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Mr Charlie Oldman

Profile summary

  • Research Student
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Environment, Earth & Ecosystem Sciences
  • charlie.oldman

Professional biography

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.

Research interests

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.