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Prof. Peter Treloar

School/Department: Natural & Built Environments
Position: Professor


I obtained my PhD from Glasgow University in 1978 having worked on the structural geology and metamorphic petrology of a series of Dalradian rocks in central Connemara in West Ireland. My subsequent, NERC-funded, postdoctoral work was carried out in the electron microprobe lab in the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge University. It was here that my fascination with mineral chemistry took hold, and it is this that has underpinned my research in metamorphic petrology and ore geology ever since. Two years at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare gave me a love of Africa while carrying out fieldwork on some of the oldest rocks on Earth, often in National Parks stocked with amazing arrays of wild life. My research in Africa, and subsequently during a NERC-funded Research Fellowship at Imperial College, was based on detailed fieldwork, structural geology and quantitative studies of metamorphic mineralogy and petrology. Five years in Imperial College were spent in the Himalayan Research Unit, working largely in NW Pakistan in some stupendous mountain terrains. Here we developed a geochronologically constrained model for crustal thickening, metamorphism and exhumation during the India-Asia collision. I came to Kingston in 1990 as a Senior Lecturer in Metamorphic Petrology and have been the Professor of Mineralogy and Petrology since 2008. Research over these years has revolved around quantitative mineral chemistry and has involved continuing studies in modern mountain belts such as the Himalaya, the Andes and the Caucasus, Archaean terrains in southern Africa, alkaline complexes in NW Russia and latterly mineral deposit studies in West Africa, East Africa, Greece and Eastern Europe. I currently lead the Mineral Deposit Research group which is part of the Geodynamics and Crustal Processes Group of CEESR. Mineral Deposit Research has been supported by a number of exploration companies including Randgold Resources, European Goldfields (Eldorado), Euromax, Newmont, Sirius and Phelps Dodge as well as by NERC. I have supervised 15 PhD students and have published over 90 papers in the peer reviewed literature. I served on Council of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland for over ten years including five years as Publications Manager and two spells as Vice-President.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • 1992 - present Chartered Geologist
  • 1974 - 1978 PhD Geology, Glasgow
  • 1971 - 1974 BSc Geology, Bristol

Research Interests

Structural and fluid controls on ore deposit evolution

Mineral Chemistry and micro-analytical techniques

Processes of collisional orogenesis

Metamorphic petrology and petrogenesis

Teaching Area

Mineralogy Optics Mineral Deposit Geology Gemmology Metamorphic petrology Plate tectonics Remote sensin Orogenic processes

Other Professional Activity

Executive Committee, "Elements - an international magazine of Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry

Chair: Metamorphic Studies Group, Joint Special Interest Group of the Geological Sociwty of London and the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland

Vice President: Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, 2011 - 2012


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