Dr Romain Tartese

Senior Lecturer

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Overview

I am a joint Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw & Ernest Rutherford STFC Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, motivated in developing in situ isotopic analytical techniques to address key questions about the volatile history of planetary bodies in the Solar System. Whether life may have flourished elsewhere in the Solar System is intimately tied with the presence of liquid water, for example. I aim to developing a better understanding of the origin of water in the Solar System, of how and when it was delivered to rocky planets, and of the processes controlling interactions between planetary interiors, surfaces and atmospheres.

My scientific expertise falls in the fields of terrestrial and extra-terrestrial petrology and geochemistry. More specifically, I use in situ microbeam techniques to investigate various planetary science questions such as the volatile inventory and isotopic composition of small planetary body interiors (Moon, Vesta), the oxygen isotope systematics of the earliest traces of terrestrial life, or the differentiation of the terrestrial continental crust.

My full CV and publication list are available here.

Biography

Employment History

  • Aug. 2019 – present: Senior Research Fellow.
  • Oct. 2017 – present: Joint Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw & Ernest Rutherford STFC Research Fellow @ School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Manchester, UK. Origin and processing of water in the early Solar System.
  • Sep. 2017 – Oct. 2017: UK Space Agency Research Fellow @ School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Manchester, UK. Characterisation of the volatile reservoirs and their sources in the lunar regolith.
  • Mar. 2017 – Sep. 2017: Research Fellow @ School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Manchester, UK. In situ characterisation of chondrite components using TOF-SIMS and NanoSIMS (w. I.C. Lyon).
  • Jan. 2015 – Feb. 2017: ERC Postdoctoral Research Associate @ IMPMC, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France. Oxygen isotope systematics of insoluble organic matter extracted from Precambrian cherts (w. F. Robert and M. Chaussidon).
  • Jan. 2012 – Dec. 2014: STFC Postdoctoral Research Associate @ School of Physical Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. Water into the Moon: content, isotopic composition, and secular evolution (w. M. Anand and I. A. Franchi).

Education

  • Oct. 2008 – Dec. 2011: Ph.D. Earth Sciences (in situ isotope geochemistry) @ Géosciences Rennes, Université de Rennes 1, France. Characterisation and dating of fluid circulation within the South Armorican Shear Zone (Massif Armoricain, France) – under the supervision of P. Boulvais et M. Poujol.
  • Sep. 2006 – Jun. 2008: M.Sc Earth Sciences @ Géosciences Rennes, Université de Rennes 1, France. Magmatism, deformation and fluid-flow along the South Armorican Shear Zone – Insights into intracrustal differentiation.
  • Sep. 2003 – Jun. 2006: Bachelor of Science in Life and Earth Sciences @ Université de Rennes 1, France.

Areas of expertise

  • QE Geology - Planetary Sciences, Cosmochemistry, Geochemistry, Petrology

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2011 - Doctor of Science, Characterisation and dating of fluid circulation within the South Armorican Shear Zone (Massif Armoricain, France), Université Rennes 1

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