Research


The one thing that I cannot be accused of is having narrow interests. By its very nature and necessity, planetary science tends to be multi-disciplinary. If I had to characterize my research interests into one sentence, it would something like this: I am interested in understanding the major evolutionary processes of the earth through observational, theoretical, and numerical studies. This encompasses an enormous field of knowledge, but it is also a significant niche in and of itself. For example, a simple question to ask (but not necessarily answer), what is the influence of different distribution of continents to the dynamic behaviour of the planet Earth? Can we use the fundamental principle of uniformatism, how uniform was the past to modern systems? In order to tackle such questions it takes a combination of detailed studies of the modern dynamic rock systems as well as the understanding of the ancient records and their interpretations. Also theoretical studies have to be integrated into our knowledge of these subjects in a unifying manner. An important goal for understanding our own planet, but challenging in practice. To come back to the original question of my research interest, my general research interests focuses on understanding the origin and evolution of the continental and oceanic crust through the application of geochemical, petrological and structural techniques. The chemistry, mineralogy and deformation history of rocks contains information on a substantial part of the Earth's history and evolution.

In the last couple of years I have been involved in four different projects:

Neoproterozoic Crust Formation and Terrane Suturing in the East African Orogen: Geological, Geochemical, and Geochronological Investigation in northern Madagascar

Lithosphere asthenosphere interaction using Cenozoic volcanism of northern Madagascar as an example

Timing of Neoproterozoic Glaciation, implication for the Snowball Earth hypothesis

Emplacement timing of the Galway Granite: a window in the thermo-tectonic processes along the Caledonian subduction.