Willie Nicklas

Willie  Nicklas
Title
Graduate Student
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CHEM 1223A
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(301) 405-3597
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Research Interests

High-Temperature Geochemistry, Igneous Petrology, Komatiites and other high MgO rocks

I study isotope and trace metal distributions in komatiites, which are high melt fraction Precambrian volcanic rocks, in an effort to determine the oxidation state and composition of the deep Earth across geologic time.

Publications

Puchtel, I.S., Touboul, M., Blichert-Toft, J., Walker, R.J., Brandon, A.D., Nicklas, R.W., Kulikov, V.S. and Samsonov A.V. (2016) Lithophile and siderophile element systematics of Earth’s mantle at the Archean-Proterozoic boundary: Evidence from 2.4 Ga komatiites. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 180 227-255. DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2016.02.027

Nicklas, R.W., Puchtel, I.S., Ash, R.D. (2016) High-precision determination of the oxidation state of komatiite lavas using vanadium liquid-mineral partitioning. Chemical Geology. 433 36-45. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2016.04.011