| Research Interests
My primary research interests include
petrogenetic processes at mid-ocean ridges, oceanic islands and
convergent settings. I am interested in the physical and chemical
conditions of partial melting, magma extraction and segregation
processes and the geochemical heterogeneity of the Earth's mantle.
My work is focused on the characterization
of near-primary magmas, using melt inclusions trapped in early phenocrysts,
as melt inclusions may record chemical information which is totally
or partially obliterated in the whole rock compositions by differenciation
and mixing processes. I use major, volatile and trace element compositions
of the melt inclusions to constrain petrogenetic processes.
I also work on a project of experimental
determination of melt/mineral trace element partition coefficients
between the minerals plagioclase, clinopyroxene, orthopyroxene,
olivine and basalt and basaltic andesite melts (in collaboration
with T.L. Grove at MIT). This data is fundamental to the modeling
of crystallization processes and the determination of the pressure,
temperature and oxygen fugacity conditions of formation and equilibration
of natural samples.