Dr Jason Harvey

Dr Jason Harvey


  • 08/2020 onwards: Associate Professor of Geochemistry
  • 10/2012 to 08/2020: 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


  • Co-Director: the Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics
  • Director: SMALL geochemistry laboratory
  • Assessment lead: taught post-graduate students

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 Tübingen) and Lukáš Ackerman (Czech Academy of Research, Prague)

Controls on the high PGE content of primary spinel. With Camilla Watson, Lewis Whitely, Richard Walshaw (University of Leeds), Zhuyin Chu (State Key Laboratory for Lithosphere Evolution, Chinese Academy of Science), Samantha Hammond (Open University).

Nd isotope heterogeneity at the grain scale in the mantle. With Ethan Baxter (Boston College) Matt Jackson (University of California, Santa Barbara), Jessica Warren (University of Delaware)

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

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)

What do pallasite meteorites tell us about processes deep in the interior of differentiated planet(essimal)s? With Maeve Quinlan-Murphy (University of Leeds), Andrew Walker (University of Leeds), Chris Davies (University of Leeds), Thomas Mueller (University of Leeds, Jon Mound (University of Leeds).

Improving the precision of measurements of Nd isotopes in foraminifera for paleo-oceanographic applications. With Frances Proctor (University of Leeds), Tracy Aze (University of Leeds)

Chemical and isotopic tracers of the transition between oceanic and continental sub-continental lithospheric mantle. With Elena Curtis (University of Leeds), Dan Morgan (University of Leeds), Matt Pankhurst (INVOLCAN)

The origins of Scottish orogenic gold. With Shane Webb (University of Leeds), Taija Torvela (University of Leeds), Rob Chapman (University of Leeds)

The utility of radiogenic and stable isotope analyses in forensic anthropology. With Ryan Austin (Nottingham Trent University)

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


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

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of GB and Ireland
  • Member of the Geochemistry Society since 2004
  • Elected Fellow of the Geologiocal Society of London 2005
  • Member of the European Association of Geochemists since 2015

Student education

  • First year scientific tutorials 
  • Metamorphism and the rock cycle
  • 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

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>