Dave is Associate Professor of Metamorphic Petrology and
Curator of Earth Collections in the Oxford University Museum
of Natural History. He is interested in fundamental processes
of metamorphic change and in the observable record they leave
in the reaction and deformation microstructures of natural
rocks. His practical experience extends across a broad
range of petrological settings, from thermal aureoles to young
mountain belts, and from subduction zones to ancient
granulites and crustal melting.
Mike's research is related to the structural geology and
tectonic evolution of the Alpine & Himalayan collision
belt. He has worked in Oman and the United Arab Emirates for
the last 25 years as well as in Syria, Nepal, India, Pakistan,
Bhutan, Tibet, Burma and Vietnam. He is the author of the
recent book Colliding Continents, and of over 100
research papers. He is a Senior Research Fellow in the
Department of Earth Sciences and Lecturer at Worcester
College, University of Oxford.
Laurence has spent most of his career working as an economic
geologist, focusing his research on the diverse ore deposits
of the African continent. He is the author of the text
book, published by Blackwell, Introduction to Ore Forming
Processes. He consults widely for industry and he is an
Honorary Professor in the School of Geosciences at the
University of the Witwatersrand, and Visiting Research Fellow
in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford.
Brendan is a D.Phil research student who is focusing on the
interplay between melt-producing reactions and deformation in
collisional orogens. His approach integrates
thermodynamic modelling with microstructure and field
observations from the Himalayan and Trans-Hudson
Orogens. In addition to studying the effect of
metamorphism on crustal rheology, Brendan is interested in the
secular change in tectonic styles that have shaped the Earth's
crust from the Archaean until present.
Tom completed his undergraduate Masters in Earth Sciences at
Oxford in 2014, and is now a DPhil student studying tectonics
and metamorphism in the Aegean Islands, Greece, with Mike
Searle and Dave Waters.
Tyler is working on a DPhil research project entitled "Structure
and metamorphism of the North Oman thrust sheets, from
Semail ophiolite to foreland fold-thrust belt",
supported by the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi. He is building
on our current studies of the bedrock geology across the
ophiolite and its underlying rocks, with the aim of relating
these to the deep structure determined by geophysical methods.
Josh's DPhil project is on the Precambrian geology
and mineral resources of an area in the Reguibat Shield of
Western Sahara. The area has many intriguing features and
crosses the boundary between Archaean and Palaeoproterozoic
provinces. He is supported by Australia-based mineral resource
exploration company Hanno Resources.
Anna completed her Masters project on the metamorphic history
of garnet growth in metapelites from western Massachusetts
(first studied in Oxford by Nick Gardiner),
and she has now joined the Oxford NERC Doctoral Training Partnership for
a DPhil study that will take her to the Tso Morari
ultrahigh-pressure complex in the NW Himalaya.
Having spent valuable time with the Hard Rock Group, focusing on
the metallogenic and metamorphic-tectonic evolution of Myanmar
(Burma), Nick has now moved to a Postdoctoral position at Curtin
University, Perth, Western Australia. In his past life he completed
a D.Phil at Oxford on the metamorphic and isotopic evolution of garnets
from Massachusetts, and then worked for a number of years in
the commodities markets before coming back to research.
Owen completed his D.Phil in 2014 entitled 'An integrated
metamorphic and geochronological study of the south-eastern
Tibetan Plateau'. He is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at
the Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, having previously also spent
5 months as a JSPS postdoctoral research fellow at
Nagoya University, Japan, working on the Sanbagawa
Dr Samuel Wai-Pan Ng
Sam completed his D.Phil in 2014 on the petrogenesis of the
Malaysian tin granites and the tectonics of Southeast Asia,
using various geochemical techniques and high-precision U-Pb
geochronology. He is taking up a postdoctoral position at Hong
Rich Palin completed his D.Phil in 2013 entitled Using
Metamorphic Modelling Techniques to Investigate the Thermal
and Structural Evolution of the Himalayan-Karakoram-Tibetan
Orogen. He is now a postdoctoral researcher at Johannes
Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, working with the
Al White completed his D.Phil in 2011 on The nature and
origin of gold mineralization at Damang Mine, Ghana
(funded by Gold Fields). He now has a post-doctoral research
position at CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering in
Perth, Western Australia.
Eleni completed her Masters project in 2015 on the petrology and
structural setting of alkaline intrusive rocks in the Assynt
area of NW Scotland, and has now joined the Himalayan research
group at the Open University, working in northern Bhutan.
Freya completed a Masters project in 2014 working on the
metamorphic evolution of the Jijal granulites from the base of
the Kohistan arc, Pakistan. She is now at Carleton University,
Ottawa, studying for a PhD with Dr Fred Gaidies.
Victoria completed her Masters project in 2014 with Laurence
Robb and Madeleine Humphreys studying the petrology of
Fe-Ti-oxide and apatite-rich horizons in the Upper Zone of the
Rustenburg Layered Suite, Bushveld Complex, South Africa.
Laura completed a Masters project in August 2013 on an
Oxford-hosted internship from the Ecole Normale Superieure,
Paris, studying amphibole stability in subduction zone
assemblages and working on specimens from the Western Gneiss
Complex, Norway. She is now a PhD student at the University of
For other past members, see the list of completed projects on
the Projects page