Vincent van Hinsberg

Assistant Professor

Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
3450 University St.
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 0E8

Email: vincent.vanhinsberg [at]

Tel: 514.398.8112

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The abundance of water on Earth has a profound impact on how our planet operates: aqueous fluids facilitate melting and subduction, and hence plate tectonics, control the redistribution of elements to make ore deposits, and determine the availability of (trace) element nutrients to life. Knowledge of the compositions of these fluids is therefore essential. Unfortunately, direct fluid samples are rare, especially for deep in the Earth and for its earliest history. However, minerals with preserved compositions are readily available, sampling environments to more than 200 km depth and back to at least 4.2 billion years ago. Minerals capture a fingerprint of the associated fluid by element exchange, and in my research I investigate how to read this mineral record. This involves understanding how elements partition in mineral-fluid and mineral-melt partitioning experiments from surface conditions to high temperature and pressure; computational modelling of mineral lattices and aqueous complexes, and in-situ trace element work on natural samples. The key mineral used in these studies is tourmaline, although we also work on fluorite, albite, chlorite and perovskite.

Recent Publications

Lewicki, J.L., Caudron, C., van Hinsberg, V.J., and Hilley, G.E., (2016). High spatio-temporal resolution observations of crater lake temperatures at Kawah Ijen volcano, East Java, Indonesia. Bulletin of Volcanology, 78(8), 53, doi:10.1007/s00445-016-1049-9.

Ross, D.A., Guzmán, H.M., Van Hinsberg, V.J., and Potvin, C., (2016). Metal contents of marine turtle eggs (Chelonia mydas; Lepidochelys olivacea) from the tropical eastern pacific and the implications for human health. Journal of Environmental Science and Health - Part B Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes, 51(10), 675-687.

van Hinsberg, V.J., Berlo, K., Migdisov, A.A., and Williams-Jones, A.E. , (2016). CO2-fluxing collapses metal mobility in magmatic vapour. Geochemical Perspectives Letters, 2, 169-177.

Caudron, C., Syahbana, D.K., Lecocq, T., Van Hinsberg, V., McCausland, W., Triantafyllou, A., Camelbeeck, T., and Bernard, A., (2015). Surono Kawah Ijen volcanic activity: a review. Bulletin of Volcanology, 77(3), 39 p., doi:10.1007/s00445-014-0885-8.

Gunawan, H., Caudron, C., Pallister, J., Primulyana, S., Christenson, B., McCausland, W., van Hinsberg, V.J., Lewicki, J., Rouwet, D., Kelly, P., Kern, C., Werner, C., Johnson, J., Utami, S., Syahbana, D., Saing, U., Suparjan, Purwanto, B.H., Sealing, C., Martinez Cruz, M., Maryanto, S., Bani, P., Laurin, A., Schmid, A., Bradley, K., Nandaka, I., and Hendrasto, M., (2015). New insights into Kawah Ijen's volcanic system from the wet volcano workshop experiment. Geological Society of London Special Publication , 437, doi:10.1144/SP437.7.

Poulsen, M.D., Paulick, H., Rosa, D., van Hinsberg, V.J., Petersen, J., Thomsen, L.L., (2015). Follow-up on Ujarassiorit mineral hunt finds and outreach activi¬ties, South-East Greenland. Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland Bulletin, 33, 53-56.

van Hinsberg, V.J., Vigouroux, N., Palmer, S., Berlo, K., Mauri, G., Williams-Jones, A., McKenzie, J., Williams-Jones, G., Fischer, T., (2015). Element flux to the environment of the passively crater lake-hosting degassing Kawah Ijen volcano, Indonesia, and implications for estimates of the global volcanic flux. Geological Society of London Special Publication, 437, doi: 10.1144/SP437.2.

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