Anaïs Fourny

PhD student
University of British Columbia

After a B.Sc. in Earth Sciences at the Université de Nantes (France), I completed a Master’s degree at Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble (France) in 2011. My M.Sc. thesis examined the geochemistry and isotopic composition of the oceanic crust of the Shikoku Basin, south of Japan. I started my doctoral degree in January 2012 under the supervision of Drs. Weis and Scoates at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

My PhD research focuses on the isotopic composition of layered intrusions. Layered intrusions represent crystallized magma chambers that contain remarkable rock records of the evolution of magmatic processes during the solidification of basaltic magmas. I studied the geochemistry of the ca. 1307 Ma Kiglapait intrusion, Labrador (Canada), which represents a pristine example of fractionation of a single batch of basaltic magma. The primary goal of this research is to constrain the sources and processes involved in the crystallization of the Kiglapait intrusion through the measurement of four isotope systems (Pb-Sr-Nd-Hf) and trace elements on mineral separates and whole rocks, as well as, in situ Pb isotope analyses directly in thin section.

The MAGNET program was key in the development of my professional skills, gave me the opportunity to participate in several conferences, and to work closely with application and development scientists during my internship at Nu Instruments Ltd (UK). I also had the chance to participate in three incredible MAGNET field workshops (Long Valley Caldera- Medicine Lake Highlands, Stillwater Complex-Yellowstone, Big Island of Hawaii). These three workshops expanded my field experience and introduced me to new geochemical techniques. I’m very thankful for all the opportunities MAGNET has provided me and for the amazing scientists I met through this program!