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BSc (Computer Science), University of Sydney
PhD (Geology), University of Sydney

Associate Professor Nathan Daczko is a metamorphic petrologist who combines field and laboratory studies to examine metamorphic processes. He addresses multiple scales, from microstructure to the evolution of large orogens. Inverting this information provides constraints on the geodynamic and metasomatic processes involved in the history of metamorphic rocks, and advances understanding of crustal evolution and geodynamics.

Research interests

Current research is focused on the microstructural and microchemical changes that occur during melt-rock interaction. This research crosses discipline boundaries to explore igneous/structural mechanisms of melt migration and metamorphic processes of melt-rock reaction that might track the pathways. This topic is also explored using high-P and high-T experiments of melt-rock interaction. The field aspects of the research explore the exposed lower crustal plumbing systems of ancient magmatic arcs, such as Fiordland, New Zealand, to better understand how mass transfer occurs through the deep crust and what signature this leaves in the rock record. Related research examines melt migration and melt-rock interaction in the exposed roots of other tectonic settings, such as (i) an intracontinental orogen, exposed in Central Australia, (ii) an extensional period of the New England Orogen, and (iii) poorly-defined orogenic systems now exposed by recent uplift in the Italian Alps (Ivrea-Verbano Zone).

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Projects 2006 2020

Just add water: a recipe for the deformation of continental interiors

Daczko, N., Putnis, A. & Raimondo, T.

17/06/16 → …

Project: Research

continental interior

Reconstructing East Antarctica in Gondwana: ground-truthing a new tectonic model

Daczko, N., Halpin, J., Fitzsimons, I. & Whittaker, J.

30/03/16 → …

Project: Research

MQ Marine Research Centre

George, S., Armand, L., Armbrecht, L., Bishop, M., Brock, G., Daczko, N., Dadd, K., Goodwin, I., Grech, A., Hesse, P., Irvine, A., Jacob, D., Kennedy, M., Kosnik, M., Loehr, S., Madin, E., Madin, J., Ostrowski, M., Paulsen, I., Saintilan, N., Tetu, S., Williamson, J., Wood, L. & O'Brien, P.

1/07/15 → …

Project: Research

Appointments and Schedules

Research Outputs 1999 2019

A multiproxy provenance approach to uncovering the assembly of East Gondwana in Antarctica

Mulder, J. A., Halpin, J. A., Daczko, N. R., Orth, K., Meffre, S., Thompson, J. M. & Morrissey, L. J., Jul 2019, In : Geology. 47, 7, p. 645-649 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Fingerprinting Proterozoic bedrock in interior Wilkes Land, East Antarctica

Maritati, A., Halpin, J. A., Whittaker, J. M. & Daczko, N. R., 15 Jul 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 12 p., 10192.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Inefficient high-temperature metamorphism in orthogneiss

Chapman, T., Clarke, G. L., Piazolo, S. & Daczko, N. R., Jan 2019, In : American Mineralogist. 104, 1, p. 17-30 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Modelling the partial melting of metasediments in a low-pressure regional contact aureole: the effect of water and whole-rock composition

Wang, WRZ., Clarke, G., Daczko, N. R. & Zhao, Y., Aug 2019, In : Geological Magazine. 156, 8, p. 1400-1424 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

partial melting
low pressure


E.S. Hills Medal

Nathan Daczko (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Other distinction


Earth and Planetary Sciences HDR Supervision Award

Nathan Daczko (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Other distinction