under flagship collaboration cluster fund, Australia

2010-current Scientific Advisory Committee Sinopec Petroleum Exploration Research, WUXI, China

2010- current Member of the Geological Society of Australia

2009 Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute

2010-2010 Chair of the ‘Best Paper Award’ Committee of the Organic Geochemistry Division, Geological Society of America (GSA)

2009–current Committee member of the European Association of Organic Geochemistry (EAOG) International Pieter Scheck Award and travel awards

2009–2012 ARC College of Experts (Discovery Project and Linkage Project grants: Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences)

2009- current Executive member of the Australia and New Zealand Mass Spectrometry Society

2009-current Member of the Research and Development Committee of the Department of Chemistry, Curtin University

2008–2010 Board of the University Research and Development Committee, Curtin University

2008–2010 Board of the Research and Development Committee of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Curtin University

2008–current International Geoscience Program 572 (Project Leader): Restoration of Marine Ecosystems following the Permian-Triassic Mass Extinction

2008–current Member, American Association of Petroleum Geologists

2007–current Member, Geological Society of America (GSA)

2007–2009 Member ‘Best Paper Award’ Committee of the Organic Geochemistry Division, GSA

2007–current Committee member of the EAOG Travel Awards

2007 Appointed ARC College of Experts – Linkage Infrastructure grants

2007- present Australian Sustainable Development Institute, Curtin University

2005-present The Institute for Geoscience Research, Curtin University

1998–current Member, Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia

1998–current Member, Royal Australian Chemical Institute

1998–current Australasian Research Management Society, WA Chapter

1994–current Member, European Association of Organic Geochemistry

 

AWARDS

2014 John Curtin Distinguished Professor

2013 ARC DORA Professorial Fellowship

2013 Runner up John de Laeter Research Leadership Award

2013 Elected Fellow of the Geochemical Society and European Association of Geochemistry

2012 RACI Environmental medal presented in Dec 2012 and medallist lecture

2011 Award for the highest RPI 2010 Division for Science and Engineering

2010 VC Award for Excellence & Innovation at Curtin University, Finalist award

2010 Award for highest research performance index in Curtin University and in Faculty.

2009 Faculty Senior Researcher of the Year Award for Science, Curtin University

2008 Australian Research Council (ARC) QEII Fellowship (II)

2007 Faculty Researcher of the Year Award for Science (under 40), Curtin University

2002 The Premier’s Inaugural Science Award for Early Career Achievement in Science, Western Australia

2002 JG Russell Award, Australian Academy of Science for QEII research

2002 Dean’s Medallion for Emerging Research Effort, Division of Engineering and Science, Curtin University

2002 ARC QEII fellowship (I)

2001 International Pieter Schenck Award presented by the European Association of Organic Geochemistry for outstanding contributions in Organic Geochemistry Student and Staff Awards

Please see http://wa-oigc.curtin.edu.au/research/awards.cfm

 

Conference organization Organising committee

2014 Session chair at Goldschmidt conference, 2014

2014 Session chair at Australian Earth Science Congress, Newcastle

2002-2013 (every 2 years) Session chair at the International Meeting of Organic Geochemistry

2011 International Permian and Carboniferous Conference, UWA, Perth WA

Organising Committee of 2011 ANZSMS conference

2010 Convenor of Australian Isotope/Environmental and Hydrogeology conference at Curtin University

2009 Gordon Research Conference joint session chair on biodegradation

2008 Gordon Research Conference session chair on ‘Hot Topics’

2008 Convenor of Australian Organic Geochemistry Conference

2006 Session Organising Chair at the 16th Annual V.M. Goldschmidt Conference, Melbourne

2006 Session Organising Chair at the American Chemical Society, Orlando

 

2002 Associate editor Organic Geochemistry, 2007–present Geology, 2007–2010

2012-present Journal reviewer Organic Geochemistry Environmental Science and Technology, Chemical Geology, Geology Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Paleo3 Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Applied Geochemistry, Analytical Chemistry Journal of Chromatography, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, Science, Nature, Geoscience

 

Grant reviewer

UK Natural Environment Research Council,

1998–present Australian Research Council – International and Oz reader,

2001–2009 USA National Science Foundation,

2007–present American Chemical Society – Petroleum research fund,

1998–present Dutch Research Foundation,

2002–present German Research Foundation,

2002–present Student supervision

 

PhD student supervision

2014: Gemma Spaak ARC DORA/ CIRTS

2014:  Jaime Rafael Cesar Colmenares Woodside/CIRTS

2013: Hendrik Grotheer CSIRO Minerals cluster

2013: Chloe Plet ARC DORA/ CIRTS

2011: Alexander Holman APA completed

2011: Anais Pages: ARC Discovery (Grice)/ CIRTS completed

2010: Ines Melendez: ARC QEII (Grice)/CIRTS completed

2009: Svenja Tulipani: Curtin University Targeted Scholarship/CIRTS completed

2009: Mojgan Ladjavardi: Curtin University/CIRTS completed

2008: Salem Aboglila: Curtin University – completed

2007: Christiane Eiserbeck: Curtin University/Chevron- completed

2006: Ercin Maslen: Curtin University/ CUPSA – completed

2006: Dawn White: Curtin University/CRC-WQT/CIRTS – completed

2006: Birgit Nabbefeld: Curtin University/ARC/ CIRTS – completed

2006: Christian Hallmann: Curtin University/ CIRTS – completed

2006: Christiane Vitzthum Von Eckstaedt: Curtin University/CRC-CARE – completed

2005: Luc Fusetti: Curtin University/ IFP/ Cotutelle – completed and VC commendation

2004: Tamara Pilgrim: Curtin University/UWA – completed

2003: Daniel Dawson: Curtin University-APA – completed

 

Collaborating PhD student supervision

2012: Aileen Robert: University of Western Australia

2009: Anthony Hall: University of Adelaide completed

2006: Lyndsay Hays: MIT, US- completed

2004: Pia Atahan: University of Western Australia – completed

2002: Pauline Chau: University of Western Australia – completed Honours and Masters student supervision

1998–present: 2 Masters, 27 Honours, 4 French Internships, 3 Pakistan Internships and 4 BioGenius students.

