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!).
Follow the links below for some examples of our research projects: