Dr Jason Harvey

Dr Jason Harvey


  • 10/2012 onwards: Lecturer in Geochemistry
  • 10/2012 to 01/2018: NERC Advanced Research Fellow, University of Leeds
  • 2014: Visiting Investigator, Carnegie Institution Washington (Department of Terrestrial Magnetism), Washington DC, USA. 2013 onwards. Re-Os-Pb geochronology of mantle sulphides; investigating the scale of mantle heterogeneity
  • 2013: Blaustein Visiting Professor, Stanford University, CA, USA. Awarded 2012. Mantle neodymium isotope heterogeneity: analytical resolution at the grain scale?
  • 10/2010 to 10/2012: Research fellow in isotope geochemistry, University of Leeds
  • 2009 to 2010: PDRA, The Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR), The Open University
  • 2008 to 2015: Associate lecturer (Earth Sciences), The Open University.
  • 2007 to 2009: Visiting researcher / Sessional lecturer, School of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • 2006 to 2007: Thermal ionisation mass spectrometry specialist, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA


  • Academic Integrity Lead: School of Earth & Environment
  • Academic Lead: Thermal Ionisation Mass Spectrometry (TIMS) laboratory
  • (Co-) leader: Rocks, Melts and Fluids research group

Research interests

My research focuses on chemical and isotopic heterogeneity in the mantle. In particular, I am interested in determining the magnitude and spatial distribution of such heterogeneities and determining the implications of these anomalous compositions in various tectonic settings. I use a variety of isotope systems to investigate these problems and collaborate with a number of research groups in Europe and the US. My current research interests are relatively diverse but have a common peridotite theme:

The Pb paradox and Os isotopic gap: the role of mantle sulphides as refractory domains. With Steve Shirey (Carnegie Institution, Washington) Jessica Warren (University of Delaware), Janne Koorneeff (Vrije University)

The effects of melt depletion, metasomatism, and supergene weathering on S-Se-Te and PGE in pyroxenite xenoliths from Kilbourne Hole, NM. With Stephan König (University of Bonn), Lukas Ackerman (Institute of Geology of the Czech Academy of Sciences)

Are Ti isotope ratios fractionated by oxide-silicate pairs during partial melting? With Marc-Alban Millet (Cardiff University)

Pt-Re-Os systematics of abyssal peridotites. With James Day (Scripps Institution of Oceanograpy, UCSD).

Stable Os isotope systematics in the Earth’s mantle. With Kevin Burton (Durham University), Marc-Alban Millet (Cardiff University).

Strontium isotope disequilibrium and the EM2 mantle reservoir. With Matt Jackson and Mark Edwards (UCSB)

Controls on the high PGE content of primary spinel. With Zhuyin Chu (Stae Key Laboratory for Lithospheric Evolution, Chinese Academy of Sciences), Richard Walshaw (University of Leeds), Samantha Hammond (The Open University)

Nd isotope heterogeneity at the grain scale in the mantle. With Ethan Baxter (Boston College), Jessica Warren (University of Delaware), Samantha Hammond (The Open University), Richard Walshaw (University of Leeds)

The nature and extent of stable isotope (Ni, Cr) fractionation in mantle peridotites. With Alex Halliday (Columbia University), Naomi Saunders and Matthew Jerram (University of Oxford)

Trace element systematics of variably altered peridotite-hosted base metal sulphides. With Jessica Warren (University of Delaware), Munir Humayun (Florida State University), Richard Walshaw (University of Leeds), Frieder Klein (WHOI)

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  • PhD, 'Messengers from the mantle...
  • BSc Hons, Geology, Durham University

Professional memberships

  • Vice President: Mineralogical Society of GB and Ireland
  • Member of American Geophysical Union since 2004
  • Member of the Geochemistry Society since 2004
  • Elected Fellow of the Geologiocal Society of London 2005
  • Member of The Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland since 2011
  • Member of the Mineralogical Society of America since 2014
  • Member of the European Association of Geochemists since 2015

Student education

  • First year scientific tutorials (Module manager)
  • Second year scientific tutorials
  • Mineralogy and Petrology
  • Geological sciences projects
  • High temperature processes
  • Geophysics research seminars

Research groups and institutes

  • Deep Earth
  • Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics
  • Rocks, Melts and Fluids
  • Planetary Exploration

Current postgraduate researchers

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