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 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, 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
Department of Geosciences
332 Deike Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (+1) 814-865-5530
Sept. 2017: welcome to MS student, Marit Wyatt, who will work on heat producing elements in the lower crust!
August 2017: roll-on the first E-FIRE field excursion, W Alps!
July 2017: new paper on mantle cooling during rifting.