Current position

♦ January 2019 – December 2022: Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet, VR) funded researcher in the Section for Natural Resources and Sustainable Development at the Institute for Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden. Project title: “Earth’s past environmental crises: the role of Large Igneous Provinces and sedimentary basins” (Principal Investigator: Deegan). Total awarded: 3.2 MSEK (ca. €304,000).

♦ November 2016 – November 2018: Associate researcher at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) Rome, Italy. 

Career development

♦ January 2016 – January 2019: STINT visiting researcher at the University of Cape Town. Project title: “Oxygen isotopes in lavas and crystals as tracers of magmatic processes” (Principal Investigators: Deegan and Harris).

♦ January 2014 – December 2018: Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet, VR) Young Researcher Fellow in the Section for Mineralogy, Petrology and Tectonics at the Institute for Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden. Project title: “Boron isotope behaviour in crustal magma chambers: Insights into the recycling scale of a volatile tracer element” (Principal Investigator: Deegan). Highly competitive research funding, total awarded: 3.5 MSEK (ca. €398,000).

♦ January 2014 – June 2015: Substitute Lecturer in Mineralogy and Metamorphic Petrology, Department of Geological Sciences, Stockholm University, Sweden (60% position).

♦ December 2011 ‒ December 2013: Vetenskapsrådet (VR) post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Geosciences at the Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM), Stockholm, Sweden. Advisor: Prof. Martin J. Whitehouse. Project title: “Rates and mechanisms of crustal assimilation: a coupled experimental and micro-analytical approach”.

♦ January 2011 ‒ November 2011: Researcher (forskare) in the Section for Mineralogy, Petrology and Tectonics at the Institute for Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, 100% research position.

♦ October 2006 – April 2011: Doctoral research degree. Defence date and place: 3rd December, 2010, Uppsala University.  Degree awarded: April 11th  2011. Subject area: Mineralogy and Petrology. Thesis title: “Processes of magma-crust interaction: insights from geochemistry and experimental petrology”. Supervisor: Prof. Valentin R. Troll.

♦ October 2002 ‒ May 2006: B.A. Natural Science (Geology), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Specialist analytical training and international mobility

  1. High P-T experimental petrology using the quick-press apparatus, INGV Rome, Italy, 2014.
  2. Boron isotope analysis in silicates and carbonates by Positive Thermal Ionisation Mass Spectrometry (PTIMS) at Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Pisa, Italy, 2013.
  3. Sample preparation for Secondary Ionisation Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) and SIMS programming for analysis, NRM Stockholm, Sweden, 2012 to 2014.
  4. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Cathodoluminescence (CL) imaging, NRM Stockholm, Sweden, 2012.
  5. CO2 extraction from gas samples and analysis of C isotopes, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego, USA, 2012.
  6. Oxygen and carbon extraction from silicates and carbonates for stable isotope analysis, UCT, South Africa, 2009.
  7. TIMS operation (Finnigan MAT 262), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA), Netherlands, 2009.
  8. Clean laboratory techniques and Sr, Nd, Pb separation from silicates, VUA, Netherlands, 2009.
  9. In-situ micro-sampling using a micro-mill apparatus, University of Durham, UK, 2008.
  10. Electron microprobe analysis, INGV Rome, Italy, 2007.
  11. High P-T experimental petrology using the piston cylinder apparatus, INGV Rome, Italy, 2007.
  12. X-Ray diffraction on silicate rock powder, TCD, Ireland, 2006.

Selected invited talks

♦ Invited outreach talk, May 2019, Uppsala University, Sweden. Title: “What do Earth Scientists do? Getting fired up for volcanoes!”.

♦ Invited keynote talk, April 2018, European Geosciences Union 2018, Vienna, Austria. Title: “Impact of basaltic sills on sedimentary host rocks in the High Arctic Large Igneous Province”. Read the abstract by clicking this link: Deegan-EGU2018-17845.

♦ Invited talk, January 2018, Nordic Geological Winter Meeting 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark. Title: “Birthing an oceanic rift: mantle fingers or lateral flow?”.

Invited talk, August 2016, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Title: “Augite and enstatite pyroxene standards for SIMS oxygen isotope analysis and their application to Merapi volcano, Sunda arc, Indonesia”. See flyer below.

Invited talk, January 2016, Nordic Geological Winter Meeting 2016, Helsinki, Finland. Title: “Augite and enstatite standards for SIMS oxygen isotope analysis and their application to Merapi volcano, Sunda arc, Indonesia”.

Invited lecture, 2013, Department of Geological Sciences, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden. Title: “Metapelites”.

Invited talk, summer 2009, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Title: “Radiogenic isotopes in lavas from Java, Indonesia”.

Workshop organisation and session convening

 Lead session convener at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Chapman Conference on Large-scale volcanism in the Arctic in Selfoss, Iceland, October  13-18 2019, for “Theme V: HALIP and environmental effects”.

Lead session convener at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2019 in Vienna, Austria, April 7-12, 2019. “Magma generation and differentiation: field, geochemical, experimental and numerical investigation of magmatic and volcanic systems”.

Lead session convener at the  Nordic Winter Meeting 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark, January 10-12, 2018. “Micro-beam frontiers in magmatic, metamorphic, and hydrothermal systems”.

Organiser of “Ocean Island Workshop 2017” in the University of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain, April 24 – 27, 2017. Read more here. Group photo below!

Ocean Island workshop participants at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 24th April 2017.

Updates about my research about geochemistry & volcanoes