Emeritus Professor David Ellis

Emeritus Professor
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Profile

Qualifications

MSc (University of Melbourne) - PhD (University of Tasmania)

Biography

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Research

Research interests

  • Metamorphism and ultra-metamorphism, experimental petrology.
  • High pressure-temperature experimental studies of mineral equilibria (and partial melting) with application to the deep crust.
  • Petrological studies of regional metamorphism, especially in the deep continental crust (Ellis and students have worked in Antarctica, Central Australia, Broken Hill district, Sri Lanka, Norway, China). Emphasis has been on mineral equilibria and inferred tectonic settings of metamorphism.
  • The timing of zircon growth and resorption during regional metamorphism, in particular the trace element budget in common silicates and oxides and the effect this plays in zircon resorption/growth.
  • Geochemical studies of felsic igneous rocks produced under a variety of melting conditions (from water saturated migmatites) up to vapor-absent, pigeonite-bearing high-T "charnockitic" melts and their extrusive equivalents.
  • Ultra-high pressure blueschist-eclogites from western China.

Publications

  • Troitzsch, U. and D.J. Ellis, The ZrO2-TiO2 phase diagram. Journal of Materials Science, 2005. 40 (17): p. 4571-4577.
  • Troitzsch, U., A.G. Christy, and D.J. Ellis, The crystal structure of disordered (Zr,Ti)O-2 solid solution including srilankite: evolution towards tetragonal ZrO2 with increasing Zr. Physics & Chemistry of Minerals, 2005. 32 (7): p. 504-514.
  • Tomkins, H.S., I.S. Williams, and D.J. Ellis, In situ U-Pb dating of zircon formed from retrograde garnet breakdown during decompression in Rogaland, SW Norway. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 2005. 23 (4): p. 201-215.
  • Troitzsch, U. and D.J. Ellis, High-PT study of solid solutions in the system ZrO2-TiO2: The stability of srilankite. European Journal of Mineralogy, 2004. 16 (4): p. 577-584.
  • Troitzsch, U., A.G. Christy, and D.J. Ellis, Synthesis of ordered zirconium titanate (Zr,Ti)(2)O-4 from the oxides using fluxes. Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 2004. 87 (11): p. 2058-2063.
  • Zhang, L., D.J. Ellis, R.J. Arculus, et al., 'Forbidden zone' subduction of sediments to 150 km depth - the reaction of dolomite to magnesite plus aragonite in the UHPM metapelites from western Tianshan, China. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 2003. 21 (6): p. 523-529.
  • Zhang, L.F., D.J. Ellis, S. Williams, et al., Ultra-high pressure metamorphism in western Tianshan, China: Part II. Evidence from magnesite in eclogite. American Mineralogist, 2002. 87 (7): p. 861-866.
  • Zhang, L.F., D.J. Ellis, and W.B. Jiang, Ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism in western Tianshan, China: Part I. Evidence from inclusions of coesite pseudomorphs in garnet and from quartz exsolution lamellae in omphacite in eclogites. American Mineralogist, 2002. 87(7): p. 853-860.
  • Troitzsch, U. and D.J. Ellis, Thermodynamic properties and stability of AIF-bearing titanite CaTiOSiO4-Ca-AIFSiO(4) [Review].Contributions to Mineralogy & Petrology, 2002. 142 (5): p. 543-563.
  • Troitzsch, U. and D.J. Ellis, Thermodynamic properties and stability of AlF-bearing titanite CaTiOSiO4-CaAlFSiO4 (vol 142, pg 626, 2002). Contributions to Mineralogy & Petrology, 2002. 142 (5): p. 626.
  • Kemp, A.I.S., C.M. Gray, D.J. Ellis, et al., Delamerian Glenelg tectonic zone, western Victoria: characterisation and synthesis of igneous rocks. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 2002. 49 (2): p. 201-224.
  • Mavrogenes, J.A., I.W. MacIntosh, and D.J. Ellis, Partial melting of the Broken Hill galena-sphalerite ore: Experimental studies in the system PbS-FeS-ZnS-(Ag2S). Economic Geology & the Bulletin of the Society of Economic Geologists, 2001. 96 (1): p. 205-210.
