Rod Holcombe

BSc Hons (Univ of Sydney), PhD (Stanford), FGSA
    Principal Consultant: Holcombe Coughlin Oliver Valenta Global [ HCOV Global ]
    Adjunct Professor of Structural Geology, The University of Queensland

        2006, The Dorothy Hill Medal (Geol Soc Aust, Qld) for services to Queensland geology
        2017, The Bruce Hobbs Medal (Geol Soc Aust) for services to Structural Geology

I am a structural geologist with over 50 years of structural analysis experience in orogenic systems both as a teaching/research academic and as a consultant to the minerals exploration industry.  My expertise, and personal enjoyment, is in the unravelling of complex geological structures, particularly in metamorphic rocks and shear zones. My consultancy strengths are my experience, and an in-depth knowledge of the structural geologist's toolbox, both practical and theoretical that comes from 32 years of teaching all aspects of structural geology.
I am now semi-retired and my consulting is largely confined to 3D structural modelling for exploration, on-line workshops in structural geology, and providing support to my colleagues in the consultancy.

My research interests include: the geological architecture and formation of mountain systems, both modern mountain ranges and eroded ancient mountain belts; the characterisation of strain and flow kinematics of metamorphic rocks and complex shear zones; the evolution of orogenic belts; and the structural control of mineralisation. Additionally I have an interest in developing computer applications applied to mapping and structural analysis. Links to these software packages can be found on these pages.
My field experience has been divided between strongly deformed Precambrian metamorphic terranes (Mount Isa, South Australia (Mt Woods), New Mexico, Southern Appalachians, Baffin Island, Yilgarn, Finland, Brazil, Uruguay, Siberia, East and West Africa) and Phanerozoic continental margin orogens (Australian NEFB, Argentine and Peruvian Andes, Alpine Fault, New Zealand, Russian Far East, and the Tethyan system in the Balkans, sub-Caucasus, Thailand, and Laos). I have also had experience in a variety of other terranes in the US, Scandinavia, and Australia.