Richard M. Palin

University of Oxford

Associate Professor


I completed my DPhil (PhD) at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, UK, in 2013, where I studied the thermal and structural evolution of parts of the Himalayan Range and Tibetan Plateau. Please see my Research and Publications sections for further information. I then worked as a lecturer and postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Geosciences, JGU Mainz, and subsequently joined the Colorado School of Mines, USA, as an Assistant Professor of Metamorphic Geology. I have now returned at last to Oxford as the Associate Professor of Petrology. Please see my Teaching section for more information and my Links for additional material of interest. I frequently review for many journals, including Nature, Scientific Reports, Nature Communications, Nature Geoscience, Geology, Journal of Metamorphic Geology, and Journal of Petrology (and many others). I am an Associate Editor for the journal Geoscience Frontiers and Earth Science, Systems, and Society (ES-cubed), and on the editorial board for Precambrian Research and the Journal of Metamorphic Geology. I am also on the committee of the Metamorphic Studies Group of the Geological Society of London. I have on-going collaborations with many researchers worldwide, including those at the Colorado School of Mines, USA; the University of Cambridge, UK; the University of St Andrews, UK; the Earth Observatory, Singapore; Simon Fraser University, Canada; China University of Geosciences, Beijing (CUGB), and others.

Research Areas

Planetary Evolution and Materials Physico-chemical effects of fluid–rock and melt–rock interaction in different geological environments, the petrology of meteorites and other rocky bodies in our solar system, and how tectonic and metamorphic processes and products have changed on each though geological time


published numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles in ISI-indexed journals, which have been cited approximately 2600 times.