Science

My research focuses on the behavior of elements and isotopes in the Earth at high pressures and temperatures – conditions where rock melts to become magma.

To study chemistry at these extreme conditions I use a variety equipment, including the piston-cylinder press, multi-anvil press and laser-heated diamond anvil cell. Typically, sample sizes become smaller as sample pressures become higher; to the point where the region of interest in a diamond anvil cell experiment may be <20 microns in diameter – Thinner than a human hair!

Starting in July 2021, I will begin a position on the faculty of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Toronto. If you are interested in graduate studies or undergraduate research opportunities as part of my group, please contact me. Information on anticipated opportunities can be found here.

You can find more information about some of my research interests using the links below:

Platinum group metal behavior in silicate melt and implications for Earth’s accretion

The solution properties of alloys

The coupled effects of sulfur and pressure on element partitioning

Isotopic heterogeneity in the mantle as a result of giant impacts

Controls on element partitioning

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