My group's research combines field observations with theoretical studies to address fundamental processes that govern the chemical and physical evolution of the continental crust and uppermost mantle. Motivating questions include: how are heat and mass transported through Earth's lithosphere? What role does metamorphism play in 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, phase equilibria calculations and numerical modeling.
To find out more about active research projects, take a look at the research page and get in touch. I am currently on the lookout for motivated graduate students -- see here for details of Penn State's application procedure.
Dr Andrew Smye
Slingerland Early Career Assistant Professor
Department of Geosciences
332 Deike Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (+1) 814-865-5530
August 2018: farewell to Spencer Seman, who heads off to The Field Museum!
August 2018: welcome to grad student Jake Cipar, who joins the group to work on xenoliths from the Rio Grande
Feb 2018: welcome to Dr Josh Garber who joins us from UCSB and will be working on the NSF-funded E-FIRE project
Sept. 2017: welcome to MS student, Marit Wyatt, who will work on heat producing elements in the lower crust!