Hon. Assoc. Prof. Robert Burne

B.Sc. Honours Geology, 1966 (Wales), D.Phil. Sedimentology, 1969 (Oxon), M,Phil. Geobiology. 2016 (ANU)
Honorary Assoc. Prof. (The Australian National University)
Honorary Professor (University of Queensland)


March 2018 - Present

Guest Professor

Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu, China

Department of Sedimentology and Hydrocarbon Accumulation,


March 2018 - Present

Honorary Associate  Professor

Australian National University

Research School of Earth Sciences


Jan 2015 - present

Honorary Profesor

The University of Queensland

School of Earth Sciences


Dec 2014 - Dec. 2015

Guest Professor

Chongqing University, PRC

Centre for Modern Physics


Jan 1998 - February 2018

Visiting Fellow

The Australian National University,

Research School of Earth Sciences


Jan 1994 – Dec 1998

Visiting Fellow

The Australian National University

Department of Earth & Marine Science


Aug 1994- Jan1997

Visiting Fellow

The Australian National University

Department of Geology


August 1991 - January 1997

Senior Research Fellow (Adjunct)
The Australian National University,
Department of Biogeography & Geomorphology, RSPacS 1994-1997,

Dec 1990 – Dec 1996

Principal Research Scientist
Australian Geological Survey Organisation, Environmental Geoscience

Jan 1988 – Dec 1990

Principal Research Scientist
Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology & Geophysics, Groundwater Programme

Aug 1986 – Sep 1989

Project Leader
IGCP, 261, “Stromatolites”

Oct 1982 – Jan 1984

Marine Geologist
United Nations Development Programme, CCOP/SOPAC,

Jan 1978 – Dec 1987

Principal Research Scientist
Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology & Geophysics,
Baas Becking Geobiological Research Laboratory,

Jun 1974 – Dec 1977

Senior Research Scientist
Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology & Geophysics, Petroleum Exploration Branch.

Jan 1974 – Jun 1974

Senior Research Fellow
University of Oxford, Department of Geology and Mineralogy,
Oxford, United Kingdom

Dec 1969 – Dec 1973

The University of the West Indies at Mona, Department of Geography and Geology
Kingston, Jamaica

Research interests

Microbialites, Geobiology, Facies Analysis, Coastal Geoscience, Turbidites and Gravity Flow Deposits


A downloadable archive of my publications can be found at – https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Robert_Burne

Citation statistics for my publications can be found at – http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=14atOhwAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

Selected Publications

  • Chagas, A.A., Webb, G.E., Burne, R.V. and Southam, G., 2016. Modern lacustrine microbialites: Towards a synthesis of aqueous and carbonate geochemistry and mineralogy. Earth-Science Reviews162, pp.338-363.
  • Burne, R.V., 2016. The Role and Significance of Authigenic Magnesium Silicates in the Organomineralisation of Microbialites in the Yalgorup Lakes, Western Australia. M.Phil. Thesis, ANU Open Access Theses, http://hdl.handle.net/1885/107317
  • Burne, R.V., Moore, L.S., Christy, A.G., Troitzsch, U., King, P.L., Carnerup, A.M. and Hamilton, P.J., 2014. Stevensite in the modern thrombolites of Lake Clifton, Western Australia: A missing link in microbialite mineralization?. Geology42(7), pp.575-578.
  • Burne, R. V., & Johnson, K. (2012). Sea-level variation and the zonation of microbialites in Hamelin Pool, Shark Bay, Western Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research, 63(11), 994-1004.
  • Burne, R.V., Eade, C.J. Paul, J., (2012).  The Natural History of Ooliths: Franz Ernst Brückmann’s Treatise of 1721 and its Significance for the Understanding of Oolites. Hallesches Jahrbuch für Geowissenschaften. v. 34, pp. 93-114.
  • Batchelor, M. T., Burne, R. V., Henry, B. I., & Slatyer, T. (2005). Statistical physics and stromatolite growth: new perspectives on an ancient dilemma. Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 350(1), 6-11.
  • Batchelor, M. T., Burne, R. V., Henry, B. I., & Watt, S. D. (2003). Mathematical and image analysis of stromatolite morphogenesis. Mathematical geology, 35(7), 789-803.
  • Burne, R. V., & Parvey, C. A. (2002). Marine geography and the benthic habitat: Domains of the Australian Ocean Territory. Marine geography: GIS for the oceans and seas, 127-36.
  • Burne, R.V. , (1995). The Return of ‘The Fan That Never Was’: Westphalian Turbidite Systems in the Variscan Culm Basin: Bude Formation (Southwest England). Sedimentary Facies Analysis: A Tribute to the Research and Teaching of Harold G. Reading, pages 101 - 135; , ISBN: 9781444304091
  • Moore, L. S., & Burne, R. V. (1994). The modern thrombolites of Lake Clifton, western Australia. In Phanerozoic stromatolites II (pp. 3-29). Springer Netherlands.
  • Burne, R. V., & Moore, L. S. (1993). Microatoll microbialites of Lake Clifton, Western Australia: Morphological analogues ofCryptozoön proliferum Hall, the first formally-named stromatolite. Facies, 29(1), 149-168.
  • Bierwirth, P. N., Lee, T. J., & Burne, R. V. (1993). Shallow sea-floor reflectance and water depth derived by unmixing multispectral imagery. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 59(3), 331-338.
  • Burne, R.V., Collot, J-Y.  and Daniel, J., (1988). Superficial structures and stress regimes of the downgoing plate associated with subduction-collision in the central New Hebrides (Vanuatu). In Geology and offshore resources of Pacific island arcs - Vanuatu region. Circum-Pacific Council for Energy and Mineral Resources Earth Science Series, AAPG, Houston, Texas, USA. Pages 357 - 376;
  • Burne, R.V. and Moore, L.S., (1987).Microbialites; organosedimentary deposits of benthic microbial communities. Palaios, v. 2(3), pp. 241-254.
  • Collot, J. Y., Daniel, J., & Burne, R. V. (1985). Recent tectonics associated with the subduction/collision of the D'Entrecasteaux zone in the central New Hebrides. Tectonophysics, 112(1), 325-356.
  • Burne, R.V. and Colwell, J.B., (1982). Temperate carbonate sediments of Northern Spencer Gulf, South Australia: a high salinity ‘foramol’ province. Sedimentology, v. 29(2) pp. 223 - 238.
  • Burne, R.V., Bauld, J. and De Deckker:, P., (1980).  Saline lake charophytes and their geological significance. Journal of Sedimentary Petrology. v. 50(1), pp. 281-293.
  • Burne, R. V. (1970). The origin and significance of sand volcanoes in the Bude Formation (Cornwall). Sedimentology, 15(3‐4), 211-228.
  • Ziegler, A. M., McKerrow, W. S., Burne, R. V., & Baker, P. E. (1969). Correlation and environmental setting of the Skomer Volcanic Group, Pembrokeshire. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 80(4), 409-439.