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Dr Elena Belousova

Research Fellow in the ARC National Key Centre for Geochemical Evolution and Metallogeny of Continents


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Dr Elena Belousova
GEMOC, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Macquarie University NSW, 2109


Elena Belousova is a Research Fellow in the ARC National Key Centre for Geochemical Evolution and Metallogeny of Continents (GEMOC) at Macquarie University, Sydney.  Previously Elena was an Australian Postdoctoral Fellow and then a holder of the Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor's Innovation Fellowship.

Research interests

  • broad surveys of the trace-element signatures of zircon and apatite in a wide range of rock types and mineral deposits, developing new methods that apply accessory minerals to exploration
  • in situ U-Pb age dating of zircons using the laser-ablation microprobe ICPMS
  • the Nu Multicollector ICPMS for in-situ analysis of Hf isotopes in zircon
  • the TerraneChron® methodology development: the integration of different techniques obtaining U-Pb age, Hf isotope and trace-element composition on the same zircon grain, and interpretation of these signatures in terms of crustal evolution history
  • TerraneChron® collaborative applied studies with BHPBilliton, WMC, Anglo Australia, Codelco and Stockdale, including projects using detrital zircons to study crustal evolution in the Yilgarn Craton and Mount Isa Eastern Succession, and exploration related projects in the Arivalli Craton of India and the Amazon Basin of South America
  • research work that includes the study on the processes of continental crust generation through time, and in specific tectonic settings on the Australian continent.

Current research

My current research aims to establish TerraneChron® (integrated U-Pb, Hf-isotope and trace-element analyses) as the industry-standard frontline exploration reconnaissance tool in appropriate terranes and to use the new relevant applications, methods and knowledge to better decipher the nature of crustal evolution and the geochemical fingerprints of geodynamic processes.

Selected Publications

Belousova, E. A., Griffin, W. L., & Pearson, N. J., 1998. Trace element composition and cathodoluminescence properties of southern African kimberlitic zircons, Mineralogical Magazine, 62(3), 355-366.

Belousova, E. A., Griffin, W. L., & O'Reilly, S. Y., 1998. Cathodoluminescence and geochemical properties of kimberlitic and lamproitic zircons. Proc. 7th Int. Kimberlite Conference, Cape Town, J.B. Dawson Volume, pp. 23-29.

Berryman, A. K., Steifenhofer, J., Shee, S. R., Wyatt, B. A., & Belousova, E. A., 1999. The discovery and geology of the Timber Creek kimberlites, Northern Territory, Australia. Proc. 7th Int. Kimberlite Conference, Cape Town, J.B. Dawson Volume, pp. 30-39.

Griffin, W. L., Pearson, N. J., Belousova, E. A., Jackson, S. R., van Achterbergh, E., O'Reilly, S. Y., & Shee, S. R., 2000. The Hf isotope composition of cratonic mantle: LAM-MC-ICPMS analysis of zircon megacrysts in kimberlites. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 64, 133-147.

Belousova, E. A., Walters, S., Griffin, W. L., & O'Reilly, S. Y., 2001.  Trace element signatures of apatites from granitoids of Mount Isa Inlier, north-west Queensland, Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 48, 603-619.

Belousova, E.A., Griffin, W.L., Shee, S.R., Jackson, S.E. &  O'Reilly, S.Y., 2001. Two age populations of zircons from the Timber Creek Kimberlites, Northern Territory, Australia as determined by laser-ablation ICPMS.  Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 48, 757-765.

Belousova, E. A., Walters, S., Griffin, W. L., O'Reilly, S. Y. & Fisher, N.I., 2002. Zircon trace-element compositions as indicators of source rock type.  Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 143, 602-622.

Belousova, E. A., Walters, S., Griffin, W. L., O'Reilly, S. Y. & Fisher, N.I., 2002. Apatite trace-element composition: relationship to source rock type. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 76, 45-69.

Spetsius, Z.V., Belousova, E.A., Griffin, W.L., O'Reilly, S.Y. and Pearson, N.J., 2002. Archean sulfide inclusions in Paleozoic zircon megacrysts from the Mir kimberlite, Yakutia: implications for the dating of diamonds. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 199, 111-126.

Griffin, W.L., Belousova, E.A., Shee, S.R., Pearson, N.J. & O'Reilly, S.Y., 2004. Archean crustal evolution in the northern Yilgarn Craton:U-Pb and Hf-isotope evidence from detrital zircons.  Precambrian Research, 131, 231-282.

Jackson, S.E., Pearson, N.J., Griffin, W.L. and Belousova, E.A. 2004. The application of laser ablation microprobe-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LAM-ICPMS) to in situ U-Pb zircon geochronology, Chemical Geology 211, 47-69.

Catalán, J.R., Fernández-Suárez , J. , Jenner G.A., Belousova, E.A., Diez Montes, A. 2004.  Provenance constraints from detrital zircon U-Pb ages in the northwestern Iberian Massif: Implications for Paleozoic plate configuration and Variscan evolution. Journal of the Geological Society, London, 161, 463-476.

Cooper S.A. and Belousova E.A. 2004.  Granite gneiss basement on Flinders Island, South Australia.  Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 51, 611-619.

