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Dr. Greg Yaxley

ARC Future Fellow

Research School of Earth Sciences
The Australian National University
Canberra 0200

T: +61 2 6125 8334
F: +61 2 6125 4835



Current Research

Student Projects

Research Interests

    I am a high-pressure experimental petrologist with interests in upper mantle processes. I mainly use piston-cylinder presses (up to 6.5 GPa) and sophisticated micro-analytical techniques (electronprobe microanalysis, LA-ICPMS, synchrotron-based XANES) to investigate how carbon in the mantle is influenced by pressure, temperature and oxygen fugacity. This work has important implications for understanding the earth’s deep carbon cycle, the formation of magmas by partial melting in the mantle and the stability of diamond or carbonate in the cratonic lithosphere. More details of my current and recent research projects are available here (coming soon).

Student Projects

    I have research projects available for students at the Honours, Masters or PhD levels. Further details of individual projects are available here. Details of applications for a PhD stipend and admission to ANU’s PhD program are here. The projects listed are not fixed – there is plenty of room to adapt them to potential students’ interests. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested.

Current and Recent Students

Anja Rosenthal - PhD topic - Exploring the melting behaviour of the Earth's heterogeneous upper mantle
Kate Kiseeva - PhD topic - Deep recycling of carbonate in the earth and its role in petrogenesis
Brendan Hanger - PhD topic - Redox conditions in the cratonic lithosphere and implications for partial melting and metasomatism
Jason Doull - Honours topic - Metasomatism of garnet peridotite xenoliths from the Kaapvaal Craton

Postdoctoral Projects

    Because I was a recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, German researchers with a PhD who are 38 or younger may be able to apply for a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship through the AvH Foundation to carry out research with me at RSES. Please contact me if you are interested.