Research student, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
I am a PhD student with strong interests in geochemistry and sediment provenance analysis, currently focusing on volcaniclastic deposits from foreland basins in the western and southern Alps. I have been doing research on provenance analysis since I was a master student (3 yrs in total) majoring in Sedimentology in China and became interested in matching the sources of sedimentary rocks by using lithologic, petrographic and geochemical methods.
My current research focuses on the volcano-sedimentary processes in the western Alps. The relationship between the Eocene-Oligocene volcanism and Alpine foreland sedimentary basin deposits with rich volcanic fragments has been debated for a long time, and this question also arouses my interests. I am confident I can go further by standing on the shoulder of previous excellent researchers.
Year 2 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Constraining orogenic volcanism in the Alps using Taveyannaz Sandstone from North Alpine Foreland Basins
The overall aim is to test whether the volcanic record preserved in Oligocene alpine foreland basins is consistent with the slab breakoff model and the existence of an ancient volcanic front in the S Alps along the Periadriatic Line, or whether this record preserves the remnants of another volcanic system not previously recognized in the NW Alps and possibly associated with a different magmatic origin. This goal will be addressed by determining the composition of clinopyroxenes in previously-dated volcaniclastic sedimentary deposits in the NW Alps and dykes in the S Alps to determine the magmatic affinity and provenance of the volcaniclastic deposits.
CSC(China Scholarship Council) and Cardiff University