Dr Arjan Dijkstra
Lecturer in Igneous Petrology
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Ph.D. Utrecht University, The Netherlands, 2001
Professional Curriculum Vitae:
- 2010-present. Lecturer in Igneous Petrology / Critical Materials research lead, Plymouth University.
- 2005-2010 Maitre-Assistant, Institut de Géologie et d'Hydrogéologie, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
- 2002-2005 Australian Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Applied Geology/Tectonics Special Research Centre, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia
- 2000-2002 Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geology, University of Leicester, UK
- 1995-2000 Research Assistant/PhD candidate, Vening Meinesz School of Geodynamics, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
I teach on the following modules:
GEOL1001 The Dynamic Earth
GEOL1002 Earth Materials
GEOL2002 Structures, Magmas and Volcanoes (I am also module leader for this module)
GEOL3007 Igneous and Volcanic Processes (I am also module leader for this module)
GEOL3009 Professional Case Studies (leader of the Diamond Exploration Case Study)
GEOL5003 Advanced Analytical Skills
GEOL5004 MGeol research project
I typically supervise 1-4 Masters level students per year
I am the MGeol year tutor effectively coordinating the Masters-level 4th year of studies.
Staff serving as external examiners
External examiner for:
- Critical material (REE, Co, PGE) potential of deep sea polymetallic nodules from the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone area, Pacific (PhD project of Wycliff Tupiti, research funded by UK Seabed Resources)
- The formation of Rare Earth Element mineral deposits with the 'From Mantle to Ore' approach (PhD project of Christian Marien, funded by the Centre for Research in Earth Sciences)
- Application of applied mineralogy techniques for improving mining and mineral processing methods (e.g., collaborations with Grinding Solutions, Wolf Minerals, Fen Minerals, Cornwall Resources).
- Application of automated mineralogy to improve diamond exploration and diamond potential evaluation of kimberlites.
- Geochemical analysis of lamprophyres to map the base of the lithosphere in SW Britain.
- The melting history of the Earth's mantle through Os isotope analysis of detrital Os-bearing alloys from river and beach sediments (Os.Earth project, funded by an FP7 Career Integration Grant)
- The chemical and (Osmium) isotopic composition of mantle pyroxenites and their origin (Pindos Ophiolite, Totalp Massif)
- Magmatic and tectonic processes at oceanic spreading centres through the study of oceanic peridotites (Macquarie Island, Othris & Pindos Ophiolites, Oman Ophiolite, etc.)
- Physical and chemical characteristics of melt transport through the oceanic mantle
- The origin of ophiolites - supra-subduction zone vs. mid-ocean ridge ophiolites
- The development of tectonite and mylonite (micro-) structures in mantle peridotites
- Accretionary orogenesis with emphasis on the Altaids Orogen in western Mongolia (also Dariv Ophiolite)
- The composition and petrogenesis of Eucrite and Diogenite achondrite meteorites: magmatic processes on 4Vesta as a proxy for the earliest magmatic history of Earth
Key publications are highlightedJournals