Degree Program: PhD
Research Focus: The geological evolution of the Lopu Kangri range in south-central Tibet.
These extraordinary 6000-7000m (>20,000ft) peaks are ideally situated along the India-Asia collision zone, just northwest of Saga. The rocks that make up this range consist of both Indian and Asian materials that were faulted and metamorphosed during the collision that built the Tibetan Plateau. As someone who is interested in continental tectonics, I couldn't dream up a better field site (although sometimes I find myself wishing for a bit more oxygen!).