I am currently a PhD candidate in volcanology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. My research interests focus on the generation of magma beneath volcanoes. I am interested in how magmas form, especially in continental collision zones, and what their erupted products can tell us about the inner workings of our planet. What is the chemical composition of the Earth's interior? How heterogeneous is the Earth's mantle, and how does it relate to plate tectonics? What effect do lithological variations in the source have on magma generation? These are some of the questions that I would like to help answer.
To do this, I primarily study the geochemistry of melt inclusions—tiny droplets of magma trapped inside growing crystals. These inclusions are shielded from outside processes during magma transport, mixing, and fractionation, so they provide unique snapshots of melts deep beneath the surface. Especially those trapped in olivine—one of the earliest-forming magmatic crystals—preserve crucial information about the deep origin of magmas. Though small in size (usually less than a tenth of a millimeter across), they hold chemical clues that are often invisible in the volcanic rock as a whole.
My current focus is on the circum-Mediterranean region, including the Carpathians and Pannonian Basin, Italy, Turkey, and Armenia. My research is carried out at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and is funded by the European Research Council.