- PhD Candidate -

telephone: +44 (0) 745 113 8986

email: n.mari.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Room 414A, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, Gregory Building, University of Glasgow (UK)

Research Summary

Research Title

The formation and evolution of the Martian mantle: A Martian meteorite perspective

Summary of research

The magmatic evolution of Mars is one of the key questions in modern planetology, because this would also shed light in related enigmas about the interior of terrestrial planets, the evolution of planetary bodies in the early Solar System, the timescale of habitability for hypothetical forms of life on Mars. 

I do research on the Martian mantle formation and evolution by analysing Martian meteorites, Martian volcanic rocks (lava) of differing crystallization ages. In order to analyze these extraterrestrial samples I use isotopic and geochemical methods, with focusing on the volatile elements (H2O, Cl, F), the 187Re-187Os  and sulphur isotope systematics by using novel analytical techniques in cosmochemistry based on highly siderophile elements (HSE) distributions.   

Expected outcomes are: a model of volatile element evolution of the Martian mantle, definitively understand how many chemically different mantle reservoir are present on Mars, insights on the formation of the Martian mantle, implications for terrestrial planets. Results will also be of support for rover-based analyses of surficial Martian rocks for the upcoming NASA missions, as "Mars 2020", and for direct laboratory analyses after future sample return missions. 




Selected publications

– Mari N., Riches A., Hallis L., Marrocchi Y., Villeneuve J. & Lee M., 2018. Sulphur isotope fractionation in the nakhlite lava flows: new insights into Martian volcanic and atmospheric processesMeteoritics & Planetary Sciencevol. 53, issue S1, pp. A185, Moscow (Russia).

– Mari N., Hallis L., Riches A. & Lee M., 2017. Mg-Fe and P-zoning in Tissint olivine and pyroxene: implication for Martian magma chamber dynamics. Meteoritics & Planetary Sciencevol. 52, issue S1, pp. A225, New Mexico (USA).

Mari N., Riches A., Hallis L. & Lee M., 2017. Characteristics of Martian crustal materials and implications for magmatic assimilation: preliminary Re-Os isotope and highly siderophile element abundance data for nakhlites and Tissint. Meteoritics & Planetary Sciencevol. 52, issue S1, pp. A224, New Mexico (USA).



    – Travel Grant from the Barringer Crater Company for MetSoc conference 2018 in Russia

    – Travel Grant from Italian Geological Society for 89th Italian Geological Congress

    – Micheal Golden Fund scholarship for experimental Martian petrogenesis works at the University of Hawai’i

    – INVOGE scholarship for a Double Master’s Degree in Volcanology between USA and Italy


    - Level 2 Demonstrator - School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow (UK)

    Additional Information


    2014 - 2015: Master's Degree in Volcanology (Michigan Technological University, USA)

    2013 - 2015: Master's Degree in Geological Sciences and Geotechnologies (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)

    2010 - 2013: Bachelor's Degree in Geological Sciences (University of Urbino, Italy)

    Research thesis

    2015 - "Insights into the relationship between mixing duration and volcanic explosivity index (VEI): Pacaya and Fuego volcanoes, Guatemala"

    2013 - "Study of the initial products of the 2010 Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption (Iceland)"


    – Member of NASA Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group

    – Member of The Meteoritical Society

    – Member of the Italian Planetary Geology Society

    – Member of the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Research Group (University of Glasgow)