Dr. Brendan Hanger

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Dr. Brendan Hanger

Teaching Assistant Professor

302 NRC



Ph.D. (Earth Sciences) 2014 – Australian National University

B.Sc. with Honours (Geology) 2009 – Australian National University

B.Sc. (Geosciences/Chemistry) 2008 – Monash University, Australia

B.Eng. with Honours (Chemical) 2008 – Monash University, Australia

Research Interests

Igneous Petrology, Geochemistry & Geoscience Education


  • GEOL2254: Practical Mineralogy
  • GEOL1114: Physical Geology
  • GEOL2364: Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • GEOL1013: Exploring Earth: An Introduction to Geology (Lab Coordinator)
  • GEOL3546: Field Geology
  • GEOL4030: Geologic Field Investigation
  • HON1000: Earth Resources Honors (Add-on to GEOL1114)
  • GEOL4753: Volcanology (not offered in 2019/20)
  • GEOL4673: Economic Geology (not offered in 2019/20)

Personal Website

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Honors, Grants and Awards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2016
  • KSW Campbell Award for Outstanding Teaching, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, 2016.
  • Nominee, Australian National University Colleges of Science Early Career Award for Teaching Excellence, 2016.
  • 25th International Geologic Congress (IGC) Fund (Australian Academy of Science/Geological Society of Australia) Travel Grant to attend the 35th IGC in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Australian National University Early Career Researcher Travel Grant to attend 35th IGC in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Deep Carbon Observatory Modelling and Visualisation Workshop, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. May 2015. Travel Grant.
  • Deep Carbon Observatory Summer School, Big Sky, Montana, July 2014. Travel grant.
  • Geochemical Society Goldschmidt Travel Grant 2012.
  • Australian National University Vice-Chancellor’s HDR Travel Grant 2012.
  • Australian National University PhD Scholarship – 2011 to 2013.
  • Australian National University Supplementary Scholarship – 2011 to 2013.


  Professional Society Membership

  • National Association of Geoscience Teachers (since 2016)
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Mid-Continent Section – November 2017-2020
  • American Geophysical Union (since 2013)
  • Geochemical Society (since 2010)
  • Geological Society of America (since 2017)

  Scientific Community

  • Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of African Earth Sciences, 2017-18.
  • Activity Reviewer, Teach the Earth website (http://serc.carleton.edu/teachearth/index.html), National Association of Geoscience Teachers, 2017, 18.
  • Session Chair at the Australian Universities Geoscience Education Network Conference, Canberra, January 2016.
  • Participant at the Deep Carbon Observatory Modelling and Visualisation Workshop, Washington, D.C., May 2015.
  • Session Co-Convenor for Goldschmidt 2015, Prague, Czech Republic. Session 20F - Mantle-Derived Intraplate Magmas, their Xenolith and Diamond Cargo: Processes, Timescales, and Geodynamic Implications
  • Proposal reviewer for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation/Deep Carbon Observatory.
  • Participant at the inaugural Deep Carbon Observatory Summer School, Big Sky, Montana 2014.

  Oklahoma State University

  • Member, Goldwater Scholarship Selection Committee, Fall 2017.

  Boone Pickens School of Geology

  • Presenter, School Colloquium, 12/01/2017
  • Member, Curriculum Committee, 2017/18
  • Member, Assessment Committee, 2017/18

  Australian National University

    University & College Service

  • Member of First Year Science Convenors Committee, Colleges of Science, 2016-17
  • Inward Bound 2013 organising committee member – organiser of a major endurance running event, unique to the ANU that has been running for more than 50 years.

    Research School of Earth Sciences Service

  • Member of the Education Review Committee, 2016-17.
  • Development and delivery of induction programs for first year science students, 2016.
  • Chair of the Student Forum from April 2011 to September 2012 – represented the graduate student community in discussions with the school administration and academic leadership as well as building up the community.
  • Member of the Liaison Committee in the search for a new School Director, 2012.
  • Member of the Honours/Masters Discussion Group, 2012.
  • Convenor of the Student Colloquium, 2010 - 2011.
  • Convenor of the RSES Student Conference, 2010.