Research fellows (mentor) Dr Ken Williford (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena), Dr Katherine Trinajstic (Curtin Fellow,  A/Prof & QEII Fellow current), Dr Pia Atahan (AINSE/ANSTO employee), Dr Tobias Ertefai (University of Bremen), Dr Caroline Jaraula, Dr Youping Zhou (Lipidomics, Germany), Dr Robert Lockhart (Baker Hughes, Australia), Dr Pierre Le Metayer (University of Strasbourg), Dr Jeffrey Dick, Dr Martijn Woltering (Curtin/ CSIRO research fellow), Dr Alison Blyth (50% AINSE/ANSTO/Curtin Fellow), Dr Lyndon Berwick (Baker Hughes, Australia), Dr Svenja Tulpani (Research Associate, WA-OIGC), Dr Sabine Lengger (Research Associate, WA-OIGC), Dr Anais Pages (Curtin/CSIRO John Stocker) & Dr Sebastian Naeher (DFG, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Fellow with WA-OIGC).

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Employment History

KLITI GRICE

Department of Chemistry Curtin University Kent Street, Bentley WA 6102

Tel +61 8 9266 2474;

Fax +61 8 9266 2300

Email: k.grice@curtin.edu.au;

Web: http://wa-oigc.curtin.edu.au/

CURRENT POSITION

Professor of Organic and Isotope Geochemistry, Curtin University – since December 2007

ARC DORA Professorial Fellow

 

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT

2008 – current Founding Director, Western Australian Organic and Isotope Geochemistry Centre

Australian Research Council (ARC) QEII Fellow (II)

2007 Professor of Organic and Isotope Geochemistry, Curtin University

2003 Associate Professor of Organic and Isotope Geochemistry, Curtin University

2002–2007 ARC (QEII) Fellow (I), WA State Centre for Excellence in Applied Organic Geochemistry, Curtin University Leader of the Stable Isotope and Biogeochemistry Research Group

1998–2002 Senior Research Fellow, John de Laeter State Centre for Excellence in Mass Spectrometry, Curtin University

1995–1998 Research Fellow, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Texel, The Netherlands

 

EDUCATION

1995 Doctor of Philosophy (University of Bristol, UK)

1991 Bachelor of Science in Applied Chemistry (Honours), University of Kingston, London, UK

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Teaching

Organic Geochemistry, Stable isotopes (C, H, N, S), Environmental Chemistry, Mass Extinctions and Earth's History, Petroleum Geochemistry (conventional and non-conventional), Biomarkers/ Molecular Fossils, Provenancing, Pollution, Soil, sediments, Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, Food webs, Marine Geochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Compound Specific Isotopes (C, H, S, N), mICROBIAL Biogeochemical Cycles, Biochemistry, Organic Geochemistry of Minerals, Paleobiology, Paleocology, Paleoclimate, Biochemical pathways, Permian/ Triassic; Triassic/Jurassic; end- Ordovician; end Devonian; PETM events; end Cretaceous.

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Research Interests

For research please see http://wa-oigc.curtin.edu.au/research/

For grants http://wa-oigc.curtin.edu.au/research/grants.cfm

~~•Organic Geochemistry, •Stable isotopes (C, H, N, S), •Environmental Chemistry, •Mass Extinctions and Earth's History, •Petroleum Geochemistry (conventional and non-conventional), •Biomarkers/ Molecular Fossils, •Provenancing, •Pollution, •Soil, sediments, •Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, •Food webs, •Marine Geochemistry, •Analytical Chemistry, •Compound Specific Isotopes (C, H, S, N), •Biogeochemical Cycles, •Biochemistry, •Organic Geochemistry of Minerals, •Paleobiology, Paleocology, •Paleoclimate, •Biochemical pathways, •Permian/ Triassic; Triassic/Jurassic; end- Ordovician; end Devonian; PETM events; end Cretaceous.

 

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Specialty Areas

~~•Organic Geochemistry, •Stable isotopes (C, H, N, S), •Environmental Chemistry, •Mass Extinctions and Earth's History, •Petroleum Geochemistry (conventional and non-conventional), •Biomarkers/ Molecular Fossils, •Provenancing, •Pollution, •Soil, sediments, •Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, •Food webs, •Marine Geochemistry, •Analytical Chemistry, •Compound Specific Isotopes (C, H, S, N), •Biogeochemical Cycles, •Biochemistry, •Organic Geochemistry of Minerals, •Paleobiology, Paleocology •Paleoclimate, •Biochemical pathways, •Permian/ Triassic; Triassic/Jurassic; end- Ordovician; end Devonian; PETM events; end Cretaceous.

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Publications

2014

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2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

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2009

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2008

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2007

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2006

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2005

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2004

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2003

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2002

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2001

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2000

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Additional publication categories

2009

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

2005

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Grice, K., R. Summons, and R. Twitchett. 2005. “Molecular fossils give life to new extinction theory.” The Australian Geologist 136: 37-39.

2001

Book Chapters - Other

  • Grice, K. 2001. “D<sup>13</sup>C as an indicator of palaeoenvironments: A molecular approach.” In Application of stable isotope techniques to study biological processes and functioning ecosystems, 247-281. The Netherlands: Kluwer Scientific.
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