Dr Patricia Clay

UKRI Future Leaders Fellow

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I am an earth and planetary scientist interested in the origin and evolution of volatile elements to understand the chemical evolution of planets. I use the noble gas and halogen elements to pursue these goals. 


  • 10/2006 to 06/2010: PhD in Geology, the Open University, UK “Ar-Ar Dating of Young Volcanic Glass” (Advisors: Prof. Simon Kelley, Dr Sarah Sherlock, Dr Tiffany Barry, Dr Dave McGarvie)

  • 08/2004 to 08/2006: M.A. in Earth Sciences, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA “Partitioning of Noble Gases between Crustal Minerals: An Experimental Diffusion Study” (Advisor: Prof. Ethan Baxter)

  • 08/2000 to 06/2004: B.S. inGeology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA (Advisor: Prof. Scott Samson)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

2017current: Committee member of the Geochemistry Group special interest group of the Geological Society of London

2013current: European Association of Geochemistry

2006current: Geochemical Society

20042006, 2015-current: American Geophysical Union

20062008: Mineralogical Society of Great Britain & Ireland

2004–2008: Mineralogical Society of America 

Areas of expertise


  • halogen, volatile, noble gas, diffusion, mineralogy, geochemistry

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