Petrology and Mineralogy

  • Metamorphic evolution of oceanic materials during subduction and collisional suturing: Oregon and Alaska
  • Relationships between shear zones batholith construction
  • Reflectance spectroscopy, Remote sensing, and Metamorphic processes
  • Experimental petrology
    • Experimental igneous and planetary petrology (Moon, Mars, chondrules, and CAIs) / High P-T geochemistry
    • Role of volatiles (Cl, F, S, H2O) in silicate melts during crustal formation and differentiation (fractionation, degassing, high-T metamorphism, and fluid/rock interaction)
    • Apatite synthesis, crystal chemistry, and stability
    • Experimental and analytical study of olivine and plagioclase hosted melt inclusions in MORBs and Arc systems
    • Trace element partitioning experiments in terrestrial and planetary silicate systems
    • Phase equilibria modeling and experiments on plagioclase ultrapyric basalts (PUBs) and MORB systems


  • Edward Duke
    Petrology, Infrared spectroscopy, Remote sensing
  • Gokce Ustunisik
    Igneous Petrology,  Experimental Petrology, Planetary Petrology, High Pressure/Temperature Geo-Chemistry, Chemical Volcanology
  • Roger Nielsen
    Theoretical and Experimental Petrology, Trace element partitioning, Petrogenesis of Mid-Ocean Ridge Basalts
  • Nuri Uzunlar
    Field geology, Energy resources (petroleum and geothermal), Economic geology
  • Trevor Waldien
    Tectonics, Structural geology, Geochronology, Fault system evolution

Emeritus Faculty

  • Colin Paterson
    Economic geology, Mineral resources, Petrology 


Research Focus Areas