I am currently involved in investigating the tectonic and thermal evolution of orogenic belts, specifically related to UHT metamorphism. Prior to this appointment I came to Curtin to work in the John de Laeter Centre for Isotope Research where I was actively involved in technique development related to SHRIMP U-Pb geochronology. I completed my PhD in 2009 at the University of Edinburgh, with the title “Distribution of trace elements between zircon, garnet and melt: a key to understanding crustal processes and events”. This was followed by an appointment at the Edinburgh Materials and Microanalysis Centre (EMMAC) supporting the ion microprobe facility.
My expertise lies primarily in the fields of experimental petrology and analytical geochemistry relating to high-grade metamorphism. Particularly using multi-instrument techniques to evaluate geological processes based on trace element and isotopic compositions of major and accessory phases. I am experienced in a range of microanalytical techniques including SIMS, EPMA, Laser Ablation and SEM as well as performing high P-T experiments in internally heated gas pressure vessels (IHPV). I have also engaged in fieldwork in metamorphic terranes such as the Southern Granulite Terrane (southern India), and Rogaland (SW Norway) to study field relationships in migmatitic rocks.