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Dr Owen Weller

Dr Owen Weller


Fellow of Sidney Sussex College

Structural geology & metamorphic petrology

Owen Weller is accepting applications for PhD students.

Office S203, Department of Earth Sciences, Downing St, Cambridge, CB2 3EQ, UK


2006–2010: BA/MSci in Natural Sciences, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, UK

2010–2014: DPhil in Earth Sciences, Exeter College, University of Oxford, UK

2014: JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, Nagoya University, Japan

2015–2016: NSERC Visiting Fellow, Geological Survey of Canada, Canada

Research Interests

Structural and metamorphic evolution of the lithosphere during collisional orogenesis, primarily using field-based studies of the Paleoproterozoic Trans-Hudson orogen in Arctic Canada and the Cenozoic Himalayan orogen in central Asia

Secular change in tectonometamorphic processes

Phase equilibria modelling

In situ monazite and zircon geochronology

Key Publications

Weller, O.M., and St-Onge, M.R. (2017) Record of modern-style plate tectonics in the Palaeoproterozoic Trans-Hudson orogen. Nature Geoscience (in press), doi: 10.1038/ngeo2904

Weller, O.M., St-Onge, M.R., Rayner, N., Waters, D.J., Searle, M.P., and Palin, R.M. (2016) U-Pb zircon geochronology and phase equilibria modeling of the Sumdo eclogite, south-east Tibet: insights into metamorphic zircon crystallisation and eclogite exhumation. Lithos 262, 729–741, doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2016.06.005

Palin, R.M., Weller, O.M., Waters, D.J., and Dyck, B.J. (2016) Quantifying geological uncertainty in metamorphic phase equilibria modeling; a Monte Carlo assessment and implications for tectonic interpretations. Geoscience Frontiers 7, 591–607, doi: 10.1016/j.gsf.2015.08.005

Weller, O.M., St-Onge, M.R., Rayner, N., Searle, M.P., and Waters, D.J. (2016) Miocene magmatism in the Western Nyainqentanglha mountains of southern Tibet: an exhumed bright spot? Lithos 245, 147–160, doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2015.06.024

Weller, O.M., Wallis, S.R., Aoya, M., and Nagaya, T. (2015) Phase equilibria modelling of blueschist and eclogite from the Sanbagawa metamorphic belt of south-west Japan reveals along-strike consistency in tectonothermal architecture. Journal of Metamorphic Geology 33, 579–596, doi: 10.1111/jmg.12134

Weller, O.M., St-Onge, M.R., Searle, M.P., Waters, D.J., Rayner, N., Chung, S.L., Palin, R.M., and Chen, S. (2015) Quantifying the PTt conditions of north-south Lhasa terrane accretion: new insight into the pre-Himalayan architecture of the Tibetan plateau. Journal of Metamorphic Geology 33, 91–113, doi: 10.1111/jmg.12112

Weller, O.M., Dyck, B.J., St-Onge, M.R., Rayner, N., and Tschirhart, V. (2015) Completing the bedrock mapping of southern Baffin Island, Nunavut: plutonic suites and regional stratigraphy. Summary of Activities 2015, Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office, p. 33–48.

Weller, O.M., St-Onge, M.R., Searle, M.P., Rayner, N., Waters, D.J., Chung, S.L., Palin, R.M., Lee, Y.H., and Xu, X.W. (2013) Quantifying Barrovian metamorphism in the Danba Structural Culmination of eastern Tibet. Journal of Metamorphic Geology 31, 909–935, doi: 10.1111/jmg.12050

Weller, O.M. Lange, D., Tilmann, F., Natawidjaja, D., Rietbrock, A., Collings, R., and Gregory, L. (2012) The structure of the Sumatran Fault revealed by local seismicity. Geophysical Research Letters 39, 1–7, doi: 10.1029/2011GL050440