Transport of elements in the deep continental crust
This project entails an analytical and experimental investigation of trace element distribution between minerals, fluids and melts at depths of 20-50km in the Earth. The focus will be on chalcophile and other economically interesting elements, assessing how they become mobilised from low concentrations in a variety of mantle and lower crustal rocks into enriched form by melts or fluids. Experiments will include melting of rocks and trapping of fluids at high pressures for later analysis of their solutes.
Our Department has a newly expanded high-pressure experimental laboratory and a strong tradition in microbeam mineral and rock analysis (EMPA, SEM, Laser-ICP-MS). We emphasize cross-links between geochemistry, petrology and geophysics in mantle and lithosphere studies. We seek outstanding students to actively contribute to a team effort in the Australian Laureate project “Deep Earth Cycles of Carbon, Water and Nitrogen” (https://bit.ly/2Z6zZ4U).
Direct entry into the PhD programme at Macquarie requires completion of a two-year Masters degree with a major research component at Distinction level (75%). For applicants with an Honours or shorter Masters degree, there are also MRES/PhD package scholarships which enable completion of MRES as a training pathway to a Doctoral degree.
International scholarships include living stipend and fees for 3 years. Applications are now open: application deadline is July 31st.
There is also an option for co-tutelle projects with partner universities.
You are encouraged to discuss a research proposal before completing your on-line application. Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof. Stephen Foley ([Email Address Removed]). We also encourage students to suggest their own research themes. Enquiries about openings further into the future are also welcome.