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Dr Natalie Starkey

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I am the SEPnet Outreach and Public Engagement Officer for the School of Physical Sciences.

My background is in Geology and Space Sciences, having completed my undergraduate degree at Durham University followed by a PhD at Edinburgh University. Following this, I completed two post-docs with the Open University, working on the chemical analysis of comet and asteroid samples where I was also Laboratory Manager for the NanoSIMS.

Having moved away from research to focus on writing and science communication, I have published my first popular science book Catching Stardust: Comets, Asteroids and the Birth of the Solar System and I am writing a second one called Fire & Ice: Space Volcanoes, whilst occassionally writing freelance popular science articles. I also work as a science host for StarTalk Radio. My most recent project is as a writer for the new Space Show at the planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Publications

One of the earliest refractory inclusions and its implications for solar system history (2020-10-01)
Bodenan, Jean-David; Starkey, Natalie; Russell, Sara S.; Wright, Ian P. and Franchi, Ian
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 286 (pp. 214-226)


Oxygen isotopic evidence for accretion of Earth's water before a high-energy Moon-forming giant impact (2018-03-28)
Greenwood, Richard C.; Barrat, Jean-Alix; Miller, Martin F.; Anand, Mahesh; Dauphas, Nicolas; Franchi, Ian A.; Sillard, Patrick and Starkey, Natalie A.
Science Advances, 4, Article eaao5928(3)


From beyond the stars (2018)
Starkey, Natalie
New Scientist, 240(3202) (pp. 38-41)


Fluid evolution in CM carbonaceous chondrites tracked through the oxygen isotopic compositions of carbonates (2017-05-01)
Lindgren, P.; Lee, M.R.; Starkey, N. A. and Franchi, I.A.
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 204 (pp. 240-251)


Relationship between CAIs and chondrules: A case study of a compound chondrule from the Allende (CV3) meteorite (2017)
Russell, Sara S.; Bodenan, Jean-David; Starkey, Natalie A.; Jeffries, Teresa E.; Kearsley, Anton; Spratt, John; Armytage, Rosalind M. G. and Franchi, Ian A.
Geochemical Journal, 51(1) (pp. 31-43)


Triple oxygen isotopic composition of the high-3He/4He mantle (2016-03-01)
Starkey, N.A.; Jackson, C.R.M.; Greenwood, R.C.; Parman, S.; Franchi, I.A.; Jackson, M.; Fitton, J.G.; Stuart, F.M.; Kurz, M. and Larsen, L.M.
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 176 (pp. 227-238)


Igneous and shock processes affecting chassignite amphibole evaluated using chlorine/water partitioning and hydrogen isotopes (2015-03-13)
Giesting, Paul A.; Schwenzer, Susanne P.; Filiberto, Justin; Starkey, Natalie A.; Franchi, Ian A.; Treiman, Allan H.; Tindle, Andy G. and Grady, Monica M.
Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 50(3) (pp. 433-460)


Isotopic diversity in interplanetary dust particles and preservation of extreme 16O-depletion (2014-10-01)
Starkey, N. A.; Franchi, I. A. and Lee, M. R.
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 142 (pp. 115-131)


An oxygen isotope study of Wark–Lovering rims on type A CAIs in primitive carbonaceous chondrites (2014-09-01)
Bodenan, Jean-David; Starkey, Natalie A.; Russell, Sara S.; Wright, Ian P. and Franchi, Ian A.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 401 (pp. 327-336)


The origin of water in the primitive Moon as revealed by the lunar highlands samples (2014-03-15)
Barnes, Jessica J.; Tartèse, Romain; Anand, Mahesh; McCubbin, Francis M.; Franchi, Ian A.; Starkey, Natalie A. and Russell, Sara S.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 390 (pp. 244-252)


The abundance, distribution, and isotopic composition of hydrogen in the Moon as revealed by basaltic lunar samples: implications for the volatile inventory of the Moon (2013-12)
Tartèse, Romain; Anand, Mahesh; Barnes, Jessica; Starkey, Natalie A.; Franchi, Ian A. and Sano, Yuji
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 122 (pp. 58-74)


The oxygen isotope evolution of parent body aqueous solutions as recorded by multiple carbonate generations in the Lonewolf Nunataks 94101 CM2 carbonaceous chondrite (2013-11)
Lee, M. R.; Sofe, M. R.; Lindgren, P.; Starkey, N. A. and Franchi, I. A.
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 121 (pp. 452-466)


