Dr Dave Waters

Associate Professor of Metamorphic Petrology

Email: dave.waters@earth.ox.ac.uk
TEL: +44 (1865) 282457
Homepage: http://www.earth.ox.ac.uk/~davewa/index.html

Research Profile

My research is concerned with the fundamental processes of metamorphic change at all scales from the mineral lattice to the continental crust, but with particular emphasis on the relationships between microstructures at the scale of the mineral grains and the thermodynamic and kinetic controls on metamorphic reaction processes. Fundamental processes of nucleation, porphyroblast growth and equilibration are being investigated in the aureole of the Bushveld Complex, South Africa, where the thermal history is well constrained. Such studies form the basis for addressing problems in tectonics, currently in three main areas: the evolution of the metamorphic core of the Himalaya and Karakoram, the formation and exhumation of eclogites in collision zones, and the cratonisation process: a study of granulites, migmatites and charnockites in Precambrian terrains.

More detail, with links to other resources, can be found on my home page, and on the Hard Rock Group web site.

Selected Publications

  • White, A.J.R., Waters, D.J. and Robb, L.J. (2013). The application of P–T–X(CO2) modelling in constraining metamorphism and hydrothermal alteration at the Damang gold deposit, Ghana. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 31 (9), 937–961. DOI: 10.1111/jmg.12051
  • Weller, O.M., St-Onge M.R., Waters D.J., Rayner N., Searle M.P., Chung S-L., Palin R.M., Lee Y-H., and Xu X. (2013). Quantifying Barrovian metamorphism in the Danba Structural Culmination of eastern Tibet. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 31 (9), 909–935. DOI: 10.1111/jmg.12050
  • St-Onge, M.R., Rayner, N., Palin, R.M, Searle, M.P., and Waters, D.J. (2013). Integrated pressure-temperature-time constraints for the Tso Morari dome (Northwest India): Implications for the burial and exhumation path of UHP units in the western Himalaya. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 31 (5), 469–504. DOI: 10.1111/jmg.12030
  • Palin, R.M, Searle, M.P., Waters, D.J., Horstwood, M.S.A., Parrish, R.R., Roberts, N.M.W., Horstwood, M.S.A., Yeh, M-W., and Chung, S-L. (2013). A geochronological and petrological study of anatectic paragneiss and associated granite dykes from the Day Nui Con Voi metamorphic core complex, North Vietnam; constraints upon the timing of metamorphism within the Red River Shear Zone. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 31 (4), 359–387. DOI: 10.1111/jmg.12025
  • Pownall, J.M., Waters, D.J., Searle, M.P., Shail, R.K. and Robb, L.J. (2012). Shallow laccolithic emplacement of the Land’s End and Tregonning Granites, Cornwall, UK: Evidence from aureole field relations and P-T modelling of cordierite-anthophyllite hornfels. Geosphere, 8 (6), 1467-1504. DOI: 10.1130/GES00802.1
  • Palin, R.M., Searle, M.P., Waters, D.J., Horstwood, M.S.A. & Parrish, R.R. (2012). Combined thermobarometry and geochronology of peraluminous metapelites from the Karakoram metamorphic complex, North Pakistan; New insight into the tectonothermal evolution of the Baltoro and Hunza regions. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 30 (8), 793-820. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1314.2012.00999.x.
  • Angiboust, S., Langdon, R., Agard, P., Waters, D. and Chopin, C. (2012). Eclogitization of the Monviso ophiolite (W. Alps) and implications on subduction dynamics. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 30 (1), 37-61. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1314.2011.00951.x
  • Law, R.D., Jessup, M.J., Searle, M.P., Francsis, M.K., Waters, D.J. and Cottle, J.M. (2011). Telescoping of isotherms beneath the South Tibetan Detachment System, Mount Everest Massif. Journal of Structural Geology, 33, 1569–1594. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2011.09.004
  • Cottle, J.M., Waters, D.J., Riley, D., Beyssac, O. and Jessup, M.J. (2011). Metamorphic history of the South Tibetan Detachment System, Mt. Everest region, revealed by RSCM thermometry and phase equilibria modeling. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 29 (5), 561–582. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1314.2011.00930.x
  • Streule, M.J., Searle, M.P., Waters, D.J., Horstwood, M.S.A. (2010) Metamorphism, melting, and channel flow in the Greater Himalayan Sequence and Makalu leucogranite: Constraints from thermobarometry, metamorphic modeling, and U-Pb geochronology. Tectonics, 29, TC5011, doi:10.1029/2009TC002533
  • Alvarez-Valero, A.M., Waters, D.J. (2010). Partially melted crustal xenoliths as a window into sub-volcanic processes: evidence from the Neogene magmatic province of the Betic cordillera, SE Spain. Journal of Petrology, 51, 973-991. doi:10.1093/petrology/egq007.
  • Crowley, J.L., Waters, D.J., Searle, M.P., Bowring, S.A. (2009). Pleistocene melting and rapid exhumation of the Nanga Parbat massif, Pakistan: age and P-T conditions of accessory mineral growth in migmatite and leucogranite. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 288, 408-420.
  • Streule, M., Phillips, R., Searle, M., Waters, D, Horstwood, M. (2009). Evolution and chronology of the Pangong Metamorphic Complex adjacent to the Karakoram Fault, Ladakh: constraints from thermobarometry, metamorphic modelling and U-Pb geochronology. Journal of the Geological Society, 166, 919-932.
  • Chan, G.H.-N., Waters, D.J., Searle, M.P., Aitchison, J.C., Horstwood, M.S.A., Crowley Q., Lo C.-H. and Chan J.S.-L. (2009). Probing the basement of southern Tibet: evidence from crustal xenoliths entrained in a Miocene ultrapotassic dyke. Journal of the Geological Society, London, 166, 45-52. doi:10.1144/0016-76492007-145.

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