Dr Anouk Borst

Dr Anouk Borst
Research Fellow


My research interests lie in the petrology and geochemistry of peralkaline igneous rocks and associated rare metal deposits. I completed my PhD at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland and the University of Copenhagen, focussing on the magmatic and hydrothermal evolution of REE, Zr and Nb mineralised nepheline syenites in the rift-related Gardar province in South Greenland.

As a Research Fellow at St Andrews, I will continue to work on alkaline magmatism and REE transport in South Greenland as part of the NERC funded SoS RARE consortium. SoS RARE aims at bringing together mineralogists, geochemists and metallurgists to understand the mobility and concentration of Nd and heavy REE’s in natural systems, and to develop environmentally friendly and economically viable ways to exploit such resources. The Gardar province provides a particularly suitable natural laboratory to address these issues, as it is one of the best preserved rifts in the world and hosts some of the world’s largest critical metal deposits. I am particularly interested in how hydrothermal fluids modify magmatic REE deposits, and how they affect extraction methods. I will use radiogenic isotopes to fingerprint the source of critical metal enrichment, and a variety of mineral chemical techniques to characterize primary and secondary REE-minerals in some of the most evolved and enriched Gardar intrusives.

Other fields of interest include planetary geology and exploration, mantle petrology, sub-continental lithospheric processes and the origin of carbonatites, kimberlites and diamonds in relation to the mantle carbon cycle, fuelled by various research projects completed during my BSc and MSc studies at the VU University and at the European Space Agency.

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Recent publications

12  (of 12 published available) for amb43. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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2019 (1)
vol.324-325 pp.74-88
Dating agpaitic rocks
Anouk Margaretha Borst, Tod Waight, Adrian Anthony Finch, Michael Storey, Petrus Le Roux 
Keywords: Geochronology, Agpaitic nepheline syenites, Peralkaline rocks, Ilimaussaq, Radiogenic isotopes, Eudialyte
2018 (14/4)
Journal of Petrology
vol.59 pp.589-611

Probing the structural state of Y and Nd in eudialyte using X-ray absorption spectroscopy
Anouk Margaretha Borst, Platon Gamaletsos, Adrian Anthony Finch, Takeshi Kasama, Joerg Goettlicher, Ralph Steiniger, Kalotina Gerakis 
2016 (2)
Mineralogical Magazine
vol.80 pp.5-30
2013 (16/8)
Geological Excursion to South Greenland
Jochen Kolb, Anouk Margaretha Borst, Robin-Marie Bell, Alexander Bartels, Henning Bohse 
Planetary and Space Science
vol.68 pp.76-85
International Journal of Astrobiology
vol.10 pp.141-160
Field astrobiology research in Moon-Mars analogue environments: Instruments and methods
B.H. Foing, C. Stoker, J. Zavaleta, P Ehrenfreund, C. Thiel, P. Sarrazin, D. Blake, V. Pletser, J. Hendrikse, S. Direito, J.M. Kotler, Z. Martins, G. Orzechowska, C. Gross, L. Wendt, Anouk Margaretha Borst, S.T.M. Peters, M.-B. Wilhelm, G.R. Davies 
Exogeolab pilot test bench: Landers, rovers and instruments for Robotic Villages
B.H. Foing, C. Stoker, A. Barton, J. Zhavaleta, P. Sarrazin, C. Blake, C. McKays, P. Poulakis, G. Visentin, P. Mahapatra, S. Som, B. Jantscher, N. Frischauf, G. Groemer, J.P. Lebreton, P. Batenburg, G. Drijkoningen, E. Slob, A. Noroozi, E. Gill, G. Davies, A. Calzada, V. Pletser, E. Monaghan, R. Ernst, S. Peters, Anouk Margaretha Borst, D. Wills, C. Thiel, L. Wendt, C. Gross, T. Zegers, S. Voute, J. Blom, P Ehrenfreund, D. Koschny, A. Perrin, M. Miklajaczak, S. Chevier, L. Biset-Benchikou, S. Cabanel, N. Le Tallec, G. De Crombrugghe, E. Detsis 
SMART-1 latest results for future lunar exploration
B.H. Foing, G.D. Racca, A. Marini, L. Stagnaro, J.L. Josset, M. Almeida, D. Frew, D. Koschny, J. Zender, J. Heather, M. Grande, J Huovelin, H.U. Keller, A. Nathues, A. Malkki, W. Schmidt, G. Noci, R. Birkl, L. Iess, Z. Sodnik, P. McManamon, S. Beauvivre, S. Peters, Anouk Margaretha Borst, F. Beksens, L. Boche-Sauvan 

Contact Details:

Dr Anouk Borst
Irvine Building
University of St Andrews
North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AL

tel: 01334 464948
room: 407
email: amb43@st-andrews.ac.uk



School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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