Earth is unique among the rocky planets in the solar system. Perhaps much of this uniqueness is related to Earth's continents. Continents sit above sea level, and are home to land species, but they offer much more than that. Without continents, Earth would have evolved along a very different path and complex life forms might have never emerged.
Today, Earth's continents has become an area of multi-disciplinary research, including petrology, geochemistry, sedimentology, economic geology, hydrology, weathering, chemistry of the ocean and atmosphere and life evolution. This is because the continents are an interface layer between Earth's solid interior and surface environment.
My research focuses on the formation and evolution of Earth's continents. I'm also interested in exploring the influences of crustal evolution on surface environment. My approaches include geochemistry, petrology and mineralogy. I use simple math and modelling to understand first order processes.
I am hiring students and post-docs. Feel free to contact me.