University of St Andrews
 
 
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Prof Peter Cawood

Chair of Earth Sciences


 

Peter Cawood obtained his PhD from the University of Sydney in 1980. In 2010 he was appointed Chair in Geology of the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of St Andrews.

After his PhD he had post-doctoral and teaching positions in New Zealand (1980-1982), Australia (1982-1993), Canada (1983-1994) and Australia (1994-2010). From 1997-2005 he was deputy director and then director of the Tectonics Special Research Centre at the University of Western Australia, which included nodes at Curtin, Texas, Harvard and Yale universities. In 1998 he helped establish the John de Laeter (JDL) Centre of Mass Spectrometry to oversee radiogenic and stable isotope infrastructure development at Western Australian universities and he was director of the Centre from 2002-2006.

From 2008-2010 he was President of the Geological Society of Australia. He was editor-in-chief of the international journal Precambrian Research from 2006-2013 and is currently, or has recently served, on the editorial boards of Geology, Journal of Geophysical Research, Geological Society of America Bulletin, and Asian Journal of Earth Sciences.

Peter's research is concerned with field-based studies of mountain belts and what they tell us about the way the Earth has looked and behaved through time. His work ranges in scale from global reconstructions to microscopic examination of mineral grains. He has worked in mountain belts ranging in age from Archean to Recent, and from many disparate geographic areas around the globe.

Peter's recent work includes syntheses of: Precambrian plate tectonics; Accretionary Mountain Belts; the Proterozoic Assembly of Australia; Models of Supercontinent Reconstructions; and Paleogeography of the Pacific Margin of Gondwana. He is also noted for the application of micro-analytical techniques to provenance studies, including the ion microprobe, and he has applied this methodology to unravelling basin history and provenance of a variety of tectonic settings.

Current studies are focused on the record of continental growth and on the drivers and environmental consequences of mountain building.

Supervised PhDs:

Christopher Spencer and Sebastian Fischer.

Peter Anthony Cawood

Supervisor for
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences

    School of Geography and

    Geosciences

    Irvine Building

    St Andrews

    KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

    Phone: +44 (0)1334 463911
  • Scottish Oceans Institute

    http://soi.st-andrews.ac.uk/
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences

    1/04/11 to 31/12/13

    School of Geography and

    Geosciences

    Irvine Building

    St Andrews

    KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

    Phone: +44 (0)1334 463911
  • School of Geography and Geosciences

    16/08/10 to 31/03/11

    School of Geography and

    Geosciences

    Irvine Building

    St Andrews

    KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

    Phone: +44 (0)1334 463911
  • School of Geography and Geosciences

    7/02/11 to 31/03/11

    School of Geography and

    Geosciences

    Irvine Building

    St Andrews

    KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

    Phone: +44 (0)1334 463911
  • Scottish Oceans Institute

    16/08/10 to 31/03/11

    http://soi.st-andrews.ac.uk/

 

