Professor Dietmar Müller

Professor Dietmar Müller is the Professor of Geophysics, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney. Professor Müller is a geophysicist whose research has transformed understanding of the Earth’s evolution over the last 200 million years and developed new capabilities for modelling critical geophysical, environmental and resource-formation processes. As one of the first geoscientists to exploit the enormous potential of open-source software, high-performance computing and big data, he has led the development of an online, interactive Virtual Earth Laboratory enabling a global community of end-users to contribute to and benefit from a massive ongoing synthesis of geodata through space and time.
Professor Dietmar Müller received his undergraduate degree from the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel in Germany, followed by a PhD in Earth Science from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego/California in 1993. After joining the University of Sydney as a Lecturer in Geophysics in 1993, he established the University of Sydney Institute of Marine Science and built the EarthByte e-research group.
His EarthByte research group is known for pursuing open innovation, involving the collaborative development of open-source paleogeographic information system software as well as global digital data sets made available under a creative commons license. One of the fundamental aims of the EarthByte Group is geodata synthesis through space and time, assimilating the wealth of disparate geological and geophysical data into four-dimensional (space-time) plate tectonic and Earth models. His research interests include marine geology and geophysics, plate tectonics, geodynamics, basin evolution, paleoclimate, paleoceanography, the deep carbon cycle,virtual globes, simulation and modelling as well as big/complex geoscience data analysis.
Professor Müller’s numerous honours and awards include: 2017: Election as Fellow, Australian Academy of Sciences; 2017: Exceptional reviewer award, Geosphere, Geological Society of America; 2016: Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Outstanding research, University of Sydney; 2009-2014: Australian Laureate Fellow; 2014: Finalist, Australian Museum Eureka Awards; 2013: Finalist, Australian Innovation Challenge; 2011: Visiting Fellow, Norwegian Academy of Sciences, Center for Advanced Studies, Oslo; 2010: Mercator Professorship (Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich) awarded by the German National Science Foundation; 2006: Fellow, American Geophysical Union (this is one of the few honours that AGU confers); 2006: David I Groves Award for the best paper published in the Australian Journal of Earth Sciences; 2004: Carey Medal for contributions to global tectonics awarded by the Geological Society of Australia; 2000: Fresh Science prize awarded by the British Council and “ScienceNOW!”
Professor Müller’s publication record of 234 papers in peer-reviewed internationals journals, conference papers and books has attracted 7317 (Google scholar) citations from 2012 to 2017 alone, with a 5-year h-index of 44 (total citations are 12773, and h-index 57). He has published 17 papers in Science, Nature, and Nature Geoscience.