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.