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Dr Frances Cooper


Frances in Chile

I obtained an MSci in Geology from University College London in 2003, where I worked on active normal faulting in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece. After moving to the USA, I continued my stuides at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and received my PhD in 2008, with a thesis on exhumation of the Snake Range metamorphic core complex, Nevada.

In 2008 I took up a postdoctoral position at Arizona State University, Phoenix, where I worked on a diverse range of research projects, including extensional faulting in the Bhutanese Himalaya, mineralogical mapping of remote mountainous regions using infrared satellite data, and dating young basaltic lava flows with (U-Th)/He thermochronology.

I have been at Bristol since 2012 and am currently involved in a large project funded by the mining company, BHP, to understand the formation of porphyry copper deposits.