Monica Handler

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Deputy Head of School School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences


Teaching in 2020

Research interests

Geochemistry, mantle processes, volcanic rocks, Earth formation

I am interested in using the chemistry of natural samples (e.g. rocks, sediment, minerals, fossils) to study the world around us. I use a range of trace element and isotopic data to investigate specific geological processes and systems. My main areas of interest include element cycling and magma generation at subduction zones, and the behaviour of trace metals, particularly siderophile and chalcophile elements (iron- and sulphur- associated elements), in deep (magmatic) and surficial (e.g. marine) environments.

Recent projects include:

  • Volatile and chalcophile element behaviour at subduction zones, including Cl, H2O, S, platinum-group elements (PGEs), Cu, Zn, Pb; particularly the currently active southern Kermadec Arc – Havre Trough and the remnant Colville Arc.
  • Trace metal uptake in crustacea (amphipods and decapods) in response to environmental conditions and change. With NIWA, and the School of Biological Sciences, supported by an MBIE Endeavour grant.
  • Trace metal geochemistry of marine ferromanganese nodules. With NIWA.
  • Rhenium-osmium isotope systematics in New Zealand oils and source rocks. With GNS Science and Durham University, supported by an MBIE programme grant.

For more information, please visit the Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology Research Group page.


  • PhD in Earth Science - Australian National University
  • BSc with First Class Hons in Geology - Victoria University of Wellington


Publications 1997 - Now


Teaching in 2020