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Dr Frances J CooperMSci(Lond), PhD(USC)

Senior Lecturer

Frances Cooper

Dr Frances J CooperMSci(Lond), PhD(USC)

Senior Lecturer

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Research interests

My research is focused on understanding the mechanics of large-scale continental deformation and the evolution of orogenic systems. I use a multidisciplinary approach that includes structural geology, microstructural analysis, metamorphic and igneous petrology, thermobarometry, isotope geochemistry, U-Th-Pb geochronology, (U-Th)/He and 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology, paleomagnetism, electron backscatter diffraction analysis, satellite remote sensing and thermal modelling. I have studied active normal faulting in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece, the evolution of metamorphic core complexes in the Basin and Range province, Nevada, and the role of extension in the Bhutan Himalaya. I have also worked on the application of the low-temperature (U-Th)/He thermochronometer to date young basalt flows and terrestrial impact craters.

At Bristol I am involved in a BHP Billiton funded investigation into the links between volcanism, tectonics, and mineralisation to better understand the formation of porphyry copper deposits. This project, which involves a novel integration of volcanology, structural geology, geomorphology, experimental petrology, and geochronology, is led by Professor Steve Sparks, Professor Jon Blundy, Dr Alison Rust and myself. As part of the project, we are collaborating with the University of Chile, the Geological Survey of Chile (Sernageomin), the British Geological Survey, the University of Southern California, and Nagoya University in Japan.

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Postal address:
Wills Memorial Building
Queens Road
Clifton
Bristol
United Kingdom

Selected research outputs

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    Metamorphic core complexes: windows into the mechanics and rheology of the crust

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

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    Constraints on early Franciscan subduction rates from 2-D thermal modeling

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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