Dr Sami Mikhail
Senior Lecturer; Dissertation Co-ordinator
The motivation for my research is to understand how the interior of a planet affects and controls the composition of its surface, and how volcanic degassing relates to long-term habitability.
In short, I want to understand the pathways followed by volatile elements subducted into Earth’s mantle over geological timescales, with a strong emphasis on constraining the origin(s) of diamond-forming carbon in the mantle, and the nature of the tectonic volatile cycle(s).
I also work towards understanding the formation and deep-time evolution of extra-terrestrial planetary atmospheres, such as those around Venus and Mars.
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Geochemical Perspectives Letters 2018 vol.8 pp.26-30
Nature Geoscience 2014 vol.7 pp.816-819
Contact Details:Dr Sami Mikhail
University of St Andrews
tel: 01334 463915
Centre for Magnetic Resonance
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Centre for Exoplanet Science
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