CODES – ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits

Leonid Danyushevsky

Leonid Danyushevsky

Professor Leonid Danyushevsky

Head of Discipline, Earth Sciences
Leader of the Enabling Technologies Module for CODES Leader of the CODES Analytical Laboratories

Contact Details

Contact Campus Sandy Bay Campus
Building Geology/Geography
Room Reference 309
Telephone +61 3 6226 2469
Fax +61 3 6226 2547 (Earth Sciences &CODES)

Teaching Responsibilities

Career Summary

Professor Leonid Danyushevsky received his BSc (Hons) from the Moscow State University in Russia in 1983, and PhD from the Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences in 1992. Leonid worked in the Vernadsky Institute for nine years (1983-1992) and received a Gold Medal of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in 1992. In 1993 Leonid moved to UTAS to conduct research into magma generation and evolution processes under mid-ocean ridges and above subduction zones. In 1995-1997 Leonid held an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship (Constraints on the composition and generation conditions of primary magmas derived from the suboceanic mantle: a melt inclusion approach). In 1998-2002 he held an ARC QEII Research Fellowship (Melt inclusion constraints on the compositions (including volatile and chalcophile element contents) of primitive subduction-related and mid-ocean ridge magmas).

Since 2003 Leonid has been responsible for the operation of the CODES laser-ablation ICP-MS laboratory, which is used for trace-element analysis of minerals, glasses and fluid inclusions. And since 2005 Leonid has led CODES Technology Research Program (Program 5). Research projects within this program are aimed at developing novel analytical and data interpretation techniques for laser ablation microprobes coupled with single- and multi-collector mass-spectrometers, nuclear microprobes and synchrotrons. Research within this program is conducted in cooperation with a number of Australian and international universities and research organisations.

Research Activity

Leonid has become internationally recognised for his contribution to the development of the melt inclusion approach in igneous petrology, research into application of melt inclusions in phenocrysts to understanding magma generation and evolution processes, and building the software program Petrolog for modelling crystallisation of silicate magmas.

Currently his main research interests include:

  1. Development of LA-ICP-MS analytical techniques, reference materials, data processing tools and instrumentation, and their application to geological problems
  2. Numerical modelling of crystallisation and generation of mantle-derived magmas
  3. Development of experimental and geochemical studies of magmatic (melt, fluid and solid) inclusions in minerals

2012 PhD Supervision

  • Mathieu Ageneau; Gisela Cobenas; Sarah Gilbert; JianXiang Guan; Daniele Redi


Research Project/s