Professor Martin Van Kranendonk
Head of School
Field of Research: 
Archean tectonics, early life, global geodynamics
Contact details:
+61 2 9385 2439

Room 611, D26 Building
UNSW, Kensington 2052

Deputy Director of: Big Questions Institute

Member of: ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems

Research & Current Projects

Project: Conservation of the oldest evidence of life on Earth - Master of Philosophy in Environmental Management 

Ideally seeking a mature-age student with experience in conservation and multi-party negotiations, perhaps someone who has already worked in government and/or business.

All aspects of Early Earth, biosignatures and habitats of earliest life, and the evolution of the planetary system through time.

My current research is focussed on:

1) Relationship between Earth’ earliest life and hydrothermal vent systems in the Pilbara Craton, Western Australia;

2) A terrestrial setting for the origin of life

3) Where to search for life on Mars, and involvement in NASAs Mars2020 mission.

4) The adaptation of life across the Great oxygenation Event at the Archean-Proterozoic boundary, 2.5-2.2 Ga;

5) Secular changes in tectonics and geochemistry through the Precambrian and how these influenced changes in the atmosphere/hydrosphere and biosphere;

6) Archean crustal evolution and the relative contributions of subduction-accretion vs plume magmatism to crust formation.

Research Students

Erica Barlow (PhD candidate)

Tara Djokic (PhD candidate)

Brendan Nomchong (PhD candidate)

Georgia Soares (PhD candidate)

Hugh Bannister (MPhil candidate)

Richard Blake (MPhil candidate)

Mark Healey (Mphil candidate)

Sahand Tadbiri (MPhil candidate)



Published Books (3)

117) Roberts, N.M.W., Van Kranendonk, M., Parman, S., Shirey, S., Clift, P.D. (Eds.), 2015. Continent Formation through time. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 389.

116) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Johnston, J. (2009): Discovery trails to Early Earth - A traveller’s Guide to the east Pilbara region of Western Australia. Geological Survey of Western Australia.

115) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Smithies, R.H., Bennett, V. (Eds.), 2007. Earth’s Oldest Rocks. Developments in Precambrian Geology, Series 15. Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1307pp.

Papers in International Journals and Books (113)


114) Djokic, T., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Campbell, K.A., Walter, M.R., Ward, C.R. (in press): Earliest signs of life on land preserved in c. 3.5 Ga hot spring deposits. Nature Communications

2016 (12)

113) Barlow, E., Van Kranendonk, M.J. Yamaguchi, K.E., Ikehara, M., Lepland, A. (2016): Lithostratigraphic analysis of a new stromatolite-thrombolite reef from across the rise of atmospheric oxygen in the Paleoproterozoic Turee Creek Group, Western Australia. Geobiology 14, 317–343. DOI 10.1111/gbi.12175.

112) Duda, J-P., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Thief, V., Ionescu, D., Strauss, H., Schafer, N., Reitner, J. (2016): A rare glimpse of Paleoarchean life: Geobiology of an exceptionally preserved microbial mat facies from the 3.4 Ga Strelley Pool Formation, Western Australia. PlosOne 11(1). DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0147629

111) Flannery, D.T., Allwood, A., Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2016): Lacustrine facies dependence of highly 13C-depleted organic matter during the Global Age of Methanotrophy. Precambrian Research 285, 216-241.

110) Gardiner, N.J., Kirkland, C.L., Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2016): More than Average: The Juvenile Hf Signal as a Record of Global Supercycles. Scientific Reports 6, 38503. DOI 10.1038/srep38503.

109) Herrero-Bervera, E., Krasa, D., Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2016): A whole rock absolute paleointensity determination of dacites from the Duffer Formation (ca. 3.467 Ga) of the Pilbara Craton, Australia: An impossible task? Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors 258, 51-62.

108) Hwong, Y-L., Oliver, C., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Sammut, C., Seroussi, Y. (2016): What makes you tick? The psychology of social media engagement in space science communication. Computers in Human Behavior 68, 480-492.

107) Morag, N., Williford, K.H., Kitajima, K., Philippot, P., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Lepot, K., Thomazo, C., Valley, J.W. (2016): Microstructure-specific carbon isotopic signatures of organic matter from ~3.5 Ga cherts of the Pilbara Craton support a biologic origin. Precambrian Research 275, 429-449.

