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South East Asia Research Group


The SE Asia Research Group carries out field and laboratory based studies aimed at understanding the tectonic development and geological history of this exciting, active and beautiful region. The group is funded by industrial companies in three-year consortia.

Our research activities range from MSc, MRes and PhD studies to major thematic programmes, all of which involve collaborations between UK, SE Asian, EC and Australian universities, government institutions and professional organisations.

Recent and current research includes projects investigating the Sorong Fault Zone in east Indonesia, the Sumatran Fault, arc development and tectonic evolution in Java, isotopic dating in Borneo, Cenozoic exhumation in Malaysia, tectonics of the Banda Arc collision zone, Sulawesi, the Moluccas and New Guinea, sediment provenance and zircon studies throughout the region, and a host of other activities from mantle tomography to plate reconstructions.

Fossilised and modern carbonates, Pulau Saparua, Moluccas, Indonesia
Granite outcrops, Pergua River, peninsular Malaysia


Staff: Research students:
  • Duncan Witts
  • Scott Dempsey
  • Igun Gunawan
  • Lorin Davies
  • Jonathan Pownall
  • Juliane Hennig
  • Tim Breitfeld

Email: searg@es.rhul.ac.uk

Funding: 3 year consortium of oil companies 2011-2013

Links: SEA Research Group main site - http://searg.rhul.ac.uk/



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