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Dr Alison Pawley - personal details

Contact details

Role: Senior Lecturer In Earth Sciences

Tel: 0161 275-3944

Location: Williamson Building-G25
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




Academic background

  • Senior Lecturer in Earth Sciences, University of Manchester (since 2004)
  • Lecturer in Experimental Petrology, University of Manchester (1995-2004)
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Department of Geology, University ofBristol (1993-1994)
  • Research Specialist, Materials Research Group for High Pressure Synthesis, Department of Chemistry, Arizona State University, USA (1992-1993)
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry, Arizona State University, USA (1990-1992)

Summary of Research interests

Volatiles such as H2O and CO2 play important roles in many Earth processes, either as fluids or in minerals or melts. I am particularly interested in knowing what happens to water as it is recycled into the Earth at subduction zones. Which minerals contain water in subducting slabs? At what depth do these minerals dehydrate? Does the released water then react to form new hydrous phases? What is the structure of these high-pressure phases? Most of the research in Manchester over the last several years has involved doing piston-cylinder and multi-anvil experiments to investigate the stability of some of these phases. Complementing the phase-equilibrium experiments have been in-situ X-ray diffraction and infrared spectroscopic measurements at high pressure and temperature using synchrotron radiation.

Teaching 2011-12

  • Properties of Minerals
  • Igneous Petrology
  • Seismic and Volcanic Hazards
  • Lithospheric Processes
  • Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering
  • First Year tutorials
  • Second Year field course to NW Scotland
  • Independent Mapping supervision
  • Fourth Year project supervision

Other School Roles

  • Learning Enhancement Officer
  • Academic Champion for Elearning
  • Library Liaison Officer


BA Natural Sciences (Cambridge) 1986

PhD Experimental studies of amphiboles (Edinburgh) 1990