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Prof. Simon Harley

PERSONAL CHAIR IN LOWER CRUSTAL PROCESSES, Academic Head of Facilities

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Tasmania
Garnet-orthopyroxene assemblages as indicators of Pressure-temperature histories of granulites
Bachelor of Science, University of New South Wales
Geology of the Barnawartha-Yackanaderra area, N Victoria

Professional Qualifications

Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, FRSE

Area of Expertise

Research expertisegeological mapping including structural analysis, microscopy and microanalysis applied to minerals and rocks, U-Pb mineral dating and reconstruction of continental evolution, geology of Antarctica, tectonics and mountain building, nuclear waste disposal in geological facilities

Current Research Interests

Metamorphism at high temperatures; geological development of Antarctica and Gondwana; tectonic histories of Archaean and Proterozoic shields; experimental studies of mineral and mineral-melt equilibria; geochemistry of basement terraines.

My research in a nutshell

In this video Simon describes how when continents collide the deep crust can get remarkably hot. Just how hot, and for how long, is a big issue that radioactive minerals such as zircon can help resolve.

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