  • Frost, B.R., C.G. Barnes, W.J. Collins, et al., A geochemical classification for granitic rocks [Review]. Journal of Petrology, 2001. 42(11): p. 2033-2048.
  • Dyson, P.J., D.J. Ellis, and T. Welton, A temperature-controlled reversible ionic liquid-water two phase single phase protocol for hydrogenation catalysis. Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 2001. 79 (5): p. 705-708.
  • Degeling, H., S. Eggins, and D.J. Ellis, Zr budgets for metamorphic reactions, and the formation of zircon from garnet breakdown.Mineralogical Magazine, 2001. 65 (6): p. 749-758.
  • Fraser, G., I. McDougall, D.J. Ellis, et al., Timing and rate of isothermal decompression in Pan-African granulites from Rundvagshetta, East Antarctica. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 2000. 18 (4): p. 441-454.
  • Troitzsch, U., D.J. Ellis, J. Thompson, et al., Crystal structural changes in titanite along the join TiO-AlF. European Journal of Mineralogy, 1999. 11 (6): p. 955-965.
  • Troitzsch, U. and D.J. Ellis, The synthesis and crystal structure of CaAlFSiO4, the Al-F analog of titanite. American Mineralogist, 1999.84 (7-8): p. 1162-1169.
  • Zhao, J.X., D.J. Ellis, J.A. Kilpatrick, et al., GEOCHEMICAL AND SR-ND ISOTOPIC STUDY OF CHARNOCKITES AND RELATED ROCKS IN THE NORTHERN PRINCE CHARLES MOUNTAINS, EAST ANTARCTICA - IMPLICATIONS FOR CHARNOCKITE PETROGENESIS AND PROTEROZOIC CRUSTAL EVOLUTION [Review]. Precambrian Research, 1997. 81 (1-2): p. 37-66.
  • Young, D.N., J.X. Zhao, D.J. Ellis, et al., Geochemical and Sr-Nd Isotopic Mapping of Source Provinces for the Mawson Charnockites, East Antarctica - Implications for Proterozoic Tectonics and Gondwana Reconstruction. Precambrian Research, 1997. 86 (1-2): p. 1-19.
  • Warren, R.G. and D.J. Ellis, Mantle Underplating, Granite Tectonics, and Metamorphic P-T-F Paths - Reply. Geology, 1997. 25 (8): p. 764-765.
  • Lee, J.K.W., I.S. Williams, and D.J. Ellis, Pb, U and Th Diffusion in Natural Zircon. Nature, 1997. 390 (6656): p. 159-162.
  • Ellis, D.J. and Y. Hiroi, Secondary Siderite-Oxide-Sulphide and Carbonate-Andalusite Assemblages in Cordierite Granulites from Sri Lanka - Post-Granulite Facies Fluid Evolution During Uplift. Contributions to Mineralogy & Petrology, 1997. 127 (4): p. 315-335.
  • Warren, R.G. and D.J. Ellis, Mantle Underplating, Granite Tectonics, and Metamorphic P-T-T Paths. Geology, 1996. 24 (7): p. 663-666.
  • Farquhar, J., T. Chacko, and D.J. Ellis, Preservation of Oxygen Isotope Compositions in Granulites from Northwestern Canada and Enderby Land, Antarctica - Implications for High-Temperature Isotopic Thermometry. Contributions to Mineralogy & Petrology, 1996.125 (2-3): p. 213-224.
  • Ballhaus, C. and D.J. Ellis, Mobility of Core Melts During Earths Accretion. Earth & Planetary Science Letters, 1996. 143 (1-4): p. 137-145.
  • Zhao, J.X., K. Shiraishi, D.J. Ellis, et al., Geochemical and Isotopic Studies of Syenites from the Yamato Mountains, East Antarctica - Implications for the Origin of Syenitic Magmas. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 1995. 59 (7): p. 1363-1382.
  • Shiraishi, K., D.J. Ellis, Y. Hiroi, et al., Cambrian Orogenic Belt in East Antarctica and Sri Lanka - Implications for Gondwana Assembly - a Reply. Journal of Geology, 1995. 103 (4): p. 469-471.
  • Thompson, A.B. and D.J. Ellis, CAO+MGO+AL2O3+SIO2+H2O TO 35 KB - AMPHIBOLE, TALC, AND ZOISITE DEHYDRATION AND MELTING REACTIONS IN THE SILICA-EXCESS PART OF THE SYSTEM AND THEIR POSSIBLE SIGNIFICANCE IN SUBDUCTION ZONES, AMPHIBOLITE MELTING, AND MAGMA FRACTIONATION [Review]. American Journal of Science, 1994. 294 (10): p. 1229-1289.
  • Shiraishi, K., D.J. Ellis, Y. Hiroi, et al., Cambrian Orogenic Belt in East Antarctica and Sri-Lanka - Implications for Gondwana Assembly.Journal of Geology, 1994. 102 (1): p. 47-65.

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