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Name Professor Michael Walter
Job title Professor and Head of School of Earth Sciences
Department School of Earth Sciences University of Bristol
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Qualifications BSc(Nebraska), PhD(Dallas)
Professional details
Keywords petrology
experimental petrology
geochemistry
evolution
the Earth
planetary evolution
mantle
magma
Areas of expertise My research interests are in high pressure-temperature experimental petrology, geochemistry, and mineral physics. Phase equilibrium, equation of state, and element partitioning data from high P-T experiments constrain modern theories for the origin and evolution of Earth and other planetary bodies.

In recent years, my research has focused on several topics including: the differentiation of the mantle and core during an early magma ocean stage shortly after Earth accretion; and subsolidus lower-mantle phase relations and crystal chemistry; and the origin and evolution of deep-seated carbonatite magmas and mineral inclusions in diamond.