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Matthew Gleeson

Matthew Gleeson

PhD Research Student 2016

Mantle Geochemistry




I am a PhD student studying magmatic processes in the Galápagos Archipelago. I recently completed an undergraduate degree in Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford. This included a research project in which I looked at magma storage and evolution beneath Aluto volcano in the Main Ethiopian Rift using a combination of thermodynamic modelling (Rhyolite-MELTS) and petrological observations.

Research Interests

I am interested in chemical heterogeneites in the mantle and how these may affect magmatic processes beneath volcanic systems. My main interest is in determining the volatile budget of different mantle sources beneath the Galápagos and how this affects mantle flow between the plume axis and the adjacent spreading centre. I am also interesting in investigating the evolution of Galápagos volcanoes and how changes in the primary magma composition may affect magmatic processes within the crust.


Petrology ; Volcanology ; Geochemistry


  • Magma mixing and ascent
  • Volcanology
  • Volatile geochemical cycling
  • Igneous petrology

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