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Emeritus Professor Alan F Cooper

Alan CooperBSc(Sheff) PhD(Otago) 

Office - Geology Gn8
alan.cooper@otago.ac.nz 

Professor Alan F Cooper's Inaugural Professorial Lecture 2002
 
 
 

Research Interests

  • Metamorphic mineralogy & petrology of the Haast Schists
  • Petrogenesis of carbonatites
  • N.Z. lamprophyre dyke swarms
  • Alpine Fault structure and activity
  • Mantle petrology
  • Ross Orogen, Antarctica

Recent Postgraduate Student Supervision

  • Nathalie Lefebvre (2013) - Volcanological Factors Controlling the Diamond Distribution within Kimberlite Pipes Using Drill Core Information and Modern Analogues From Selected Pipes in the Attawapiskat Kimberlite Field, Northern Ontario, Canada and Hopi Buttes, Arizona, USA. (PhD)
  • Andreas Auer (2013)– Sedimentary response to debris avalanche and eruption at Mt Ruapehu (PhD)
  • Nic Barth (2013)- Comparative fault mechanics in quartzofeldspathic, mafic and ultramafic protoliths: a study of the Alpine Fault Zone in South Westland (PhD
  • Anne Ford (2012)-  Pleistocene stone tool use at Kosipe, Papua New Guinea (PhD)
  • Nick Hogg (2011) On the edge: studying colonization and mobility in the Western Pacific (MSc)
  • Ben Teele (2011)-  Chemical analysis of Lapita and Polynesian Plainware ceramics from Samoa in order to determine settlement mobility and changes that occur to Samoan settlement strategies over the first 1,000 years of occupation. (MA)
  • Sophie Briggs - Geology, petrology and geochemistry of the Alpine Dike Swarm north of the Haast River (BSc(Hons))
  • Giulia Airoldi - Magma transport and propagation of intrusive sheets, Ferrar Dolerite, Allan Hills and Solitary Rocks, Antarctica. (PhD)
  • Campbell Ryland - Geology, mineralisation, and structural evolution of the Bald Hill-Maori Saddle Region, South Westland, New Zealand (MSc)
  • Stephen Read – Koettlitz Glacier Alkaline Province: Late Neoproterozoic extension in southern Victoria Land, Antarctica. (PhD)
  • Ake Fagereng - Subduction-related fault processes: Ancient and active. (PhD)
  • Adam Martin - Mount Morning volcanism, Antarctica (PhD)
  • Hanne-Kristen Paulsen - Volcanology, Mount Morning, southern Victoria Land, Antarctica. (MSc)
  • Tim Popham - Pounamu and Scott Basin. (MSc)
  • James Scott- Petrology of Eastern Fiordland. (PhD)
  • Virginia Toy - Mylonites and pseudotachylytes found adjacent to the central Alpine Fault. (PhD)
  • Heather Campbell - The Alpine Fault at Jackson River, South Westland. (PhD)
  • Stefan Olsson - The dykes of the Dunedin Volcano; structural and petrological implications. (PhD)
  • Mark Walrond - Alpine Fault Structure. (PhD)
  • Anton Barber - Felsic magmatism and host metasediments of the Ross Orogeny at Reeves Bluff, southern Victoria Land, Antarctica. (MSc)
  • John Cottle -Mafic magmatism in the Carlyon Glacier region, southern Victoria Land, Antarctica. (MSc)
  • Doc Richardson - Metasediments and mafic intrusions of the Ross Orogeny, Mulock Glacier, southern Victoria Land, Antarctica. (MSc)
  • Matthew Wynyard - Skelton Group metamorphism: structure and petrology. (MSc)

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Publications

Sutherland, R., Townend, J., Toy, V., Upton, P., Coussens, J., Allen, M., … Becroft, L., … Cooper, A., … Cox, S., Craw, L., … Grieve, J., … Kirilova, M., … Lukacs, A., … Mathewson, L., … Prior, D., Sauer, K., … Williams, J., … Zimmer, M. (2017). Extreme hydrothermal conditions at an active plate-bounding fault. Nature. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/nature22355

Cooper, A. F., & Norris, R. J. (2017). Structural evolution of the semischist–schist transition in an accretionary complex: The Otago Schist section at Lake Hāwea, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00288306.2017.1331916

