I am a PhD student at the Open University, funded by NERC through CENTA DTP.
The supervisory team for my project "Finding a Pulse: Melt Formation and Timing in the Garhwal Himalaya" is Clare Warren, Tom Argles, Sam Hammond, Nigel Harris (OU), and Chris Spencer (Curtin).
I previously studied geology at the University of Southampton, earning an Integrated Master's degree.
For my PhD project, I am studying leucogranites, migmatites and metapelites from the Garhwal Himalaya, India. I hope to constrain the source, melt reactions and timescales of melting episodes of these Upper Greater Himalayan Sequence rocks to build on our knowledge of mountain belt formation and mid-crustal metamorphic processes.
My analysis involves detailed petrographic observation of samples collected during my fieldwork in the Himalaya in October 2018, coupled with Electron Probe Micro-Analyser (EPMA) elemental data collected at the Open University, and ion-probe analysis of zircon U-Th-Pb and O isotopes at the Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Science.
Picture: Garnet in leucogranite, thin section.
My wider research interests include metamorphic petrology, geochronology, and continental growth/destruction processes.