†† Aqueous fluids play an important role
in magmatism, metamorphism and the formation of ore deposits.† My research aims to understand the
evolution and physicochemical properties of ore-forming hydrous silicate melts
and associated hydrothermal fluids.†
To this end, my group is engaged in field and geochemical studies
of major mineral deposits as well as experimental x-ray scattering and
spectroscopic investigations of metal-bearing silicate melts and aqueous
solutions over a range of geologically relevant pressures and
data are used to model metal transport and deposition in magmatic and
and fluid inclusion studies of granitic pegmatites
and granite-related ore deposits.
development and application of new high temperature-pressure cells.
absorption spectroscopic (XAS) investigations of ore metal complexes
in solvothermal fluids.
controls on solubility of metal oxides in supercritical water.
- Studies of
corrosion and corrosion product transport in supercritical
interested in graduate research on granitic pegmatites,
ore deposits and/or hydrothermal geochemistry are invited to contact me. aanderso at
Awards / Honours
- W.F. James
Research Chair in the Pure and Applied Sciences at St. Francis
Xavier University (2016-2018)
- Elected a fellow of the
Mineralogical Society of America, 2012.
- The 2008 recipient of the
Mineralogical Association of Canada J.E. Hawley Medal. The Hawley
medal is awarded to the authors of the best paper to appear in The Canadian Mineralogist in
a given year.
- The 2005 recipient of the Geological
Association of Canada W.W. Hutchison Medal. The medal is awarded for
recent exceptional advances in Canadian earth science research.
- The 2004 recipient of the St.
Francis Xavier University Presidentís Research Award.
- The 1998 recipient of the
Mineralogical Association of Canada J.E. Hawley Medal.
IMMERSION CELL - Patent number 5,422,718. Issued in the United States
June 6, 1995.
Synchrotron Radiation Sources
spectroscopic studies on experimental samples in hydrothermal diamond
anvil cells are undertaken at different synchrotron light sources. I am
currently using x-ray micro-beam facilities at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne
National Laboratory, Chicago, the European
Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), Grenoble, France, and the Canadian Light Source (CLS),