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Department of Earth Sciences

 

 

 Image courtesy USGS, #0634. February 23, 2005)This grouping combines research into igneous, metamorphic and volcanic processes to enhance understanding of global tectonics as well as their more immediate impacts on our surficial environment. Our strategy is to integrate geological observational studies (field work, petrology, geochemical and isotopic analyses) with interdisciplinary work on multiphase flow in deformable media and the properties of the materials involved.

Current Research

  • Mantle heterogeneity and melt transport: Isotope geochemistry, microanalysis and thermodynamics are used to characterise compositional heterogeneity in the convecting mantle. These observations constrain our statistical and computational models of the long-term evolution of Earth's geochemical structure and now highlight the relationship between heterogeneity and melt transport.
  • Mantle convection and lithospheric structure: The study of mafic and ultramafic rocks from ocean islands, mid-ocean ridges, large igneous provinces and the continental interiors is used to probe mantle thermal structure and flow field and test models of mantle convection and lithospheric stability.
  • Magma chambers: Observations of rock textures and compositional microanalyses are coupled with theoretical models and the results of laboratory experiments to understand magma chamber processes, including evolution of crystal mushes at chamber margins and mixing in the chamber interior.
  • Volcanic processes: The establishment of remote, high-resolution measurements of volcanic gases in conjunction with analyses of melt inclusions to model the physical processes occurring during volcanic eruptions.
  • Thermodynamics, Mountain Building and Crustal Evolution: Quantitative estimates of changes in pressure and temperature are being made using mineral compositional zonation and thermodynamic databases. The complexity of zoning can be linked to tectonic movements in the Earth's crust.

We have well-equipped geochemical laboratories for the preparation and geochemical analysis of minerals and rocks. The Department has laboratories for high pressure and temperature experiments and also for fluid dynamical investigations.

Recent publications in this area.


