MSci, Geology, University of Birmingham, UK, 2008
PhD, Geology, University of Toronto, Canada, 2013
My research uses high pressure and temperature experiments to investigate how elements distribute themselves during geologic processes. This information has wide-ranging applications in petrology for studies that span the microscopic to the planetary scale. To date, I have focused on the latter of these scales – using highly siderophile elements to constrain the conditions of core-formation, the quantity of late-accreted material added to Earth’s mantle, and the effects of core-mantle interaction.
Planned areas of future study include:
– Trace element partitioning in highly (up to ~40 wt%) REE-enriched melts
– Fluoride melt formation in the upper mantle
– Fe-isotope fractionation in iron meteorites
– Siderophile element partitioning between oxide and metal melts
PhD and Masters students are sought to work broadly in the area of magmatic salts and their role in igneous petrogenesis and the formation of economic deposits.
More information about me and my research can be found at www.neilrbennett.com