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Dr Barbara Eva Kunz

Barbara Kunz

Profile summary

  • Technical Staff
  • Analytical Laboratory Technician
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Environment, Earth & Ecosystem Sciences
  • barbara.kunz

Professional biography

I am a project officer here at the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences. I am a petrologist and geochemist interested in understanding high-temperature processes (metamorphic & magmatic) in the continental crust.
Since November 2017 I am here at the OU were I work together with Frances Jenner and Sam Hammond on the project 'From Arc Magmas to Ores (FAMOS)' ( My main role in this project is sample preparation, geochemical analysis (ICP-MS & EMPA) and data processing of melt inclusion, volcanic glass and minerals for samples from the collaborators of the FAMOS project.
I obtained my PhD in May 2017 (title: Analysis of zircon from deep basement units: Correlation across orogenic cycles in the Southern and Western Alps) at the University of Bern (Switzerland) under the supervision of Martin Engi.
I did my undergraduate at the University of Mainz (Germany) in 2011 where I received my diploma in Geology, which is entitled ‘A mid-crustal metamorphic field gradient in Val Strona di Omenga, Ivrea Zone, Italy: constraints from metabasic rocks’ and was supervised by Richard White and Tim Johnson.

Research interests

One of my research interested focuses on partial melting, melt loss and melt transport which are important processes for crustal differentiation, magma evolution in arcs, orogens and metamorphic terranes. My current emphasis is on a better understanding of element mobility and transport in magmatic systems and the influence and control the continental crust has on them. In order to study these processes my main tool are situ trace element analysis of minerals, melt inclusions and glasses by LA-ICP-MS. 
Furthermore I am interested in the P­–T–t, mineral assemblage, melt and melt loss evolution as well as the behaviour of accessory minerals of high-grade rocks during metamorphism. In order to understand what information, stored in these rocks tell us about the metamorphic evolution of a terrane. 
In addition to analytical work and theoretical modelling I do enjoy fieldwork and think it is an important and essential part of petrology and geochemistry.

Teaching interests

My current teaching activity is on teaching people who come into our LA-ICP-MS lab: how to use the machine, how to set up their analysis and choose the right parameters and how to do the data reduction.


Phase equilibrium modelling of the amphibolite to granulite facies transition in metabasic rocks (Ivrea Zone, NW Italy) (2019-08-08)
Kunz, Barbara E. and White, Richard W.
Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 37(7) (pp. 935-950)
Zircon ages in granulite facies rocks: decoupling from geochemistry above 850 °C? (2018-03)
Kunz, Barbara; Regis, Daniele and Engi, Martin
Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 173(3) (pp. 1-21)
Pervasive Eclogitization Due to Brittle Deformation and Rehydration of Subducted Basement: Effects on Continental Recycling? (2018-03)
Engi, Martin; Giuntoli, Francesco; Lanari, Pierre; Burn, Marco; Kunz, Barbara and Bouvier, Anne-Sophie
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 19(3) (pp. 865-881)
Deeply subducted continental fragments - Part 2: Insight from petrochronology in the central Sesia Zone (western Italian Alps) (2018-02-26)
Giuntoli, Francesco; Lanari, Pierre; Burn, Marco; Kunz, Barbara Eva and Engi, Martin
Solid Earth, 9(1) (pp. 191-222)
Permian high-temperature metamorphism in the Western Alps (NW Italy) (2018-01)
Kunz, Barbara E.; Manzotti, Paola; von Niederhäusern, Brigitte; Engi, Martin; Darling, James R.; Giuntoli, Francesco and Lanari, Pierre
International Journal of Earth Sciences, 107(1) (pp. 203-229)
Partial melting of metabasic rocks in Val Strona di Omegna, Ivrea Zone, northern Italy (2014-03)
Kunz, Barbara E.; Johnson, Tim E.; White, Richard W. and Redler, Charlotte
Lithos, 190-191 (pp. 1-12)
Coralline algal Barium as indicator for 20th century northwestern North Atlantic surface ocean freshwater variability (2013-05)
Hetzinger, S.; Halfar, J.; Zack, T.; Mecking, J. V.; Kunz, B. E; Jacob, D. E. and Adey, W. H.
Scientific reports, 3, Article 1761
Phase equilibrium constraints on a deep crustal metamorphic field gradient: metapelitic rocks from the Ivrea Zone (NW Italy) (2012-04)
Redler, C.; Johnson, T. E.; White, R. W. and Kunz, B. E.
Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 30(3) (pp. 235-254)
High-resolution analysis of trace elements in crustose coralline algae from the North Atlantic and North Pacific by laser ablation ICP-MS (2011-03-01)
Hetzinger, S.; Halfar, J.; Zack, T.; Gamboa, G.; Jacob, D. E.; Kunz, B. E.; Kronz, A.; Adey, W.; Lebednik, P. A. and Steneck, R. S.
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 302(1-2) (pp. 81-94)
Coralline algal growth-increment widths archive North Atlantic climate variability (2011-03-01)
Halfar, J.; Hetzinger, S.; Adey, W.; Zack, T.; Gamboa, G.; Kunz, B.; Williams, B. and Jacob, D. E.
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 302(1-2) (pp. 71-80)
Mg/Ca ratios in coralline algae record northwest Atlantic temperature variations and North Atlantic Oscillation relationships (2010-12)
Gamboa, G.; Halfar, J.; Hetzinger, S.; Adey, W.; Zack, T.; Kunz, B. and Jacob, D. E.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 115(C12) (C12044)

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