Maxim Gavrilenko, Ph.D.
I’m an igneous petrologist with experience in geochemistry, experimental petrology, volcanology, the origin of crustal materials through high-temperature melting and crystallization processes. My interests include the chemical evolution of igneous systems in different tectonic settings, and the role of subsurface magmatic processes driving and controlling volcanic eruptions. Having a M.Sc.-degree in Geology and Geochemistry from Moscow State University (Russia), I completed my Ph.D. at Rutgers University (USA) in 2016, in part with the support of the sole Fulbright Doctoral Fellowship awarded to Russia in 2011. My thesis work focused on studying of magmatic processes using trace element signatures in olivine grains. Currently as a postdoc I have expanded my research into 1) experimental petrology investigating the role and behavior of magmatic volatiles; 2) magma transport dynamics; 3) experimental geochemistry investigating the radionuclides’ diffusion rates through pore water of crystalline rocks.