WELCOME! Hopefully this website will make some sense of the scatterbrained activities we are involved in that attempt to use the geologic record to better understand the evolution of Earth's surface environment.
Prospective Students: We are always on the lookout for eager, self-motivated individuals. Please skim these pages to get an idea of our wide-ranging research endeavors. If these projects interest you, or you have independent ideas to discuss, please contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Competitive Hong Kong PhD Fellowships (HKPFs) have salaries of ~$39,700 USD per year! For more info: https://www.gradsch.hku.hk/gradsch/prospective-students/scholarship-funding-and-fees
"Sometimes science is more art than science... a lot of people don't get that" —R.S
—November 2016: Michalski hooked-up Thanksgiving dinner in Hong Kong. Oh, and the family finally made it!
—October 2016: Moved the dog to Hong Kong! Will try for the rest of the family later..
Milam Valley, India
Gangolihat Fm. India
—June 2017: See new paper, Lee et al., in International Geology Review:
—May-June 2017: Field Camp in Montana, USA
—April 2017: Congratulations to the Final Year Project (FYP) students who successfully presented their research!
—March 2017: Sedimentary Environments field trip to Brides Pool
—Jan-Feb 2017: Teaching...
—December 2016: Colleps survived a successful field campaign in eastern Myanmar.
—July 2017: Meetings & Fieldwork in Thailand & Indonesia
—August 2017: Hangyu, Cody, and Martha dominated Thailand rivers during monsoon.
— September–October 2017: Teaching... GSA... New Haven... New U-Pb data...
— November 2017: Check out new papers on
Argentina thrust belt & foreland river systems, Capaldi et al., in EPSL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012821X1730496X
And Indian Proterozoic microfossils, Tang et al., in Palaeontology: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pala.12323/full
— December 2017: AGU
— January 2018
Himalayan thrust belt & thermochronometry, Colleps et al., in G-cubed:
Detrital zircon trace element data from India in Geology:
Fieldwork in central India with Mukund Sharma, Colleps, and Tim Gibson
— February—March 2018
TWO GRANTS FUNDED!
—Seed Fund $95,190 HKD
—Equipment Grant with Dr. Christelle Not for new Q-ICPMS = $1,024,422 HKD.
And of course, Teaching... teaching... teaching...
Another year of Field Camp!
FYP students successfully present their research!
Plus, some other distractions...
New RGC-GRF grant funded for $505,298 HKD!
Determining how to allocate funds to the students...
Deep Carbon Observatory Workshop
US East-coast visits to New York, New Haven, State College, and Indianapolis.
Students successfully presented at GSA
Fieldwork with Hangyu & Cody and the IGCP 668 meeting in Thailand.
Teaching, trip to the US, more teaching, and a Seed Grant for $66,570 HKD!
New grants: Two Hung Hing Ying Physical Sciences Research Fund Awards, One to Colleps for $15,000 HKD and one to McKenzie for $30,000 HKD
Fieldwork with Venkatraman Hegde, Asim Pratihary, Diksha Karapurker, & Devon Cole, around Hubli-Dharwad southern India.
Visit to the Korean Polar Research Institute
Southern Java (Ijen) & Bali w/ Hangyu & Sean Crowe!
Measuring Methane in Hong Kong
w/ Planavsky (mass spec in a backpack)...
New RGC-GRF Grant for HKD $558,272 !
New paper in Tectonics (Colleps et al.) on Himalayan Kinematics & Exhumation
NAPC 2019 at UC Riverside
And another awesome Field Camp in Montana!
$10.5 million HKD awarded for ICPMS facilities upgrades!!!
Everyone presented at Goldschmidt !
Visiting Student Chris Cheung (St. Andrews) here sampling local streams
Q-ICPMS is finally generating data
Congratulations to Cody Colleps for winning the "Excellent Teaching Assistant Award 2019-2019!!!" **Only two awards were given within the entire faculty of science!**
Colleps and Patrick fieldwork in Uttarakhand Himalaya, India
McKenzie, Liu, Luk, and Baur fieldwork in Marianas Islands
Workshop in Okinawa Japan
New paper in Elements.
Fieldwork & IGCP-668 meeting in Myanmar... trilobites & ashes!
Colleps et al., EPSL paper dropped.
—February - May 2020
Covid-19... a lucky day for a field-trip with select students, but otherwise, just teaching online while patiently waiting for the world to work again...
New semester with some face-to-face teaching...
BIG CONGRATS to DR. Cody Colleps for having his dissertation confirmed!
—June–August - May 2020
Covid-19... locking down... social distancing... etc, etc.
Ran our "virtual field-camp"...
CO-PI on newly funded GRF w/ Lead PI-S. Crowe
—June 2021- August 2021
COVID keeps going and going...
Welcome postdoctoral fellow Dr. Qing Tang to the group!
New papers in Geology (Bauer et al.,) & EPSL (Colleps et al.,)
—February 2021- May 2021
COVID still going strong and stopping the world from working...
New papers in Precambrian Research (Colleps et al.,) & Geosphere (Capaldi et al)
Even snuck in some local fieldwork...
—December 2020-January 2021
I start Sabbatical end of the month... can't go anywhere though... ugh...
Cody Colleps off to German for new Postdoc at University of Potsdam!
New papers in Tectonics (Capaldi et al) and Biogeochemical Cycels (Isson et al.), P-cubed (LeRoy et al)
I was lucky to receive and Outstanding Young Researcher Award at HKU.
Hanygu's paper on zircon trace elements & subduction dynamics (Liu et al., 2022) out in EPSL:
Happy to announce that both Hangyu Liu (PhD) and Spencer Patrick (MPhil) successfully defended their theses — congrats to both!!!
—September 2021–October 2021
Just teaching and not traveling...
5th wave covid lockdowns, work from home/teaching online, etc... BUT some tidal flats...