Mantle Volatiles: Processes, Reservoirs and Fluxes

Welcome to the home pages for the Mantle Volatiles: Processes, Reservoirs and Fluxes project. This is a new NERC-funded project, which spans ten UK universities, and a host of researchers across a range of Earth Science disciplines from analytical geochemistry, petrology and volcanology, experimental petrology and thermodynamics to computational fluid dynamics and geodynamics. We will fill out these pages with more information in due course – but first, here is the list of relevant (funded) PhD topics that we are offering for entry in 2015.

PhD topics for 2015. The projects below are being offered by researchers across the consortium. The funding for these projects will all be routed through the host institution, or host Doctoral Training Partnership, so follow the links to find out how to apply for each project. This list will continue to be extended and updated, so do check back in later.

Projects with guaranteed funding (for UK/EU students).

Project 1 – The role of volatiles in controlling chalcophile element distribution in the continental crust. Supervisors: Sebastian Watt (Birmingham), Frances Jenner (Open University), Alan Hastie (Birmingham). Funding: full funding from the consortium and Birmingham University. This project is offered through the CENTA DTP. Closing date – January 31, 2015.

Project 2 – Investigating the role of lithological heterogeneity in the storage and transport of mantle volatiles. Supervisors: Oliver Shorttle, John Rudge, John Maclennan (Cambridge). Funding: full funding from the consortium and the Cambridge ESS DTP. Closing date – January 9, 2015.

Project 3 – Constraining the water cycle using spherical mantle convection models. Supervisors: Huw Davies (Cardiff), Don Porcelli (Oxford), Tim Elliott (Bristol). Funding: full funding from the consortium and Cardiff University. This project will be linked to the NERC GW4+ DTP. Closing date – February 2, 2015.

Project 4 – Squeezing the sponge: the role of serpentinites in subduction zones. Supervisors: Cees-Jan de Hoog, Geoff Bromiley, Linda Kirstein (Edinburgh). Funding: full funding from the consortium and the Edinburgh, Earth and Environment E3 DTP. Closing date – January 23, 2015.

Project 5 – Volatile & fluid-mobile element systematics of mantle xenoliths and their basaltic host rocks from selected Kamchatka arc volcanoes. Supervisors: Ivan Savov (Leeds), Jason Harvey (Leeds), Jon Davidson (Durham), Tim Elliott (Bristol). Funding: full funding from the consortium and the Leeds-York NERC DTP. Closing date – February 2, 2015.

Related projects that are open for competitive funding.

Project 6 – Element recycling in subduction zones: from oceanic crust to eclogite. Supervisors: Frances Jenner, Clare Warren, Sam Hammond, Simon Kelley (Open University). This project is offered through the CENTA DTP. Closing date – January 31, 2015.

Project 7 – The importance and impacts of magmatic volatiles: the behaviour of noble gases and halogens in magmatic systems.  Supervisors:  Tamsin Mather (Oxford), Chris Ballentine (Oxford), David Pyle (Oxford), Ray Burgess (Manchester). This project is eligible for funding through the Oxford DTP in Environmental Research. Closing date – January 23, 2015.

Project 8 – Understanding the volcanism of the Tasmantid seamount chainSupervisors: Tamsin Mather (Oxford), David Pyle (Oxford), Lara Kalnins (Durham), Ben Cohen (Glasgow/SUERC). This project is eligible for funding through the Oxford DTP in Environmental Research. Closing date – January 23, 2015.

Project 9 – Understanding volcanism in rift settings: the use of CO2 emissions in the Main Ethiopian Rift.  Supervisors: Tamsin Mather, David Pyle (Oxford). This project is eligible for funding through the Oxford DTP in Environmental Research. Closing date – January 23, 2015.

Other links: 

PhD topics related to a NERC-funded ‘Rift Volcanism’ project

The VMSG list of PhD topics in volcanology

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