The coupled volatile and redox evolution of the biosphere and the mantle

Lead Research Organisation: Durham University
Department Name: Earth Sciences

Abstract

Not required for scoping proposal (please see correspondence with Sasha Leigh)

Planned Impact

Not required for scoping proposal (please see correspondence with Sasha Leigh)

Publications

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Description This was a scoping grant to explore potential research links in the UK in the general area of the deep Earth & mantle volatiles as applied to planet habitability. The grant was used to fund a workshop and several breakout meetings. The result/impact of the grant was a successful application to NERC (Mantle Volatiles: processes, reservoirs and fluxes; NE/M000303/1). Further to this, we have demonstrated that Fe and Zn isotopes can be used to trace the flux of sulfate released during slab dehydration to the overlying mantle wedge
Exploitation Route Further research through funded grant NE/M000303/1
Sectors Other

URL http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/funded/programmes/volatiles/
 
Description This was a scoping grant to explore potential research links in the UK in the general area of the deep Earth & mantle volatiles as applied to planet habitability. The grant was used to fund a workshop and several breakout meetings. The result/impact of the grant was a successful application to NERC ("Mantle Volatiles: processes, reservoirs and fluxes"; NE/M000303/1)
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Other
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description Marie Curie Fellowship (Mentored)
Amount £120,000 (GBP)
Organisation Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country Global
Start 11/2015 
End 10/2017
 
Description NERC Directed Research Grant
Amount £234,162 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/M000303/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2014 
End 08/2019
 
Title Development of Fe isotopes as tracer of sulfide saturation 
Description We have determined that the onset of sulfide saturation in magmas is associated with diagnostic Fe isotope signatures 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Results presented at several conferences, approach taken up by several other research groups 
 
Title Hydride generation MC-ICPMS 
Description Hydride generation MC-ICPMS for analysis of Se isotopes 
Type Of Material Technology assay or reagent 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The technique is still under development but we have visited the group of Prof. Paul Spry in Illinois to discuss links between Se and Te isotopes 
 
Title Use of Fe and Zn isotopes to track sulfate-bearing fluids 
Description We have documented that Fe and Zn isotopes in subducted serpentinites are highly sensitive to the loss of sulfate-bearing fluids 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Methodology adopted by other groups 
 
Description Collaboration Dr. Hannah Hughes 
Organisation Camborne School of Mines
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Intellectual, analytical
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual, samples
Impact samples
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Dr Frances Jenner 
Organisation Open University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Prepared a major part of a grant proposal concerning the application of Se isotopes to mantle geochemistry; advice and discussion on stable isotopes
Collaborator Contribution Prepared a major part of a grant proposal concerning the application of Se isotopes to mantle geochemistry; advice and discussion on chalcophile element behaviour in the mantle
Impact Research is presently ongoing. Grant was successfully funded but only started September 2014
Start Year 2013
 
Description Collaboration with Dr Hanika Rizo 
Organisation University of Quebec
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Intellectual and analytical expertise
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input, sample provision
Impact Samples provided
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Dr. Igor Puchtel 
Organisation University of Maryland
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Intellectual, analysis
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual, samples
Impact Samples
Start Year 2017
 
Description "Pint of Science" - general science outreach talk to public and debate forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact "Pint of Science" - general science outreach talk to public and debate forum
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description European Science Open Forum Copenhagen 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Seminar given to press and policymakers on the factors governing the evolution of the Earth as a habitable planet. Given as part of the European Science Open Forum, Copenhagen.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Outreach event with local female state-school students 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Outreach event with local female state-school students
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation of research to secondary-school students visiting Jesus College, Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Presentation of research to secondary-school students visiting Jesus College, Cambridge
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019