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 Liam Hoare

Liam Hoare

Research student, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Room 2.08, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT



  • PhD - Isotope Geochemistry - School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Cardiff University (2018-present)
  • MSci Geology with Study Abroad - Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, USA (2015-2016)
  • MSci Geology with Study Abroad - School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol (2013-2017)


  • Isotope Geochemistry
  • Cosmochemistry and Meteoritics
  • Petrology
  • Magmatic Differentiation
  • Planet Formation


Research interests

My primary interests focus on the application of novel isotopic and petrologic tools to address questions pertaining to the formation and evolution of terrestrial planets and the solar system. I am particularly interested in the utilisation of stable isotopes to investigate the formation and evolution of magmas on the Earth, Moon and other terrestrial planets.


  • Earth Materials
  • Isotope Geoscience
  • Planet Earth
  • Solid Earth


Mechanics of Titanium Stable Isotope Fractionation in Terrestrial and Lunar Magmas

The overall aim of my research is to better elucidate the mechanics and major controls of titanium stable isotope fractionation in magmatic systems and the development of titanium stable isotopes as a geochemical tool to trace magmatic differentiation on the Earth and Moon. Titanium has the unique ability to solely trace the involvement of oxide minerals in magma genesis and evolution and thus provides us with an ideal isotopic tool with which to investigate magmatic differentiation. I will measure the titanium stable isotopic composition of a range of terrestrial and lunar samples using the new, cutting edge facilities in the Cardiff Earth Laboratory for Trace Element and Isotope Chemistry (CELTIC). I will also evaluate the sensitivity of titanium isotopic fractionation to factors such as oxygen fugacity and water content. Titanium isotopes also have the potential to aid us in modelling and understanding the evolution of the Lunar Magma Ocean (LMO), formation of lunar mantle sources and the extraction of lunar crust.

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