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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

Contact Dr George Cooper (email at george.cooper@durham.ac.uk)

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.

Education

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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