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Dr C. Johan Lissenberg

Dr C. Johan Lissenberg

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School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Email
lissenbergcj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 4327
Campuses
2.22, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

Interests

My research focuses on understanding magmatism on Earth, from mantle source composition to eruption, with emphasis on oceanic magmatic systems and the plutonic record of magmatic processes. I approach this from a petrological and geochemical perspective, with a particular focus on in-situ methods applied to the crystal-scale.

Biography

  • Programme Director, MESci

Academia

  • M.Sc. Earth Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2001)
  • Ph. D. Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa, Canada (2005)
  • NWO Postdoctoral Fellow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (2005 – 2006)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (2006 – 2007)

Affiliations

  • AGU
  • EGU

Publications

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Teaching

I am Programme Director for the MESci Programmes, and repsonsible for the majority of the Year 4 MESci provision (MESci Dissertation, MESci Field Course). I also lead the first-year module EA1209 Earth Materials.

Johan is an igneous petrologist who focuses on understanding the time scales and evolution of mafic magmatic systems (particularly at mid-ocean ridges, but also on land). His group addresses this by integrated petrological and geochemical analysis of plutonic and volcanic rocks, developing new analytical techniques where required.

Recent and ongoing projects include:

  • Developing isotopic tracers in cumulate rocks to trace magma evolution and reconstruct the composition of the upper mantle (postdoctoral research by Dr. George Cooper and Dr. Sarah Lambart, in collaboration with VU Amsterdam)
  • The effect of reactive porous flow on the evolution of magma chambers and their eruptive products. This includes studies of natural samples (postdoctoral research by Dr. Matthew Gleeson), as well as experimental studies (CSC-funded postdoctoral project of Alexandra Yang Yang, collaboration with prof. Yan Liang, Brown University)
  • Using the crystal cargo in mid-ocean ridge basalt to constrain the nature of magma plumbing systems and the thckness of the oceanic lithoshpere (PhD project of Emma Bennett)
  • Developing tracers of water contents in magmatic systems (PhD project of Liam Hoare, and work under development)
  • The dynamics of the axial melt lens at fast-spreading ridges (PhD project of Matthew Loocke)
  • The use of element mapping to determine the full distribution of compositional variability in igneous rocks (PhD project of Matthew Loocke)
  • The evolution of the Oman and Masirah ophiolites (PhD projects of Max Jansen and Matthew Loocke, and MSc project of Sietze de Graaff)

Supervision

Current supervision

Maximillian Jansen

Maximiliaan Jansen

Research student

Liam Hoare

Liam Hoare

Research student