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Dr. Emma Tomlinson
Associate Professor, Geology

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Carl Walsh, Balz Kamber, Emma L. Tomlinson, Deep, ultra-hot-melting residues as cradles of mantle diamond, Nature, 615, (7952), 2023, p450--454 Journal Article, 2023 TARA - Full Text DOI

O'Sullivan, Gary J, Hoare, Brendan C, Mark, Chris, Drakou, Foteini, Tomlinson, Emma L, Uranium-lead geochronology applied to pyrope garnet with very low concentrations of uranium, Geological Magazine, 2023 Journal Article, 2023 TARA - Full Text DOI

Céline M. Vidal, Christine S. Lane, Asfawossen Asrat, Dan N. Barfod, Darren F. Mark, Emma L. Tomlinson, Amdemichael Zafu Tadesse, Gezahegn Yirgu, Alan Deino, William Hutchison, Aurélien Mounier & Clive Oppenheimer , Age of the oldest known Homo sapiens from eastern Africa, Nature, 2022 Journal Article, 2022 DOI TARA - Full Text

Tephrochronology and Geochemistry of Tephra from the Campi Flegrei Volcanic Field, Italy in, Campi Flegrei: A Restless Caldera in a Densely Populated Area, Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2022, pp151 - 174, [Tomlinson Emma L, Albert Paul G, Menzies Martin A] Book Chapter, 2022 URL DOI

Vidal C.M., Fontijn K., Lane C.S., Asrat A., Barfod D., Tomlinson E.L., Piermattei A., Hutchison W., Tadesse A.Z., Yirgu G., Deino A., Moussallam Y., Mohr P., Williams F., Mather T.A., Pyle D.M., Oppenheimer C., Geochronology and glass geochemistry of major pleistocene eruptions in the Main Ethiopian Rift: Towards a regional tephrostratigraphy, Quaternary Science Reviews, 290, 2022 Journal Article, 2022 DOI TARA - Full Text

Gill Plunkett and Michael Sigl and Hans F. Schwaiger and Emma L. Tomlinson and Matthew Toohey and Joseph R. McConnell and Jonathan R. Pilcher and Takeshi Hasegawa and Claus Siebe, No evidence for tephra in Greenland from the historic eruption of Vesuvius in 79"CE: implications for geochronology and paleoclimatology, Climate of the Past, 18, (1), 2022, p45--65 Journal Article, 2022 TARA - Full Text DOI

Hoare B.C., Tomlinson E.L., Kamber B.S., Evidence for a very thick Kaapvaal craton root: Implications for equilibrium fossil geotherms in the early continental lithosphere, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 597, 2022 Journal Article, 2022 DOI TARA - Full Text

Tadesse A.Z., Fontijn K., Melaku A.A., Gebru E.F., Smith V.C., Tomlinson E., Barfod D., Gopon P., Begue F., Caricchi L., Laha P., Terryn H., Gudbrandsson S., Yirgu G., Ayalew D., Eruption frequency and magnitude in a geothermally active continental rift: The Bora-Baricha-Tullu Moye volcanic complex, Main Ethiopian Rift, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 423, 2022 Journal Article, 2022 DOI TARA - Full Text

Wallace K.L., Bursik M.I., Kuehn S., Kurbatov A.V., Abbott P., Bonadonna C., Cashman K., Davies S.M., Jensen B., Lane C., Plunkett G., Smith V.C., Tomlinson E., Thordarsson T., Walker J.D., Community established best practice recommendations for tephra studies"from collection through analysis, Scientific Data, 9, (1), 2022 Journal Article, 2022 TARA - Full Text DOI

Niklas Leicher and Biagio Giaccio and Giovanni Zanchetta and Roberto Sulpizio and Paul G. Albert and Emma L. Tomlinson and Markus Lagos and Alexander Francke and Bernd Wagner, Lake Ohrid"s tephrochronological dataset reveals 1.36"Ma of Mediterranean explosive volcanic activity, Scientific Data, 8, (1), 2021 Journal Article, 2021 DOI TARA - Full Text

Emma L Tomlinson, Tim J B Holland, Corrigendum to: A Thermodynamic Model for the Subsolidus Evolution and Melting of Peridotite, Journal of Petrology, 62, (5), 2021 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Emma L Tomlinson, Tim J B Holland, A Thermodynamic Model for the Subsolidus Evolution and Melting of Peridotite, Journal of Petrology, 62, (1), 2021 Journal Article, 2021 TARA - Full Text

