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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.

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 (link to isotopic provenancing) at the VU that has applied . 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: (

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Research Output 1997 2018

Titanates of the lindsleyite–mathiasite (LIMA) group reveal isotope disequilibrium associated with metasomatism in the mantle beneath Kimberley (South Africa)

Giuliani, A., Woodhead, J. D., Phillips, D., Maas, R., Davies, G. R. & Griffin, W. L. 15 Jan 2018 In : Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 482, p. 253-264 12 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

A Multi-Isotope Investigation of Human and Dog Mobility and Diet in the Pre-Colonial Antilles

Laffoon, J. E., Hoogland, M. L. P., Davies, G. R. & Hofman, C. L. 9 May 2017 In : Environmental Archaeology. p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

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

Timmermans, S. & Davies, G. R. 2017 In : UPI.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Archaean and Proterozoic diamond growth from contrasting styles of large-scale magmatism

Koornneef, J. M., Gress, M. U., Chinn, I. L., Jelsma, H. A., Harris, J. W. & Davies, G. R. 1 Dec 2017 In : Nature Communications. 8, 1, 648

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Are diamonds for ever? An update on the formation of terrestrial diamonds

Davies, G. R. 2017 Rijksmuseum.

Research output: ProfessionalConference contribution