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Dr. Callum J Hetherington

Associate Professor

Mineralogy, Petrology & Geochemistry of Crustal Rocks

Ph.D. 2001, University of Basel

Office: SCI-127
Phone: 806-834-3110

Dr. Hetherington is interested in the application of mineralogy to the petrology, geochemistry and geochronology of crustal rocks. He has a particular interest in accessory and exotic phase minerals. Through the study of their compositions, fabrics and textures, the research aims to solve a variety of problems in sedimentary, metamorphic, igneous and hydrothermal rocks. Much of the work is based on field observations and he has worked in a diversity of geologic environments including Archean granites in southern Africa, Proterozoic metamorphic complexes in Norway and Canada, Cambro-Silurian sediments in the Oslo Rift and hydrothermal mineralised veins formed during exhumation of the European Central Alps. Hetherington also maintains a number of national and international collaborations, which provide opportunities for conducting a wide diversity of experimental and analytical studies.

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August 2014 - New semester, new titles and new students!

New semester begins this month, and in addition to teaching Mineralogy & Petrology, Metamorphic Petrology and a special topics section in Electron Microscopy, I am taking on responsibility for Graduate Advising, which includes teaching Graduate Seminar, and welcoming new graduate student Annie Aaroe - welcome - we have big plans!

July 2014 - Keynote Address at the 2014 Permian Basin Geology & Geophysics Congress

On 16 July I gave a keynote address on some research into the changes in the mechanical properties of mudstones in response to matrix acidification. The conference was an industry focussed event, and I greatly appreciated the opportunity to meet with a variety of operators and geologists working in the field.

July 2014 - Fieldwork in Nevada

In early July, together with graduate students Stephen Nguyen and Ethan Backus, we travelled to the East Humboldt Range, NE Nevada, where we mapped and collected samples for Stephen's research.

May 2014 - Fieldwork in Ballachulish

In late May I returned to Scotland, with graduate student Ethan Backus, to collect samples along transects in calc-silicate lithologies in the thermal aureole of the Ballachulish Igneous Complex. It was a successful trip!