Alex Bevan

Head of Department, Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Curator of Mineralogy and Meteoritics

Earth and Planetary Sciences

BSc (Hons), PhD (Lond)

Contact

+61 (8) 9212 3752 alex.bevan@museum.wa.gov.au

Research


Geology, mineralogy, petrology and the genesis of ore deposits; petrology, metallurgy and geochemistry of meteorites; planetary science, including impact related shock-metamorphism. Dr Bevan’s research directions are collections based covering both terrestrial and extra-terrestrial mineralogy. An ongoing meteorite recovery programme from the Nullarbor (WAMET) has made significant discoveries that give new insights into the early history of the Solar System. The establishment, in 2007, of the Australian Desert Fireball Network in the Nullarbor Region has resulted in the recovery of two observed meteorite falls with well-constrained orbits. This work is funded under UK Science and Technology Facilities Council grants PP/C502406/1 and ST/F003072/1, also grant No. 205/08/0411 of the GA CR, and under EU grant MRTN-CT-2006-035519 in collaboration with Imperial College London, Curtin University, Perth, and the Ondřejov Observatory, Czech Republic.

Collections: Responsible for the State’s Mineralogical Collections (including rocks and gems), totalling 30500 specimens, and the Meteorite Collection (including tektites and impact related materials) totalling more than 14000 specimens.

Services to other bodies:

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Imaging and Applied Physics, Curtin University.
  • Honorary Research Fellow,  School of Earth and Environment, University of Western Australia.
  • Secretary to the John de Laeter Meteoritical Trust of Australia 1990- present
  • Councillor (Junior Vice President, Senior Vice President and then President in 2004) of the Royal Society of Western Australia (2001- present).
  • Editorial Board, Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia
  • Editorial Board, Records of the Western Ausgtralian Museum
  • Editorial panel of the Australian Gemmologist journal.
  • Expert examiner for the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act (1986).
  • Member of sub-committee of the National Committee for Space Science under the auspices of the Australian Academy of Science to advise on the returned sample from the Japanese ISAS Hayabusa space mission.
  • Board member, Earth Science Western Australia (2007- present).
  • Ambassador for Science, WA Science Network, Scitech (2005- present).
  • Member, Planetary Sciences Group, Geological Society of Australia.

Exhibitions and Public Programs


In the last year Dr Bevan gave eight public lectures, and hosted two groups of PEAC students to visit the Collections and Research Centre at Welshpool. Dr Bevan and Dr Downes contributed geological material and information to a temporary exhibition, entitled Rock Breakers, mounted at the Fremantle Prison and now installed in the Old Gaol at the Museum’s Perth site.

Selected Publications

Bevan, A. W. R. (2006). The Western Australian Museum meteorite collection. In: McCall, G. J. H. Bowden, A. J. & Howarth, A. J. (eds). A History of Meteorites and Key Meteorite Collections; Fireballs, Falls and Finds. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 256, 305-323.

Bevan, A. W. R. (2006). Desert meteorites: a history. In: McCall, G. J. H. Bowden, A. J. & Howarth, A. J. (eds). A History of Meteorites and Key Meteorite Collections; Fireballs, Falls and Finds. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 256, 325-343.

Hancock, E.A., Downes, P.J. & Bevan, A.W.R. (2007). Secondary minerals from the Braeside lead field, Pilbara, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Mineralogy 13(2), 73-81.

Downes, P. J., Hope, M., Bevan, A. W. R. & Henry, D. A. (2006). Chalcocite and associated secondary minerals from the Telfer gold mine, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Mineralogy, 12, 25-42.

Downes, P.J. & Bevan, A.W.R. (2007). Diamonds in Western Australia. Rocks & Minerals 82 (1), 66–73.

Bevan, A. W. R. (2007). Early Solar System materials, processes and chronology. Earth’s Oldest Rocks (eds M.J. Kranandonk, R. H. Smithies, V. Bennett). Developments in Precambrian Geology (series editor K. C. Kondie), 15, pp.31-59, Elsevier.

Hancock, E., Downes, P.J. & Bevan, A.W.R. (2007). Secondary minerals from the Braeside lead field, Pilbara, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Mineralogy 13 (2), 55–63.

Henry, D.A., Bevan, A.W.R., Bevan J.C., Birch, W.D., Carr, P.F., Downes, P.J., England, B.M., Pring, A. & Williamson, P.L. (2007). Classic Australian Minerals. Rocks & Minerals 82 (1), 18–28.

Bland, P. A., Pavel Spurny, Martin C. Towner, Alex W. R. Bevan, Andrew T. Singleton, William F. Bottke, Jr., Richard C. Greenwood, Steven R. Chesley, Lukas Shrbeny, Jiri Borovicka, Zdenek Ceplecha, Terence P. McClafferty, David Vaughan, Gretchen K. Benedix, Geoff Deacon, Kieren T. Howard, Ian A. Franchi, & Robert M. Hough (2009). An Anomalous Basaltic Meteorite from the Innermost Main Belt. Science 325: 1525-1527.

Downes, P.J., Bevan, A.W.R., Costeo, D. & Verrall, M. (2010). Mafic-hosted secondary mineralisation from the Shangri La Pb-Ag-Au-Cu mine, Kimberley, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Mineralogy 16, 15–24.

Downes, P.J., Bevan, A.W.R. & Deacon, G.L. (2010). The Fletcher Collection of minerals at the Western Australian Museum: a late 19th century gem. Australian Journal of Mineralogy 16, 3–14.

Bland, P. A., Spurny, P., Bevan, A. W. R., Howard, K. T., Towner M. C., Benedix, G. K., Greenwood, R. C., Shrebny, L., Franchi, I. A., Deacon, G., Borovika, J., Ceplecha, Z., Vaughan, D. & Hough, R. M. (2012). The Australian Desert Fireball Network: A new era for planetary science. Australian Journal of Earth Science, 59/2, 177-187.

Spurny, P., Bland, P. A., Shrebny, L., Borovicka, J., Ceplecha, Z., Singleton, A., Bevan, A. W.R., Vaughan, D., Towner, M. C., McClafferty, T. P., Toumi, R., and Deacon, G. 2012. The Bunburra Rockhole meteorite fall in SW Australia: fireball trajectory, luminosity, dynamics, orbit, and impact position from photographic and photoelectric records. Meteoritics and Planetary Science 47:163-185.