Michael Asten

Professor

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1973 …2019

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Biography

Michael Asten was a Professor (Research), part-time, in the School of Earth Atmosphere and Environment, Monash University, Melbourne, retiring in 2015, and continuing as an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow. He gained a PhD in geophysics from Macquarie University in 1977, worked in academia and the mineral exploration industry in Australia and overseas to1997, and joined Monash part time in 1997. He is recipient/co-recipient of five innovation awards from the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, CSIRO and BHP in the years to 1997. While at Monash he has been recipient of two ARC Linkage grants, two US Army SERDP grants, four US Geological Survey and Geoscience Australia grants. He has current collaborative projects with the US Geological Survey, the north-American Consortium of Organizations for Strong Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS)  and the Middle East Technological University, Turkey, and Rio Tinto Exploration.

He served for 3 years as the Australian Geoscience Council representative on the Australian Academy of Sciences UNCOVER Executive Committee, a group providing guidance for development of next-generation technology in Australia for mineral exploration.

He has served twice on ARC panels reviewing key centres. Prof. Asten has published as author or co-author 200 scientific papers (including 109 peer-reviewed to the ARC C1 and E1 standards) on a wide range of topics in mineral exploration and earthquake hazard. He has published on climate sensitivity as deduced from deep-ocean records of the Eocene period, and is part of an international group of scientists investigating centennial and millennial natural cycles of climate change and the hypothesis that they are in part subject to astronomical control via cosmic ray flux on the Earth’s atmosphere.  He is a regular commentator on climate-change science with 37 OpEds and letters and comments published in The Australian, The Age and various geoscience journals, since 2009.

http://monash.academia.edu/michaelasten

 

Prizes

1.     Letter of Commendation for Excellence in Teaching from the Pro-Vice Chancellor - Monash University 2017

 

 2. Awarded Honorary Membership of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG), 2013, for “distinguished contributions by a member to the profession of exploration geophysics and to the ASEG over many years”.

 3.   Received the Laric Hawkins Award at ASEG Conference, 2004, for the paper judged to be the “most innovative geophysical method” (passive seismic microtremor method). This method was introduced to Australia by Michael Asten, and is now in regular use within the exploration geosciences community.

 4. Co-recipient of the ASEG “Graham Sands Award” in 2001 (for development of the “Falcon” airborne gravity gradiometer).

 5.     Co-recipient of the CSIRO Medal for External Research in 2000 (for development of the “Falcon” airborne gravity gradiometer).  The FALCON gravity gradiometer is now a commercial system in world-wide use for mineral exploration. 

 6. Honorable Mentions in ASEG “Best Paper” award lists, 2000 and 2001 Conferences.

 7. Co-recipient of the BHP Research Innovation Prize in 1996 (for development of airborne EM technology and interpretation tools),

 8. Received the Laric Hawkins Award at ASEG Conference, 1987, for the paper judged to be the “most innovative geophysical method” (borehole magnetometric method). This method was introduced to Australia by Michael Asten, and is now in regular use within the exploration geosciences community.

 9. Co-author (with R. Brescianini and N. McLean) receiving the ASEG Conference Best Paper award, 1992).

Research area keywords

  • earthquake hazard, passive seismic, microtremor, MMSPAC, Risdon Cove, natural cycles of climate change

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