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Dr. Chris Andronicos

Associate Professor Dr. Chris Andronicos
Curriculum Vitae

  • Ph.D., Princeton University
  • B.S., University of New Mexico
Research Interests

My students and I study the evolution of the solid earth, particularly the continental and oceanic crust, and underlying mantle lithosphere. My research group integrates field based structural studies with petrology, geochemistry, geophysics and numerical models to gain insight into the processes that control tectonics. Current research areas include the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, the Al Hajar Mountains of Oman, and the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and New Mexico. Integration of petrology and geochemistry with structural geology and geophysics is the hallmark of my research, and students in my group often combine aspects of each of these fields into their research.

Awards/Honors Appointment/Elections
  • SACNAS Board of Directors
  • SACNAS Visioning 2020 Taskforce
  • EarthScope Steering Committee
Professional Experience
  • Assistant Professor, University of Texas at El Paso, 1999-2005
  • Associate Professor, Cornell University, 2005-2011
  • Associate Professor, Purdue University, 2012-present
Selected Publications ("*" indicates student co-author) - Google Scholar Page for a complete list of publications
  • Hunter, R. A.*, and Andronicos, C. L. (2013) Deformation assisted phase transformation: an example from the sillimanite-in isograd, Eolus batholith, Needle Mountains, Colorado, USA, Terra Nova, DOI: 10.1111/ter.12004.
  • Barnhart, K. R.*, Walsh, P., Hollister, L. S., Daniel, C. G., and Andronicos, C. L. (2012) Decompression during late Proterozoic "triple point" metamorphism at Cerro Colorado, New Mexico, Journal of Geology , 120, p. 385-404.
  • Depine, G. V.*, Andronicos, C. L. , and Hollister, L. S., (2011) Response of continental magmatic arcs to regional tectonic changes recorded by synorogenic plutons in the middle crust: an example from the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Journal of Structural Geology, 33, p. 1089-1104.
  • Amato, J. M., Heizler, M. T., Boullion, A. O., Sanders, A. E., Toro, J., Mclemore, V. T., and Andronicos, C. L. , (2011), Mesoproterozoic (1.46 Ga) magmatism, metamorphism, and deformation in an extensional setting within the sourhtern Mazatzal Province: The Burro Mountains, New Mexico, Geological Society of America Bulletin, 33, 1720-1744.
  • Wolf, D. E.*, Andronicos, C. L. , Vervort, J., Mansfield, M.*, and Chardon, D., (2010), Application of Lu/Hf garnet dating to unravel the relationships between deformation, metamorphism and plutonism: An example from the Prince Rupert area, British Columbia, Tectonophysics, 485, 62-77.
  • Chang, J. M.*, and Andronicos, C. L. , (2009), Constraints on the depth of generation and emplacement of  a magmatic epidote-bearing quartz diorite pluton in the Coast Plutonic Complex, British Columbia, Terra Nova, 21, 480-488.
  • Gehrels, G. E., Russmore, M. E., Woodsworth, G. J., Crawford, M., Andronicos, C.L., and 11 others, (2009), U-Th-Pb geochronology of the Coast Mountains Batholith in north-coastal British Columbia: constraints on age, petrogenesis, and tectonic evolution, Geological Society of America Bulletin, 121, p. 1341-1361.
  • Andronicos, C. L. , Phipps Morgan, J., Chang-Hamblock, J. M.*, and Wolf, D. E.*, (2008), Melt-filled hybrid fractures in the oceanic mantle: Melt enhanced deformation during along-axis flow beneath a propagating spreading ridge axis, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2008.06.035.
  • Depine, G. V.*, Andronicos, C. L. , and Phipps Morgan, J., (2008), Near-isothermal conditions in the middle and lower crust induced by melt migration, Nature, 425, doi:10.1038/nature06689.
  • Hamblock, J. M.*, Andronicos, C. L. , Miller, K. C., Barnes, C. G., Ren, M-H., Averill, M. G., and Anthony, E. Y., (2007), A composite geologic and seismic profile beneath the southern Rio Grande rift, New Mexico, based on xenolith mineralogy, temperature, and pressure, Tectonophysics, 442, 14-48.
Reviewed Conference Papers
  • Kirby, E. K., Karlstrom, K. E., and Andronicos, C. L. , (1995), Structural and thermal setting during emplacement of the Sandia Pluton, New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook, 46th Field Conference, p. 219-225.
  • Tervino, L.*, Keller, G. R., and Andronicos, C. L. , (2004), Rootless Mountains and Gravity Lows in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains, Southern Colorado-Northern New Mexico, New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook, 55th Field Conference.
  • Quezada, O. A. *, Andronicos, C. L. , and Keller, G. R., 2004, Structure of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains between Taos and Mora based on an integrated Geophysical analysis, New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook, 55th Field Conference.

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