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Dr Frances Cooper

Dr Frances Cooper

Dr Frances Cooper
MSci(Lond.), PhD(USC)

Senior Lecturer

Area of research

Mechanics of large-scale continental deformation, evolution of orogenic systems, formation of ore deposits

Office L124
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 954 5428

Research summary

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, 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 ...

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Frances in Chile

I obtained an MSci in Geology from University College London in 2003, where I worked on active normal faulting in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece. After starting my PhD at UCL, I promptly moved across the pond to the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where I completed my PhD in 2008 on the exhumation of the Snake Range metamorphic core complex, Nevada.

In 2008 I took up a postdoctoral position at Arizona State University, Phoenix, where I worked on a diverse range of research projects, including extensional faulting in the Bhutanese Himalaya, mineralogical mapping of remote mountainous regions using ...

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