Brendan C.Hoare, Emma L.Tomlinson, Jaime D.Barnes, Sebastian Tappe, Michael A.W. Marks, Tatjana Epp, John Caulfield, Thomas Riegler, Tracking halogen recycling and volatile loss in kimberlite magmatism from Greenland: Evidence from combined F-Cl-Br and δ37Cl systematics, Lithos, 2021 Journal Article, 2021 DOI TARA - Full Text URL

Brendan C. Hoare and Gary O'Sullivan, Metasomatism of the Kaapvaal Craton during Cretaceous intraplate magmatism revealed by combined zircon U-Pb isotope and trace element analysis, Chemical Geology, 578, 2021, p120302 Journal Article, 2021 TARA - Full Text DOI

Emma L. Tomlinson, Balz S. Kamber, Depth-dependent peridotite-melt interaction and the origin of variable silica in the cratonic mantle, Nature Communications, 12, (1), 2021 Journal Article, 2021 TARA - Full Text

Caulfield, J.T., Tomlinson, E.L., Chew, D.M., Marks, M.A.W., McKenna, C.A., Ubide, T., Microanalysis of Cl, Br and I in apatite, scapolite and silicate glass by LA-ICP-MS, Chemical Geology, 557, 2020, p119854 Journal Article, 2020 URL DOI TARA - Full Text

Emma L. Tomlinson, Victoria C. Smith, Martin A. Menzies, Chemical zoning and open system processes in the Laacher See magmatic system, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 175, (3), 2020 Journal Article, 2020 TARA - Full Text DOI URL

Balz Kamber and Emma Tomlinson, Petrological, mineralogical and geochemical peculiarities of Archaean cratons, Chemical Geology, 511, 2019, p123-151 Journal Article, 2019 URL DOI TARA - Full Text

Paul G. Albert, Victoria C. Smith, Takehiko Suzuki, Danielle McLean, Emma L. Tomlinson, Yasuo Miyabuchi, Ikuko Kitaba, Darren F. Mark, Hiroshi Moriwaki, Takeshi Nakagawa, Geochemical characterisation of the Late Quaternary widespread Japanese tephrostratigraphic markers and correlations to the Lake Suigetsu sedimentary archive (SG06 core), Quaternary Geochronology, 2019 Journal Article, 2019 DOI URL TARA - Full Text

Rosca Carolina, Schoenberg Ronny, Tomlinson Emma L, Kamber Balz S, Combined zinc-lead isotope and trace-metal assessment of recent atmospheric pollution sources recorded in Irish peatlands, Science of The Total Environment, 658, 2019, p234 - 249 Journal Article, 2019 DOI TARA - Full Text URL

Niklas Leicher and Biagio Giaccio and Giovanni Zanchetta and Bernd Wagner and Alexander Francke and Danilo M. Palladino and Roberto Sulpizio and Paul G. Albert and Emma L. Tomlinson, Central Mediterranean explosive volcanism and tephrochronology during the last 630 ka based on the sediment record from Lake Ohrid, Quaternary Science Reviews, 226, 2019, p106021 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

McNamara, K., Cashman, K. V., Rust, A. C., Fontijn, K., Chalie, F., Tomlinson, E. L., Yirgu, G., Using Lake Sediment Cores to Improve Records of Volcanism at Aluto Volcano in the Main Ethiopian Rift, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 19, (9), 2018, p3164-3188 Journal Article, 2018

Wulf Sabine, Hardiman Mark J, Staff Richard A, Koutsodendris Andrea, Appelt Oon, Blockley Simon P.E, Lowe J. Joh, Manning Christina J, Ottolini Luis, Schmitt Axel K, Smith Victoria C, Tomlinson Emma L, Vakhrameeva Polin, Knipping Mari, Kotthoff Ulric, Milner Alice M, MÃ"ller Ulrich C, Christanis Kimo, Kalaitzidis Stavro, Tzedakis Polychronis C, Schmiedl Gerhar, Pross Jör, The marine isotope stage 1â€"5 cryptotephra record of Tenaghi Philippon, Greece: Towards a detailed tephrostratigraphic framework for the Eastern Mediterranean region, Quaternary Science Reviews, 186, 2018, p236 - 262 Journal Article, 2018 URL TARA - Full Text DOI