A Raman spectroscopic study of organic matter in interplanetary dust particles and meteorites using multiple wavelength laser excitation (2013-10)
Starkey, N. A.; Franchi, I. A. and Alexander, C. M. O'D.
Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 48(10) (pp. 1800-1822)


Sample return missions to minor bodies (2013-06)
Burchell, Mark; Price, Mark; Wozniakiewicz, Penelope; Bridges, John; Kearsley, Anton; Grady, Monica; Green, Simon; Starkey, Natalie; Lindgren, Paula and Noguchi, Takaai
Astronomy & Geophysics, 54(3) (pp. 3.28-3.32)


Insight into the silicate and organic reservoirs of the comet forming region (2013-03)
Starkey, Natalie A. and Franchi, Ian
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 105 (pp. 73-91)


Accurate and precise measurements of the D/H ratio and hydroxyl content in lunar apatites using NanoSIMS (2013)
Barnes, Jessica; Franchi, I. A.; Anand, M.; Tartèse, R.; Starkey, N. A.; Koike, M.; Sano, Y. and Russell, S. S.
Chemical Geology, 337-8 (pp. 48-55)


Stable isotope analysis of carbon and nitrogen in angrites (2013)
Abernethy, F. A. J.; Verchovsky, A. B.; Starkey, N. A.; Anand, M.; Franchi, I. A. and Grady, M. M.
Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 48(9) (pp. 1590-1606)


Chondrule fragments from Comet Wild2: evidence for high temperature processing in the outer Solar System (2012-08)
Bridges, J. C.; Changela, H. G.; Nayakshin, S.; Starkey, N. A. and Franchi, I. A.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 341-344 (pp. 186-194)


Melt inclusions in olivines from early Iceland plume picrites support high 3He/4He in both enriched and depleted mantle (2012-05-04)
Starkey, Natalie A.; Fitton, J. Godfrey; Stuart, Finley M. and Larsen, Lotte M.
Chemical Geology, 306 (pp. 54-62)


Stardust interstellar dust calibration: hydrocode modeling of impacts on Al-1100 foil at velocities up to 300 km s-1 and validation with experimental data (2012-04-29)
Price, Mark C.; Kearsley, Anton T.; Burchell, Mark J.; Howard, Lauren E.; Hillier, Jon K.; Starkey, Natalie A.; Wozniakiewicz, Penny J. and Cole, Mike J.
Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 47(4) (pp. 684-695)


Active Cosmic Dust Collector (2012)
Grün, E.; Sternovsky, Z.; Horanyi, M.; Hoxie, V.; Robertson, S.; Xi, J.; Auer, S.; Landgraf, M.; Postberg, F.; Price, M.; Srama, R.; Starkey, N.; Hillier, J.; Franchi, I.; Tsou, P.; Westphal, A. and Gainsforth, Z.
Planetary And Space Science, 60(1) (pp. 261-273)


Helium isotopes in early Iceland plume picrites: constraints on the composition of high 3He/4He mantle (2009-01-15)
Starkey, Natalie A.; Stuart, Finlay M.; Ellam, Robert M.; Fitton, J. Godfrey; Basu, Sudeshna and Larsen, Lotte M.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 277(1-2) (pp. 91-100)


Osmium isotopes in Baffin Island and West Greenland picrites: implications for the 187Os/188Os composition of the convecting mantle and the nature of high 3He/4He mantle (2009)
Dale, C. W.; Pearson, D. G.; Starkey, N. A.; Stuart, F. M.; Ellam, R. M.; Larsen, L. M.; Fitton, J. G. and Macpherson, C. G.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 278(3-4) (pp. 267-277)


Volatiles in the lunar crust - an evaluation of the role of metasomatism (2015-03)
Barnes, J. J.; Tartèse, R.; Anand, M.; McCubbin, F. M.; Franchi, I. A.; Starkey, N. A. and Russell, S. S.
In : 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (16-20 Mar 2015, The Woodlands, TX, USA)


Using apatite to unravel the origin of water in ancient Moon rocks (2014-10)
Barnes, Jessica J.; Tartèse, R.; McCubbin, Francis M.; Anand, M.; Franchi, I. A.; Starkey, Natalie A. and Russell, S. S.
In : Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (19-22 Oct 2014, Vancouver, Canada)


In-situ nanoSIMS measurements of isotopic hotspots in the CM2 meteorite Cold Bokkeveld (2013)
Snape, J. F.; Morlock, A.; Starkey, N. A.; Franchi, I. A. and Gilmour, I.
In : 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (18-22 Mar 2013, The Woodlands, TX, USA) (p 1913)


