• Suzanne Birner and Katie Kumamoto have been named the 2016 Harriet Benson Fellows. This award honors exceptional scholarship and research accomplishments by graduate students in the Department of Geological Sciences at Stanford University. The award was established by a gift from Dr. Harriet Benson to help further the careers of talented young female scientists. Congratulations Suzanne and […]

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  • An article by Suzanne Birner, Jessica Warren, Liz Cottrell, and Fred Davis has been published in the July issue of the journal Geology. This article is available online via open access. In the Pacific Ocean, north of New Zealand, the collision of two tectonic plates has created the Tonga Trench, a massive gash in the sea floor, miles deep. […]

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  • Mantle anisotropic viscosity results from the crystallographic alignment of olivine and influences a variety of large-scale geodynamic processes. This study, lead by Lars Hansen, presents torsion and extension experiments on pre-textured olivine aggregates to provide constraints on olivine viscous anisotropy. We found that the magnitude of anisotropy is similar among the different deformation geometries tested. These results form […]

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  • June 10, 2016 - Jessica M Warren

    Congratulations Dr. D’Errico!

    Megan D’Errico successfully defended her PhD thesis at Stanford University. Megan’s thesis is titled: Heterogeneity and Depletion of the Mantle Assessed from Abyssal Peridotite Geochemistry. Congratulations Megan!  

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  • April 1, 2016 - Jessica M Warren

    Invited review article on global abyssal peridotites

    This review article presents a global compilation of abyssal peridotite compositions, demonstrating that their compositions reflect a combination of melting, melt–rock interaction and source heterogeneity. This article is open access. Warren, J.M., 2016. Global variations in abyssal peridotite compositions, Lithos, 248-251, 193-219, doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2015.12.023.

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  • Megan D’Errico’s paper on the geochemistry of peridotites from the Arctic Ocean has been published in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. Based on modeling of peridotite compositions, we show that the presence of refractory harzburgites and thin overlying oceanic crust are best explained by low degrees of melting of a previously melted, heterogeneous mantle. D’Errico, M.E., J.M. Warren and M. […]

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  • January 1, 2016 - Jessica M Warren

    Review article on Re-Os-Pb in mantle sulfides published

    This review article on Re-Os-Pb isotopes in mantle sulfides has been published following the Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry short course on Highly Siderophile and Strongly Chalcophile Elements. This article is open access. Harvey, J., J.M. Warren and S.B. Shirey, 2016. Mantle sulfides and their role in Re-Os-Pb isotope geochronology, Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry, 81, 579-649, doi:10.2138/rmg.2016.81.10.

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  • October 1, 2015 - Jessica M Warren

    The Mantle Processes Group has moved!

    The Mantle Processes Group has moved to the Department of Geological Sciences in the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment at the University of Delaware. Positions are available for students and postdocs. Contact Jessica Warren (warrenj at udel dot edu) for more information.

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  • July 2, 2015 - Jessica M Warren

    Fieldwork in the Josephine Peridotite

    We returned to the Josephine Peridotite for more sampling of mantle shear zones. In addition to graduate students Nik Deems and Katie Kumamoto, Stanford undergraduate EKela Autry joined us to get data for her summer project. We were also joined by Eric Mittelstaedt and Kate Kaminski from the University of Idaho for Kate’s project on helium in the […]

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  • June 11, 2015 - Jessica M Warren

    Congratulations Arjun!

    Arjun Kohli successfully defended his thesis, “Micromechanical Controls on Brittle to Plastic Fault Zone Deformation”. Congratulations Dr. Kohli!

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