106) Murphy, R.J., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Kelloway, S., Wainwright, I. (2016): Complex patterns in fossilised stromatolites revealed by hyperspectral imaging (400-2496 nm). Geobiology 14413-439. DOI 10.1111/gbi.12184

105) Nutman, A.P., Bennett, V.C., Friend, C.R.L., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Chivas, A. (2016): Rapid emergence of life shown by discovery of 3,700-million-year-old microbial structures. Nature 537, 535-538. DOI 10.1038/nature19355

104) Sossi, P.A., Eggins, S.M., Nesbitt, R.W., Nebel, O., Hergt, J.M., Campbell, I.H., O’Neill, H. St. C., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Davies, D.R. (2016): Petrogenesis and geochemistry of Archean komatiites. Journal of Petrology 57, 147-184. DOI 10.1093/petrology/egw004

103) Sugitani, K., Oehler, D., Van Kranendonk, M.J., House, C., Walter, M.R. (in press): Archean coastal-plain paleosols and life on land: Comment. Gondwana

102) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Kirkland, C.L. (2016): Conditioned duality of the Earth System: Geochemical tracing of the supercontinent cycle through the Precambrian. Earth-Science Reviews 160, 171-187. DOI 10.1016/j.earscirev.2016.05.009

2015 (13)

101) Kurzweil, F., Wille, M., Schoenberg, R., Taubald, H., Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2015): Continuously increasing δ98Mo values in Neoarchean black shales and iron formations from the Hamersley Basin. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 164, 523-542. DOI 10.1016/j.gca.2015.05.009

100) Martindale, R., Strauss, J.V., Sperling, E.A., Johnson, J.E., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Flannery, D.T., French, K., Lepot, K., Mazumder, R., Rice, M.S., Schrag, D.P., Summons, R., Walter, M., Abelson, J., Knoll, A.H. (2015): Sedimentology, chemostratigraphy, and stromatolites of lower Paleoproterozoic carbonates, Turee Creek Group, Western Australia. Precambrian Research 266, 194-211.

99) Mazumder, R., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Altermann, W. (2015): A marine to fluvial transition in the Paleoproterozoic Koolbye Formation, Turee Creek Group, Western Australia. Precambrian Research 258, 161-170.

98) Pagès, A., Grice, K., Welsh, D.T., Teasdale, P.T., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Greenwood, P.F. (2015): Lipid biomarker and isotopic study of community distribution and biomarker preservation in a laminated microbial mat from Shark Bay, Western Australia. Microbial Ecology 70, 459-472. DOI 10.1007/s00248-015-0598-3.

97) Roberts, N.M.W., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Parman, S., Clift, P. (2015): Continent Formation Through Time. In: Roberts, N.M.W., Van Kranendonk, M., Parman, S., Shirey, S. & Clift, P.D. (eds), Continent Formation Through Time. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 389, 1-16.

96) SchopfJ.W., Kudryavtsev, A.B., Walter, M.R., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Williford, K.W., Kozdon, R., Valley, J.W., Gallardo, V.A., Espinoza, C., Flannery, D.T. (2015): Reply to Dvořák et al.: Apparent evolutionary stasis of ancient subseafloor sulfur cycling biocoenosesProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (20), E2560.

95) SchopfJ.W., Kudryavtsev, A.B., Walter, M.R., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Williford, K.W., Kozdon, R., Valley, J.W., Gallardo, V.A., Espinoza, C., Flannery, D.T. (2015): A fossil sulfur-cycling microbiota from the 1.8 Ga Duck Creek Formation provides promising evidence of evolution's null hypothesis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112, 2087-2092. DOI 10.1073/pnas.1419241112.

94) Sugitani, K., Mimura, K., Takeuchi, M., Yamaguchi, T., Suzuki, K., Senda, R., Asahara, Y., Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2015). A Paleoarchean coastal hydrothermal field inhabited by diverse microbial communities: the Strelley Pool Formation, Pilbara Craton, Western Australia. Geobiology 13, 522-545. DOI 10.1111/gbi.12150

93) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Mazumder, R. (2015): Two Paleoproterozoic glacio-eustatic cycles in the Turee Creek Group, Western Australia. Geological Society of America Bulletin 127, 596-607. DOI 10.1130/B31025.1

92) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Altermann, W., Mazumder, R. (2015): A squall by the seashore ca. 2.3 billion years ago: Raindrop imprints in a Paleoproterozoic tidal flat deposit, Kungarra Formation, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 62, 265-274DOI 10.1080/08120099.2015.1016105.

91) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Kirkland, C.L., Cliff, J. (2015): Oxygen isotopes in Pilbara Craton zircons support a global increase in crustal recycling at 3.2 Ga. Lithos 228-229, 90-98. doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2015.04.011

90) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Mazumder, R., Yamaguchi, K., Yamada, K., Ikehara, M. (2015): Sedimentology of the Paleoproterozoic Kungarra Formation, Turee Creek Group, Western Australia: A conformable record of the transition from early to modern Earth. Precambrian Research 256, 314-343. DOI10.1016/j.precamres.2014.09.015

89) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Smithies, R.H., Griffin, W.L., Huston, D.L., Hickman, A.H., Champion, D.C., Anhaeusser, C.R., Pirajno, F. (2015): Making it thick: A volcanic plateau model for Paleoarchean continental lithosphere of the Pilbara and Kaapvaal cratons. In: Roberts, N.M.W., Van Kranendonk, M., Parman, S., Shirey, S. & Clift, P.D. (eds), Continent Formation Through Time. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 389, 83-112.

2014 (7)

88) Barnes, S., Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2014): Archean andesites in the East Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia: products of plume/crust interaction? Lithosphere 6, 80-92. DOI 10.1130/L356.1

87) Flannery, D.T., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Mazumder, R., Walter, M.R. (2014): The ~2.74 Ga Mopoke Member, Kylena Formation: a marine incursion into the northern Fortescue Group? Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 61, 1095-1108. DOI 10.1080/08120099.2014.960898

86) Hollis, J., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Cross, A., Kirkland, C.L., Armstrong, R.A. (2014): Low d18O zircon grains in the Neoarchean Rum Jungle Complex, northern Australia: an indicator of emergent continental crust. Lithosphere 6, 17–25.

85) Nebel, O., Campbell, I.H., Sossi, P.A., Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2014): Hafnium and iron isotopes in early Archean komatiites record a plume-driven convection cycle in the Hadean Earth. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 397, 111-120. DOI 10.1016/j.epsl.2014.04.028

84) Ushikubo, T., Williford, K.H., Farquhar, J., Johnston, D.T., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Valley, J.W. (2014): Development of in situ sulfur four-isotope analysis with multiple Faraday cup detectors by SIMS and application to pyrite grains in a Paleoproterozoic glaciogenic sandstone. Chemical Geology 383, 86-99.

83) Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2014): Early Earth atmosphere and environments: A review. In: Shaw, G.H. (ed.), Earth’s Early Atmosphere and Surface Environment. Geological Society of America, Special Papers 504, 105-130.

82) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Kröner, A., Hoffman, J.E., Nagel, T., Anhaeusser, C.R. (2014): Just another drip: Re-analysis of a proposed Mesoarchean suture from the Barberton Mountain Land. Precambrian Research 54, 19-35. DOI 10.1016/j.precamres.2014.07.022.

2013 (5)

81) Li, W., Czaja, A.D., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Beard, B.L., Roden, E.E., Johnson, C.M.(2013): An anoxic, Fe(II)-rich, U-poor ocean 3.46 billion years ago. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 120, 65–79. DOI 10.1016/j.gca.2013.06.033.

80) Mazumder, R., Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2013): Palaeoproterozoic terrestrial sedimentation in the Beasley River Quartzite, lower Wyloo Group, Western Australia. Precambrian Research 231, 98–105.

79) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Kirkland, C.L. (2013): Orogenic climax of Earth: the 1.2–1.1 Ga Grenvillian Superevent. Geology 41, 735–738. DOI 10.1130/G34243.1

78) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Ivanic, T.J., Wingate, M.T.D., Kirkland, C.L., Wyche, S. (2013): Long-lived, autochthonous development of the Archean Murchison Domain, Yilgarn Craton, and implications for Yilgarn Craton tectonics. Precambrian Research 229, 49–92.

