School of Earth and Environment

Thomas Mueller Dr Thomas Mueller

Lecturer in Metamorphic Petrology and Hydrothermal Systems, Programme Leader for Geological Sciences

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 31156
Email address:
Room: 8.132a

Affiliation: Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics


11/2014 - present: Lecturer for metamorphic petrology/geochemistry at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Leeds, UK

09/2010 - 10/2014: Juniorprofessor (Assistent Professor) at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

09/2010 - 08/2014: Adjunct Researcher at the New York Center for Astrobiology hosted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA

01/2010 - 12/2010: Adjunct Professor at the Earth and Environmental Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA

08/2009 - 08/2010: Post-doctoral fellowship at the New York Center for Astrobiology hosted at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA

01/2008 - 08/2009: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Associated Researcher) at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

04/2007 - 12/2007: Post-doctoral fellowship at the Earth and Environmental Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA


05/2003 - 03/2007: PhD studies at the Universito of Lausanne, Switzerland

PhD thesis: Nucleation and growth of metamorphic minerals in contact aureoles

10/2000 - 07/2001: Erasmus stipend for a one year stay at the University of Oviedo, Spain

10/1997 - 06/2003: Diploma studies in Earth Sciences at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

Diploma thesis: Structural and petrological study of the northern Ubehebe contact aureole, Death Valley, CA, USA


Member of:

- Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (MinSoc)

- Mineralogical Society of America (MSA)

- Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft (DMG)

- European Association of Geochemistrz (EAG)

Research Interests

Metamorphic and experimental petrology. I use numerical models together with phase petrology and thermodynamic calculations to advance our understanding of the complex interaction of the processes, generating rock textures. My research focuses on the kinetics of geochemical and petrologic processes on different scales, ranging from entire contact aureoles over outcrop scale, and down to the scale of single grains. Field mapping of these various scales, is a fundamental tool to understand structural and textural relationships providing the basis for most investigations. Field areas include the Alps (Adamello massif) as well as the Ubehebe Peak contact aureole (USA).

Ongoing research focuses on non-equilibrium processes during texture formation and investigates the kinetics of minerals reactions in various geological settings (igneous and metamorphic). This study aims to constrain specific reaction rates and shed light on actual mechanisms during minerals formation and crustal processes. These data allow determination of timescales of various geological events.
Another important part of my research is my laboratory work which includes a combination of various geochemical analyses (chemical-, isotope, and trace element compositions), and statistical treatment of spatial data (X-ray tomography).

Available projects within Leeds - York DTP program:

1) Did the Early Earth have plate tectonics?

Supervisors: Dr Thomas Mueller, Prof Sandra Piazolo, Dr Jason Harvey, Dr Alex Webb

2) Making wealth: Precipitation of gold from synthetic hydrothermal solutions

Supervisors: Dr Rob Chapman, Dr Thomas Mueller, Dr Dan Morgan, Prof Sandra Piazolo, Dr David Banks

Teaching Interests

SOEE 1580: Geology II (metamorphic petrology part)

SOEE 1590: Geological Sciences - Level 1 tutorial

SOEE 2010: Chemistry of the Earth

SOEE 2590: Mineralogy and Petrology (metamorphic petrology part)

SOEE 2095: Geological Sciences - Level 2 tutorial

SOEE 2107: Metamorphic field class to Connemara (W-Ireland)

Program Leader for BSc in Geological Sciences

L3 convener for BSc in Geological Sciences

Support duties

Programme Leader for BSc in Geological Sciences

Academic Lead for teh XRD facility @SEE:

Asscociate Editor for the American Mineralogist