Recent Publications

Spencer, CJ, Roberts, NMW , Cawood, PA , Hawkesworth, CJ , Prave, AR , Antonini, ASM & Horstwood, MSA 2014, ' Intermontane basins and bimodal volcanism at the onset of the Sveconorwegian Orogeny, southern Norway ' Precambrian Research , vol 252, pp. 107-118.
Spencer, CJ , Prave, AR , Cawood, PA & Roberts, NMW 2014, ' Detrital zircon geochronology of the Grenville/Llano foreland and basal Sauk Sequence in west Texas, USA ' Geological Society of America Bulletin , vol 126, no. 7-8, pp. 1117-1128.
Spencer, CJ , Cawood, PA , Hawkesworth, CJ , Raub, TD , Prave, AR & Roberts, NMW 2014, ' Proterozoic onset of crustal reworking and collisional tectonics: Reappraisal of the zircon oxygen isotope record ' Geology , vol 42, no. 5, pp. 451-454.
Cai, Y, Wang, Y , Cawood, PA , Fan, W, Liu, H, Xing, X & Zhang, Y 2014, ' Neoproterozoic subduction along the Ailaoshan zone, South China: geochronological and geochemical evidence from amphibolite ' Precambrian Research , vol 245, pp. 13-28.
Cawood, PA & Hawkesworth, C 2014, ' Earth's middle age ' Geology , vol Early online.
Hawkesworth, C , Cawood, P & Dhuime, B 2013, ' Continental growth and the crustal record ' Tectonophysics , vol 609, pp. 651-660.
Cawood, PA & Hawkesworth, C 2013, ' Temporal relations between mineral deposits and global tectonic cycles '. in GRT Jenkin, PAJ Lusty, I McDonald, MP Smith, AJ Boyce & JJ Wilkinson (eds), Ore Deposits in an Evolving Earth. Geological Society Special Publications, vol. 393, Geological Society, London.
Cawood, PA , Wang, Y, Xu, Y & Zhao, G 2013, ' Locating South China in Rodinia and Gondwana: A fragment of greater India lithosphere? ' Geology , vol 41, no. 8, pp. 903-906.
Wang, Y, Zhang, A , Cawood, PA , Fan, W, Xu, J, Zhang, G & Zhang, Y 2013, ' Geochronological, geochemical and Nd-Hf-Os isotopic fingerprinting of an early Neoproterozoic arc-back-arc system in South China and its accretionary assembly along the margin of Rodinia ' Precambrian Research , vol 231, pp. 343-371.
Spencer, CJ , Hawkesworth, C , Cawood, PA & Dhuime, B 2013, ' Not all supercontinents are created equal: Gondwana-Rodinia case study ' Geology , vol 41, no. 7, pp. 795-798.
Small, DP, Parrish, RR , Austin, WEN , Cawood, PA & Rinterknecht, V 2013, ' Provenance of North Atlantic ice-rafted debris during the last deglaciation: a new application of U-Pb rutile and zircon geochronology ' Geology , vol 41, no. 2, pp. 155-158.
Cawood, PA , Hawkesworth, C & Dhuime, BPM 2013, ' The continental record and the generation of continental crust ' Geological Society of America Bulletin , vol 125, no. 1-2, pp. 14-32.
Zhao, GC & Cawood, PA 2012, ' Precambrian geology of China ' Precambrian Research , vol 222-223, pp. 13-54.
Zhao, G , Cawood, PA , Li, S, Wilde, SA, Sun, M, Zhang, J, He, Y & Yin, CQ 2012, ' Amalgamation of the North China Craton: Key issues and discussion ' Precambrian Research , vol 222-223, pp. 55-76.
Yang, JH , Cawood, PA , Du, YH, Huang, H & Hu, LH 2012, ' Detrital record of Indosinian mountain building in SW China: Provenance of the Middle Triassic turbidites in the Youjiang Basin ' Tectonophysics , pp. 105-117.
Cawood, PA , Hawkesworth, C & Dhuime, BPM 2012, ' Detrital zircon record and tectonic setting ' Geology , vol 40, no. 10, pp. 875-878.
Cawood, PA , Merle, RE, Strachan, RA & Tanner, PWG 2012, ' Provenance of the Highland Border Complex: constraints on Laurentian margin accretion in the Scottish Caledonides ' Journal of the Geological Society , vol 169, no. 5, pp. 575-586.
Lu, Y, Kerrich, R , Cawood, PA , McCuaig, TC, Hart, CJR, Li, Z, Hou, Z & Bagas, L 2012, ' Zircon SHRIMP U-Pb geochronology of potassic felsic intrusions in western Yunnan, SW China: Constraints on the relationship of magmatism to the Jinsha suture ' Gondwana Research , vol 22, no. 2, pp. 737-747.
Xu, Y, Du, Y , Cawood, PA , Zhu, Y, Li, W & Yu, W 2012, ' Detrital zircon provenance of Upper Ordovician and Silurian strata in the northeastern Yangtze Block: Response to orogenesis in South China ' Sedimentary Geology , vol 267, pp. 63-72.
Zi, J-W , Cawood, PA , Fan, W-M, Wang, Y-J, Tohver, E, McCuaig, TC & Peng, T-P 2012, ' Triassic collision in the Paleo-Tethys Ocean constrained by volcanic activity in SW China ' Lithos , vol 144, pp. 145-160.