People Directory : Veronique Le Roux
WHOI Mailing Address:
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
266 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050
Ph.D. University of Montpellier II / Macquarie University, 2008, Earth Sciences
M.S. University of Nantes / University of Montpellier II, 2005, Earth and Planetary Sciences
B.S. University of Nantes, 2003, Earth and Planetary Sciences
My research objectives are to advance the understanding of igneous processes that affect the composition of the Earth’s mantle through time and link them to the cycling of volatiles on Earth. The mantle represents more than 80% of the volume of our planet. It controls the thermal state of the Earth, drives plate tectonics, and is the reservoir from which the continents are extracted. The mantle also directly affects the planet’s climate through the release of greenhouse gases during extended periods of volcanism, and it influences ocean chemistry through water-rock exchange in seafloor hydrothermal systems. Thus, the mantle plays a key role in many deep and surficial processes that are observed on Earth.My research mainly focuses on: 1- studying the effects of melting and melt-rock reactions on the composition of the Earth’s mantle, 2- investigating the processes of material transport (volatiles and crust) between the surface oceans and the Earth’s mantle, and 3- developing a 3-D x-ray micro-computed tomography laboratory and the innovative use of 3-D models to enhance the understanding of geological processes. I use a multidisciplinary approach in performing my research, combining geochemistry, petrology, fieldwork, 3-D micro-computed tomography, and high-pressure, high-temperature laboratory experiments to simulate conditions inside the Earth.