- 2013- Imperial College London (Research Postgraduate; see below)
- 2008-2013 University of Cambridge (BA MSci; MSci supervisor: Marie Edmonds)
- 2011 California Institute of Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (supervisor: Ed Stolper)
Research interests: the origin of enriched 'em-type' mantle
Ocean island basalts (OIB) are low-degree mantle melts formed without any obvious link to plate boundaries, and their locations are sometimes termed 'hotspots' due to the inferred role of mantle plumes. OIBs can display extreme and variable long-lived radiogenic isotope compositions, leading to the concept of mantle end-members and the 'mantle zoo'.
During this project EM-type basalts will be analysed in 'non-traditional' stable isotope systems, including thallium, molybdenum and zinc. Results will permit distinction between source materials indistinguishable using radiogenic isotopes, e.g. seamounts versus sediments: further, both thallium and molybdenum fractionate during sedimentary material formation.
We will generate datasets for previously unstudied isotopes, complementary to existing characterisations of OIBs. It is hoped that the new information will enable some unravelling of the processes resulting in the mantle zoo.
M.E. Newcombe, A. Brett, J.R. Beckett, M.B. Baker, S. Newman, Y. Guan, J.M. Eiler, E.M. Stolper. (2017) Solubility of water in lunar basalt at low pH2O. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 200:330-352.
J. Prytulak, A. Brett, M. Webb, T. Plank, M. Rehkämper, P.S. Savage, J.D. Woodhead (2017) Thallium elemental behavior and stable isotope fractionation during magmatic processes. Chemical Geology, 448:71-83.
M. Edmonds, A. Brett, R.A. Herd, M.C.S. Humphreys, and A. Woods (2014) Magnetite-bubble aggregates at mixing interfaces in andesite magma bodies. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 410:SP410-7.
M. Kersten, T. Xiao, K. Kressig, A. Brett, B.J. Coles, and M Rehkämper (2014) Tracing anthropogenic thallium in soil using stable isotope compositions. Environmental Science & Technology, 48:9030-9036.
et al., 2018, Thallium mass fraction and stable isotope ratios of sixteen geological reference materials, Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research, Vol:42, ISSN:1639-4488, Pages:339-360
et al., 2017, Solubility of water in lunar basalt at low pH(2)O, Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, Vol:200, ISSN:0016-7037, Pages:330-352
et al., 2016, Thallium elemental behavior and stable isotope fractionation during magmatic processes, Chemical Geology, Vol:448, ISSN:1872-6836, Pages:71-83
et al., 2014, Tracing Anthropogenic Thallium in Soil Using Stable Isotope Compositions, Environmental Science & Technology, Vol:48, ISSN:0013-936X, Pages:9030-9036