Dr Antony Burnham

Research Fellow
PhD (Imperial), MA (Cantab)

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My PhD, entitled "Zircon as a recorder of the oxygen fugacity of magmas" was carried out at Imperial College London from 2008 - 2012 under the supervision of Andrew Berry. From 2012 - 2014 I worked at the University of Bristol, studying the origin of super-deep diamonds from the Juina region, Brazil. At RSES I work with Prof. John Mavrogenes, examining the origins of rare earth element deposits, particularly iron oxide-copper-gold (IOCG) deposits and carbonatites. This research combines geochronology, petrology and in situ geochrmistry of trace elements and stable and radiogenic isotopes.


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Research interests

I am interested in trace element partitioning (particularly in relation to melt structure and crystal chemistry) and diamond petrogenesis.


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Smith, C.B., Walter, M.J., Bulanova, G.P., Burnham, A.D., Gobbo, L. and Kohn, S.C. (2016). Diamonds from Dachine, French Guiana: a unique record of Early Proterozoic subduction. Lithos 265, 82-95. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lithos.2016.09.026


Burnham, A.D., Bulanova, G.P., Smith, C.B., Whitehead, S.C., Kohn, S.C., Gobbo, L., Walter, M.J. (2016). Diamonds from the Machado River alluvial deposit, Rondônia, Brazil, derived from both lithospheric and sublithospheric mantle. Lithos 265, 199-213. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lithos.2016.05.022


Burnham, A.D. and O’Neill, H. StC. (2016). The effect of melt composition on mineral-melt partition coefficients: The case of beryllium. Chemical Geology 442, 139-147. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2016.09.012


Jollands, M.C., Burnham, A.D., O’Neill, H.StC., Hermann, J. and Qian, Q. (2016). Beryllium diffusion in olivine: A new tool to investigate timescales of magmatic processes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 450, 71-82. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2016.06.028


Nestola, F., Burnham, A.D., Peruzzo, L., Tauro, L., Alvaro, M., Walter, M.J., Gunther, M., Kohn, S.C. (in press). Tetragonal Almandine-Pyrope Phase, TAPP: finally a name for it, the new mineral jeffbenite. Mineralogical Magazine. http://dx.doi.org/10.1180/minmag.2016.080.059


Burnham, A.D., Thomson, A.R., Bulanova, G.P., Kohn, S.C., Smith, C.B. and Walter, M.J. (2015). Stable isotope evidence for crustal recycling as recorded by superdeep diamonds. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 432, 374-380. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2015.10.023


Burnham, A.D., Berry, A.J., Halse, H.R., Schofield, P.F., Cibin, G. and Mosselmans, J.F.W. (2015). The oxidation state of Eu in silicate melts as a function of oxygen fugacity, composition and temperature. Chemical Geology 411, 248-259. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2015.07.002


Burnham, A.D. and Berry, A.J.  (2014). The effect of oxygen fugacity, melt composition, temperature and pressure on the oxidation state of Ce in silicate melts. Chemical Geology 366, 52-60. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2013.12.015


Burnham, A.D. and Berry, A.J. (2012). An experimental study of trace element partitioning between zircon and melt as a function of oxygen fugacity. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 95, 196-212. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2012.07.034


Burnham, A.D., Berry, A.J., Wood, B.J. and Cibin, G. (2012). The oxidation states of Nb and Ta in mantle melts. Chemical Geology 330-331, 228-232. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2012.09.002