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Emily Catherine Pope

Emily Catherine Pope

Assistant professor

  • Natural History Museum of Denmark

    Øster Voldgade 5-7, 1350 København K

    Phone: +45 35 32 23 62

The objective of my research is to characterize the evolution of surficial environments over Earth history, and the impact of such evolution on the emergence and evolution of life. Ultimately, I want to understand how and why the Earth has evolved as it has, and the extent to which biological evolution is determined by geological processes, and/or is a determining factor for geological processes over Earth history.

I am trained as a stable isotope geochemist, and specialize in studying high-temperature geochemical reactions between rocks and fluids, such as in geothermal systems, ore-forming processes and metasomatic alteration associated with metamorphism. These types of reactions can tell us about Earth's geologic and biologic evolution because they trace the interaction between the hydrosphere (a primary requisite for life, continental crust, and plate tectonics) and the other major chemical reservoirs of Earth: biosphere, atmosphere, lithosphere and mantle.

Primary fields of research

  • Precambrian geology
  • Stable isotope geochemistry
  • Geochemistry of high-temperature fluid-rock reactions
  • The origin and evolution of Earth's oceans and continents
  • Geothermal systems

Current research

  • Evolution of Earth's hydrosphere
  • Source and chemistry of ore-forming fluids in orogenic Au-deposits
  • Climatic evolution of Earth in the Precambrian
  • Member of Nordic Center for Earth Evolution (NordCEE)

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