Joanna C Brims
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- Igneous geochemistry
- Igneous petrology
- Subduction initiation
Primary interests surround subduction initiation and subsequent early arc evolution
The early geological and geochemical evolution of the Panama Arc
The formation of the Isthmus of Panama - the inter-American land bridge –is known to have had massive impacts on global palaeoceanography, climate and migration of terrestrial organisms as a result of the uplift and eventual closure of the Inter American seaway ca. 3Ma ago. However, the specific mechanisms and timing of formation of the Panama Isthmus remain poorly constrained due to the difficulty of geological exploration and study in relevant areas of Panama and Colombia. The main objective of the project is to characterise the early spatial and temporal evolution of the Panama Isthmus, specifically the initiation of subduction along the Caribbean plateau and the timing of the collision of the Panama Arc with South America.