Hagen-Peter, G., Cottle, J. M., Smit, M., & Cooper, A. F. (2016). Coupled garnet Lu–Hf and monazite U–Pb geochronology constrain early convergent margin dynamics in the Ross orogen, Antarctica. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 34(4), 293-319. doi: 10.1111/jmg.12182

Cooper, A. F., Palin, J. M., & Collins, A. K. (2016). Fenitization of metabasic rocks by ferrocarbonatites at Haast River, New Zealand. Lithos, 244, 109-121. doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2015.11.035

Scott, J. M., Brenna, M., Crase, J. A., Waight, T. E., van der Meer, Q., Cooper, A. F., Palin, J. M., … Münker, C. (2016). Peridotitic lithosphere metasomatized by volatile-bearing melts, and its association with intraplate alkaline HIMU-like magmatism. Journal of Petrology, 57(10), 2053-2078. doi: 10.1093/petrology/egw069

Edited Book - Research

Graham, I. J., Skinner, D. N. B., Isaac, M. J., Cooper, R. A., Mortimer, N., Cooper, A. F., … Carter, L., Fordyce, R. E., … Johnston, M. R. (Eds.). (2008). A continent on the move: New Zealand geoscience into the 21st century. Wellington, New Zealand: Geological Society of New Zealand and GNS Science, 377p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Eberhart-Phillips, D., Sutherland, R., Eberhart-Phillips, D., Harris, R. A., Stern, T., Beavan, J., … Cox, S., Norris, R. J., … Cooper, A. F., … Stirling, M. (2007). Do great earthquakes occur on the Alpine fault in central South Island, New Zealand. In D. Okaya, T. Stern & F. Davey (Eds.), A continental plate boundary: Tectonics at South Island, New Zealand. (pp. 235-251). Washington, DC: American Geophysical Union. doi: 10.1029/175GM12

Norris, R. J., & Cooper, A. F. (2007). The Alpine Fault, New Zealand: Surface geology and field relationships. In D. Okaya, T. Stern & F. Davey (Eds.), A continental plate boundary: Tectonics at South Island, New Zealand. (pp. 157-175). Washington, DC: American Geophysical Union.

Cooper, A. F., Worley, B. A., Armstrong, R., & Price, R. C. (1997). Synorogenic Alkaline and Carbonatitic Magmatism in the Transantarctic Mountains of South Victoria Land, Antarctica. In C. A. Ricci (Ed.), The Antarctic Region: Geological Evolution and Processes. (pp. 245-252). Siena: Terra Antartica Publication.

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Journal - Research Article

Sutherland, R., Townend, J., Toy, V., Upton, P., Coussens, J., Allen, M., … Becroft, L., … Cooper, A., … Cox, S., Craw, L., … Grieve, J., … Kirilova, M., … Lukacs, A., … Mathewson, L., … Prior, D., Sauer, K., … Williams, J., … Zimmer, M. (2017). Extreme hydrothermal conditions at an active plate-bounding fault. Nature. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/nature22355

Cooper, A. F., & Norris, R. J. (2017). Structural evolution of the semischist–schist transition in an accretionary complex: The Otago Schist section at Lake Hāwea, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00288306.2017.1331916

Hagen-Peter, G., Cottle, J. M., Smit, M., & Cooper, A. F. (2016). Coupled garnet Lu–Hf and monazite U–Pb geochronology constrain early convergent margin dynamics in the Ross orogen, Antarctica. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 34(4), 293-319. doi: 10.1111/jmg.12182

Scott, J. M., Brenna, M., Crase, J. A., Waight, T. E., van der Meer, Q., Cooper, A. F., Palin, J. M., … Münker, C. (2016). Peridotitic lithosphere metasomatized by volatile-bearing melts, and its association with intraplate alkaline HIMU-like magmatism. Journal of Petrology, 57(10), 2053-2078. doi: 10.1093/petrology/egw069

Cooper, A. F., Palin, J. M., & Collins, A. K. (2016). Fenitization of metabasic rocks by ferrocarbonatites at Haast River, New Zealand. Lithos, 244, 109-121. doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2015.11.035

