Dr. Christipher Herd

Dr. Christopher Herd

Visiting Scientist

Associate Professor
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E3
Phone: (780)492-5798
E-mail: herd@ualberta.ca

On Sabbatical
Senior Research Fellow
Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of Natural History
10th & Constitution NW
Washington, DC 20560-0119

Astromaterials research through the application of microbeam analytical methods to meteorites, with a particular focus on Mars. Curator of the Alberta Meteorite Collection.

Research on the petrogenesis of meteorites from Mars, providing insights into:

  • Mantle sources of Martian meteorites, including redox reservoirs and the involvement of water
  • Conditions of crystallization of Martian basaltic melts and trace element partitioning
  • Involvement of near-surface fluids in the formation of secondary alteration products
  • Conditions of formation of shock melt pockets and veins

Research on the nature and origin of organic molecules in carbonaceous chondrites

  • Soluble organic analysis of the Tagish Lake meteorite
  • Sorption of hydrocarbons on mineral surfaces
  • Applications to curation and handling of planetary samples

Dr. Herd's personal web page


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Last updated
December 27, 2010