Jennifer Cuthbertson

Teaching Professor

Department of Geoscience

PhD - Earth Sciences

Carleton University, 2006

BSc (Hons) - Earth and Ocean Sciences

University of British Columbia, 2000

Contact information


  • GLGY 308 - Geology and Human Health
  • GLGY 431 - Igneous Petrology
  • GLGY 333 - Igneous, Metamorphic and Ore Rocks and Processes

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Igneous petrology
  • Isotope geochemistry
  • Trace element geochemistry
  • Mineral chemistry
  • Chemical geodynamics
  • Field geology
  • Mineral exploration
  • Mantle processes
  • Geoscience education

Research interests

My research focuses on the mineralogy and geochemistry of ultrapotassic and potassic volcanic rocks, specifically the relation between geochemical signature and tectonic setting. Trace element and radiogenic isotope geochemistry are used to investigate mantle enrichment processes involving fluid metasomatism in subduction zone and rift settings. Cenozoic Italian volcanic rocks, in particular, are well-known for their unusually high potassium contents and unusual isotopic ratios. New trace element and isotopic data from rocks in NW and central Italy may provide insight into the plate movements in the Western Mediterranean over the past 65 Ma, and may link the geochemistry of the mantle beneath Italy with that of central Europe and the eastern Atlantic.