2016present: Junior Research Fellow, Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK
2015 – 2016: Geology Option Post-doctoral Fellow, Caltech
20132015: Junior Research Fellow, Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK
20132015: Adjunct Associate Researcher, Institute for the Study of the Earth’s Interior, University of Okayama, Japan
2013: Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science post-doctoral fellowship, Japan

Academic Record

20092013: Ph.D. in Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, awarded without correction
20082009: MSci (1st class) Natural Sciences (Geology) University of Cambridge
20052008: Ba (Hons, 1st class) Natural Sciences (Geology) University of Cambridge

Awards and Prizes

2015: Senior Peden Fellow, Rice University
2014: President’s Award from the Geological Society
2013: Furusato Award from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science
2009: Huppert Prize in Geophysics
2009: Bachelor Scholarship from Queens’ College Cambridge
2009: Cambridge European Trust Scholarship for research
2008: Foundation Scholar of Queens’ College Cambridge

Grants and bursaries


2016: STFC Diamond Light Source facility – 12 shifts (FEC £80k) -The redox budget of the Iceland mantle plume: a multi-proxy approach [SP13490]
2015: STFC Diamond Light Source facility – 15 shifts (FEC £100k) – Probing the length scales of redox heterogeneity in ancient mantle domains [SP11208]
2015: STFC Diamond Light Source facility – 2 shifts (FEC £7k) -The effect of beam damage on ferric iron determinations by XANES [SP12130]
2014: NERC ion microprobe facility – £22500 (FEC) – Resolving the origin of volatiles in the Iceland plume using boron isotopes? [IMF515/0514]
: STFC Diamond Light Source facility – 12 shifts (FEC £80k)- Are enriched mantle domains more reducing? Testing geochemical-redox relationships in the mantle using Mid-Atlantic Ridge basalts [SP9446]
: NERC ion microprobe facility – £7500 (FEC) – Understanding the role of degassing in setting the redox state of mid-ocean ridge basalts [IMF495/1013]
: Geological Society Timothy Jefferson Field Research Grant – £2000 – An investigation into the history of deglaciation on Iceland
: Mineralogical Society grant – £350 – An investigation into the history of deglaciation and volcanism on Iceland

As Co-I/Project partner

2016: Project Partner, “How did primordial and recycled geochemical signatures come to coexist in the Earth’s deep mantle?” [NE/P002331/1]
Project Partner, “Oxygen fugacity structure of mantle plumes: Reconciling elemental, isotopic and Fe redox proxies” [NE/N009568/1]
Project Partner, “The Source and Longevity of Sulphur in an Icelandic Flood Basalt Eruption Plume” [NE/M021130/1]
2014: Project Partner, Oxford consortium grant “Mantle Volatiles: Processes, Reservoirs and Fluxes” [NE/M000443/1]

Invited Talks


Invited: Shorttle, O. et al. (2015), Geochemical constraints on melt formation and transport processes. AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco, USA.
: Shorttle, O. et al. (2015), Lithology and temperature: How key mantle variables control rift volcanism. AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco, USA.
Keynote: Shorttle, O. et al. (2015), Solid Earth volatile cycling. Geochemistry Society Group Meeting, Southampton, UK.
Invited: Shorttle, O. et al. (2014), Controls on OIB and MORB geochemical variability. AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco, USA.
Invited: Shorttle, O., & Maclennan, J. (2014), Geochemical variability in MORB: making the link between global and local datasets. Goldschmidt, Sacramento.
Invited: Shorttle, O., Lambart, S. & Maclennan, J. (2013), Constraining the amount of recycled material in the mantle source from basalt chemistry. EGU, Vienna.


2015: Rice, Fall 2015 Earth Sciences seminar series
: University of Edinburgh, Petrology seminar series
: ENS Lyon Department seminar
2012: Caltech, Geological and Planetary Science Division, Petrology Seminar series
2012: University of Oxford, Department of Earth Sciences, Volcano Lunch


2008 2016: Over 140 days of field experience in Iceland collecting material for major element, trace element and isotopic analysis and micro-analytical work.
2010: NERC research cruise JC049, 5 weeks active seismology, imaging sedimentary thickness across the North Atlantic.
2008: 15 days sampling Eocene – Oligocene sedimentary successions in Svalbard, Norway for glendonite horizons
2007: 35 days mapping in Spain’s Cantabrian Mountains

Outreach Activities

Coordinated “Time Truck” initiative of student Earth Sciences outreach at Cambridge University

Academic Service

Journal reviewer: Earth and Planetary Sciences, Geochemica et Cosmochimica Acta, Mineralogy and Petrology, G-cubed, Journal of Petrology



Oliver Shorttle. Hot mantle rising. Nature Geoscience (2017). [summary, publisher]


Eleanor S. Jennings, Tim J.B. Holland, Oliver Shorttle, John Maclennan, and Sally Gibson. The composition of Melts from a heterogeneous mantle and the origin of ferropicrite: Application of a thermodynamic model. Journal of Petrology (2016): 1-22.  [publisher]

Oliver Shorttle, John Rudge, John Maclennan, and Ken Rubin. A statistical description of concurrent mixing and crystallisation during MORB differentiation: implications for trace element enrichment. Journal of Petrology (2016): 1-33. [summary, publisher]

Simon Matthews, Oliver Shorttle, John Maclennan. The temperature of the Icelandic mantle from olivine-spinel aluminum exchange thermometry. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (2016).


Oliver Shorttle, Yves Moussallam, Margaret Hartley, John Maclennan, Marie Edmonds, Bramley Murton. Fe-XANES analyses of Reykjanes Ridge basalts: Implications for the oceanic crust’s role in the solid Earth oxygen cycle. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 427 (2015): 272-285. [summary, publisher]

Oliver Shorttle. Geochemical variability in MORB controlled by concurrent mixing and crystallisation. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 424 (2015): 1-14. [summary, publisher]


Oliver Shorttle, John Maclennan, and Sarah Lambart. Quantifying lithological variability in the mantle. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 395 (2014): 24-40. [summary, publisher]


Oliver Shorttle, John Maclennan, and Alexander M. Piotrowski. Geochemical provincialism in the Iceland plume. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 122 (2013): 363-397. [summary, publisher]


Oliver Shorttle, and John Maclennan. Compositional trends of Icelandic basalts: Implications for short–length scale lithological heterogeneity in mantle plumes. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 12, no. 11 (2011). [summary, publisher]


Oliver Shorttle, J. Maclennan, and S. M. Jones. Control of the symmetry of plume‐ridge interaction by spreading ridge geometry. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 11, no. 7 (2010). [summary, publisher]


Tripati, Aradhna K., Robert A. Eagle, Andrew Morton, Julian A. Dowdeswell, Katie L. Atkinson, Yannick Bahé, Caroline F. Dawber, Emma Khadun, Ruth M.H. Shaw, Oliver Shorttle, Lavaniya Thanabalasundaram. Evidence for glaciation in the Northern Hemisphere back to 44 Ma from ice-rafted debris in the Greenland Sea. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 265, no. 1 (2008): 112-122. [summary, publisher]

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