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LEME Honorary Fellowships are awarded by the Board in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development and promotion of Regolith Science

The Awards are in the form of embossed and engraved jarrah plaques. Sixteen Awards have been presented thus far by Mr George Savell, Board Chair.

Nine Awards were made at LEME Wind-Up Dinners held in Canberra (25 June), Adelaide (27 June) and Perth (3 July).

  • Dr Charles Butt
  • Dr Steve Hill
  • Mr John Keeling
  • Dr Ken Lawrie
  • Dr Ken McQueen
  • Dr Colin Pain
  • Dr Steve Rogers
  • Mr Keith Scott
  • Ms Lisa Worrall


A member of the Geoscience Australia, Onshore Energy and Minerals Division, Colin has been an integral part of LEME since its conception in about 1993/4. A key member of the team that developed the CRC bids for LEME 1 (and LEME 2).

He was the LEME 1 Program 2 Leader: Regolith and Landscapes of the Tasman Fold belt, building knowledge and developing procedures for mineral exploration in the younger eastern Australia.Also, he was LEME 1 Assistant Director, ably supporting Dr Ray Smith.

A LEME 2 - Key Researcher, Colin was the Program 3 Environmental Applications of Regolith Geoscience Leader for 3 years, until he decided it was time someone else had the fun!

Affectionately referred to as the "Grandfather of the regolith", by his younger colleagues, Colin is recognised for providing a wealth of knowledge and steady and invaluable support to not only Program Leaders Ken Lawrie and Lisa Worrall at GA, but also his mentoring of junior scientists.

With a background in geomorphology, Colin is particularly interested in the long term evolution of landforms and regolith, and the effects of scale on how landforms and regolith knowledge can be portrayed and used.

Colin has played a pivotal role in LEME in developing techniques, including data collection, presentation and modelling, to prepare regolith maps in 3D that can be routinely used to explore for minerals and assist in natural resource management decision making. A co-author with Cliff Ollier of the "Regolith Soils and Landforms" book. Colin is also currently co-editing the LEME Regolith Reference book with Keith Scott.




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