Matthew Pankhurst


AXA Post-Doctoral Research Fellow: 2015-16, University of Leeds

  • densiometric calibration of micro-CT methods for application to geologic material
  • measuring the olivine solid-solution using micro-CT
  • rapid production of large olivine chemical population datasets of entire eruption records
  • merging 3D micro-CT data with Fe-Mg binary diffusion modelling to constrain magmatic timescales

NERC Post-Doctoral Research Assistant: 2013-2014 University of Leeds (PI Dan Morgan)

  • magmatic timescales of the 2010 Fimmvörðuháls-Eyjafjallajökull (Iceland) eruption
  • Fe-Mg binary 2D diffusion modelling of 1000+ zoned olivine crystals
  • streamlined electron back-scatter -diffraction, -imaging and electron probe microanalyser workflows
  • established micro-CT applied to volcanic eruption monitoring proof-of-concept

Macquarie PhD Scholarship: 2009-2012, Macquarie University (Spvsr Bruce Schaefer, Simon Turner)

  • geochemical and isotopic sources of post-orogenic magmatism
  • South American Altiplano (Argentina, Bolivia, Peru), Morocco, SE Australia
  • alkali basalt and A-type granite petrogenesis
  • Re-Os, Lu-Hf, Sm-Nd, Rb-Sr, U-Pb compositions of whole-rocks and single crystals
  • major, minor, trace element compositions of whole-rocks and single crystals
  • TIMS, EPMA, EBSD, LA-ICPMS, solution ICPMS, XRF, column chemistry, Carius tube digestion, micro-distillation, piston-cylinder apparatus, SelFrag

Company Director: 2010-2012, Gaiaxiom

  • Australian Pty Ltd Company contracting to mineral exploration industry
  • Au, U, REE, Fe, C exploration
  • NSW, SA, NT

sampling, mapping, literature reviews

Graduate: 2007-2008, Rio Tinto Exploration

  • Pilbara (WA), Arnhem Land (NT), New Zealand, West and North Queensland
  • Al, Fe, Pb-Zn-Ag

Honours degree: 2006, Monash University

  • physicochemistry & geodynamics of a felsic large igneous province in the Mesoproterozoic of South Australia.

Undergraduate degrees: 2003-2005, Monash University

  • BA: Philosophy
  • BSc: Geoscience
  • BA (Monash University)
  • BSc (Monash University)
  • Hons (Geoscience: Monash University)
  • PhD (Isotope geochemistry: Macquarie University)
  • Igneous processes
  • Volcano monitoring and epistemic risk reduction
  • Epistemology of earth and planetary sciences


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