Scott, J. M., Auer, A., Czertowicz, T. A., Cooper, A. F., Billia, M. A., & Kennedy, A. K. (2015). New P–T and U–Pb constraints on Alpine Schist metamorphism in south Westland, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics, 58(4), 385-397. doi: 10.1080/00288306.2015.1093005

Cooper, A. F., & Ireland, T. R. (2015). The Pounamu terrane, a new Cretaceous exotic terrane within the Alpine Schist, New Zealand: Tectonically emplaced, deformed and metamorphosed during collision of the LIP Hikurangi Plateau with Zealandia. Gondwana Research, 27(3), 1255-1269. doi: 10.1016/j.gr.2013.11.011

Martin, A. P., Price, R. C., Cooper, A. F., & McCammon, C. A. (2015). Petrogenesis of the rifted Southern Victoria land lithospheric mantle, Antarctica, inferred from petrography, geochemistry, thermobarometry and oxybarometry of peridotite and pyroxenite xenoliths from the Mount Morning eruptive centre. Journal of Petrology, 56(1), 193-226. doi: 10.1093/petrology/egu075

Martin, A. P., Cooper, A. F., Price, R. C., Turnbull, R. E., & Roberts, N. M. W. (2015). The petrology, geochronology and significance of Granite Harbour Intrusive Complex xenoliths and outcrop sampled in western McMurdo Sound, Southern Victoria Land, Antarctica. New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics, 58(1), 33-51. doi: 10.1080/00288306.2014.982660

Cooper, A. F., Collins, A. K., Palin, J. M., & Spratt, J. (2015). Mineralogical evolution and REE mobility during crystallisation of ancylite-bearing ferrocarbonatite, Haast River, New Zealand. Lithos, 216, 324-337. doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2015.01.005

Martin, A. P., Cooper, A. F., & Price, R. C. (2014). Increased mantle heat flow with on-going rifting of the West Antarctic rift system inferred from characterisation of plagioclase peridotite in the shallow Antarctic mantle. Lithos, 190-191, 173-190. doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2013.12.012

Scott, J. M., Waight, T. E., van der Meer, Q. H. A., Palin, J. M., Cooper, A. F., & Münker, C. (2014). Metasomatized ancient lithospheric mantle beneath the young Zealandia microcontinent and its role in HIMU-like intraplate magmatism. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 15(9), 3477-3501. doi: 10.1002/2014GC005300

Martin, A. P., Price, R. C., & Cooper, A. F. (2014). Constraints on the composition, source and petrogenesis of plagioclase-bearing mantle peridotite. Earth-Science Reviews, 138, 89-101. doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2014.08.006

Scott, J. M., Hodgkinson, A., Palin, J. M., Waight, T. E., van der Meer, Q. H. A., & Cooper, A. F. (2014). Ancient melt depletion overprinted by young carbonatitic metasomatism in the New Zealand lithospheric mantle. Contributions to Mineralogy & Petrology, 167, 963. doi: 10.1007/s00410-014-0963-0

Cooper, A. F., & Ireland, T. R. (2013). Cretaceous sedimentation and metamorphism of the western Alpine Schist protoliths associated with the Pounamu Ultramafic Belt, Westland, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics, 56(4), 188-199. doi: 10.1080/00288306.2013.809776

Toy, V. G., Norris, R. J., Prior, D. J., Walrond, M., & Cooper, A. F. (2013). How do lineations reflect the strain history of transpressive shear zones? The example of the active Alpine Fault zone, New Zealand. Journal of Structural Geology, 50, 187-198. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2012.06.006

Mortimer, N., Nathan, S., Jongens, R., Kawachi, Y., Ryland, C., Cooper, A. F., … Randall, S. (2013). Regional metamorphism of the early Palaeozoic Greenland Group, South Westland, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics, 56(1), 1-15. doi: 10.1080/00288306.2012.734830

Martin, A. P., Cooper, A. F., & Price, R. C. (2013). Petrogenesis of Cenozoic, alkalic volcanic lineages at Mount Morning, West Antarctica and their entrained lithospheric mantle xenoliths: Lithospheric versus asthenospheric mantle sources. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 122, 127-152. doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2013.08.025

