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Senior Lecturer In Computational Petrology, The University of Melbourne

I gained my PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2011, after which I held post-doctoral research positions at the University of Mainz, the University of Bristol and ETH Zurich. I joined the University of Melbourne in January 2019 as a Senior Lecturer in Computational Petrology.

I model the thermodynamic properties of minerals and melts, and use this modelling to investigate a variety of Earth processes. The models that I make are based on information taken from thousands of experiments on geological materials, as well as computer simulations and observations of rocks in the field. As such, the models serve to summarise our knowledge of the properties of these materials, subject to some interpretation. My primary interest is in improving the process of developing the models - incorporating more information in more meaningful ways, so as to mimic natural materials more accurately and in a wider range of geological contexts. Much of my work builds on the Holland & Powell internally-consistent dataset, and the families of activity-composition relations developed by Roger Powell, Tim Holland, myself and other co-workers. These models are often associated with Roger Powell's program, Thermocalc. I am involved with several projects that apply the thermodynamic models to geological problems. Recent applications include integrated geodynamic and thermodynamic modelling of magma storage and ascent, multiple-reaction thermobarometry for cumulate rocks, and thermodynamic constraints on the formation of the Earth's crust.


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    Senior Lecturer In Computational Petrology, The University of Melbourne