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As a structural geologist, my research interests predominantly focus on how natural processes control the development of microstructural features in geological materials, and how we can use such features to understand the mechanical behaviour of rocks that are inaccessible to us at the surface. A key component of my research is the characterisation of rock textures (crystallographic preferred orientations) using neutron diffraction, through which we can visualise and understand important earth processes on the crystal scale. I am particularly interested in developing quantitative approaches to analysing the microstructural characteristics of quartz, an abundant mineral that occurs across a range of geological settings.  

Research interests

  • Microstructural development
  • Texture (crystallographic preferred orientation) development
  • Textural characterisation and material properties of quartz and ice
  • Quantitative kinematic and structural analysis of rocks 
  • Advancement of rock characterisation via neutron diffraction
  • Orientation density function (ODF) analysis of rocks
  • Himalayan fold-thrust belt architecture and mountain building processes
  • Piezoelectric, seismic anisotropy, and elastic wave propagation effects in textured rocks 

Research area keywords

  • Microstructure
  • Tectonics
  • Plastic instabilities and strain localisation
  • Crystallography
  • Neutron diffraction
  • Materials characterisation
  • Structural Geology
  • Mountain-building
  • Texture analysis

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Projects 2016 2016

Texture development in the Main Central Thrust, in the Sikkim Himalaya

Wilson, C., Weinberg, R., Hunter, N. & Roberts, A.


Project: Research

Research Output 2012 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Kinematics, nature of deformation and tectonic setting of the Taxaquara Shear Zone, a major transpressional zone of the Ribeira Belt (SE Brazil)

Ribeiro, B. V., Faleiros, F. M., Campanha, G. A. C., Lagoeiro, L., Weinberg, R. F. & Hunter, N. J. R., 20 Jan 2019, In : Tectonophysics. 751, p. 83-108 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Quartz deformation across interlayered monomineralic and polymineralic rocks: A comparative analysis

Hunter, N. J. R., Weinberg, R. F., Wilson, C. J. L., Luzin, V. & Misra, S., 1 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Structural Geology. 119, p. 118-134 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The influence of strain rate and presence of dispersed second phases on the deformation behaviour of polycrystalline D2O ice

Wilson, C., Hunter, N. JR., Luzin, V., Peternell, M. & Piazolo, S., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Glaciology. 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
4 Citations (Scopus)
11 Citations (Scopus)

Microscopic anatomy of a "hot-on-cold" shear zone: Insights from quartzites of the Main Central Thrust in the Alaknanda region (Garhwal Himalaya)

Hunter, N. J. R., Weinberg, R. F., Wilson, C. J. L., Luzin, V. & Misra, S., 1 Jan 2018, In : Bulletin of the Geological Society of America. 130, 9-10, p. 1519-1539 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review