Volcanoes, Tectonics and Mineral Resources PhD and MPhil Supervisors

Dr Tiffany Barry
  • Mantle dynamics: geochemistry and 3D spherical numerical modelling to examine questions of mantle mixing
  • Intraplate volcanism: from the big to the small. Using volcanology and geochemistry, they all pose problems for understanding how the mantle and crust interact
  • Application of geochemistry (wholerock, mineral and isotopic), to investigate fundamental Earth processes
  • Geologic time, including the links between geochronology and stratigraphy
Professor Mike Branney
  • Physical volcanology: using sedimentology and structural techniques to deduce processes
  • Large explosive eruptions, frequencies and effects; formation of calderas
  • Pyroclastic density currents; sedimentology of ignimbrites and catastrophic sediments
  • Flow processes in lava flows, ignimbrites, dykes and vents: kinematics and ductile deformation
  • Field areas include Italy, central Mexico, Yellowstone hot-spot track USA, the Canary Islands, South Korea, Philippines and the English Lake District
Dr Dave Holwell
  • The nature and genesis of magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE deposits
  • Developing exploration models for magmatic-hydrothermal ore deposits
  • The geology of critical metal ore deposits
  • 3D microanalysis of ores
Dr Gawen Jenkin
  • Novel green solvents for environmentally-benign mineral processing
  • Hydrothermal mineralisation, in particular gold in Scotland, Ghana, Mauritania, Tanzania, Ethiopia and the Solomon Islands
  • Stable and radiogenic isotopes in fluid-rock interaction and hydrothermal mineralisation
  • Mineral carbonation for CO2 sequestration
  • Sediment geochemistry as paleoenvironmental indicators

Dr Andrew Miles

  • Granite magma genesis, its timing and emplacement
  • Accessory minerals and their application to silicic magma genesis and crustal evolution
  • Magmatic processes associated with copper porphyry deposits
  • The geothermal potential of granite plutons
Dr Marc Reichow
  • Volcanology, igneous and metamorphic petrology
  • Petrogenesis, timing and emplacement of large igneous provinces
  • Environmental impact of large scale volcanism including explosive super-eruptions
  • Deciphering magma evolution through mineral and whole rock analysis (isotopic and chemical)
  • High-precision radio isotopic dating techniques (40Ar/39Ar; U-Pb)
Dr Daniel Smith
  • Hydrous magmas and magmatic-hydrothermal systems
  • Epithermal and porphyry-type ore deposits
  • Critical metal resources
  • Mineral economics
Dr Richard Walker
  • The kinematics, geometry, and mechanics of fault zones, and the influence of existing structures and anisotropy in their development
  • Rock physical and mechanical properties applied to natural fault and fracture systems
  • Quantitative analysis of faults, fault zones, and fractures, particularly with respect to fluid flow characteristics through time
  • Terrestrial and planetary volcanic plumbing systems, including: caldera formation and evolution; and the mechanics of, and controls on, sheet intrusion emplacement
  • The effects of dyke and sill emplacement on host rock physical and mechanical properties

Professor Jan Zalasiewicz

  • Stratigraphy and Sedimentology, particularly of Palaeozoic Terrains in the UK and Poland
  • Graptolite Palaeontology and Biostratigraphy
  • Mud Rock Diagenesis and Low Grade Metamorphism
  • Quaternary Facies and Palaeoenviornments, including Assessment of Contemporary (‘Anthropocene’) Environmental Change

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