Special Projects – Landscapes


Dr Tristan Salles (University of Sydney)

Bachelor of Engineering
Bachelor of Science (Physical Oceanography, Honours First Class)
PhD (Geophysics)

Tristan has a Bachelor of Engineering from the Ecole Centrale in France in 2003, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Aix Marseille and Honours (First Class) in Physical Oceanography. He completed a PhD in Geophysics at the University of Bordeaux in 2006. He joined CSIRO as a post-doctoral fellow for 2 years in 2007 to work on the Wealth from Ocean flagship before becoming a research scientist for 6 years at the Australian Resources Research Centre.

He moved to the University of Sydney in 2015 and since then he has worked on a diverse range of projects related to Earth surface processes.
His research areas revolve around sediment transport and sedimentary systems, geodynamic and landscape evolution, carbonate platforms, and ocean dynamics.

His main activities consist in the design and implementation of open-source numerical codes that improve our understanding of the complex interactions between sedimentary systems, climatic forcing, and the physical processes that erode, transport, and deposit sediments.

Tristan has extensive experience in industry collaboration and translating academic research output into industrial applications. He is currently involved in the Basin Genesis Hub Industrial Transformation Training Centre in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, ANU, Curtin and Caltech and partners from Geoscience Australia, OilSearch, Chevron and Equinor.

He is also chief investigator in a linkage grant led by the University of WA on the evolution of rift basins including Monash University, the Geological Survey of WA, CSIRO and BHP Billiton, Independence Group and Anglo American.

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