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Nicholas Barber

Nicholas Barber

Research Student


Office Phone: +44 (0) 1223 333441


2013-2018: B.S. in Geoscience (Honors) from Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA. 

2018-Present: PhD Candidate in Earth Science, University of Cambridge (Churchill College), UK

Research Interests

My undergraduate research at Drexel University focused on the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and big datasets to provide the first detailed estimated of the volume and eruptive tempo of eruptions in large igneous provinces (LIPs) like the Deccan Traps. 

My PhD research is concerned with the across-arc trends in magmatic metal contents. I am particularly interested in studying the variability of metals in the main phases composing primitive arc magmas, in an effort to understand what conditions favor metal enrichment in mafic arc melts. My aim is to provide a framework for the major processes governing arc metal fertility, like sulfide saturation, oxidation state, and slab geometry.  I will use a combination of LA-ICP-MS, SIMS, EPMA, petrography, novel stable isotopes like Fe, and field mapping to provide a multi-dimensional geochemical picture of arc-metal behavior. I plan to conduct my field work in East Java, Indonesia in the summer of 2019. 

Research Supervision


Co-Supervised Master's Student (Part III Undergrad) Sophie Baldwin: Monogenetic Volcanism and Magma Mixing at Slamet Volcano and Mount Loyang, Indonesia. September 2019 - Present


Petrology ; Volcanology ; Geochemistry ; Stable isotopes


  • Volcanology
  • Igneous petrology
  • Economic geology