77) Wille, M., Nebel, O., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Schoenberg, R., Kleinhanns, I., Ellwood, M.J. (2013): Mo-Cr isotope evidence for a reducing Archean atmosphere in 3.46–2.76 Ga black shales from Pilbara, Western Australia. Chemical Geology 340, 68–76.

2012 (4)

76) Barnes, S., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Sontag, I. (2012): Geochemistry and tectonic setting of basalts from the Eastern Goldfields Superterrane. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 59, 707–735.

75) Hickman, A.H., Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2012): Early Earth evolution: evidence from the 3.5–1.8 Ga geological history of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Episodes 35, 283–297.

74) Ivanic, T.J., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Kirkland, C.L., Wyche, S., Wingate, M.T.D., Belousova, E.A. (2012): Zircon Lu–Hf isotopes and granite geochemistry of the Murchison Domain of the Yilgarn Craton: Evidence for reworking of Eoarchean crust during Meso-Neoarchean plume-driven magmatism. Lithos 148, 112–127.

73) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Altermann, W., Beard, B.L., Hoffman, P.F., Johnson, C.J., Kasting, J.F., Melezhik, V.A., Nutman, A.P., Papineau, D., and Pirajno, F. (2012): A chronostratigraphic division of the Precambrian: possibilities and challenges. In: Gradstein, F.M, Ogg, J.G., Schmitz, M.D., Ogg, G.J. (eds.), The Geologic Time Scale 2012; Elsevier, Boston, USA, pp. 299–392.

2011 (4)

72) Williford, K.H., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Ushikubo, T., Kozdon, R., Valley, J.W. (2011): Constraining atmospheric oxygen and seawater sulfate concentrations during Paleoproterozoic glaciation: in situ sulfur three-isotope microanalysis of pyrite from the Turee Creek Group, Western Australia. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75, 5686–5705.

71) Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2011): Onset of plate tectonics. Science 333, 413–414.

70) Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2011): Cool greenstone drips, hot rising domes, and the role of partial convective overturn in Barberton greenstone belt evolution. Journal of African Earth Sciences 60, 346–352. DOI 10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2011.03.012.

69) Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2011): Stromatolite morphology as an indicator of biogenicity for Earth’s oldest fossils from the 3.5-3.4 Ga Pilbara Craton, Western Australia. In: Advances in Stromatolite Geobiology, edited by J. Reitner, N-V. Queric, and G. Arp. Lecture Notes in Earth Sciences, v. 131, Springer, Germany, pp. 517–534.

2010 (7)

68) Ivanic, T.J., Wingate, M.T.D., Kirkland, C.L., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Wyche, S. (2010): Age and significance of voluminous mafic–ultramafic magmatic events in the Murchison Domain, Yilgarn Craton. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 57, 597–614.

67) Kirkland, C.L., Whitehouse, M.J., Pease, V., and Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2010): Erratum. Lithosphere 2, 472–475.

66) Kirkland, C.L., Whitehouse, M.J., Pease, V., Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2010): Oxygen isotopes in detrital zircons: Insight into crustal recycling during the evolution of the Greenland Shield. Lithosphere 2, 3-12.

65) Sugitani, K., Lepot, K., Mimura, K., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Oehler, D., Walter, M.R. (2010): Biogenicity of morphologically diverse carbonaceous microstructures from the ca. 3400 Ma Strelley Pool Formation, in the Pilbara Craton, Western Australia. Astrobiology 10, 899–920.

64) Tessalina, S.G., Bourdon, B., Van Kranendonk, M., Birck, J-L., Philippot, P. (2010): Influence of Hadean crust evident in basalts and cherts from the Pilbara Craton. Nature Geoscience 3, 214-217.

63) Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2010): Two types of Archean continental crust: plume and plate tectonics on early Earth. American Journal of Science 310, 1187–1209DOI 10.2475/10.2010.01

62) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Smithies, R.H., Hickman, A.H., Wingate, M.T.D., Bodorkos, S. (2010): Evidence for Mesoarchean (~3.2 Ga) rifting of the Pilbara Craton: The missing link in an early Precambrian Wilson cycle. Precambrian Research 177, 145-161.

