Amicia Lee

Amicia Lee


  • 2014 - Present: PhD Geological Sciences, University of Leeds
    Microstructural and seismic properties of syn-melt shear zones.
  • 2014 - Present: Graduate Teaching Assistant, MSc Structural Geology and Geophysics, University of Leeds
  • 2010 - 2014: MGeol, BSc Geological Sciences (International), University of Leeds
  • The orogenic related structural deformation and igneous emplacement of the Panticosa Batholith in the Spanish Pyrenees
    The effect of microstructures and seismic properties on high temperature shear zones
  • 2012 - 2013: Year abroad at University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2012: Geological Intern, TGS Geophysical Company

Research interests

PhD research project supervised by Dr Taija Torvela, Dr Geoffrey Lloyd and Dr Andrew Walker: Microstructural and seismic properties of syn-melt shear zones.

Partial melting of the middle and lower crust within orogenies is known to be a key control on the structural geology of mountain belts. Quantification of melt volume in orogenic crust is important to understand how melt influences the rheology and stability of mountain belts. The location of partial melt in the lower crust can be identified using geophysical methods, but are not reliable in quantifying melt volume. Studying exposed lower crust in palaeo-orogens can help quantify the melt volume. To help tackle this problem I am studying the exposed lower crust from the Caledonian Orogeny in Norway and Scotland in order to quantify the melt volume and distribution from outcrop. The samples are used to synthesise seismic data from lower crustal rocks to simulate and compare with seismic responses for melt in active orogenies.

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Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics
  • Institute of Applied Geoscience
  • Geodynamics and Tectonics
  • Rocks, Melts and Fluids