Department of Earth Sciences

Mineralogy, Petrology and Tectonics

We study our planet Earth from the core through to the surface. Our research is process-oriented and targets Earth system cycles from crystal to plate-boundary scales using of classic and cutting-edge approaches.

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Our Research

Within MPT, we study Earth system processes and their interactions from the core to the surface and from crystal to plate-boundary scales. We target natural resources and hazards, magma plumbing systems, mountain building, and global chemical and geodynamic cycles. Our toolkit comprises classic approaches such as field work and petrography, as well as cutting-edge techniques. Some of our most exciting approaches include 3D analogue and numerical simulations, mineral-scale elemental analyses using the in-house JEOL JXA-8530 Hyperprobe in the national microprobe facility hosted by our department, and high-temperature and pressure experiments of magmatic and metamorphic processes. Our extensive knowledge and varied expertise foster a holistic understanding of our dynamic planet.

Researcher profile: Hemin Koyi

He recreates structures which are millions of years old in a few days

At the Department of Earth Sciences in Uppsala is one of the world’s foremost tectonic laboratories. Here, professor Hemin Koyi uses materials such as loose sand, modelling clay and silicone to simulate different geological processes, to learn about the origin of the structures we see in nature.

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PhD Studies

Uppsala University has one of the most comprehensive academic departments of Earth Sciences in Europe, according to international assessments. Its unique width in education and research, and its extensive global fieldwork, contribute to our knowledge about the properties, systems and development of planet Earth.

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