2009 (4)

61) Gérard, E., Moreira, D., Philippot, P., Van Kranendonk, M., López-Garcia, P. (2009): Modern subsurface bacteria in pristine 2.7 Ga-old fossil stromatolite drillcore samples from the Fortescue Group, Western Australia. PLoS ONE 4(4), e5298. DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0005298.

60) Philippot, P., Van Kranendonk, M., Van Zuilen, M. Lepot, K., Rividi, N., Teitler, Y., Thomazo, C., Blanc-Valleron, M-M., Rouchy, J-M., Grosch, E., de Wit, M. (2009): Early traces of life investigations in drilling Archean hydrothermal and sedimentary rocks of the Pilbara Craton, Western Australia and Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa. Comptes Rendue Palevol 8, 649-663.

59) Smithies, R.H. Champion, D. C., Van Kranendonk, M. J. (2009): Formation of Paleoarchean continental crust through infracrustal melting of enriched basalt. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 281, 298-306. DOI 10.1016/j.epsl.2009.03.003.

58) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Kröner, A., Hegner, E., Connelly, J. (2009): Age, lithology and structural evolution of the c. 3.53 Ga Theespruit Formation in the Tjakastad area, southwestern Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa, with implications for Archean tectonics. Chemical Geology 261, 114-138.

2008 (8)

57) Furnes, H., McLoughlin, N. Muehlenbachs, K., Banerjee, N.R., Staudigel, H., Dilek, Y., de Wit, M., Van Kranendonk, M., Schiffman, P. (2008): Oceanic pillow lavas and hyaloclastites as habitats for microbial life through time – A review. In: Dilek, Y., Furnes, H., Muehlenbachs, K. (eds.), Links between geological processes, microbial activities and evolution of life. Springer-Verlag Book Series, pp. 1-68.

56) McLoughlin, N., Furnes, H., Banerjee, N.R., Staudigel, H., Muehlenbachs, K., de Wit, M., Van Kranendonk, M. (2008): Micro-bioerosion in volcanic glass: Extending the ichnofossil record to Archean basaltic crust. In: Wisshak, M. and Tapinla, L. (eds.), Current Developments in Bioerosion. Springer, Berlin, pp. 372-396.

55) Pease, V., Percival, J., Smithies, R. H., Stevens, G., Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2008): When did plate tectonics begin? Evidence from the orogenic record. In: Condie, K.C. and Pease, V. (eds.), When did plate tectonics begin on Earth? Geological Society of America, Special Paper 440, 199-228.

54) Philippot, P., Van Zuilen, M., Lepot, K., Thomazo, C., Farquhar, J., Van Kranendonk, M. (2008): Response to comment on “Early Archean microorganisms preferred elemental sulphur, not sulphate”. Science 319, 1336c-1336d.

53) Pirajno, F.,Van Kranendonk, M.J., Xiao, L. (2008): Hydrothermal processes in the solar system: A review. Geological Science and Technology Information 27, 1–12.

52) Thébaud, N., Philippot, P., Rey, P., Brugger, J., Van Kranendonk, M., Grassineau, N. (2008):

Protracted fluid-rock interaction in the Mesoarchaean and implication for gold mineralization: Example from the Warrawoona Syncline (Pilbara, Western Australia). Earth and Planetary Science Letters 272, 639-655.

51) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Gehling, J., Shields, G. (2008): Precambrian. In: Ogg, J.G., Ogg, G., Gradstein, F. (eds.), The Concise Geological Timescale, p. 23-36. Cambridge University Press.

50) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Philippot, P., Lepot, K., Bodorkos, S., Pirajno, F. (2008): Geological setting of Earth’s oldest fossils in the c. 3.5 Ga Dresser Formation, Pilbara Craton, Western Australia. Precambrian Research 167, 93-124. DOI 10.1016/j.precamres.2008.07.003.

2007 (12)

49) Banerjee, N. R., Simonnetti, A., Furnes, H., Muehlenbachs, K., Staudigel, H., Heaman, L., Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2007): Direct dating of Archean microbial ichnofossils. Geology 35, 487-490.

48) Bolhar, R., Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2007): A non-marine depositional setting for the northern Fortescue Group, Pilbara Craton, inferred from trace element geochemistry of stromatolitic carbonates.Precambrian Research 155, 229-250.

47) Furnes, H., Banerjee, N. R., Staudigel, H., Muehlenbachs, K., de Wit, M., Van Kranendonk, M. (2007): Comparing petrographic signatures of bioalteration in recent to Mesoarchean pillow lavas: Tracing subsurface life in oceanic igneous rocks. Precambrian Research 158, 156-176.

46) Marshall, C.P., Love, G.D., Snape, C.E., Hill, A.C., Allwood, A.C., Walter, M.R., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Bowden, S.A., Sylva, S.P., Summons, R.E. (2007): Structural characterization of kerogen in 3.4 Ga Archaean cherts from the Pilbara Craton, Western Australia. Precambrian Research 155, 1-23.

45) Philippot, P., Van Zuilen, M., Lepot, K., Thomazo, C., Farquhar, J., Van Kranendonk, M. (2007): Early Archean microorganisms preferred elemental sulphur, not sulphate. Science 317, 1534-1537.

44) Smithies, R.H., Champion, D.C., Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2007): The oldest well-preserved volcanic rocks on Earth: geochemical clues to the early evolution of the Pilbara Supergroup and implications for the growth of a Paleoarchean continent. In: Van Kranendonk, M. J., Smithies, R. H., and Bennet, V. (Eds.), Earth’s Oldest Rocks. Developments in Precambrian Geology 15, pp. 339-367. Elsevier, Amsterdam.

43) Smithies, R.H., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Champion, D.C., (2007): The Mesoarchaean emergence of modern style subduction. In: S. Maruyama and M. Santosh (eds.), Island Arcs: Past and Present; Gondwana Research 11, 50-68.

42) Sugitani, K., Grey, K., Allwood, A.C., Nagaoka, T., Minami, M., Marshall, C.P., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Walter, M.R. (2007): Diverse microstructures from Archean chert from the Mount Goldsworthy – Mount Grant area, Pilbara Craton, Western Australia: Microfossils, dubiofossils, or pseudofossils? Precambrian Research 158, 228-262.

41) Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2007): Tectonics of early Earth; In: Van Kranendonk, M. J., Smithies, R. H., and Bennet, V. (Eds.), Earth’s Oldest Rocks. Developments in Precambrian Geology 15, pp. 1105-1116. Elsevier, Amsterdam.

40) Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2007): A review of the evidence for putative Paleoarchean life in the Pilbara Craton. In: Van Kranendonk, M. J., Smithies, R. H., and Bennet, V. (Eds.), Earth’s Oldest Rocks. Developments in Precambrian Geology 15, pp. 855-896. Elsevier, Amsterdam.

39) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Hickman, A., Smithies, R. H. (2007): The East Pilbara Terrane of the Pilbara Craton, Western Australia: Formation of a continental nucleus through repeated mantle plume magmatism; In: Van Kranendonk, M. J., Smithies, R. H., and Bennet, V. (Eds.), Earth’s Oldest Rocks. Developments in Precambrian Geology 15, pp. 307-337. Elsevier, Amsterdam.

38) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Smithies, R.H., Hickman, A.H., Champion, D.C. (2007): Secular tectonic evolution of Archaean continental crust: interplay between horizontal and vertical processes in the formation of the Pilbara Craton, Australia. Terra Nova 19, 1-38.

2006 (2)

37) Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2006): Volcanic degassing, hydrothermal circulation and the flourishing of early life on Earth: new evidence from the Warrawoona Group, Pilbara Craton, Western Australia. Earth-Science Reviews 74, 197-240.

36) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Bleeker, W., Ketchum, J. (2006): Phreatomagmatic boulder conglomerates at the fracture propagation tip of the 2.77 Ga Black Range dolerite dyke, Pilbara Craton, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 53, 617-630. DOI 10.1080/08120090600686777

35) Bolhar, R., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Kamber, B.S. (2005): A trace element study of siderite-jasper banded iron formation in the 3.45 Ga Warrawoona Group, Pilbara Craton – formation from hydrothermal fluids and shallow seawater. Precambrian Research, v. 137, p. 93-114.

34) Pirajno, F., Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2005): A review of hydrothermal processes and systems on earth and implications for Martian analogues.Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 52, p. 329-351.

33) Smithies, R.H., Champion, D.C., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Howard, H.M., Hickman, A.H. (2005a): Modern-style subduction processes in the Mesoarchaean: geochemical evidence from the 3.12 Ga Whundo intraoceanic arc. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 231, p. 221-237.

32) Smithies, R.H., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Champion, D.C. (2005b): It started with a plume – early Archaean basaltic proto-continental crust.Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 238 (3-4), p. 284-297.

31) Hickman, A.H., Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2004): Diapiric processes in the formation of Archaean continental crust, East Pilbara Granite-Greenstone Terrane, Australia. In: Eriksson, P.G., Altermann, W., Nelson, D.R., Mueller, W.U., Catuneau, O. (eds.), The Precambrian Earth: Tempos and Events. Elsevier, p. 54-75.

30) Pawley, M.J., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Collins, W.J. (2004):Interplay between deformation and magmatism during doming of the Archaean Shaw Granitoid Complex, Pilbara Craton, Western Australia.Precambrian Research, v. 131, p. 213-230.

29) Sandiford, M., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Bodorkos, S. (2004): Conductive incubation and the origin of dome-and-keel structure in Archean granite-greenstone terrains: a model based on the eastern Pilbara Craton, Western Australia. Tectonics23, TC1009, DOI: 10.1029/2002TC001452.

28) Van Kranendonk, M.J., (2004): Archaean tectonics 2004: A review.Precambrian Research, v. 131, p. 143-151. doi: 10.1016/j.precamres.2003.12.008

27) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Cassidy, K. (2004): Comment on: “An Alternative Earth”. GSA Today, v. 14, no. 3, p. 14.

26) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Pirajno, F. (2004): Geological setting and geochemistry of metabasalts and alteration zones associated with hydrothermal chert ± barite deposits in the ca. 3.45 Ga Warrawoona Group, Pilbara Craton, Australia. Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis, v. 4, p. 253-278.

25) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Collins, W.J., Hickman, A.H., Pawley, M.J. (2004): Critical tests of vertical vs horizontal tectonic models for the Archaean East Pilbara Granite-Greenstone Terrane, Pilbara Craton, Western Australia.Precambrian Research, v. 131, p. 173-211.

24) Garcia-Ruiz J.M., Hyde, S.T., Carnerup, A.M., Christy, A.G., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Welham, N.J. (2003): Self-assembled silica-carbonate structures and detection of ancient microfossils. Science, v. 302, p. 1194-1197.

23) Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2003): Archaean tectonics in 2001: An Earth odyssey.Precambrian Research, v. 127(1-3), p. 1-4.

22) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Webb, G. E., Kamber, B.S. (2003):Geological and trace element evidence for a marine sedimentary environment of deposition and biogenicity of 3.45 Ga stromatolitic carbonates in the Pilbara Craton, and support for a reducing Archean ocean. Geobiology, v. 1(2), p. 91-108.

21) Brasier, M.D., Green, O.R., Jephcoat, A.P., Kleppe, A.K., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Lindsay, J.F., Steele, A., Grassineau, N. (2002): Questioning the evidence for Earth's oldest fossils. Nature, v. 416, p. 76-81.

20) Huston, D.L., Sun, S-S, Blewett, R.H., Hickman, A.H., Van Kranendonk, M.J.,Phillips, D., Baker, D., Brauhart, C. (2002): The timing of mineralization in the Archaean North Pilbara Terrain, Western Australia. Economic Geology, v. 97 (4),p. 733-756.

19) Pawley, M., Collins, W.J., Van Kranendonk, M.J. (2002): Origin of fine-scale sheeted granites by incremental injection of magma into active shear zones: examples from the Pilbara Craton, NW Australia. Lithos, v. 61 (3-4), p. 127-139.

18) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Hickman, A.H., Smithies, R.H., Nelson, D.N., Pike, G. (2002): Geology and tectonic evolution of the Archaean North Pilbara terrain, Pilbara Craton, Western Australia. Economic Geology, v. 97 (4), p. 695-732.

17) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Hickman, A.H., Collins, W.J. (2001): Comment on “Evidence for multiphase deformation in the Archaean basal Warrawoona Group in the Marble Bar area, East Pilbara, Western Australia”. Precambrian Research,v. 105, p. 73-78.

