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Lena Melekhova

Research associateDr Lena Melekhova

University of Bristol

Email: lena.melekhova(at)
Telephone: +44 (0)117 331 5181

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Research interests

My research focuses on the use of high-pressure experimental petrology, combined with numerical methods, to obtain a better understanding of mantle and lower crustal processes. These processes include the deep Earth water cycle and the composition and physical properties of derived liquids and supercritical fluids.

Currently I am interested in the chemical evolution of magma during sill formation, with particular reference to the generation of magmas beneath volcanoes in the Lesser Antilles. The chemistry of a magma changes in response to its changing physical environment, and in return the physical properties of the melts themselves change, directly influencing their extraction and eruption. Studying this behaviour has proven to be an invaluable tool in magmatic studies and volcanic geochemistry.