Prof Richard White

Prof Richard White


The primary motivation of my research is to further understand the metamorphic processes that operate in the continental crust and the role these processes play in crustal evolution during orogenesis. I have approached this by developing the thermodynamic models needed to investigate these processes and by applying the models to better understand how the processes impact the rock record. My research involves integrating information from field work, petrology, geochemistry, geochronology and thermodynamic modelling to address problems in metamorphic geology.

I additionally manage the THERMOCALC website

source: symbiosis


Recent publications

23  (of 23 published available) for rww3. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems
vol.In press 
Generation of Earth's early continents from a relatively cool Archean mantle
Andrea Piccolo, Richard M. Palin, Boris J.P. Kaus, Richard William White 
Keywords: Continental crust, Early Earth, Geodynamic modeling
2018 (16/1)
vol.723 pp.242-260
Coupled petrological-geodynamical modeling of a compositionally heterogeneous mantle plume
Lisa Rummel, Boris J.P. Kaus, Richard William White, Dieter F. Mertz, Jianfeng Yang, Tobias S. Baumann 
Keywords: Coupled numerical models, Phase diagrams, Magma chemistry, Plume
2018 (8)
Journal of Metamorphic Geology
vol.36 pp.799-819
2018 (5)
Journal of Metamorphic Geology
vol.36 pp.419-438
2018 (10)
Journal of Metamorphic Geology
vol.36 pp.1071-1096
2017 (2)
Journal of Metamorphic Geology
vol.35 pp.181-195
2017 (1/6)
Earth and Planetary Science Letters
vol.467 pp.108-119
2016 (12)
Journal of Metamorphic Geology
vol.34 pp.845-869
Activity-composition relations for the calculation of partial melting equilibria in metabasic rocks
E. C. R. Green, Richard William White, J. F. A. Diener, R. Powell, T. J. B. Holland, R. M. Palin 
Keywords: Amphibolite, Calibration, Granulite, Holland & Powell dataset, Pseudosection
2016 (1)
Nature Geoscience
vol.9 pp.60-64
2016 (12)
Journal of Metamorphic Geology
vol.34 pp.871-892
High-grade metamorphism and partial melting of basic and intermediate rocks
R. M. Palin, Richard William White, E. C. R. Green, J. F. A. Diener, R. Powell, T. J. B. Holland 
Keywords: basic, intermediate, lower continental crust, partial melting, THERMOCALC
2016 (5)
vol.44 pp.343-346
2016 (12)
Precambrian Research
vol.287 pp.73-90
2016 (9)
Precambrian Research
vol.283 pp.89-105

Contact Details:

Prof Richard White
Irvine Building
University of St Andrews
North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AL

tel: 4944
room: 415



School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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