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Dr Andrew Thomson
O1.10 KLB
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Natural Environmental Research Council Research Fellow
  • Dept of Earth Sciences
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Research Groups
Research Summary

My research mostly focusses on understanding deep Earth processes, through high pressure-temperature experimental petrology, geochemistry and mineral physics. I perform experiments at extreme conditions using piston cylinder, multi anvil and diamond anvil cell apparatus, often in combination with synchrotron x-rays or neutron diffraction to better understand geodynamic processes occurring throughout the mantle.

My research has mostly focussed on understanding the behaviour and influence of volatile species, mostly carbon and hydrogen, in the mantle. I have investigated the Earth's deep carbon cycle, both using experiments to understand the behaviour of carbon during subduction and by studying sub-lithospheric diamonds and the mineral inclusions they trapped during their growth. More recently I have mostly been focussing of the role hydrogen, and water, plays in controlling mantle geodynamics.

Appointments
18-OCT-2014 Research Associate Department of Earth Sciences University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2015 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Earth Science University of Bristol
2014 MA/BA Master of Arts/Bachelor of Arts – Natural Sciences University of Cambridge
2011 MA MSCi Master of Arts/Master of Science – Natural Sciences University of Cambridge
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