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Biography

My research focuses on using a wide range of geochemical tools to understand the processes involved in the formation, differentiation and evolution of our planet and its major geochemical reservoirs.

I am a predominantly high temperature isotope geochemist with experience of a large range of radiogenic (Sr-Nd-Hf-Pb-Os) and novel stable (Fe, Zn and Mo) isotope systems.  My work has included a diverse range of topics from core formation and the secular evolution of the Earth’s mantle to the processes evolved in the stabilization of young continental crust (e.g. Zealandia). I also collaborate on a number projects using non-traditional stable isotopes to explore hydrothermal systems, weathering processes and mineralization.

Recently I have been pioneering the development of neodymium (Nd) stable isotope analyses using a double spike and thermal ionization mass spectrometer technique. These are the first measurements of this kind in the world.

Here at Monash as part of the “Pulse of the Earth" project by using a range of novel stable isotopes (including Nd) the aim is to place better constraints on the processes involved in the formation of the Earth’s earliest crust and assess whether  the mechanisms of continent formation have changed through geological time.

 

Previous Professional Experience:

  • NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, “Sulfide in the Core” Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, United Kingdom. April 2016 - April 2018
  • ERC Postdoctoral Research Associate, “Habitable Planet” Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, United Kingdom. May 2014 - April 2016
  • Geothermal Geologist, Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, Wairakei Research Centre, New Zealand. Feb. 2009 - May 2010

Education:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Earth Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, April 2015
  • Master of Science in Geology (First Class), Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand, May 2009

 

If you have questions about my research please do not hesitate to contact me.

Research area keywords

  • Novel Stable Isotopes
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Planetary Formation
  • Analytical Development
  • Magmatic and Eruptive Processes
  • Geochemical Modelling

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Research Output 2010 2018

3 Citations (Scopus)

Molybdenum isotope behaviour in groundwaters and terrestrial hydrothermal systems, Iceland

Neely, R. A., Gislason, S. R., Ólafsson, M., McCoy-West, A. J., Pearce, C. R. & Burton, K. W., 15 Mar 2018, In : Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 486, p. 108-118 11 p.

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8 Citations (Scopus)

The Fe and Zn isotope composition of deep mantle source regions: Insights from Baffin Island picrites

McCoy-West, A. J., Fitton, J. G., Pons, M. L., Inglis, E. C. & Williams, H. M., 1 Oct 2018, In : Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 238, p. 542-562 21 p.

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Editorial: The role of intraplate magmas and their inclusions in Earth's mantle evolution

Giuliani, A., Tappe, S., Rooney, T. O., McCoy-West, A. J., Yaxley, G. M. & Mezger, K., 20 Apr 2017, In : Chemical Geology. 455, p. 1-5 5 p.

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13 Citations (Scopus)

The behavior of iron and zinc stable isotopes accompanying the subduction of mafic oceanic crust: A case study from Western Alpine ophiolites

Inglis, E. C., Debret, B., Burton, K. W., Millet, M. A., Pons, M. L., Dale, C. W., Bouilhol, P., Cooper, M., Nowell, G. M., McCoy-West, A. J. & Williams, H. M., 2017, In : G3: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. 18, 7, p. 2562-2579 18 p.

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6 Citations (Scopus)

The neodymium stable isotope composition of the silicate Earth and chondrites

McCoy-West, A. J., Millet, M. A. & Burton, K. W., 5 Dec 2017, In : Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 480, p. 121-132 12 p.

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Prizes

United Kingdom Geochemistry Group Postdoctoral Paper Medal

Alex McCoy-west (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)