16) Collins, W.J., Van Kranendonk, M.J. (1999): Model for the development of kyanite during partial convective overturn of Archaean granite-greenstone terranes: the Pilbara Craton, Australia. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, v. 17, No. 2, p. 145-156.

15) Collins, W.J., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Teyssier, C. (1998): Partial convective overturn of Archaean crust in the east Pilbara Craton, Western Australia: Driving mechanisms and tectonic implications. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 20, p. 1405-1424.

14) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Collins, W.J. (1998): Timing and tectonic significance of Late Archaean, sinistral strike-slip deformation in the Central Pilbara Structural Corridor, Pilbara Craton, Western Australia. Precambrian Research, v. 88, p. 207-232.

13) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Wardle, R.J. (1997): Crustal-scale flexural slip folding during late tectonic amplification of an orogenic boundary perturbation in the Paleoproterozoic Torngat Orogen, NE Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 34, p. 1545-1565.

12) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Wardle, R.J. (1996): Burwell domain of the Paleoproterozoic Torngat Orogen, northeastern Canada: Tilted cross-section of a magmatic arc caught between a rock and a hard place. In: Brewer, T.S. (ed.) Precambrian evolution of the North Atlantic Region; Geological Society Special Publication No. 112, p. 91-115.

11) Wardle, R.J., Van Kranendonk, M.J. (1996): The Eastern Churchill Province of Labrador-Québec, Canada: Orogenic development as a consequence of oblique collision and indentation. In: Brewer, T.S. (ed.) Precambrian Evolution of the North Atlantic Region; Geological Society of London, Special Publication No. 112, p. 137-153.

10) Van Kranendonk, M.J. (1996): Tectonic evolution of the Paleoproterozoic Torngat Orogen; Evidence from P-T-t-d paths in the North River map area, Labrador. Tectonics, v. 15, No. 4, p. 843-869.

9) Van Kranendonk, M.J., St-Onge, M.R., Henderson, J.R. (1993): Paleoproterozoic tectonic assembly of Northeast Laurentia through multiple indentations. Precambrian Research, v. 63, p. 325-347.

8) Bertrand, J.-M., Roddick, J.C., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Ermanovics, I. (1993): U-Pb geochronology of deformation and metamorphism in the Early Proterozoic Torngat Orogen, North River map area, Labrador. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 30, p. 1470-1489.

7) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Helmstaedt, H. (1992): Late Archean structural history of allochthonous Upernavik supracrustal rocks in the high-grade Nain Province, Labrador: Evidence of a link between the tectonic evolution of gneiss terranes and greenstone belts. In: Glover, J.E. and Ho, S.E. (editors) The Archaean: Terrains, Processes and Metallogeny, p. 137-149. Geology Department (Key Centre) and University Extension, The University of Western Australia, Publication No. 22, 1992.

 6) Van Kranendonk, M.J. (1991): A magmatic sheet origin for thin metagabbroic anorthosite units in the Fishog subdomain of the southern Central Gneiss Belt, Grenville Province, Ontario. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 28, p. 431-446.

5) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Ermanovics, I. (1990): Structural evolution of the Hudsonian Torngat Orogen in the North River map area, Labrador. Geoscience Canada, v.17, no.4, p. 283-288.

4) Van Kranendonk, M.J., Helmstaedt, H. (1990): Late Archean geological history of the Nain Province, North River-Nutak map area, Labrador and its tectonic significance. Geoscience Canada, v.17, no.4, p.231-237.

3) Bertrand, J.-M., Van Kranendonk, M., Hanmer, S., Roddick, J.C., Ermanovics, I. (1990): Structural and metamorphic geochronology of the Torngat Orogen, Labrador: Preliminary results. Geoscience Canada, v.17, no.4, p.297-301.

2) Ermanovics, I., Van Kranendonk, M. (1990): The Nutak - North River transect of Nain and Churchill (E. Rae Terrane) Provinces: the Torngat Orogen.Geoscience Canada, v.17, no.4, p.279-283.

1) Schwerdtner, W.M., Van Kranendonk, M. (1984): Structure of Stolz diapir ? a well?exposed salt dome on Axel Heiberg Island, Canadian Arctic Archipelago.Bull. Can. Petroleum Geology, v.  32, p. 237?241.