Kei Shimizu Joins DTM's Geochemistry Group as a Deep Carbon Observatory Postdoctoral Associate

Kei Shimizu
Reflected-light photomicrograph of an olivine-hosted melt inclusion from a mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB). Image by Kei Shimizu. Full size image available here.
Monday, November 28, 2016 


Kei Shimizu, who received his Ph.D. in geological sciences from Brown University in 2016, joins DTM's geochemistry group as a Deep Carbon Observatory postdoctoral associate.

For his Ph.D. thesis, Shimizu focused on two themes. The first focused on understanding the chemical variation in mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORBs) generated at the East Pacific Rise (EPR) through new geochemical analysis and modeling and its implications for the volatile content (C, H, F, Cl, S) of the Pacific upper mantle. The second focused on development of rare earth element (REE) partitioning models between amphibole and silicate melt to better understand arc magma differentiation and its implications for the composition of the continental crust.

At DTM, Shimizu will work with Erik Hauri on D/H analyses of MORBs from the EPR to better understand the processes that causes the variation in the volatile abundances in Pacific MORBs, as well as developing HFSE partitioning models between amphibole and silicate melt to better understand the role of amphibole in producing trace element pattern of arc magmas.

Please join us in welcoming Shimizu as our newest postdoc!

November 28, 2016

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