Research Associate (MDRU)
Western Tethyan Metallogeny Project
Office: ESB 5105-1 Phone: 604 822 5503 Fax: 604 822 6088
I am an igneous petrologist interested in unraveling age and provenance of magmatic rocks together with physio-chemical processes that give rise to their great diversity in Phanerozoic continental arcs and Archean cratons. To this end I use a range of geochemical and radiometric tools applied at both the whole-rock and single crystal scale. I developed a passion for geochemistry during my MSc study in the Sifton Range of the southern Yukon Territory. My doctoral work took me to the high Andes where I quantitatively surveyed granitoid intrusives along a 1,800 km-transect of the Peruvian Eastern Cordillera using a range of laboratory and analytical techniques including various modalities of mass spectrometry, in situ U-Pb dating of zircons, electron and ion microprobes. In 2008, I was awarded the Swiss National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology and experiment on high pressure (< 4GPa) and temperature hydrous-phase equilibria and water storage in deep planetary interiors. Most recently, I served as the diamond geologist with Canadian Federal Government in Yellowknife where I studied kimberlitic occurrences and their constituent mantle xenoliths as probes of the northern Canadian lithospheric mantle. Work on mantle geochemistry was complemented by fingerprinting crustal growth of the Slave craton via the combined use of U-Pb and Hf-O isotope systematics in detrital zircons.
I have been managing the MDRU's Western Tethyan Metallogeny Project since May of 2012; a collaborative, industry-sponsored study aimed at deciphering regional tectono-magmatic controls on siting of large porphyry Cu and epithermal precious metal deposits from the Balkans to Iran.
• Geochemical evolution and geodynamic setting of epithermal and porphyry Cu-Au-Mo deposits (read more)
• Petrogenesis and the evolution of sub-continental lithospheric mantle
• Fingerprinting magma sources by radiogenic Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf and stable isotope systematics
• Low-blank, high-precision (ID-TIMS) and in situ (LA ICPMS) zircon U-Pb geochronology
• High P-T experimental petrology of hydrous phases in planetary interiors
• Andean geodynamics
• Comparative studies of crustal growth (or lack thereof) since Hadean