Eleni Wood

The Open University

Project

Crust-mantle Exchange in Orogenic Lower Crust: the Record in High Temperature Eclogites

Supervisors

Dr Clare Warren, Dr Tom Argles and Dr Nick Roberts

PhD Summary

The project investigates the movement and exchange of trace elements, fluids and volatiles within and between different crustal rocks and the mantle, during major continental collision and orogenic events. It shall focus on the role of deep crustal burial and exhumation on the exchange of various elements, crustal evolution and differentiation of the continental crust and the natural resources that it hosts. This project will combine metamorphic petrology, geochronology and geochemistry to investigate crust that has experienced conditions of deep burial. The project will examine two examples of high pressure, high temperature rocks: ‘hot’ eclogites that record deep burial of continental crust during continental collision, analysing samples from Sweden (the 1 Ga Ullared eclogites) and Bhutan (the 13 Ma Laya eclogites).

What inspires you?

Growing up in the Lake District, I was always surrounded by spectacular views of the mountains, which led me to wondering, by what processes did these landscapes form? As I pursued my curiosity I realised howscientific observations of ancient formations, from the micro scale to mountain scale, can help us piece together their stories, and by unravelling these you can learn more about processes that are taking place today! I have since been fascinated by the scale and range of geological processes that have been and are active on our planet and have enjoyed the multidisciplinary approach we now use to investigate these in greater detail.

Previous Activity

I have just completed a 4 year undergraduate masters course in Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, which culminated in a project investigating the Assynt Minor Intrusive suite, found in the Moine Thrust Zone of NW Scotland.

Why did you choose Docotoral Research?

Through undertaking Doctoral Research I hope to be able to further my understanding of geological processes, broaden my scientific skillset and hopefully be able to contribute to the scientific community with my research. The particular project that I shall embark on also gives me the opportunity to conduct myresearch on the greatest mountain belt of them all, the Himalayas, something I could only dream of before I started my undergraduate degree!

Why did you choose a CENTA Studentship?

I was impressed by the academic and social resources that are available to those with a CENTA studentship, I was particularly attracted by the opportunities to meet other researchers outside of my immediate field and the amount of additional training that would be available to me.

What are your future plans

Completing my studies here will enable me to further my career within the Earth Sciences discipline, since I hope to be able to transfer the skills and understanding I gain to either further research or alternative employment within the field.