Rosca Carolina, Tomlinson Emma L, Geibert Walter, McKenna Cora A, Babechuk Michael G, Kamber Balz S, Trace element and Pb isotope fingerprinting of atmospheric pollution sources: A case study from the east coast of Ireland, Applied Geochemistry, 96, 2018, p302 - 326 Journal Article, 2018 TARA - Full Text DOI URL

Albert Paul G, Smith Victoria C, Suzuki Takehik, Tomlinson Emma L, Nakagawa Takesh, McLean Daniell, Yamada Masatak, Staff Richard A, Schlolaut Gordo, Takemura Keij, Nagahashi Yoshitak, Kimura Jun-Ich, Constraints on the frequency and dispersal of explosive eruptions at Sambe and Daisen volcanoes (South-West Japan Arc) from the distal Lake Suigetsu record (SG06 core), Earth-Science Reviews, 185, 2018, p1004 - 1028 Journal Article, 2018 DOI URL

Tomlinson, Emma L. and Kamber, Balz S. and Hoare, Brendan C. and Stead, Clare V. and Ildefonse, Benoit, An exsolution origin for Archean mantle garnet, Geology, 46, (2), 2017, p123 Journal Article, 2017 DOI TARA - Full Text URL

Stead C.V, Tomlinson E.L, Kamber B.S, Babechuk M.G, McKenna C.A, Rare Earth Element Determination in Olivine by Laser Ablation-Quadrupole-ICP-MS: An Analytical Strategy and Applications, Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research, 41, (2), 2017, p197 - 212 Journal Article, 2017 URL DOI TARA - Full Text

Stead, Clare V. and Tomlinson, Emma L. and McKenna, Cora A. and Kamber, Balz S., Rare earth element partitioning and subsolidus exchange behaviour in olivine, Chemical Geology, 475, 2017, p1-13 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Albert, Paul G. and Tomlinson, Emma L. and Smith, Victoria C. and Di Traglia, Federico and Pistolesi, Marco and Morris, Anna and Donato, Paola and De Rosa, Rosanna and Sulpizio, Roberto and Keller, Jorg and Rosi, Mauro and Menzies, Martin, Glass geochemistry of pyroclastic deposits from the Aeolian Islands in the last 50 ka: A proximal database for tephrochronology, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 336, 2017, p81-107 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Giaccio, Biagio and Niespolo, Elizabeth M. and Pereira, Alison and Nomade, Sebastien and Renne, Paul R. and Albert, Paul G. and Arienzo, Ilenia and Regattieri, Eleonora and Wagner, Bernd and Zanchetta, Giovanni and Gaeta, Mario and Galli, Paolo and Mannella, Giorgio and Peronace, Edoardo and Sottili, Gianluca and Florindo, Fabio and Leicher, Niklas and Marra, Fabrizio and Tomlinson, Emma L., First integrated tephrochronological record for the last similar to 190 kyr from the Fucino Quaternary lacustrine succession, central Italy, Quaternary Science Reviews, 158, 2017, p211-234 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Chen X., Chen X., Chen X., Chen X., Blockley S., Tarasov P., Xu Y., McLean D., McLean D., Tomlinson E., Albert P., Albert P., Liu J., Müller S., Müller S., Wagner M., Menzies M., Menzies M., Clarifying the distal to proximal tephrochronology of the Millennium (B-Tm) eruption, Changbaishan Volcano, northeast China, Quaternary Geochronology, 33, 2016, p61-75 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Pistolesi M., Isaia R., Marianelli P., Bertagnini A., Fourmentraux C., Albert P., Tomlinson E., Menzies M., Rosi M., Sbrana A., Simultaneous eruptions from multiple vents at Campi Flegrei (Italy) highlight new eruption processes at calderas, Geology, 44, (6), 2016, p487-490 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text DOI

