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Thermal change and mineralogy of the K-T boundary

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.

Details

Academic background
Sciences
Host campus
Dunedin
Qualifications
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD
Department
Geology
Supervisors
Associate Professor James Scott, Dr Sebastian Naeher (GNS Science)

Overview

In some places in Westland, the K-T boundary occurs in terrestrial coal measures. The boundary is defined by an iridium anomaly that originates from the meteorite that vaporised. What are the mineral phases at this boundary that host the iridium? Is microdiamond present? How do biomarkers change in the carbonaceous material on either side of the boundary? What was the temperature change? The project would involve fieldwork to collect material and lab work to characterize it.

Contact

James Scott
Email   james.scott@otago.ac.nz