New Zealand is an outstanding place to study igneous and metamorphic petrological processes. This is because an extremely wide array of different rock-types and crustal levels are exposed as a result of New Zealand having been built up on the Paleozoic and Mesozoic paleo-Pacific margin of Gondwana, rifted away in the Cretaceous, and then sheared during Miocene imposition of the Australia-Pacific plate boundary (Alpine Fault).
To understand how the crust and mantle have behaved, we examine rocks from a field through to a microscopic scale. Fieldwork underpins our research – this enables us to visit some of the most beautiful localities in the world (mainly New Zealand, of course!). The analytical side of research is supported by an electron microprobe and a LA-ICP-MS. A clean lab has just been set up.
Follow the links below for some examples of our research projects:
- Petrology of the Continental Crust
- Petrology of the Mantle
- Petrology at the Field Scale
- Petrology at the Micro Scale
Please refer to our publications for more insights into our research.