Van der Meer, Q. H. A., Scott, J. M., Waight, T. E., Sudo, M., Scherstén, A., Cooper, A. F., & Spell, T. L. (2013). Magmatism during Gondwana break-up: New geochronological data from Westland, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics, 56(4), 229-242. doi: 10.1080/00288306.2013.826699

Toy, V. G., Prior, D. J., Norris, R. J., Cooper, A. F., & Walrond, M. (2012). Relationships between kinematic indicators and strain during syn-deformational exhumation of an oblique slip, transpressive, plate boundary shear zone: The Alpine Fault, New Zealand. Earth & Planetary Science Letters, 333-334, 282-292. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2012.04.037

Berryman, K., Cooper, A., Norris, R., Villamor, P., Sutherland, R., Wright, T., … Biasi, G. (2012). Late Holocene rupture history of the alpine fault in South Westland, New Zealand. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 102(2), 620-638. doi: 10.1785/0120110177

Scott, J. M., Palin, J. M., Cooper, A. F., Sagar, M. W., Allibone, A. H., & Tulloch, A. J. (2011). From richer to poorer: Zircon inheritance in Pomona Island Granite, New Zealand. Contributions to Mineralogy & Petrology, 161(5), 667-681. doi: 10.1007/s00410-010-0556-5

Cooper, A. F., Maas, R., Scott, J. M., & Barber, A. J. W. (2011). Dating of volcanism and sedimentation in the Skelton Group, Transantarctic Mountains: Implications for the Rodinia-Gondwana transition in southern Victoria Land, Antarctica. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 123(3/4), 681-702. doi: 10.1130/B30237.1

Cooper, A. F., & Norris, R. J. (2011). Inverted metamorphic sequences in Alpine fault mylonites produced by oblique shear within a plate boundary fault zone, New Zealand. Geology, 39(11), 1023-1026. doi: 10.1130/G32273.1

Cooper, A. F., Boztuğ, D., Palin, J. M., Martin, C. E., & Numata, M. (2011). Petrology and petrogenesis of carbonatitic rocks in syenites from central Anatolia, Turkey. Contributions to Mineralogy & Petrology, 161(5), 811-828. doi: 10.1007/s00410-010-0566-3

Scott, J. M., Cooper, A. F., Tulloch, A. J., & Spell, T. L. (2011). Crustal thickening of the Early Cretaceous paleo-Pacific Gondwana margin. Gondwana Research, 20(2-3), 380-394. doi: 10.1016/j.gr.2010.10.008

Toy, V. G., Craw, D., Cooper, A. F., & Norris, R. J. (2010). Thermal regime in the central Alpine Fault zone, New Zealand: Constraints from microstructures, biotite chemistry and fluid inclusion data. Tectonophysics, 485, 178-192. doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2009.12.013

Martin, A. P., & Cooper, A. F. (2010). Post 3.9 Ma fault activity within the West Antarctic rift system: Onshore evidence from Gandalf Ridge, Mount Morning eruptive centre, southern Victoria Land, Antarctica. Antarctic Science, 22(5), 513-521. doi: 10.1017/S095410201000026X

Fagereng, Å., & Cooper, A. F. (2010). The metamorphic history of rocks buried, accreted and exhumed in an accretionary prism: An example from the Otago Schist, New Zealand. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 28(9), 935-954. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1314.2010.00900.x

Fagereng, Å., & Cooper, A. F. (2010). Petrology of metabasalts from the Chrystalls Beach accretionary melange: Implications for tectonic setting and terrane origin. New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics, 53(1), 57-70. doi: 10.1080/00288301003631806

Martin, A. P., Cooper, A. F., & Dunlap, W. J. (2010). Geochronology of Mount Morning, Antarctica: Two-phase evolution of a long-lived trachyte-basanite-phonolite eruptive center. Bulletin of Volcanology, 72(3), 357-371. doi: 10.1007/s00445-009-0319-1

Allibone, A. H., Jongens, R., Scott, J. M., Tulloch, A. J., Turnbull, I. M., Cooper, A. F., Powell, N. G., Ladley, E. B., … Rattenbury, M. S. (2009). Plutonic rocks of the Median Batholith in eastern and central Fiordland, New Zealand: Field relations, geochemistry, correlation, and nomenclature. New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics, 52(2), 101-148. doi: 10.1080/00288300909509882

