Professor Stephen Foley is a specialist in igneous and metamorphic petrology and geochemistry – the physics and chemistry of rocks formed in the deep crust and mantle. He is well known for his work on alkaline rocks and the melting process in the mantle that produces them. This group of rocks is very rare but also significant as an economic resource – they are the host rocks for diamonds and a variety of metals.
Professor Foley came to Macquarie from the University of Mainz where he was Director of the Earth System Sciences Research Centre. During his time at the University of Mainz Professor Foley established four interdisciplinary junior research groups. Professor Foley has been leading the build-up of a high-pressure experimental laboratory in Macquarie University’s Earth and Planetary Sciences.