Piecing together the history of the earliest silicate and organic reservoirs in the solar system (2013)
Starkey, Natalie and Franchi, Ian
In : 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (18-22 Mar 2013, The Woodlands, TX, USA)


Water in the Moon: insights from SIMS analyses of lunar apatites (2012-11-09)
Barnes, Jessica; Tartèse, R.; Anand, M.; Starkey, N.; Franchi, I.; Russell, S.S. and Sano, Y
In : Lunar Science as a Window into the Early Evolution of the Solar System and Conditions of the Early Earth (09 Nov 2012, London)


Tracking secular changes in the "water" content of lunar interior using basaltic lunar meteorites (2012-09)
Anand, M.; Tartèse, R.; Terada, K.; Franchi, I. A.; Starkey, N. A. and Sano, Y.
In : European Planetary Science Congress (23-28 Sep 2012, Madrid)


The hydroxyl content and hydrogen isotope composition of Lunar apatites (2012)
Barnes, Jessica; Anand, M.; Franchi, I. A.; Starkey, N. A.; Ota, Y.; Sani, Y.; Russell, S. S. and Tartèse, R.
In : 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (19-23 Mar 2012, The Woodlands, TX, US)


Oxygen isotope study of interplanetary dust particles: insight into the oxygen reservoirs of the comet forming region (2012)
Starkey, N. A.; Franchi, I. A. and Davidson, J.
In : 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (19-23 Mar 2012, The Woodlands, Texas)


Hydrogen and lead isotopic characteristics of lunar meteorite MIL 05035 (2012)
Tartèse, R.; Barnes, Jessica; Anand, M.; Starkey, N.; Franchi, I. A.; Terada, K. and Sano, Y.
In : European Lunar Symposium (19-20 Apr 2012, Berlin, Germany)


Lunar volatiles: an examination of hydrogen isotopes and hydroxyl content (2012)
Barnes, Jessica; Anand, M.; Franchi, I. A.; Starkey, N. A.; Tartèse, R.; Sano, Y. and Russell, S. S.
In : European Lunar Symposium (19-20 Apr 2012, Berlin, Germany)


Acidic, high D/H magmatic fluids in the deep Martian interior: evidence from Martian amphibole and glass compositions (2012)
Giesting, Paul A.; Filiberto, Justin; Starkey, Natalie; Franchi, Ian; Schwenzer, Susanne; Tindle, Andy and Treiman, Allan
In : GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition (4-7 Nov 2012, Charlotte, NC, USA)


Origin and composition of carbonates, sulphates and halite on Mars (2011)
Needham, A. W.; Starkey, N. A.; Johnson, D.; Tomkinson, T.; Guillermier, C.; Abel, R. L.; Franchi, I. A. and Grady, M. M.
In : 74th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society (8-12 Aug 2011, London, UK)


Hydrocode modeling of micrometer scale impacts into Al foil: implications for analyses of Stardust ISPE craters (2011)
Price, M. C.; Kearsley, A. T.; Burchell, M. J.; Armes, S. P.; Hillier, J. K.; Postberg, F. and Starkey, N.
In : 74th Annual Meeting of The Meteoritical Society (8-12 Aug 2011, London, UK)


Oxygen isotope analysis of a chondrule-like Wild 2 Terminal Particle using NanoSIMS (2011)
Starkey, N. A.; Franchi, I. A.; Bridges, J. C.; Changela, H. G. and Hicks, L. J.
In : 74th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society (8-12 Aug 2011, London, UK)


Raman variation of organic matter in large cluster IDPs and meteoritic IOM (2011)
Starkey, N. A.; Franchi, I. A. and Alexander, C. M. O'D.
In : 74th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society (8-12 Aug 2011, London, UK)


NanoSIMS oxygen isotope analyses on Grigg-Skjellerup collection IDPs (2011)
Starkey, N. A.; Franchi, I. A. and Davidson, J.
In : 74th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society (8-12 Aug 2011, London, UK)


Investigating Raman variation across large cluster interplanetary dust particles (2011)
Starkey, Natalie A. and Franchi, Ian A.
In : 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (7-11 Mar 2011, Houston, TX, USA)


Distinctive impact craters are formed by organic rich cometary dust grains (2010)
Kearsley, A.T.; Burchell, M. J.; Price, M. C.; Green, S. F.; Franchi, I. A.; Bridges, J.; Starkey, N. and Cole, M. J.
In : 41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (1-5 Mar 2010, Houston)