Petrology and Mineralogy


Petrology is the study of rocks – describing their characteristics such as composition, texture, structure, occurrence and distribution; and determining the conditions and processes that formed them. Mineralogists study the chemistry, crystal structure, and physical properties of minerals that compose rocks, ore deposits and other materials.

The following faculty members have research programs in petrology and mineralogy:

Igneous Petrology

Dr. Greg Dunning

Dr. John Hanchar

Dr. George Jenner

Dr. Graham Layne

Dr. Stephen Piercey

Metamorphic Petrology

Dr. Aphrodite Indares

Dr. Toby Rivers


Dr. John Hanchar

Dr. Roger Mason

Ore Petrology

Dr. Graham Layne

Dr. Stephen Piercey

Dr. Derek Wilton


Earth Sciences

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