Halpin, J.A., Gerakiteys, C., Clarke, G.L., Belousova, E.A. and Griffin, W.L. 2005. In-situ U-Pb geochronology and Hf isotope analyses of the Rayner Complex, east Antarctica. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 148, 689-706.

Veevers, J. J., Saeed, A., Belousova, E. A. and Griffin, W. L.2005. U–Pb ages and source composition by Hf-isotope and trace-element analysis of detrital zircons in Permian sandstone and modern sand from southwestern Australia and a review of the paleogeographical and denudational history of the Yilgarn Craton.  Earth-Science Reviews, 68, 245-279.

Moore, A. and Belousova, E.  2005.  Crystallization of the Cr-poor and Cr-rich megacryst suites from the same (host kimberlite) magma.  Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 149, 462-481.

McInnes, B.I.A., Evans, N.J., Fu, F.Q., Garwin, S., Belousova, E., Griffin, W.L., Bertens, A., Sukarna, D., Permanadewi, S., Andrew, R.L. and Deckart, K. 2005. Thermal History Analysis of Selected Chilean, Indonesian and Iranian Porphyry Cu-Mo-Au Deposits, in Porter, T.M. (Ed), Super Porphyry Copper & Gold Deposits - A Global Perspective; PGC Publishing, Adelaide, pp 27-42. (

Condie, K.C., Beyer, E., Belousova, E.A., Griffin, W.L., & O'Reilly, S.Y. 2005.  U-Pb isotopic ages and Hf isotopic composition of single zircons:  The search for juvenile Precambrian continental crust.  Precambrian Research 139, 42-100.

Griffin, W.L., Belousova, E.A., Walters, S.G. and O'Reilly, S.Y. 2006. Archean and Proterozoic crustal evolution in the Eastern Succession of the Mt Isa district, Australia: U-Pb and Hf-isotope studies of detrital zircons. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 53, 125-149.

Belousova, E. A., Griffin, W. L., & O'Reilly, S. Y. 2006. Zircon crystal morphology, trace-element signatures and Hf-isotope composition as a tool for petrogenetic modelling: examples from eastern Australian granitoids. Journal of Petrology 47, 329-353.

Belousova E.A., Reid A. J., Schwarz M.P., Griffin W.L. & Fairclough M.C. 2006. Crustal evolution in the Gawler Craton, South Australia: Application of the TerraneChron® technique to detrital zircon from modern stream sediments. South Australia. Department of Primary Industries and Resources. Report Book, 2006/4, 192 pp.

Veevers J.J., Belousova E.A., Saeed A., Sircombe K., Cooper A.F., Read S.E.  2006. Pan-Gondwanaland detrital zircons from Australia analysed for Hf-isotopes and trace elements reflect an ice-covered Antarctic provenance of 700–500 Ma age, TDM of 2.0–1.0 Ga, and alkaline affinity.  Earth-Science Reviews 76, 135–174.

Griffin W.L., Pearson N. J., Belousova E.A. and Saeed A. 2006. Hf-isotope heterogeneity in standard zircon 91500.  Chemical Geology 233, 358-363.

Belousova, E.A., Preiss, W.V., Schwarz, M. P. and Griffin, W.L. 2006. Tectonic affinities of the Houghton Inlier, South Australia: U-Pb and Hf isotope data from zircons in modern stream sediments. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 53, 6, 971-989.

Reid, A.J., Wilson, C.J.L., Shun, L., Pearson, N. and Belousova, E. 2007 Mesozoic plutons of the Yidun Arc, SW China: U/Pb geochronology and Hf isotope signature. Ore Geology Reviews 31, 88-106.

Griffin, W. L., Belousova, E. A., and O'Reilly, S. Y., 2007. TerraneChron Analysis of Zircons from Western Australian Samples. Western Australia Geological Survey, Record 2007/4, 52p.

Batumike, J.M., O’Reilly, S.Y., Griffin, W.L., Belousova, E.A.   2007.  U/Pb and Hf-isotope on zircon from Kundelungu, Southeast D. R. of the Congo: Implications on the crust geological evolution.  Precambrian Research 156, 195-225.

Batumike, J.M., Griffin, W.L., Belousova, E.A., Pearson N.J, O’Reilly, S.Y. and Shee S.R. 2008. LAM-ICPMS U-Pb dating of kimberlitic perovskite: Eocene-Oligocene kimberlites from the Kundelungu Plateau, D.R. Congo. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 267, 609-619.

O'Reilly, S. Y., Griffin W.L., Pearson N.J., Jackson S.E., Belousova E.A., Alard O. and Saeed A. 2008. Taking the pulse of the earth:  linking crust and mantle events. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 55, 983-995.

Batumike, J.M., Griffin, W.L., O’Reilly, S.Y., Belousova, E.A. and Pawlitschek M. 2009. Crustal evolution in the central Congo Craton, Luebo-Kasai, D.R. Congo: Zircon U-Pb and Hf-isotope data. Precambrian Research, 170, 107-115.

Condie, K.C., Belousova, E.A., Grifin, W.L. and Sircombe, K.N. 2009. Granitoid events in space and time: Constraints from igneous and detrital zircon age spectra. Gondwana Research 15, 228–242


Publication Summary:

  • 33 refereed publications in International Journals
  • 48 conference presentations published as abstracts/extended abstracts
  • 37 industry related reports (5 substantial)

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