Michael Paul Searle
Professor of Earth Sciences, Oxford University; Oxford University Museum of Natural History & Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, UK
22nd March 2022: (2pm to 3pm IST)
Topic: Geological processes and timing of subduction initiation , ophiolite obduction and crustal thickening and metamorphism in the Himalaya(30 minutes)
B.Sc. 1975. University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. B.Sc. Geology. PhD. 1980. Open University, UK. The metamorphic beneath the Semail Ophiolite, Oman.Post-doctoral Research Fellowships in Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada (1980-1984), Leicester University, UK (1984-1989), Oxford University (1989-2006).
Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford since 1996. Department Lecturer and Professor of Earth Sciences, Dept. Earth Sciences, Oxford University (2006-2019). Research: I study the structural, metamorphic, magmatic and tectonic evolution of the continental crust in mountain belts. The key areas I work include: Himalaya (Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan), Karakoram, Hindu Kush (Pakistan), Tibetan Plateau; Oman-UAE mountains; Palmyride belt, Syria; Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Vietnam; Andaman Islands; Karakoram, Red River, Xianshui-he strike-slip faults, Yunnan, Tibet; Sagaing fault, Myanmar, Mogok metamorphic belt, Myanmar; Aegean Metamorphic Core complexes (Naxos, Ios), Tinos, Syros islands, Greece; Lizard Ophiolite, Cornwall tin granites, NW Scotland, Moine thrust zone.Results: I have published >220 papers in leading international peer-reviewed journals. I have published 3 books: (1) “Geology and Tectonics of the Karakoram Mountains” 1991 with a new“Geological Map of the Central Karakoram” in the back (John Wiley & Sons, Chichester), (2) “Colliding Continents: a geological exploration of the Himalaya, Karakoram and Tibet” 2013, reprinted 2017 (Oxford University Press), (3) Geology of the Oman Mountains, Eastern Arabia (Springer, Heidelberg). I have published a “Geological Map of North Pakistan” in 1996 and “Geological Map of the Mount Everest region, Nepal – South Tibet Himalaya” in 2003. A second edition, including Makalu and the Kangshung valley was published in 2007. I have coedited 6 books, all Special Publications of the Geological Society of London, volumes: 49.
Geology and Tectonics of the Oman Region (1990); 74. Himalayan Tectonics (1993); 170. Tectonics of the Nanga Parbat Syntaxis and Western Himalaya (2000); 268. Channel Flow, Ductile Extrusion and Exhumation in Continental Collision zones, (2006); 392. Tectonics of Oman (2014); 483. Himalayan Tectonics: A Modern Synthesis. (2019).
I have supervised 30 PhD (D.Phil) students and 19 MRes (Masters) students. I was awarded the Murchison Medal in 2008, and was elected into Pakistan Academy of Sciences in 2014, and Academia Europaea in 2019. I have an h-index of 91 (Google Scholar) as of 2021.