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Research in Minerology and Petrology


Faculty and students in the department conduct research in the fields of:

  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Mineralogy and Crystallography.

Much of the research is field-oriented with current projects working in the Klamath Mountains (California & Oregon), the Ruby Mountains (Nevada), the Caledonides of central Norway, the Seiland and Tysfjord regions of north Norway, various ophiolites and oceanic spreading centers, as well as west Texas and eastern New Mexico.



Dr. Cal Barnes, petrology and geochemistry of igneous and metamorphic rocks,

Dr. Melanie Barnes, application of LA-ICP-MS to earth materials.

Dr. Callum Hetherington, mineralogy, geochemistry, and micro-analytical study of igneous and metamorphic rocks.

Dr. Hal Karlsson, stable isotope geochemistry.

Dr. Moira Ridley, aqueous geochemistry.

Dr. Aaron Yoshinobu,  microstructural evolution of the lithosphere, structural petrology of arc & ophiolite/oceanic spreading centers.

Research Facilities

Courses in Mineralogy and Petrology