Wutke K., Wutke K., Wulf S., Tomlinson E., Hardiman M., Hardiman M., Dulski P., Luterbacher J., Brauer A., Geochemical properties and environmental impacts of seven Campanian tephra layers deposited between 40 and 38 ka BP in the varved lake sediments of Lago Grande di Monticchio, southern Italy, Quaternary Science Reviews, 118, 2015, p67-83 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Tomlinson E., Smith V., Albert P., Aydar E., Civetta L., Cioni R., Çubukçu E., Gertisser R., Isaia R., Menzies M., Orsi G., Orsi G., Rosi M., Zanchetta G., The major and trace element glass compositions of the productive Mediterranean volcanic sources: Tools for correlating distal tephra layers in and around Europe, Quaternary Science Reviews, 118, 2015, p48-66 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Albert, Paul G. Hardiman, Mark Keller, Jörg Tomlinson, Emma L. Smith, Victoria C. Bourne, Anna J. Wulf, Sabine Zanchetta, Giovanni Sulpizio, Roberto Müller, Ulrich C. Pross, Jörg Ottolini, Luisa Matthews, Ian P. Blockley, Simon P. E. Menzies, Martin A., Revisiting the Y-3 tephrostratigraphic marker: a new diagnostic glass geochemistry, age estimate, and details on its climatostratigraphical context, Quaternary Science Reviews, 118, (SI), 2015, p105 - 121 Journal Article, 2015 TARA - Full Text

Lane C., Lane C., Brauer A., Martín-Puertas C., Blockley S., Smith V., Tomlinson E., Tomlinson E., The Late Quaternary tephrostratigraphy of annually laminated sediments from Meerfelder Maar, Germany, Quaternary Science Reviews, 122, 2015, p192-206 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Quaternary Science Reviews, 118, (2015), 1 - 242p, J. John Lowe, Rupert A. Housley, Emma L. Tomlinson, [eds.] Journal, 2015 URL

Satow C., Tomlinson E., Grant K., Albert P., Albert P., Smith V., Manning C., Ottolini L., Wulf S., Rohling E., Rohling E., Lowe J., Blockley S., Menzies M., A new contribution to the Late Quaternary tephrostratigraphy of the Mediterranean: Aegean Sea core LC21, Quaternary Science Reviews, 117, 2015, p96-112 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Lowe J., Ramsey C., Housley R., Lane C., Lane C., Tomlinson E., Tomlinson E., Stringer C., Davies W., Barton N., Pollard M., Gamble C., Gamble C., Menzies M., Rohling E., Rohling E., Rohling E., Roberts A., Roberts A., Roberts A., Blockley S., Cullen V., Grant K., Grant K., Grant K., Lewis M., MacLeod A., White D., White D., Albert P., Albert P., Hardiman M., Hardiman M., Lee S., Oh A., Satow C., Satow C., Satow C., Cross J., Law C., Todman A., Bourne A., Bourne A., Matthews I., Matthews I., Müller W., Smith V., Wulf S., Wulf S., Wulf S., Anghelinu M., Antl-Weiser W., Bar-Yosef O., Boric D., Boscato P., Ronchitelli A., Chabai V., Veselsky A., Uthmeier T., Farrand W., Gjipali I., Ruka R., Güleç E., Karavanic I., Karkanas P., King T., Kom"o D., Koumouzelis M., Kyparissi N., Lengyel G., Mester Z., Neruda P., Panagopoulou E., Shalamanov-Korobar L., Tolevski I., Sirakov N., Guadelli A., Guadelli J., Ferrier C., Skrdla P., Slimak L., Soler N., Soler J., Soressi M., Tushabramishvilii N., Zilhão J., Angelucci D., Albert P., Bramham Law C., Cullen V., Lincoln P., Staff R., Flower K., Aouadi-Abdeljaouad N., Belhouchet L., Barker G., Bouzouggar A., Van Peer P., Kindermann K., Gerken K., The RESET project: Constructing a European tephra lattice for refined synchronisation of environmental and archaeological events during the last c. 100 ka, Quaternary Science Reviews, 118, 2015, p1-17 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Brown, R. J., Civetta, L., Arienzo, I., D'Antonio, M., Moretti, R., Orsi, G., Tomlinson, E. L., Albert, P. G., Menzies, M. A., Geochemical and isotopic insights into the assembly, evolution and disruption of a magmatic plumbing system before and after a cataclysmic caldera-collapse eruption at Ischia volcano (Italy), Contributions To Mineralogy and Petrology, 168, (3), 2014 Journal Article, 2014

