NERC Isotope Geosciences Facilities grant awarded to Dr Gertisser and Dr Halama

Dr Ralf Gertisser, Reader in Mineralogy and Petrology, together with Dr Ralf Halama and PhD student Rebecca Wiltshire, received a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) award for facility time at the NERC Isotope Geosciences Facility at SUERC, Glasgow.

The project will investigate the role of crustal assimilation and its influence on eruptive behaviour at the most recent and active intermediate to felsic (rhyolitic) volcanic centres in the Aeolian Islands (Italy), using oxygen isotopes.

Key eruptions have been identified that will allow to decipher the effects and sources of crustal assimilation at different crustal depths, the stages during magma differentiation at which crustal assimilation occurs, and the influence of assimilation of different crustal lithologies on eruptive behaviour.

The project is part of a Keele University-funded PhD project of Rebecca Wiltshire, which aims to understand the driving forces behind effusive and explosive eruptions, and transitions in eruptive style during multi-phase eruptions in the Aeolian arc. Collaborators include Adrian Boyce, Federico Lucchi, Chiara Petrone, Claudio Tranne, Roberto Sulpizio and Sabrina Nazzareni.

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