Andrew J SmyePostdoctoral Fellow, Jackson School of Geosciences
I am an Earth Scientist who seeks to understand the processes that drive crustal evolution and its interaction with the hydrosphere and atmosphere. Central to this aim is the integration of data-sets collected over a wide range of length-scales, from kilometers in the field to nanometers in the laboratory. To date, my research has been focused on:
1. Deciphering rates of metamorphism;
2. Mechanisms responsible for exhuming tracts of subducted crust;
3. Transport of volatiles to the mantle;
4. U-Th-Pb isotope systematics of accessory phases.
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Areas of Expertise
Radiogenic isotope systematics of metamorphic rocks; U-Th-Pb geochronology; 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology; Thermal models of crustal evolution; Metamorphic petrology; Phase equilibria calculations; Exhumation mechanisms; Subduction-related devolatisation; Fluid--mineral/rock interaction
Current Research Programs & Projects
The relative roles of erosion and tectonic denudation in the exhumation of high-pressure metamorphic rocks
The behavior of noble gas and fluid phases during subduction
Kinetics of U, Th and Pb transport in rutile and allanite: implications for thermochronology and nuclear ceramics
Rates of Barrovian metamorphism: the relative contributions of advective and conductive heat transfer in thickened crust