College Fellows and Staff

Dr Weller

Dr Owen Weller

Fellow in Natural Sciences (Earth Sciences)

Director of Studies in Natural Sciences (Earth Sciences)

College Room: SH7

Dept. Tel: +44 1223 3 33464


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Personal Biography

Owen read Natural Sciences as an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge. He went on to complete a DPhil in the Earth Science department at the University of Oxford, researching the formation of the Tibetan plateau, graduating in 2014. He conducted a postdoctoral fellowship at Nagoya University in Japan during the latter half of 2014, analysing high-pressure rocks from the region, followed by two years at the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), mapping the terra incognita of the Canadian Arctic. He is now a Lecturer in the Earth Science department, where he will continue to collaborate with the GSC to develop our knowledge of Arctic geology, and in turn geological processes operating during early Earth history.


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Selected Publications

Weller, O.M., and St-Onge, M.R. (2017) Record of modern-style plate tectonics in the Palaeoproterozoic Trans-Hudson orogen. Nature Geoscience 10, 305–311 doi: 10.1038/ngeo2904

Palin, R.M., Reuber, G.S., White, R.W., Kaus, B.J.P., and Weller, O.M. (2017) Subduction metamorphism in the Himalayan ultrahigh-pressure Tso Morari massif: An integrated geodynamic and petrological modelling approach. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 467, 108–119, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.03.029

Weller, O.M., St-Onge, M.R., Rayner, N., Waters, D.J., Searle, M.P., and Palin, R.M. (2016) U-Pb zircon geochronology and phase equilibria modeling of the Sumdo eclogite, south-east Tibet: insights into metamorphic zircon crystallisation and eclogite exhumation. Lithos 262, 729–741, doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2016.06.005

Palin, R.M., Weller, O.M., Waters, D.J., and Dyck, B.J. (2016) Quantifying geological uncertainty in metamorphic phase equilibria modeling; a Monte Carlo assessment and implications for tectonic interpretations. Geoscience Frontiers 7, 591–607, doi: 10.1016/j.gsf.2015.08.005

Weller, O.M.St-Onge, M.R., Rayner, N., Searle, M.P., and Waters, D.J. (2016) Miocene magmatism in the Western Nyainqentanglha mountains of southern Tibet: an exhumed bright spot? Lithos 245, 147–160, doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2015.06.024

Weller, O.M.Wallis, S.R., Aoya, M., and Nagaya, T. (2015) Phase equilibria modelling of blueschist and eclogite from the Sanbagawa metamorphic belt of south-west Japan reveals along-strike consistency in tectonothermal architecture. Journal of Metamorphic Geology33, 579–596, doi: 10.1111/jmg.12134

Weller, O.M., St-Onge, M.R., Searle, M.P., Waters, D.J., Rayner, N., Chung, S.L., Palin, R.M., and Chen, S. (2015) Quantifying the PTtconditions of north-south Lhasa terrane accretion: new insight into the pre-Himalayan architecture of the Tibetan plateau. Journal of Metamorphic Geology 33, 91–113, doi: 10.1111/jmg.12112

Weller, O.M., Dyck, B.J., St-Onge, M.R., Rayner, N., and Tschirhart, V. (2015) Completing the bedrock mapping of southern Baffin Island, Nunavut: plutonic suites and regional stratigraphy. Summary of Activities 2015, Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office, p. 33–48.

Weller, O.M., St-Onge, M.R., Searle, M.P., Rayner, N., Waters, D.J., Chung, S.L., Palin, R.M., Lee, Y.H., and Xu, X.W. (2013) Quantifying Barrovian metamorphism in the Danba Structural Culmination of eastern Tibet. Journal of Metamorphic Geology 31, 909–935, doi: 10.1111/jmg.12050

Weller, O.M. Lange, D., Tilmann, F., Natawidjaja, D., Rietbrock, A., Collings, R., and Gregory, L. (2012) The structure of the Sumatran Fault revealed by local seismicity. Geophysical Research Letters 39, 1–7, doi: 10.1029/2011GL050440