Scott, J. M., Cooper, A. F., Palin, J. M., Tulloch, A. J., Kula, J., Jongens, R., … Pearson, N. J. (2009). Tracking the influence of a continental margin on growth of a magmatic arc, Fiordland, New Zealand, using thermobarometry, thermochronology, and zircon U-Pb and Hf isotopes. Tectonics, 28, TC6007. doi: 10.1029/2009tc002489

Scott, J. M., Palin, J. M., Cooper, A. F., Fagereng, Å., & King, R. P. (2009). Polymetamorphism, zircon growth and retention of early assemblages through the dynamic evolution of a continental arc in Fiordland, New Zealand. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 27(4), 281-294. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1314.2009.00817.x

Scott, J. M., Cooper, A. F., & Palin, J. M. (2009). Beehive Diorite: A Late Jurassic two-pyroxene pluton at Lake Manapouri, Fiordland. New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics, 52(2), 59-65. doi: 10.1080/00288300809509852

Cooper, A. F., & Beck, R. J. (2009). River capture and Main Divide migration in the Haast River catchment assessed from the fluvial distribution of sodalite-bearing dike rocks and fenites. New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics, 52(1), 27-36. doi: 10.1080/00288300909509875

Scott, J. M., Palin, J. M., & Cooper, A. F. (2009). A younger age constraint on high-grade metamorphism near George Sound in Fiordland, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics, 52(2), 67-71. doi: 10.1080/00288300909509879

Cooper, A. F., & Paterson, L. A. (2008). Carbonatites from a lamprophyric dyke-swarm, South Westland, New Zealand. Canadian Mineralogist, 46(4), 753-777. doi: 10.3749/canmin.46.4.753

Scott, J. M., Turnbull, I. M., Ewing, T. A., Allibone, A. H., Palin, J. M., & Cooper, A. F. (2008). Petrology and geochronology of the volcaniclastic and volcanogenic Mesozoic Loch Burn Formation in eastern Fiordland, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics, 51(2), 89-103. doi: 10.1080/00288300809509852

Allibone, A. H., Turnbull, I. M., Tulloch, A. J., & Cooper, A. F. (2007). Plutonic rocks of the Median Batholith in southwest Fiordland, New Zealand: Field relations, geochemistry, and correlation. New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics, 50(4), 283-314. doi: 10.1080/00288300709509838

Cooper, A. F., Adam, L. J., Coulter, R. F., Eby, G. N., & McIntosh, W. C. (2007). Geology, geochronology and geochemistry of a basanitic volcano, White Island, Ross Sea, Antarctica. Journal of Volcanology & Geothermal Research, 165, 189-216.

Veevers, J. J., Belousova, E. A., Saeed, A., Sircombe, K., Cooper, A. F., & Read, S. E. (2006). Pan-Gondwanaland detrital zircons from Australia analysed for Hf-isotopes and trace elements reflect an ice-covered Antarctic provenance of 700-500 Ma age, TDM of 2.0-1.0 Ga, and alkaline affinity. Earth-Science Reviews, 76, 135-174.

Hoernle, K., White, J. D. L., van den Bogaard, P., Hauff, F., Coombs, D. S., Werner, R., … Reay, A., & Cooper, A. F. (2006). Cenozoic intraplate volcanism on New Zealand: Upwelling induced by lithospheric removal. Earth & Planetary Science Letters, 248, 335-352.

Cottle, J. M., & Cooper, A. F. (2006). Geology, geochemistry, and geochronology of an A-type granite in the Mulock Glacier area, southern Victoria Land, Antarctica. New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics, 49(2), 191-202. doi: 10.1080/00288306.2006.9515159

Cottle, J. M., & Cooper, A. F. (2006). The Fontaine Pluton: An early Ross Orogeny calc-alkaline gabbro from southern Victoria Land, Antarctica. New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics, 49(2), 177-189. doi: 10.1080/00288306.2006.9515158

Scott, J. M., & Cooper, A. F. (2006). Early Cretaceous extensional exhumation of the lower crust of a magmatic arc: Evidence from the Mount Irene Shear Zone, Fiordland, New Zealand. Tectonics, 25. Retrieved from http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2006/2005TC001890.shtml

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