A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.
- Academic background
- Host campus
- Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD
- Associate Professor James Scott
Peridotite xenoliths occur in several locations in Westland New Zealand and are very poorly documented. However, they represent a very rare opportunity to examine the evolution and composition of the mantle under western Zealandia (probably back-arc) just before it broke away from Gondwana. What is the composition of that mantle? How does it compare to elsewhere in New Zealand? How old is it?
Fieldwork would involve collection of material, with careful laboratory work needed to characterize peridotite xenolith compositions.