The role of mountain belts in the growth of continents, the evolution of the biosphere and the development of our atmosphere
I research the origin and evolution of mountain belts, including addressing their role in the growth of continents and the evolution of the biosphere and the atmosphere,using their development as a constraint on Earth’s ever changing paleogeography.
My research is rooted in field-based geological mapping of key parts of mountain belts, both modern and ancient. Multidisciplinary studies, including geophyscial investigations and geochemical and geochronological analyses are utilized to further constrain the geometry and evolution of mountain belts. Models of development and evolution of ancient earth crust are tested against (1) tectonically active modern analogues, including the Apennines of southern Italy, and the Melanesian region of the southwest Pacific, and (2) geodynamic, geometric, climate and thermal models.
My research involves geological mapping; geophysical studies (paleomagnetism, gravity, magnetics, reflection seismic); and computer modelling of climate evolution.