K. Douka, Z Jocabs, C Lane, R Grun, L Farr, C Hunt, RH Inglis, T. Reynolds, PG Albert, A Aubert, V Cullen, E Hill, L Kinsley, RG Roberts, EL Tomlinson, S Wulf, G Baker, The chronostratigraphy of the Haua Fteah cave (Cyrenaica, northeast Libya), Journal of Human Evolution, 66, 2014, p39 - 63 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text

Emma L. Tomlinson, Paul G. Albert, Sabine Wulf, Richard J. Brown, Victoria C. Smith, Jörg Keller, Giovanni Orsi, Anna J. Bourne, Martin A. Menzies, Age and geochemistry of tephra layers from Ischia, Italy: constraints from proximal-distal correlations with Lago Grande di Monticchio, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 287, 2014, p22 - 39 Journal Article, 2014 URL

J.K. Cross, E.L. Tomlinson, G. Giordano, V.C. Smith, A.A. De Benedetti, J. Roberge, C.J. Manning, S. Wulf, M.A. Menzies, High level triggers for explosive mafic volcanism: Albano Maar, Italy, Lithos, 190-191, 2014, p137 - 153 Journal Article, 2014 URL

P.G. Albert, E.L. Tomlinson, C.S. Lane, S. Wulf, V.C. Smith, M. Coltelli, J. Keller, D. Lo Castro, C.J. Manning, W. Müller, M.A. Menzies, Late glacial explosive activity on Mount Etna: Implications for proximal-distal tephra correlations and the synchronisation of Mediterranean archives, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 265, 2013, p9 - 26 Journal Article, 2013 URL

Lowe, J., Barton, N., Blockley, S., Ramsey, C.B., Cullen, V.L., Davies, W., Gamble, C., Grant, K., Hardiman, M., Housley, R., Lane, C.S., Lee, S., Lewis, M., MacLeod, A., Menzies, M., Muller, W., Pollard, M., Price, C., Roberts, A.P., Rohling, E.J., Satow, C., Smith, V.C., Stringer, C.B., Tomlinson, E.L. and White, D., Volcanic ash layers illuminate the resilience of Neanderthals and early modern humans to natural hazards, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, (34), 2012, p13532-13537 Journal Article, 2012 URL DOI

Wulf, A.; Keller, J.; Paterne, M.; Mingram, J.; Lauterbach, S.; Opitz, S.; Sottili, G.; Giaccio, B.; Albert, P.; Satow, C.; Tomlinson, E.L.; Viccaro, M.; Brauer, A., The 100-133 ka record of Italian explosive volcanism and revised tephrochronology of Lago Grande di Monticchio, Quaternary Science Reviews, 58, 2012, p104-123 Journal Article, 2012 URL DOI

E.L. Tomlinson, H.S. Kinvig, V.C. Smith, J.D. Blundy, J. Gotsmann, W. Mueller, and M.A. Menzies , The Upper and Lower Nisyros Pumices: revisions to the Mediterranean tephrostratigraphic record using glass geochemistry, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 243, 2012, p69-80 Journal Article, 2012 DOI URL

P. G. Albert, E.L. Tomlinson, V. C. Smith, A. Di Roberto, A. Todman, M. Rosi, M. Marani, W. Muller and M.A. Menzies, Continental-marine tephra correlations: volcanic glass geochemistry from the Aeolian Islands, Italy, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 229, 2012, p74-94 Journal Article, 2012 URL DOI

E.L. Tomlinson, I. Arienzo, S, Wulf, V.C. Smith, A. Carandente, L. Civetta, M. Hardiman, C.S. Lane, G. Orsi, M. Rosi, M.T. Thirlwall, W. Muller and M.A. Menzies , Geochemistry of the Phlegraean Fields (Italy) proximal sources for major Mediterranean tephras: Implications for the dispersal of Plinian and co-ignimbritic components of explosive eruptions, Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, 93, 2012, p102-128 Journal Article, 2012 URL DOI TARA - Full Text

E.L. Tomlinson, T. Thordarson, C.S. Lane, C.J. Manning, V.C. Smith, W. Mueller, and M.A. Menzies , Petrogenesis of the Solheimar Ignimbrite (Katla, Iceland): implications for tephrostratigraphy, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 86, 2012, p318-337 Journal Article, 2012 DOI URL

