UCL Earth Sciences


Dr Frances Cooper

tectonics, ore deposits, geochronology, field geology

Associate Professor in Earth Sciences


Photograph of Dr Frances Cooper




Associate Professor in Earth SciencesKathleen Lonsdale, 115

Courses Taught:

GEOL0077: Introduction to Mineral Resources
GEOL0023: Crustal Dynamics, Mountain Building & Basin Evolution (contributor)
GEOL0024: Geological and Environmental Mapping (contributor)


Research Group(s):

London Geochronology Centre

Email Address:

Telephone Number:

frances.cooper@ucl.ac.uk+44 (0)207 612 6940

Research Summary

My research seeks to understand the mechanics of large-scale continental deformation, the evolution of orogenic systems, and the role of tectonics in ore formation. Over the past decade or so, my focus has been on understanding how tectonics, magmatism, volcanism, and landscape evolution combine to control the formation, enrichment, and preservation of copper deposits, particularly in northern Chile and the western USA. My research relies on a multidisciplinary approach – rooted in good old fashioned field geology – which includes structural geology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, isotope geochemistry, geochronology, thermochronology, remote sensing, and thermal modelling.

To keep up to date with my research, you can follow me on Twitter @geo_frances or via my personal webpage francesjcooper.com.