People specializing in this area

Academic Staff
Name Office phone Email address
Professor Michael James Bickle FRS +44 (0) 1223 333484 mb72@esc.cam.ac.uk
Professor Marie Edmonds +44 (0) 1223 333463 marie.edmonds@esc.cam.ac.uk
Professor Sally Anne Gibson PhD, FGS, AGU, MinS +44 (0) 1223 333401 sally@esc.cam.ac.uk
Professor Marian Holness FRS +44 (0) 1223 333434 marian@esc.cam.ac.uk
Professor John Maclennan +44 (0) 1223 761602 jcm1004@cam.ac.uk
Dr Jerome A Neufeld +44 (0) 1223 765709 jn271@cam.ac.uk
Dr Oliver Shorttle +44 (0) 1223 768328 os258@esc.cam.ac.uk
Professor Nicholas Tosca +44 (0) 1223 330670 njt41@cam.ac.uk
Dr Owen Weller +44 (0) 1223 333464 ow212@cam.ac.uk
Dr Helen M. Williams +44 (0) 1223 333411 hmw20@cam.ac.uk
Professor Andy Woods +44 (0) 1223 765702 andy@bpi.cam.ac.uk
Research Staff
Name Office phone Email address
Dr Iris Buisman +44 (0) 1223 333402 ib330@cam.ac.uk
Dr Jason Day +44 (0) 1223 765282 jafd2@cam.ac.uk
Dr Heye Freymuth +44 (0) 1223 333455 hf325@cam.ac.uk
Aleksej Popel +44 (0) 1223 768357 ap499@cam.ac.uk
Dr Zoja Vukmanovic +44 (0) 1223 333 474 zv211@cam.ac.uk
Research Students
Name Office phone Email address
Nicholas Barber +44 (0) 1223 333441 ndb38@cam.ac.uk
Rachael Baxter +44 (0) 1223 333432 rjmb3@cam.ac.uk
James Crosby +44 (0) 1223 768357 jcc85@cam.ac.uk
Kieran Gilmore kg382@cam.ac.uk
Matthew Gleeson +44 (0) 1223 333438 mlmg3@cam.ac.uk
Charlotte Gordon +44 (0) 1223 333432 cg712@cam.ac.uk
Claire Marie Guimond cmg76@cam.ac.uk
Charlotte Jackson +44 (0) 1223 33482 cj340@cam.ac.uk
Ayesha Landon-Browne arrl3@cam.ac.uk
Philippa Liggins pkl28@cam.ac.uk
Emily Mason +44 (0) 1223 364919 em572@cam.ac.uk
Sophie Miocevich +44 (0) 1223 333425 srm81@cam.ac.uk
Callum D.J. Reekie +44 (0) 1223 333482 cdjr2@cam.ac.uk
Katy Relph +44 (0) 1223 333442 ker42@cam.ac.uk
Carrie Soderman +44 (0) 1223 333441 cs801@cam.ac.uk
Craig Robert Walton +44 (0) 1223 333449 crw59@cam.ac.uk
Andrew Whyte +44 (0) 1223 333425 ajw291@cam.ac.uk
Penny E Wieser +44 (0) 1223 333482 pew26@cam.ac.uk
Julia Woitischek +44 (0) 1223 333544 jw943@cam.ac.uk
Emeritus and College Teaching Staff
Name Office phone Email address
Dr Judith Bunbury +44 (0) 1223 765260 jmb21@esc.cam.ac.uk
Professor Tim Holland tjbh@cam.ac.uk
Dr Stephen Reed +44 (0) 1223 333417 sjbr@esc.cam.ac.uk
All members of the Department
Name Office phone Email address
Nicholas Barber +44 (0) 1223 333441 ndb38@cam.ac.uk
Rachael Baxter +44 (0) 1223 333432 rjmb3@cam.ac.uk
Professor Michael James Bickle FRS +44 (0) 1223 333484 mb72@esc.cam.ac.uk
Dr Judith Bunbury +44 (0) 1223 765260 jmb21@esc.cam.ac.uk
James Crosby +44 (0) 1223 768357 jcc85@cam.ac.uk
Dr Jason Day +44 (0) 1223 765282 jafd2@cam.ac.uk
Professor Marie Edmonds +44 (0) 1223 333463 marie.edmonds@esc.cam.ac.uk
Dr Heye Freymuth +44 (0) 1223 333455 hf325@cam.ac.uk
Professor Sally Anne Gibson PhD, FGS, AGU, MinS +44 (0) 1223 333401 sally@esc.cam.ac.uk
Kieran Gilmore kg382@cam.ac.uk
Matthew Gleeson +44 (0) 1223 333438 mlmg3@cam.ac.uk
Charlotte Gordon +44 (0) 1223 333432 cg712@cam.ac.uk
Claire Marie Guimond cmg76@cam.ac.uk
Professor Tim Holland tjbh@cam.ac.uk
Professor Marian Holness FRS +44 (0) 1223 333434 marian@esc.cam.ac.uk
Charlotte Jackson +44 (0) 1223 33482 cj340@cam.ac.uk
Ayesha Landon-Browne arrl3@cam.ac.uk
Philippa Liggins pkl28@cam.ac.uk
Professor John Maclennan +44 (0) 1223 761602 jcm1004@cam.ac.uk
Emily Mason +44 (0) 1223 364919 em572@cam.ac.uk
Sophie Miocevich +44 (0) 1223 333425 srm81@cam.ac.uk
Dr Stephen Reed +44 (0) 1223 333417 sjbr@esc.cam.ac.uk
Callum D.J. Reekie +44 (0) 1223 333482 cdjr2@cam.ac.uk
Katy Relph +44 (0) 1223 333442 ker42@cam.ac.uk
Dr Oliver Shorttle +44 (0) 1223 768328 os258@esc.cam.ac.uk
Carrie Soderman +44 (0) 1223 333441 cs801@cam.ac.uk
Professor Nicholas Tosca +44 (0) 1223 330670 njt41@cam.ac.uk
Craig Robert Walton +44 (0) 1223 333449 crw59@cam.ac.uk
Dr Owen Weller +44 (0) 1223 333464 ow212@cam.ac.uk
Andrew Whyte +44 (0) 1223 333425 ajw291@cam.ac.uk
Penny E Wieser +44 (0) 1223 333482 pew26@cam.ac.uk
Julia Woitischek +44 (0) 1223 333544 jw943@cam.ac.uk
Professor Andy Woods +44 (0) 1223 765702 andy@bpi.cam.ac.uk