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Professor Michael Walter

High pressure-temperature experimental petrology, geochemistry, and mineral physics

My research interests are in high pressure-temperature experimental petrology, geochemistry, and mineral physics. Phase equilibrium, equation of state, and element partitioning data from high P-T experiments constrain modern theories for the origin and evolution of Earth and other planetary bodies.

In recent years, my research has focused on several topics including: the differentiation of the mantle and core during an early magma ocean stage shortly after Earth accretion; and subsolidus lower-mantle phase relations and crystal chemistry; and the origin and evolution of deep-seated carbonatite magmas and mineral inclusions in diamond.

Research keywords

  • petrology
  • geochemistry
  • mineral physics
  • magma
  • mantle
  • evolution