Dr Dave Waters

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.

Professor Mike Searle

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.

Professor Laurence Robb

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 Dyck

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 Lamont

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 Ambrose

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.

Joshua Combs

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 Bidgood

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.

Past Members

Dr Nicholas Gardiner

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.

Dr Owen Weller

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 eclogite belt.

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 Kong University.

Dr Richard Palin

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 THERMOCALC team.

Dr Alistair White

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 Wood

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 George

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 Honour

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 Airaghi

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 Grenoble, France

For other past members, see the list of completed projects on the Projects page