Sci­ence re­wards

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

SOUTH Perth res­i­dent Zheng-Xiang Li’s work as geo­sci­en­tist has earned him recog­ni­tion af­ter be­ing named as a fi­nal­ist in the Premier’s Sci­ence Awards.

ZHENG-XIANG Li helps un­cover some of the mys­ter­ies of the evo­lu­tion of Earth in his work as a geo­sci­en­tist.

The South Perth res­i­dent came to Aus­tralia 33 years to do his PhD af­ter grow­ing up in the coun­try­side in east China.

He is a John Curtin Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor and the codi­rec­tor of the Aus­trali­aChina Joint Re­search Cen­tre for Tec­ton­ics and Earth Re­sources at the Curtin Univer­sity WA School of Mines.

“My work fo­cuses pri­mar­ily on the in­ner work­ing of the solid Earth, al­though much of our find­ings are very rel­e­vant to the find­ing of min­eral and en­ergy re­sources, for in­stance, help­ing ex­plo­ration com­pa­nies to de­sign ex­plo­ration strate­gies, and to the stud­ies of Earth’s en­vi­ron­ment, cli­mate and life,” he said.

“My love for physics was trans­lated into geo­physics in my later stud­ies and my love for out­door and ex­plor­ing the na­ture car­ried me all the way to WA and many re­mote places around the world,” he said.

“Be­ing able to get the op­por­tu­nity to build my own lab in WA on the com­ple­tion of my PhD in my late 20s en­abled me to get in­volved in the study of su­per­con­ti­nen­tal events (now known as su­per­con­ti­nent cy­cles)

Pro­fes­sor Li has been named as a fi­nal­ist in the Premier’s Sci­ence Awards, in the Sci­en­tist of the Year cat­e­gory.

“It is a great hon­our to be a fi­nal­ist in this great state, which hosts so many tal­ented re­searchers. I am there­fore also feel­ing hum­bled,” he said.

“WA has a bright fu­ture not only as a re­source-rich state, but also a clever one, host­ing global re­searchers and cen­tres in sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing.”

early on,” he said.

“Late on, I co-led two global col­lab­o­ra­tive IGCP (In­ter­na­tional Geo­science Pro­gram) projects from Perth.

“We were able to pro­duce the first geo­dy­namic map of the newly dis­cov­ered su­per­con­ti­nent Ro­dinia, and are still busy test­ing a range of ex­cit­ing and ground­break­ing hy­pothe­ses,” he said.

I was for­tu­nate enough to be at the right place (WA) and right time to pur­sue what I re­ally en­joy do­ing.”

Pro­fes­sor Zheng-Xiang Li.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.