Dr Catherine Mottram
My research focuses on combining tools such as geochronology, geochemistry, structural geology, petrology, and metamorphic geology, to quantify the timing, rates and nature of deformation from the micron- to mountain belt- scale.
• 2017-now: Lecturer, University of Portsmouth, UK
• 2016: Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dalhousie University, Canada
• 2014-2015: Postdoctoral Fulbright Research Scholar, University of California, Santa Barbara, U.S.A
• 2010-2014: PhD, Open University, UK. Thesis "An integrated metamorphic and isotopic study of crustal extrusion along the Main Central Thrust, Sikkim Himalaya"
• 2006-2010: BSc (first class Hons), Geosciences, University of St Andrews, UK
• Directly dating seismically active faults in modern mountain belts (using the Himalaya as an example)
• Development of novel techniques for in-situ dating and geochemical characterisation of fault-related minerals (illite and calcite)
• Tectonic evolution of the Himalayan orogen
• Quantifying crystallographic deformation mechanisms in minerals used as geochronometers
• Development of Petrochronological tools using (Split stream) Laser Ablation ICP-MS, Electron BackScatter Diffraction, and Electron Probe techniques