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Dr. Elliot Carter

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Email: Elliot Carter
T: @elliotjcarter
Office: Museum Building

Title of Project

Messages from the deep: Assessing the thermal and chemical evolution of the mantle during initiation of the North Atlantic Igneous Province

Research summary

Research Interests

My research spans igneous and fluid geochemistry with a strong interest in volatiles. My current focus in on re-examining the igneous geochemistry of the Antrim Lava Group, N Ireland, part of the North Atlantic Igneous Province. This project is funded by an Irish Research Council GOI Fellowship and seeks to examine the records of mantle conditions (temperature, depth, composition) and lithospheric interactions preserved by the basalts.

I also have strong interests in hydration and carbonation of mafic and ultramafic igneous rocks which my PhD work focused on. I was part of the Oman Drilling Project Science Team 2017-2018, working to characterise new cores from the Oman Ophiolite, and in 2022 I am due to sail as a member of the Science Party during IODP Expedition 390 to drill a transect of cores across the S Atlantic

Alongside my research I am a committee member for the Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group and an early career co-representative for the GMPV division of EGU. During my PhD I helped set up a podcast – The Cosmic Cast – with other students and postdocs and continue to appear as a co-host, discussing the latest Earth and planetary science research in an accessible format.

Name of supervisor

Dr Mike Stock

Project Start Date

October 2020

Funding Agency

Irish Research Council

Other relevant information

Twitter @elliotjcarter

Publications, including conference abstracts:


Carter, E., O’Driscoll, B., Burgess, R., Clay, P. (2021) Multi-stage fluid infiltration and metasomatism in supra-subduction zone mantle: evidence from halogens and noble gases in the Leka Ophiolite Complex, Norway. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta

Kelemen, P.B., Matter, J.M., Teagle, D.A.H., Coggon, J.A., and the Oman Drilling Project Science Team, 2020. Proceedings of the Oman Drilling Project: College Station, TX (International Ocean Discovery Program).

Kelemen, P. B., Aines, R., Bennett, E., Benson, S. M., Carter, E., Coggon, J. A, et al. (2018). In situ carbon mineralization in ultramafic rocks: Natural processes and possible engineered methods. Energy Procedia, 146, 92-102.

Carter, E., Andrews, E., Andrew, K., (2017) 'The provenance, petrology and sedimentology of building stone in Bromyard, Herefordshire'. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association. 128(3), 480-499.

Kendall, G.M., Wakeford, R., Athanson, A., Vincent, T.J., Carter, E., McColl, N.P., Little, M.P. (2016) 'Levels of naturally occurring gamma radiation measured in British homes and their prediction in particular residences'. Radiation and Environmental Biophysics. 55(1):103-24.

Selected Conferences

Godard, M., Carter, E., de Obeso, J.-C., Kelemen, P. Geochemical transfers associated to peridotite carbonation: Results from drilling the listvenite-metamorphic transition in the basal megathrust of the Semail Ophiolite (Oman Drilling Project Hole BT1B) [Oral]. Goldschmidt (virtual), July 2021.

Carter E., O'Driscoll, B., Burgess, R., Clay, P., Godard, M., Lafay, R., Bennett, E., Kourim, F., Balcone-Boissard, H., Oman Drilling Project Science Team. Tracking subducted CO2 into the shallow mantle wedge using halogens and trace elements [Oral] Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group (VMSG), January 2021.

Pernet-Fisher, J. F., Harvey, T. A., Lo, M., Carter, E., Bahia, R. The Cosmic Cast: Communicating Planetary Sciences to General Audiences, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 2020

Carter E., O'Driscoll, B., Burgess, R., Clay, P. Exploring hydration and carbonation of oceanic lithosphere through the noble gas and halogen systematics of ophiolites [Poster]. Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group (VMSG), St Andrews, January 2019.
Senda, R., Carter, E., Zaloumis, J., et al. Geochemistry of the Samail ophiolite mantle section drilled at OmanDP Holes BA1B, BA3A and BA4A (Batin area, Oman Drilling Project Phase 2) [Poster]. AGU, Washington DC, USA, December 2018.

Carter E., O'Driscoll, B., Burgess, R., Clay, P. Tracing slab volatiles during subduction through the noble gas isotope and halogen systematics of ophiolites [Poster]. Goldschmidt, Boston, USA, August 2018.

Godard, M., Bennett, E., Carter, E., et al. Geochemical and Mineralogical Profiles Across the Listvenite-Metamorphic Transition in the Basal Megathrust of the Oman Ophiolite: First Results from Drilling at Oman Drilling Project Hole BT1B [Oral]. AGU New Orleans, USA, December 2017.