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Lisa Renee Danielson

Scientist, Supervisor Basic & Applied Research

Contact Information

Phone: 281.483.2220
Fax: 281-483-1573

ARES Lisa Renee Danielson


DegreeArea of StudySchoolYear
Ph.D.GeologyArizona State University2003
M.S.GeoscienceUniversity of Nevada1998
B.S.Earth and Planetary SciencesRensselaer Polytechnic Institute1993

Research/Engineering Interests

We conduct experiments that simulate the interiors of terrestrial planets, at both past and present physical and chemical conditions. High pressure and temperature experiments are used to constrain the core-mantle segregation process, mantle mineralogy, and mantle evolution.

Our research questions are:
What are the processes by which terrestrial planets formed?
Where does the planets water come from and where and how much is stored?
How did the core form?
How did the mantle form, and what is the composition and structure of the mantle?
How did meteorite parent bodies form?

Selected Publications

Righter, K., Sutton, S., Danielson, L., Pando, K., Schmidt, G., Yang, H., Berthet, S., Newville, M., Choi, Y., Downs, R.T., and Malavergne, V. (2011) "The effect of fO2 on the partitioning and valence of V and Cr in garnet/melt pairs and the relation to terrestrial mantle V and Cr content." American Mineralogist, 96, 1278-1290.

Righter, K., Pando, K. M., Danielson, L., Lee, Cin-Ty (2010) "Partitioning of Mo, P and other siderophile elements (Cu, Ga, Sn, Ni, Co, Cr, Mn, V, and W) between metal and silicate melt as a function of temperature and silicate melt composition." Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 291, 1-9.

Righter, K.; Pando, K.; Danielson, L. R. (2009) "Experimental evidence for sulfur-rich martian magmas: Implications for volcanism and surficial sulfur sources." Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 288, 235-243.

Campbell, A.J., Danielson, L.R., Righter, K., Seagle, C.T., Wang, Y. and Prakapenka, V.B. (2009) "High Pressure Effects on the Iron-Wstite and Nickel-Nickel Oxide Oxygen Fugacity Buffers." Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 286, 556-564.

Danielson, L.R., Righter, K., and Humayun, M. (2009) "Mineralogy, petrology and trace element chemistry of Cumulus Ridge (CMS) 04071 pallasite," Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 44, 1019-1032.