Head of Department: Professor Chris Harris
Research in the Department of Geological Sciences covers a wide range of disciplines. The Department has strengths in geochemistry, structural geology and tectonics, igneous and metamorphic petrology, sedimentology, marine geology, economic geology and petroleum geophysics. General research interests include: global tectonics and geodynamics with emphasis on Gondwana geology; oceanic and continental igneous processes and the geochemical evolution of the underlying mantle; kimberlites and the genesis of diamonds; evolution of the Kaapvaal craton and gold genesis; paleoclimatology; marine geoscience and sedimentary geochemistry; paleoclimate and environmental geochemistry. Analytical facilities include X-ray fluorescence, X-ray diffraction, electron microprobe, ion chromatography, fluid inclusion stage, stable isotope extraction lines and access to a stable isotope mass spectrometer, sedigraph for particle size analysis, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (solution and laser analysis), and solid source thermal ionization mass spectrometer and associated clean laboratories.