Welcome

 

About Me

How to contact me


Email:

Frances.Cooper@bristol.ac.uk


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       @drfrags


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School of Earth Sciences

University of Bristol

Wills Memorial Building

Queen’s Road

Bristol BS8 1RJ

United Kingdom

Research interests

 

My research is focused on understanding the mechanics of large-scale continental deformation and the evolution of orogenic systems. I use a multidisciplinary approach that includes structural geology, microstructural analysis, metamorphic and igneous petrology, thermobarometry, isotope geochemistry, U-Th-Pb geochronology, (U-Th)/He and 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology, paleomagnetism, electron backscatter diffraction analysis, satellite remote sensing and thermal modelling. I have studied active normal faulting in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece, the evolution of metamorphic core complexes in the Basin and Range province, Nevada, and the role of extension in the Bhutan Himalaya. I have also worked on the application of the low-temperature (U-Th)/He thermochronometer to date young basalt flows and terrestrial impact craters.

At Bristol I am involved in a BHP Billiton funded investigation into the links between volcanism, tectonics, and mineralisation to better understand the formation of porphyry copper deposits in Chile.

evolution of orogenic systems • extensional tectonics • ties between magmatism, volcanism, and tectonics • structural geology • geochronology • thermochronology • geochemistry • metamorphic petrology • geothermobarometry • remote sensing • ore formation