The University of Iowa

Wentao Cao

Graduate Student
B.S. in Marine Science, China University of Geoscience, Beijing 2008 M.S. in Structural Geology, China University of Geoscience, Beijing 2011
Office: 
B24D TH
Office Hours: 
Wednesday, 1:30 - 3:00
Friday, 11:00 - 12:30
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Research Interests: 
Tectonics, Metamorphic Petrology

Aims of my research are to understand 1) development and exhumation of high-grade metamorphic rocks, 2) trace elements partitioning during metamorphism, and 3) tectonic evolution of continents. I am particularly interested in field-based research aiming to unravel ductile deformation process, regional structural development and continental tectonics. To address these issues, I integrate field- and lab-based structural and petrologic analyses with thermobarometry, geo-thermo-chronology, and trace element geochemistry to test evolution of orogenic systems.

My previous research was on paleogeographical evolution of Zengmu Basin, South China Sea, and tectonothermal evolution of Barrovian metamorphic zones in Jinshajiang Suture, eastern Tibetan Plateau. My current research focuses on pressure-temperature-time (P-T-t) history and trace element study of the North-East Greenland Caledonides. I have been applying pseudosection modeling to bulk rock and retrograde textures of eclogites in order to constrain metamorphic P-T paths of the high-pressure and ultrahigh-pressure terranes from North-East Greenland Eclogite Province. I am also working on trace elements partitioning between garnet and other phase in gneisses aiming to tie geochronological data with established P-T paths.