Geography, Geology and the Environment
Explore this Section
- / Faculty of Natural Sciences /
- School of Geography, Geology and the Environment /
- Our Staff /
- Ralf Halama
Dr Ralf Halama
|Phone:||+44 (0) 1782 7 34960|
|Location:||William Smith WS1.41A|
|Role:||Admissions Tutor (Geology, Geoscience)|
Born in the beautiful Pfalz region of southwestern Germany, I studied Geology at the University of Mainz, Germany, and the University of Glasgow, Scotland, receiving a Diplom (M.Sc.) in Geology in 2000 with a thesis about mass transfer and element mobility in metasedimentary rocks of the Caples Terrane (South Island, New Zealand). In 2003, I obtained a doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) in Mineralogy from the University of Tübingen, Germany, with a thesis about petrological and isotope geochemical investigations of carbonatites, basalts, gabbros and anorthosites of the Gardar Province (South Greenland).
I held postdoctoral positions at the Institut de Physique du Globe (Paris, France), the University of Maryland (USA), and the Universities of Kiel and Potsdam (Germany). I was awarded a Feodor-Lynen research fellowship from the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation in 2005 and the Habilitation (Facultas Docendi) in Geochemistry with a thesis about tracking geochemical cycling using novel stable isotope systems from the University of Kiel in 2011. I was appointed lecturer in Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology at Keele University in 2015.
My research interests include various aspects of igneous and metamorphic petrology as well as geochemistry. Main research themes are:
- Intraplate alkaline magmatism
- Pre-eruptive magmatic conditions recorded in volcanic rocks
- Geochronology and element transfer of fluid-rock interaction processes
- Light element stable isotopes (B, Li, N) as geochemical tracers
- Geochemical cycling in subduction zones
Past and present field areas of my research are in the Gardar Province (South Greenland), the Raspas Complex (Ecuador), the Coastal Cordillera (Chile), the Lesser Caucasus Volcanic Belt (Armenia) and the Sesia Zone (Western Alps, Italy).
I am a member of the Keele Petrology Group and of the Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft, the European Association of Geochemistry, the American Geophysical Union and the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Besides activities as session convener and reviewer for science foundations, I have written more than 50 reviews for scientific journals and acted as topic editor for the International Journal of Earth Science in a special volume about “Volatiles and Fluids in Subduction Zones”. Since 2016, I am Chief Editor of the Journal of Mineralogy and Geochemistry (Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie).
Full Publications List show
Tourmaline reference materials for the in situ determination of lithium isotope composition. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA (vol. 73, p. A1438). link>2009.
Li isotope fractionation in the subducted slab - A case study from the Raspas complex, Ecuador. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA (vol. 71, p. A370). link>2007.
Li-Sr-Lu-Hf isotope and trace element systematics of eclogites from Bulgaria. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA (vol. 71, p. A879). link>2007.
Sodic pyroxene and sodic amphibole as potential micro-analytical reference material for Li isotopes. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA (vol. 71, p. A623). link>2007.
About fluid and element mobility in the subduction channel: Constraints from rehydrated eclogites. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA (vol. 73, p. A1369). link>2009.
Behavior of nitrogen and its isotopes during high-pressure fluid-driven metasomatic processes: A case study from the Tian Shan, China. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA (vol. 73, p. A487). link>2009.
Volcanic hazard assessment of the Armenia Nuclear Power Plant site.
- ESC-10054: Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrology
- ESC-20001: Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
- ESC-20064: Geochemistry
- ESC-30028: Economic Geology
- ESC-30030: Advanced Petrology and Structural Geology Field Course
Year 4 (MGeoscience)
- ESC-40004: Geoscience Research Project
- ESC-40005: Research in Context
- ESC-40006: Research Report
- ESC-30030: Mull, Scotland
- ESC-30033: Volcanism of Southern Italy