C.S. Lane, S.P.E. Blockley, J. Mangerud, V.C. Smith, O.S. Lohne, E.L. Tomlinson, I.P. Matthews and A.F. Lotter, Was the 12.1 ka Icelandic Vedde Ash one of a kind?, Quaternary Science Reviews, 33, 2012, p87-99 Journal Article, 2012 URL DOI

E.L. Tomlinson, D. Howell, A.P. Jones and D. Frost, Characteristics of HPHT diamond grown at sub-lithosphere conditions (10-20 GPa), Diamond and Related Materials, 20, (1), 2011, p11-17 Journal Article, 2011 DOI URL

E. Smith, M. Kopylova, L. Dubrovinsky, O. Navon, J. Ryder and E.L. Tomlinson, ransmission X-ray diffraction as a new tool for diamond fluid inclusion studies, Mineralogical Magazine, 75, (5), 2011, p2657-2675 Journal Article, 2011 URL DOI

E.L. Tomlinson, T. Thordarson, W. Mueller , M. Thirlwall, M.A. Menzies , Microanalysis of tephra by LA-ICP-MS - Strategies, advantages and limitations assessed using the Thorsmork ignimbrite (Southern Iceland), Chemical Geology, 279, (3-4), 2010, p73-89 Journal Article, 2010 URL DOI

E.L. Tomlinson, W. Muller, EIMF, A snapshot of mantle metasomatism: Trace element analysis of coexisting fluid (LA-ICP-MS) and silicate (SIMS) inclusions, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 279, (3), 2009, p362-372 Journal Article, 2009 DOI URL

E.L. Tomlinson, P.F. McMillan, M. Zhang, A.P. Jones and S.A.T. Redfern, Quartz-bearing C-O-H fluid inclusions diamond: Retracing the pressure-temperature path in the mantle using calibrated high temperature IR spectroscopy, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 71, (24), 2007, p6030-6039 Journal Article, 2007 URL DOI TARA - Full Text

E.L. Tomlinson, A.P. Jones and J.W. Harris, Co-existing fluid and silicate inclusions in mantle diamond, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 250, (3-4), 2006, p581-595 Journal Article, 2006 TARA - Full Text URL DOI

E.L. Tomlinson, I. De Schrijver, K. De Corte, A.P. Jones, L. Moens and F. Vanhaecke, Trace element compositions of sub-microscopic inclusions in coated diamond: a tool for understanding diamond petrogenesis, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 69, (19), 2005, p4719-4732 Journal Article, 2005 URL DOI

E.L. Tomlinson, A.P. Jones and H. J. Milledge, High-pressure experimental growth of diamond using C-K2CO3-KCl as an analogue for Cl-bearing carbonate fluid, Lithos, 77, (1-4), 2004, p287-294 Journal Article, 2004 URL DOI

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Tomlinson EL, Kamber BS, Hoare BC, Stead CV, Ildefnonse B , An exsolution origin for Archaean mantle garnet, Goldschmidt, Paris, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017 URL

Stead C, Tomlinson E, Kamber B & McKenna C , Diffusion and Distribution of Rare Earth Elements in Olivine, Goldschmidt, Paris, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017 URL

J. John Lowe, Rupert A. Housley, Emma L. Tomlinson, Synchronising Environmental and Archaeological Records using Volcanic Ash Isochrons. Special Issue Quaternary Science Reviews (118), Elsevier, 2015, 1 - 242pp Book, 2015

E.L. Tomlinson, C.V. Stead and B.S. Kamber , Beyond garnet: REEs in the sub-continental lithospheric mantle, Goldschmidt Conference, Prague, 2015 Oral Presentation, 2015 URL

Stead C, Tomlinson E, Kamber B & Babechuk M, REE Determination in Olivine by LA-ICP-MS: An Analytical Strategy and Applications , Goldschmidt, Prague, 2015 Oral Presentation, 2015 URL

E.L. Tomlinson, P.G. Albert, S Wulf, L Civetta, R Brown, V Smith, J Keller, G Orsi, MA Menzies, Tephra from Ischia: dating eruptions and geochemical changes, Goldschmidt Conference, Florence, Italy, 2013 Invited Talk, 2013 URL

