My research combines field observations with theoretical studies to address the fundamental processes that govern the chemical and physical evolution of the continental crust and uppermost mantle. Motivating questions include: How are heat and fluids transported through the Earth's crust? What role does metamorphism play in global climate and Earth's volatile cycles? How do cratons form and break apart? I use a range of analytical techniques including laser ablation inductively coupled mass spectrometry, electron microprobe analysis and numerical models.
To find out more about active research projects, take a look at the research page and don't hesitate to get in touch. I am always on the lookout for motivated students to join the team.
Dr Andrew Smye
Department of Geosciences
332 Deike Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (+1) 814-865-5530
April 2016: I have just moved to Penn State where I will be building a research group. Stay tuned as we get ramped up!
October 2015: Together with Maureen Feineman at PSU, we are looking for a PhD student to work on subduction processing of uranium and thorium as part of an exciting new NSF-funded initiative on subduction zones.