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Dr Rich Taylor

Dr Rich Taylor

Research Associate

Geochronology and Metamorphic Geology

Office Phone: +44 (0) 1223 333433


I am currently investigating the mineral-scale, paleomagnetic history of the early Earth at the University of Cambridge. Prior to this appointment I was at Curtin University in W. Australia in both Applied Geology and the John de Laeter Centre for Isotope Research where I was primarily involved in geochronology and trace element geochemistry related to high-grade metamorphism. I completed my PhD in 2009 at the University of Edinburgh, with the title “Distribution of trace elements between zircon, garnet and melt: a key to understanding crustal processes and events”. This was followed by an appointment at the Edinburgh Materials and Microanalysis Centre (EMMAC) supporting the ion microprobe facility.

My expertise lies primarily in the fields of experimental petrology and analytical geochemistry relating to high-grade metamorphism. Particularly using multi-instrument techniques to evaluate geological processes based on trace element and isotopic compositions of major and accessory phases. I am experienced in a range of microanalytical techniques including SIMS, EPMA, Laser Ablation and SEM as well as performing high P-T experiments in internally heated gas pressure vessels (IHPV). I have also engaged in fieldwork in metamorphic terranes such as the Southern Granulite Terrane (southern India), and Rogaland (SW Norway) to study field relationships in migmatitic rocks.

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