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Kristoffer Szilas

Kristoffer Szilas

Assistant professor

2018 → Present: Assistant Professor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

2017: Postdoc, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), Denmark  

2014 → 2016: Postdoc, Stanford University, California, USA        

2012 → 2014: Postdoc, Columbia University, New York, USA

2003 → 2012: PhD, Copenhagen University, Denmark


My research focuses on the petrology and geochemistry of Archaean (older than 2500 million years old) rocks from Greenland, where I have conducted fieldwork every summer for the past ten years. The research aims at modelling the relations between ultramafic and mafic-andesitic rock associations in order to better constrain the evolution of the North Atlantic Craton.
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Current research

I'm currently working on determining the origin of enigmatic peridotite enclaves, which are found within TTG-suite orthogneiss in the Fiskefjord region. These refractory peridotite cumulates were likely co-magmatic with the subcontinental lithospheric mantle (SCLM). This research project is supported by Villumfonden through a Young Investigator Grant that runs from 2018 to 2022.


Below are a few M.Sc. and B.Sc. projects that I can offer students:

-Petrology and geochemistry of the Niflheim (aka Underworld) intrusion of SE Greenland. Focus on PGEs.
-Broad geochemical and petrological study of supracrustal rocks from SE Greenland, including amphibolite, metapelite and marble.
-Petrogenesis of ruby in metasomatised ultramafic and metapelitic rocks from SW Greenland.
-Petrology and geochemistry of Ni-mineralised noritic/dioritic intrusive rocks from the Maniitsoq region, SW Greenland.
-Petrogenesis of Mesoarchaean andesitic rocks from Bjørneøen in the Nuuk region.

-Petrology of chromitites from the Seqi Ultramafic Complex. Identification of PGE-host.

-Petrology of 3700 Ma Isua dunite/serpentinite, SW Greenland.

-Petrology of +4000 Ma peridotite and chromitite from the Itsaq Gneiss Complex, SW Greenland.
-Literature study on the emergence of plate tectonics from a geochemical and a geophysical perspective (in collaboration with Giampiero Iaffaldano).
-GIS-based carbonatite-hosted critical metals assessment for Greenland or Namibia (in collaboration with Graham Banks).

All of the above projects have the potential to become journal publications, if the student is ambitious and is willing to put in the effort it would take.
Feel free to contact me at if you have any questions.


I teach courses in Economic Geology, Structural Geology, Arctic Geoscience, Mineralogy and Metamorphic Petrology.

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