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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

Academic Staff

Dr George Cooper

Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Earth Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42356
Room number: Rm 235

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Research Overview

My research focuses on crystal specific studies (in particular, in-situ microanalytical approaches) in order to determine the pre-eruptive state of volcanic plumbing systems and the timing of magmatic processes. This includes the use of in-situ major and trace elements to determine magmatic storage conditions and establishing the timescales involved through U-Pb dating of zircons and diffusion modeling.

I have worked on the products of supereruptions in New Zealand to determine the magmatic processes which lead to such large scale silicic eruptions. I have also investigated processes in the deeper magmatic plumbing systems beneath the islands of the Lesser Antilles Volcanic Arc through the study of erupted plutonic xenoliths/cumulates.

My research is currently focussed on volatile recycling at the Lesser Antilles Arc. In particular, using trapped aliquots of magma (melt inclusions) to determine the sources and pathways of fluids.


2006-2009: Masters of Geology (MGeol), University of Leeds, UK.

2009-2013: PhD in volcanology, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ. Thesis title: Insights into the dynamics of supervolcanoes from crystal specific studies: case studies from Mangakino volcano, New Zealand.

Research Interests

  • Crystal specific studies
  • Geochemistry
  • Laser ablation
  • Supereruptions
  • Volcanology

Selected Publications

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