Chip Lesher looks out from the other side of the 1000-ton multianvil apparatus.

Chip Lesher works on the1000-ton multianvil apparatus capable of reaching temperature/pressure conditions within the transition zone of the Earth's mantle.

Charles E. Lesher

Ph.D., Harvard (1985)
Igneous and Metamorphic PetrologyGeochemistryNEAT 

Experimental igneous petrology and geochemistry; phase equilibria and kinetics of silicate systems at elevated pressure and temperature; physical, transport and thermodynamic properties of silicate melts. Recent projects include (a) Laboratory: low to high pressure phase equilibria studies of basaltic systems; trace element partitioning; chemical and self diffusion studies of silicate melts; solution properties of silicate liquids from thermal diffusion. (b) Field: magmatic evolution of the North Atlantic Ocean basin and the evolution of the Iceland hot spot; petrologic studies of early Tertiary volcanic and plutonic rocks of East Greenland.
(530) 752-9779

UCD Interdisciplinary Center for Plasma Mass Spectrometry (UCD ICPMS)

Recent Publications

Brown EL and CE Lesher (2014) North Atlantic magmatism controlled by temperature, mantle composition and buoyancy. NATURE GEOSCIENCE. 2014 DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2264

Eerkens, JW, GH Barfod, KJ Vaughn, PR Williams and CE Lesher (2013) Iron isotope analysis of red and black pigments on pottery in Nasca, Peru. ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND ANTHROPOLOGICAL SCIENCES. DOI: 10.1007/s12520-013-0151-6

Zierenberg, RA, P Schiffman, GH Barfod, CE Lesher, NE Marks, JB Lowenstern, AK Mortensen, EC Pope, DK Bird, MH Reed, GO Frioleifsson and WA Elders (2013) Composition and origin of rhyolite melt intersected by drilling in the Krafla geothermal field, Iceland. CONTRIBUTIONS TO MINERALOGY AND PETROLOGY. 165(2):327-347. DOI: 10.1007/s00410-012-0811-z

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