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Dr. Martina Menneken

Martina Menneken

Arbeitsbereich Mineralogie-Petrologie

Malteserstr. 74-100
Raum N 26
12249 Berlin
030 - 838 471 761


  • PhD in Geosciences, University of Münster, January 2013

Insights on early Earth crustal evolution from zircon and quartz from Jack Hills, Western Australia

  • M.Sc. in Geosciences, University of Münster, April 2008

Thesis: Investigation of inclusions in >3Ga zircons from Jack Hills, Western Australia.

  • B.Sc. in Geosciences, University of Münster, Sep. 2005

Thesis: Hydrothermal alteration mechanism of US-type nuclear waste form pyrochlore.

Positions Held

  • Since November 2013: Research associate, University of Berlin, Germany.
  • Jan. 2009 – May 2013: Research associate, University of Münster, Germany.
  • Oct.2008 - March 2009: Teaching assistant for ”Computeranwendungen in den Geowissenschaften”.
  • June 2004 -Oct. 2008: Student assistant, Sample characterisation with Micro-Raman Spectroscopy, Secondary Electron Microscope.

Professional affiliation

  •  European Geosciences Union

  • Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft

  • Geologische Vereinigung

Research areas and interests

My main research focus has been on understanding early crustal evolution: the formation of crust and understanding potential early crustal recycling mechanisms. I have been approaching this by focussing on inclusions in detrital zircons from the Jack Hills meta-sedimentary belt in Western Australia using Raman spectroscopy to identify and characterize inclusion phases. I am currently extending this endeavour in a study based on zircons from the Granite Harbour Intrusives from north Victoria Land (Antarctica).

Publications (peer reviewed articles)


Meyer, M., Klemd, R., John, T., Gao, J. & Menneken, M. (accepted). An (in-)coherent metamorphic evolution of high-pressure eclogites and their host rocks in the Chinese southwest Tianshan? Journal of Metamorphic geology.


Klasa, J., Ruiz-Agudo, E., Wang, L. J., Putnis, C. V., Valsami-Jones, E., Menneken, M., and Putnis, A., 2013. An atomic force microscopy study of the dissolution of calcite in the presence of phosphate ions. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 117, 115-128.


Kusiak, M. A., Whitehouse, M. J., Wilde, S. A., Dunkley, D. J., Menneken, M., Nemchin, A. A., and Clark, C., 2013. Changes in zircon chemistry during Archean UHT metamorphism in the Napier Complex, Antarctica. American Journal of Science 313, 933-966.


Wang, L. J., Ruiz-Agudo, E., Putnis, C. V., Menneken, M., and Putnis, A., 2012. Kinetics of Calcium Phosphate Nucleation and Growth on Calcite: Implications for Predicting the Fate of Dissolved Phosphate Species in Alkaline Soils. Environ. Sci. Technol. 46, 834-842.


Menneken, M., Nemchin, A. A., Geisler, T., Pidgeon, R. T., and Wilde, S. A., 2007. Hadean diamonds in zircon from Jack Hills, Western Australia. Nature 448, 917-U5.


Poml P, Menneken M, Stephan T, Niedermeier DRD, Geisler T, Putnis A., 2007. Mechanism of hydrothermal alteration of natural self-irradiated and synthetic crystalline titanate-based pyrochlore. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta 71(13):3311-3322.


Nemchin, A. A., Whitehouse, M. J., Menneken, M., Geisler, T., Pidgeon, R. T., and Wilde, S. A., 2008. A light carbon reservoir recorded in zircon-hosted diamond from the Jack Hills. Nature 454, 92-U3.