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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 2019

Ancient recycled lower crust in the mantle source of recent Italian magmatism

Koornneef, J. M., Nikogosian, I., van Bergen, M. J., Vroon, P. Z. & Davies, G. R., 19 Jul 2019, In : Nature Communications. 10, p. 1-10 10 p., 3237.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Earth mantle

Beyond isolation: understanding past human-population variability in the Dutch town of Oldenzaal through the origin of its inhabitants and its infrastructural connections

Kootker, L. M., van Lanen, R. J., Groenewoudt, B. J., Altena, E., Panhuysen, R. G. A. M., Jansma, E., Kars, H. & Davies, G. R., 2019, In : Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. 11, p. 755–775 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
social isolation
early modern times
Open Access
melt inclusion
Trace Elements

Evidence for a Moist to Wet Source Transition Throughout the Oman-UAE Ophiolite, and Implications for the Geodynamic History

de Graaff, S. J., Goodenough, K. M., Klaver, M., Lissenberg, C. J., Jansen, M. N., Millar, I. & Davies, G. R., Feb 2019, In : Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. 20, 2, p. 651-672 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

United Arab Emirates
Amphibole Asbestos

Flooding of the Caspian Sea at the intensification of Northern Hemisphere Glaciations

Van Baak, C. G. C., Grothe, A., Richards, K., Stoica, M., Aliyeva, E., Davies, G. R., Kuiper, K. F. & Krijgsman, W., Mar 2019, In : Global and Planetary Change. 174, p. 153-163 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Northern Hemisphere
continental interior

Activities 2005 2014

  • 2 Lecture / Presentation
  • 1 Conference

Diamond Dating

G.R. Davies (Speaker)
26 Oct 2014

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

NAC 9 Conference

D.F. Wiggers de Vries (Organiser), G.R. Davies (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), G.R. Davies (Speaker), W.-C. Dullo (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Press / Media

Forensic research, A funeral for science

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


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other

Wer ist die Tote von der Autobahn?

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


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Diamonds: a record of Earth’s changing interior

Gareth R Davies


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities