Kathryn Maneiro, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Geology
On Faculty since 2018
Dr. Kathryn Maneiro's teaching responsibilities include mineral science, petrology, and structural geology. Her research involves dating some of the Earth's oldest garnets. She completed her PhD at Boston University, more recently a post-doc at Boston College, and a lectureship at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She and Dr. Sam Smidt were undergraduate classmates at Olivet Nazarene University.
Ph.D., Earth Science (Isotope Geochemistry), 2016
Olivet Nazarene University
B.S., Geology and Science Education, Minor in Biology, 2011
- Structural Geology
- Mineral Science
- Isotope Geochemistry
Professors to Join Department of Geology and Environmental Science
Wheaton College Department News
With the retirements of Dr. James Clark and Dr. Jeff Greenberg, we are welcoming new professors to join the Department of Geology and Environmental Science for Fall 2018. Dr. Kathryn Maneiro will assume many of the teaching responsibilities of Dr. Jeff Greenberg including mineral science, petrology, and structural geology. As a geochemist/geochronologist she plans to reintroduce geochemistry to our undergraduate curriculum. Her research involves dating some of the Earth's oldest garnets. She completed her PhD at Boston University, more recently a post-doc at Boston College, and a lectureship at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She and Dr. Sam Smidt were undergraduate classmates at Olivet Nazarene University.
Late Cretaceous UHP metamorphism recorded in kyanite–garnet schists from the Central Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria, Lithos
David Collings, Ivan Savov, Kathryn Maneiro, Ethan Baxter, Jason Harvey, Iliya Dimitrov, 2016
In this study, we report the first discovery of microdiamond inclusions in kyanite–garnet schists from the Central Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria. These inclusions occur in garnets from metapelites that are part of a meta-igneous and meta-sedimentary mélange hosted by Variscan (Hercynian) orthogneiss. Ultra-high-pressure (UHP) conditions are further supported by the presence of exsolved needles of quartz and rutile in the garnet and by geothermobarometry estimates that suggest peak metamorphic temperatures of 750–800 °C and pressures in excess of 4 GPa. The discovery of UHP conditions in the Central Rhodopes of Bulgaria compliments the well-documented evidence for such conditions in the southernmost (Greek) part of the Rhodope Massif. Dating of garnets from these UHP metapelites (Chepelare Shear Zone) using Sm–Nd geochronology indicates a Late Cretaceous age (70.5–92.7 Ma) for the UHP metamorphic event. This is significantly younger than previously reported ages and suggests that the UHP conditions are associated with the Late Mesozoic subduction of the Vardar Ocean northward beneath the Moesian platform (Europe). The present-day structure of the RM is the result of a series of subduction–exhumation events that span the Cenozoic, alongside subsequent post-orogenic extension and metamorphic core complex formation.