Research Expertise


  • Title
    • Isonose
  • Summary
    • Land-use has changed soil dynamics in agricultural landscapes and huge amounts of metal pollutants are continuously released into the environment by industrial and domestic activities. In other places, metal deficiency in soils is observed. These modifications affect the nutrient status of soils and freshwater. This project will will determine and use the distinct isotope fingerprint of these anthropogenic influences on the environment and will investigate the potential for using novel stable isotopes as environmental tracers (e.g. find pollution sources).
  • Funding Agency
    • EU FP7
  • Date From
    • Jan 2014
  • Date To
    • Dec 2017
  • Title
    • Halogens in magmatic systems: from mantle to crust
  • Summary
    • The abundances and distributions of halogens (F, Cl, Br, I) in the Earth's mantle are virtually unknown, yet the mantle is the source of magmas emplaced in the crust and erupted at the surface. This project will aims to address this gap in knowledge by: 1) developing a new analytical approach for halogens by electrothermal vaporization ICP-MS/OES; 2) characterizing the elemental and isotopic halogen composition of the primitive mantle, using samples from Baffin Island and West Greenland; and 3) to assess halogen recycling and the mantle residence time of recycled halogens thorough investigation of mafic alkaline rocks from the Greenlandic portion of the North Atlantic Craton. This will provide a unique insight into this significant and unexplored halogen reservoir and will make it possible to distinguish between primitive halogens from the deep mantle and those introduced into the mantle via subduction.
  • Funding Agency
    • SFI
  • Date From
    • 01/09/2015
  • Date To
    • 01/09/2017
  • Title
    • Testing an exsolution origin for the Archaean cratonic lithophere
  • Summary
    • The formation and evolution of the Earth's mantle is key to the growth and stabilzation of the planet's continents and the formation of a habitable planet. The aim of this project is to combine geochemical and crystallographic data in order to test the two competing hypothesis for the formation of the sub-continental lithospheric mantle (SCLM). Oceanic mantle peridotite forms by the extraction of basaltic melt to form the crust. However, the SCLM is fundamentally different, being enriched in Si, Al and Ca and having an overabundance of orthopyroxene, which cannot be explained by melting. The favoured model for the formation of the SCLM requires that peridotite mantle initally underwent melting, leading to incompatible element depletion, and was subsequently enriched, or metasomatised, by precolating sililic fluids. However, several observations are difficult to explain, such as: the close spatial distribution of garnet and orthopyroxene in SCLM peridotites, and their low water content. I favor a model in which that the SCLM formed by unmixing (exsolution) of garnet and orthopyroxene from a precursor mineral. In an exsolution scenario, we expect undisturbed exsolution pairs to display a topotaxic relationship, therefore I will analyse the relative crystallographic orientations of garnet inclusions in orthopyroxene in SCLM peridotite. We also expect exsolution pairs to display chemical equilibrium, therefore I will analyse the ultra-trace element and isotopic compostions of proposed exsolution pairs. This novel dataset will be also used to assess the extent of metasomatism. Using the combined crystallographic and geochemical data, I will develop a model for the nature and origin of the percursor and the formation of the SCLM. The SCLM has a strong influence on continental dynamics, relative sea-level change and long term climate change. Thus, understanding the formation and evolution of the SCLM is central to many issues in Earth Sciences.
  • Funding Agency
    • IRC
  • Date From
    • 01/10/2017
  • Date To
    • 30/09/2020
  • Title
    • The effect of climatic warming on the frequency of volcanic eruptions in Iceland
  • Summary
    • The effect of volcanism on climate is well known: explosive volcanic eruptions cause global cooling through stratospheric injection of sulphur. However, it is now understood that climatic warming and deglaciation leads to an increase in the frequency of volcanic eruptions in places such as Iceland. A significant increase in volcanic activity in Iceland would make ash clouds over Europe a more frequent occurence, disrupting aviation and transport. I will investgate the relationship between climatic warming and increased volcanism in the past using volcanic signatures in peat. Layers of volcanic ash (tephra) are deposited from volcanic plumes, however tephra records are incomplete. This project will combine traditional tephrochronology with a novel approach to identify volcanic aerosols and thus provide a more comprehensive record of past volcanism in Iceland. This will be used to resolve some of the uncertainty of the effect of climate change on volcanic hazards in the 21st century.
  • Funding Agency
    • SFI
  • Date From
    • 01/09/2018
  • Date To
    • 31/08/2022
  • Title
    • Testing volcanic - climatic linkages across the caldera cycle: a case study from Campi Flegrei
  • Summary
    • Many volcanic systems exhibit remarkable cyclic behaviour, starting with eruptions of less evolved magma and transitioning to infrequent eruptions of more evolved magma before culminating in cataclysmic eruption. Cyclic variations with periods of 104-105 years are within the range of orbitally forced climatic variations (Milankovitch cycles), indeed, layers of volcanic ash in sediment cores document an increase in volcanic eruption frequency following deglaciation. This project will investigate the tempo of past volcanic eruptions at Campi Flegrei (Italy) using tephra layers preserved in a sedimentary core from Lago Grande di Monticchio, an annually layered lake spanning 3-133 ka located downwind of Campi Flegrei. The aim is to explore the interplay between magmatic and climatic processes and to test the hypothesis that the timing and tempo of volcanism at Campi Flegrei is controlled by climatic variations.
  • Funding Agency
    • TCD
  • Date From
    • September 2020
  • Date To
    • August 2024
  • Title
    • Quantifying the formation and evolution of the Archean lithospheric mantle
  • Summary
    • The formation of the Archean lithosphere was a key event in Earth history, resulting in the construction of the first continents, or cratons. The lithosphere formed by extensive mantle melting, however, there are conflicting models for the environment in which melting took place. Efforts to understand the formation of the cratonic lithosphere are hampered by a lack of quantitative information on the depth of mantle melting and the original thickness of the Archean lithosphere. Exsolved orthopyroxenes within peridotite xenoliths and silicate inclusions in diamond hold the key to constraining these critical parameters. We will reconstruct the original compositions of an extensive collection of exsolved orthopyroxenes and use our recently published thermodynamic model to calculate their formation pressures and temperatures. This innovative approach will reveal the depth extent of Archean melting. We will provide the first constraints on the vertical extent of the lithosphere in the Archean using geothermal gradients calculated from dated diamond inclusions. To achieve this, we will perform cutting edge laser ablation U-Pb dating of garnet inclusions, this challenging application has yielded promising results for xenolithic garnet. Observations will be complemented by new experiments using fertile, depleted and silica-enriched compositions, coupled with with thermodynamic modelling, which will lead to a better understanding of phase relations during peridotite melting. The origin and significance of silica enrichment is poorly understood. We will conduct melt-rock reaction experiments to test the hypothesis that silica addition occurred via interaction with ascending komatiite melt1. We will thus address several fundamental issues: the depth of Archean mantle melting; the origin of silica enrichment; and the link between cratonic peridotite and komatiite magma. LITHO3 will provide unprecedented insight into the formation and evolution of the cratonic lithosphere.
  • Funding Agency
    • ERC
  • Date From
    • 01/09/2022
  • Date To
    • 31/08/2027


