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Research interests

My research is focused on understanding the mechanics of large-scale continental deformation and the evolution of orogenic systems. I use a multidisciplinary approach that includes structural geology, isotope geochemistry, metamorphic and igneous petrology, geothermobarometry, U-Th-Pb geochronology, (U-Th)/He and 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology, paleomagnetism, satellite remote sensing, and thermal modelling.

I have studied active normal faulting in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece, the evolution of metamorphic core complexes in the Basin and Range province, and the role of extension in the Bhutan Himalaya.

At Bristol I am involved in a multidisciplinary project funded by BHP that integrates volcanology, structural geology, geomorphology, experimental petrology, and geochronology to understand the formation of porphyry copper deposits in the Central Andes (bristolpcd.org).

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Cabot Institute Natural Hazards and Disasters Research

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Research Output

  • 19 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 4 Conference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)
  • 2 Review article (Academic Journal)

Metamorphic core complexes: windows into the mechanics and rheology of the crust

Platt, J., Behr, W. & Cooper, F. J., 2014, In : Journal of the Geological Society. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article (Academic Journal)

  • 49 Citations (Scopus)
    245 Downloads (Pure)

    Metamorphic constraints on the character and displacement of the South Tibetan fault system, central Bhutanese Himalaya

    Cooper, F. J., Hodges, K. V. & Adams, B., Feb 2013, In : Lithosphere. 5, 1, p. 67-81 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 14 Citations (Scopus)
    345 Downloads (Pure)

    Large normal-sense displacement on the South Tibetan fault system in the eastern Himalaya

    Cooper, F. J., Adams, B., Edwards, C. S. & Hodges, K. V., Nov 2012, In : Geology. 40, 11, p. 971-974 4 p., G33318.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 24 Citations (Scopus)

    Supervised Work


    Post-Collisional Magmatism and Porphyry - Epithermal Style Mineralisation along the Maronia Magmatic Corridor, northeastern Greece

    Author: Perkins, R., 25 Sep 2018

    Supervisor: Cooper, F. (Supervisor), Tattitch, B. (Supervisor), Condon, D. (External person) (Supervisor) & Naden, J. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)