Planetary Evolution and Materials

The Planetary Evolution and Materials theme involves exploring the origin and evolution of the Earth alongside a variety of other planetary bodies. Our aim is to illuminate the processes by which these bodies formed, underwent major changes (e.g., core-mantle differentiation, atmosphere creation, initiation of plate tectonics), and ultimately could have become habitable. This is achieved using a diversity of techniques, including mass spectrometry, compositional measurements, computational modelling, rock and paleomagnetism, and experimental petrology. We apply these approaches to a host of terrestrial and extraterrestrial samples to illuminate planetary bodies ranging from the Moon, to Mars, Venus, and Mercury, to the moons of the giant planets, and finally a suite of exoplanets.

Faculty working in this area include:

Chris Ballentine (Noble gas geochemistry)

Jane Barling (Isotope geochemistry)

James Bryson (Rock- and paleomagnetism)

Alex Halliday (Isotope geochemistry)

Jessica Hawthorne (Earthquake mechanics)

Richard Katz (Geodynamics)

Paula Koelemeijer (Planetary interiors)

Hauke Marquardt (High-pressure mineralogy)

Conall MacNiocaill (Rock- and paleomagnetism)

Claire Nichols (Rock- and paleomagnetism)

Tarje Nissen-Meyer (Planetary interiors)

Richard Palin (Petrology)

Don Porcelli (Isotope geochemistry)

Jon Wade (Experimental petrology)

Andrew Walker (Computational modelling)

Dave Waters (Petrology)

Bernie Wood (Experimental petrology)


Groups associated with this theme include:

Experimental Petrology


Noble Lab

Rock and Paleomagnetism

Earthquake Mechanics