James Bryson

James Bryson

Associate Professor of Mineralogy

James’ research focuses on using meteorites and ancient terrestrial samples to study the evolution of the early solar system and the first planetary bodies. His previous research has involved investigating different pathways of planetary accretion and differentiation as well as the mechanism by which magnetic fields were generated in different planetary bodies and using this to understand their longterm thermochemical evolution. Recently, his work has involved using the magnetism recorded by meteorites to place the formation locations of their parent bodies throughout the solar system and reconciling the isotopic signatures of different meteorites to better understand the very earliest stages of solid formation in the solar system. James did his undergraduate and PhD at the University of Cambridge before moving to MIT to conduct a NASA-funded post doc. Before his position at Oxford, James was a junior research fellow at St. John’s College, Cambridge.

Bryson et al. (2020), Evidence for asteroid scattering and distal solar system solids from meteorite paleomagnetism, The Astrophysical Journal, 892, 126.

Bryson et al. (2019), Constraints on asteroid magnetic field evolution and the radii of meteorite parent bodies from thermal modelling, Earth and Planetary Science Letters521, 68-67.

Bryson et al. (2019), Paleomagnetic evidence for a partially differentiated ordinary chondrite parent asteroid, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 124

Neufeld, Bryson & Nimmo (2019), The top-down solidification of iron asteroids driving dynamo evolution, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 124, 1331-1356.

Maurel, Bryson & Weiss (2019), Meteorite cloudy zone formation as a quantitative indicator of paleomagnetic field intensities and cooling rates on planetesimals, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 513, 166-175.

Bryson et al. (2017), Paleomagnetic evidence for dynamo activity driven by inward crystallisation of a metallic asteroid, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 472, 152-163.

Bryson et al. (2015), Long-lived magnetism from solidification-driven convection on the pallasite parent body, Nature, 517, 472-475.