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Gareth Davies became Professor of Petrology in 2004 after heading the mass spectrometry department at the VU for 12 years. Since 2004 the group has grown from an initial 4 to ~ 30 now including 11 permanent lecturing-research-technical staff.  The re-organisation of Earth Sciences in 2012 formed the Deep Earth and Planetary Science cluster (~ 35 FTE) which he now heads under the new name of Geology and Geochemistry.

Gareth is from a dominantly mantle geochemistry background but has a wide range of interests in petrology-isotope geochemistry.  His most notable early work focussed on mantle processes and diamond genesis, something that continues today in collaboration with DeBeers-Debswana.
A major success of the group over the last decade has been to establish a viable planetary science (link) group that in collaboration with Pieter Vroon, Monica Sanchez and Wim van Westrenen is now exploring bio-geochemical cycles in terrestrial analogues of the Martian surface as well as magmatism under varying conditions found in the terrestrial planets.
A key philosophy has been to maintain state-of-the-art analytical techniques and develop methodologies that allow new research areas to be explored (link to labs). This philosophy is coupled with strong international collaborations with leading geochemical groups throughout the world.

Recently Gareth has led initiatives to apply state-of-the-art isotope geochemical techniques to new fields establishing the provenancing group at the VU tha has applied isotope geochemistry to forensic, archaeology and cultural heritage. The success of this group was underlined with the recent award of a highly prestigious ERC Synergy grant; Nexus 1492: Caribbean encounters with a globalizing world that will begin in September 2013. Please visit: (http://www.nexus1492.eu/). His team is also collaborating with national art institutes to understand the changing compositions and provenance of metals used in art materials.

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Research Output 1984 2018

A bioavailable strontium isoscape for Western Europe: A machine learning approach

Bataille, C. P., von Holstein, I. C. C., Laffoon, J. E., Willmes, M., Liu, X. M. & Davies, G. R., 30 May 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 5, e0197386

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
artificial intelligence
Western European region
Learning systems

Ancient diamond 'inclusions' reveal shift in carbon cycle of early Earth

Timmermans, S. & Davies, G. R., 2018, (In preparation) In : UPI.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

early Earth
carbon cycle

Building life histories of Cape Town's enslaved, 1700-1850: An archival and isotopic study

Mbeki, L., 2018, 198 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Isotopic variation in Semail Ophiolite lower crust reveals crustal-level melt aggregation

Jansen, M. N., Lissenberg, C. J., Klaver, M., de Graaf, S., Koornneef, J., Smeets, R. J., Macleod, C. J. & Davies, G. R., 2018, In : Geochemical Perspectives Letters.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Minerals within diamonds can take billions of years to grow

Timmermans, S. & Davies, G. R., 2018

Research output: Online publication or Non-textual formOnline publication or WebsitePopular

Activities 2005 2014

  • 2 Lecture / Presentation
  • 1 Conference

Diamond Dating

Davies, G. R. (Speaker)
26 Oct 2014

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

NAC 9 Conference

D.F. Wiggers de Vries (Organiser), Davies, G. R. (Organiser), D.G. Pearson (Organiser), G.P. Bulanova (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

First evidence of mid-Holocene and Last Interglacial seasonality in the tropical Indian Ocean from corals

J. Zinke (Speaker), M. Pfeiffer (Speaker), Davies, G. R. (Speaker), W.-C. Dullo (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Press / Media

Forensic research, A funeral for science

I.C.C. von Holstein & G.R. Davies


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other

Wer ist die Tote von der Autobahn?

I.C.C. von Holstein & G.R. Davies


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Diamonds: a record of Earth’s changing interior

G.R. Davies


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Body on the Moor

G.R. Davies & I.C.C. von Holstein


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other