Dr Marthe Klöcking

Postdoctoral Fellow

Positions Held

2019 - current: Postdoctoral Fellow, RSES, ANU.

2018 - 2019: DAAD Postdoctoral Scholar, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

2017 - 2018: Postdoctoral Researcher, Bullard Laboratories, University of Cambridge, UK.



2018: PhD, Bullard Laboratories, University of Cambridge.

Research interests

Keywords: Igneous Petrology, Trace Element Geochemistry, Mantle Melting, Dynamic Topography, Inverse Modelling

I am interested in upper mantle processes, in particular the melting of mantle rocks. My research focuses on reconstructing the depth and temperature of melt generation from the chemical composition of volcanic rocks. With the help of numerical modelling, I combine igneous geochemistry with thermodynamics, seismology, and geodynamics.

I have previously studied modern intraplate volcanic provinces, e.g. in the western US and northeast Brazil, to quantify dynamic topography and the interplay between lithospheric thickness and elevated mantle potential temperatures. Currently, I am investigating the ca. 500 - 2,000 Ma old volcanism of the North Australian craton. This work is part of a project at Geoscience Australia to assess lithospheric evolution, and its potential links to ore formation, through time and space.

Klöcking, M., Hoggard, M.J., Rodríguez Tribaldos, V., Richards, F.D., Guimarães, A.R., Maclennan, J., & White, N.J. (in press). A tale of two domes: Neogene to recent volcanism and dynamic uplift of northeast Brazil and southwest Africa. Earth and Planetary Sciences Letters.

Klöcking, M., Czarnota, K., Champion, D.C., Jaques, A.L., & Davies, D. R. (2020). Spatio-temporal evolution of Australian lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary from mafic volcanism. In: Czarnota, K., Roach, I., Abbott, S., Haynes, M., Kositcin, N., Ray, A. and Slatter, E. (eds.) Exploring for the Future: Extended Abstracts, Geoscience Australia, Canberra, 1-4, http://dx.doi.org/10.11636/135075.

Goes, S., Hasterok, D., Schutt, D.L., & Klöcking, M. (2020). Continental lithospheric temperatures: A review. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 306, 106509, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pepi.2020.106509.

Klöcking, M., White, N.J., Maclennan, J., Fitton, J.G., & McKenzie, D.P., (2018). Quantitative Relationships Between Basalt Geochemistry, Shear Wave Velocity and Asthenospheric Temperature Beneath Western North America, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 19, 3376-3404, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018GC007559.

Klöcking, M., White, N., & Maclennan, J. (2018). Role of Basaltic Magmatism within Parnaíba Cratonic Basin, Northeast Brazil, in: Daly, M.C., Fuck, R.A., Julià, J., Macdonald, D.I.M., & Watts, A.B. (eds.) Cratonic Basin Formation: A Case Study of the Parnaíba Basin of Brazil, Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 472, https://doi.org/10.1144/SP472.4.

Humphreys, M.C.S., Edmonds, M., & Klöcking, M.S. (2016). The validity of plagioclase-melt geothermometry for degassing-driven magma crystallisation, American Mineralogist, 101(4), 769-779, https://doi.org/10.2138/am-2016-5314.

Klöcking, M., Mills, L., Mortensen, J., & Roots, C. (2016). Geology of mid-Cretaceous volcanic rocks at Mount Nansen, central Yukon, and their relationship to the Dawson Range batholith, Yukon Geological Survey, Open File 2016-25, http://data.geology.gov.yk.ca/Reference/78506.