Richard Blewett, an Aussie by birth, left for Africa and UK in the 1970s. He graduated 1st class Hons in Geology from Swansea University (Wales) in 1985. Following a year in industry in South Africa, he completed a PhD in structural geology from Leicester University in the UK (1989). During this time he worked in the French Alps, Canadian Appalachians, British Caledonides and Nepalese Himalaya.
Richard joined Geoscience Australia in 1990, and has worked in North Queensland, the Pilbara, Sultanate of Oman, the Yilgarn, Gawler–Curnamona, Arunta and Mugraves. Richard was the Chief Editor of Shaping a nation: A geology of Australia, which was a joint GA–ANU Press publication for the Brisbane 2012 International Geological Congress. He is interested in the management of science and research and has an MBA from Deakin University (2001).
He is presently the Group Leader of Regional Geology and Mineral Systems in the Minerals and Natural Hazards Division at Geoscience Australia.