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ASHLEA WAINWRIGHT, Postdoctoral scholar

Phone: +32 2 650 66 16

Email: awainwri@ulb.ac.be


Research interests

My primary research interest lies in investigating the composition of Earth and the evolution of the mantle through-out geological time. Within this general premise, my research focuses on both terrestrial and extra-terrestrial samples. From looking at the initial building blocks of Earth, through ancient melting events on Earth, to modern day melt genesis. This is achieved through a number of different isotopic systems, including both long-lived and short-lived radionuclides, for which the development of high precision trace element and isotopic measurements is a fundamental aspect.

Scientific career and education

- November 2015-Present: Postdoctoral Researcher, Lboratoire G-Time, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. Project: investigating the initial composition of the solar system through short-lived radioactive chronometers.

- March 2015-October 2015: Postdoctoral Researcher, Endogene Prozesse, Steinmann Institute, University of Bonn, Germany. Project: Investigating the heterogeneous Kaapvaal mantle through in-situ trace element analysis of mantle xenoliths.

- October 2011-March 2015: Ph.D. Student, Endogene Prozesse, Steinmann Institute, University of Bonn, Germany. Thesis Title: Dating Early Archean partial meting events: insights from in-situ Re-Os dating of micrometric Os-minerals from Kalahari mantle xenoliths.

- October 2008-September 2011: Research Assistant, Isotope Geology Group, School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia.

- 2004-2008: Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Melbourne, Australia. Honour's Thesis: Constraining the Evolution and Mantle Origin of the Neerim Sub-Province, Pre-10 Ma Volcanics, Victoria.


- Wainwright, A.N., A. Luguet, A. Schreiber, R.O.C. Fonseca, G.M. Nowell, J.-P. Lorand, R. Wirth and P.E. Janney (2016) Nanoscale variations in 187 Os isotopic compositions and HSE systematics in a Bultfontein peridotite, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 447, 60-71.

- Wainwright, A.N., Luguet, A., Fonseca, R.O.C. and Pearson, D.G. (2015). Investigating metasomatic effects on Re-Os: A case study on micrometric sulfides in peridotite from the Letlhakane Kimberlite (Botswana), Lithos 232, pp. 35-48, doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2015.06.017

- Froitzheim, N., Jahn-Awe, S., Wainwright, A.N., Maas, R., Georgiev, N., Nagel, T.J. and Pleuger, J. (2014). Age and composition of ophiolite from the Rhodope Middle Allochthon (Satovcha, Bulgaria): a test for the maximum-allochthony hypothesis of the Hellenides, Tectonics 33, pp. 1477-1500, doi: 10.1002/2014TC003526

Conference abstracts as first author

- Wainwright, A.N., Schreiber, A., Luguet A., Fonseca, R.O.C., Wirth, R., Lorand, J.-P., Nowell, G.M. and Janney, P.E. (2015) From Marco to Micro: Re-Os and HSE systematics at variable scales, Abstract for oral presentation, Goldschmidt Conference, Prague, Czech Republic

- Wainwright, A.N., Luguet, A., Fonseca, R.O.C. and Pearson, D.G. (2014). Unravelling metasomatic effects on Re-Os Ages: A case study from Letlhakane (Botswana), Abstract for oral presentation, Orogenic Lherzolite Conference, Marrakesh, Morocco

- Wainwright, A.N., Luguet, A. , Fonseca, R.O.C., and Pearson, D.G. (2013) Sulfide Re-Os dating in modally metasomatised peridotites, insights from Letlhakane (Botswana), Abstract for oral presentation, Goldschmidt Conference, Florence, Italy.

- Wainwright, A.N., Luguet, A. and Pearson, D.G., 2012. New insights on cratonic mantle history from single grain Re-Os on sulfide minerals: A case study from Letlhakane (Botswana) mantle xenoliths, Abstract for poster presentation, European Mineralogical Conference, Frankfurt, Germany.

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