GEOCHEMISTRY; MANTLE; Petrology, Minerology, Geochemistry; TEPHRA



Serve as ordinary member of the council of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, this organisation publishes two journals presents four high profile awards and and is the parent society for a eight active special interest groups (including vmsg and the geochemistry group). 11/2017-11/2020

Peer review for international journals: Geology, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Chemical Geology, Bulletin of Volcanology, Lithos, American Mineralogist, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, Geochemical Perspectives letters, Journal of Quaternary Science, Boreas. I aim to complete at least two peer reviews for every paper submitted by myself or my students. 2008 onwards

External MSc examiner for Ms SEM Milne , University of Johannesburg 31/03/2019

External PhD examiner for Dr Mandy Krebs, University of Alberta 09/01/2018

Co-edited a special issue of Quaternary Science Reviews (volume 118, published 2015), responsible for handling geochemistry papers for a special issue titled "Volcanic Ash Synchronization", 2015

Served on the committee of the Geochemistry Group first as secretary and then as ordinary member. Group responsible for awarding research and travel bursaries and organising an annual meeting. 04/2006-04/2013

Co-convened a session on diamond forming fluids at the Goldschmidt 2008 (Vancouver, Canada) July


Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland 2006 – present

European Association of Geochemistry 2017 – present

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) 2008 – present