Emily H. G. Cooperdock

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences
Emily H. G. Cooperdock
Pronouns She / Her / Hers Email cooperdo@usc.edu

Research & Practice Areas

Geochemistry, Tectonics, thermochronology,fluid-rock interaction, trace element cycling


My research investigates the timing, rates, and chemical cycles of subduction zones and rifted margins using a combination of thermochronology, geochemistry and petrology. I am especially interested in the timing and chemistry of fluid-rock interactions, age and thermal history of oceanic crust, and method development in (U-Th)/He thermochronology.

I am looking for enthusiastic graduate students and post docs to join my group. Contact me if you are interested in working in the fields of thermochronology, tectonics, and/or geochemistry. I particularly encourage graduate students who have a commitment to outreach/inclusion/diversity to apply.


  • Ph.D. Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, 2017
  • B.A. Earth Sciences, Columbia University, 2011
    • Postdoctoral Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2017-2019
  • Tenure Track Appointments

    • Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 2019 –

    PostDoctoral Appointments

    • Doherty Postdoctoral Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2017 – 2019
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    My research interests include: Fluid-rock interaction; age and development of oceanic crust; trace element cycling; timing of serpentinization in tectonic processes; alteration mineral formation; U and Th partitioning during metamorphism, method development for (U-Th)/He analysis; Fe-oxide (U-Th)/He dating; X-Ray Computed Tomography application to geologic samples

    Research Keywords

    geochemistry, geo/thermochronology, tectonics