Peter Tropper

Peter Tropper

Associate Professor

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 Education and career

November 2018
Erasmus+ stay (teaching a short course on the application of microbeam techniques in archaeometry) in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Uppsala, Sweden.

2000 – 2009
Visiting researcher in the high-pressure laboratory at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA, Total time of research stays: 12 x 1 month in the course of nine years.

since 2004
Promotion to Associate Professor (Ao. Univ. Prof.) at the Institute of Mineralogy and Petrography, University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Habilitation (venia docendi) in Mineralogy and Petrology at the Institute of Mineralogy and Petrography at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Title: Experimental investigations on the role and behavior of minor elements (F, Cl, P, Ti) during metamorphic processes: selected studies ranging from pyrometamorphism to high-P/high-T metamorphism.

February 2004
Guest Professor in the Department of Applied Geology at the University of Mekelle, Ethiopia.

1999 – 2004
Assistant Professor at the Institute of Mineralogy and Petrography, University of Innsbruck, Austria.

1993 – 1998
Dissertation in Geology at the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. PhD Thesis: Experimental and field-related investigations on the metamorphic history of eclogites in the Sesia-Lanzo Zone, Western Alps (Italy). Advisor: Prof. Eric J. Essene.

1986 – 1993
Diploma studies of Petrology at the Institute of Mineralogy-Cristallography and Petrology of the Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Austria. Diploma Thesis: Petrological investigations of metapelites and amphibolites from the western Ötztal-Stubai crystalline complex (Kaunertal). Advisor: Prof. Georg Hoinkes


Recipient of the Felix Machatschki Prize of the Austrian Mineralogical Society

Recipient of a Turner Grant of the University of Michigan and a GSA (Geological Sciences of America) Grant.

1993 – 1994
Recipient of a 1-year Fellowship of the Austrian Ministry of Research for conducting postgraduate (PhD) research at the University of Michigan.


  • Mineralogical Society of Austria
  • Mineralogical Society of America

Research interests

I view metamorphic rocks as dynamic rocks undergoing mineralogical as well as textural transformations as a function of P, T, X and time. Therefore, my primary research interest is to conduct broad, interdisciplinary metamorphic petrological research to put tight constraints on these transformations in the frame of geodynamic concepts. I achieve this goal by combining field petrology of metamorphic rocks and ore deposits with experimental investigations (piston-cylinder experiments) on natural rocks as well as synthetic phases. As an extension I also apply these petrological concepts to the study of technical and archaeological materials. Together this research allows me to bridge between the fields of crystalline geology, mineralogy, petrology, ore geology, geochemistry, material sciences and archaeometry. Latter research is conducted in the frame of the research centre HiMAT (The History of Mining Activities in the Tyrol and Adjacent Areas) which bridges between natural sciences and the humanities at the University of Innsbruck.
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