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)' (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/our-work/sustainability/from-arc-magmas-to-ores.html). 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.
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.
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.