Jan Varga, mentee in the 2018 Energy-Minerals Resources program in South Australia (University of South Australia)

Apart from geoscience education, the research interests I have inform seismic (earthquake) prediction, novel frameworks for commodity concentration and mineralising prediction, and the mechanical and thermal controls within the architecture of the mid–lower crust—by extension, controlling the surface expression of the crust that we live on.

The research I do integrates:

  • Experimental petrology, replicating natural systems using high-pressure–temperature apparatus capable of exerting pressures equivalent to those in the deep crust >40 km depth, and temperatures ranging from 600–1000+ °C
  • Metamorphic petrology (the source, nature and consequence of fluid- and melt-rock interaction)
  • Geochronology (including high-temperature chronometers: monazite, xenotime, zircon—pristine and highly modified counterparts
  • Geodynamics, informed by thermal and mechanical constraints.



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