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Research at St Andrews

Thomas Neil Lamont


Thomas Neil Lamont
Postal address:
School of Earth & Enviro Sciences
Irvine Building
St Andrews

United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 463688

Research overview

My primary research has involved studies of the tectonic, metamorphic and thermo-mechanical that control the evolution of mountain belts from the micro-macro scale. These processes include ophiolite obduction, subduction zone metamorophism, crustal thickening and regional metamorphism, metamorphic core complex formation and processes associated with extensional tectonics and exhumation. My previous work has involved extensive field based studies of the Cycladic Islands in the Eastern Mediteranean and involved identification of new deformation and metamorphic episodes as part of a complete mountain building cycle.

My current work at St Andrews is focussed on investigating fluid pathways during prograde metamorphism in high-pressure subducted rocks and investigating how fluids influence the growth of lawsonite and breakdown of lawsonite, and how the presence of lawsonite affects the microstructural evolution and the eclogite/blueschist transition. The results from this work have implications for how strain and fluids are partioned and localised throughout the subducting lithosphere.

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