Dr Tiffany Barry

Tiffany Barry

Research Fellow

Head of Analytical Services

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3924
Email: tlb2@le.ac.uk

Personal details

I am the academic Head of Analytical Services within the department and manage the LA-ICP-MS facility.

Within Analytical Services, we work on a very wide range of materials and projects, from battery recycling, glass processing and clay analyses to fundamental geological questions.


  • GL2010 Field-based Projects

  • GL3039 Geochemistry (module co-ordinator)

  • GL3073 Planetary Science

  • GL4010 Masters Research Projects


Research group: Volcanoes, Tectonics and Mineral Resources

My research ranges across:

  • basalt geochemistry
  • mantle geodynamics
  • volcanology and geochronology

and includes studies on:

  • long-term mantle domain signatures, such as the DUPAL anomaly
  • Tethyan and Rheic Ocean crust chemistry
  • past mantle flow patterns using 3D spherical numerical models
  • intraplate magmatism, especially across Central Asia
  • using geochemistry as a tool to understand emplacement of pyroclastic density currents
  • improving our understanding of Ar-dating basalts


Mantle dynamics and mantle geochemistry

15. Pearce, J.A., Hastie, A.R., Leat, P.T., Dalziel, I.W., Lawver, L.A., Barker, P.F., Millar, I.L., Barry, T.L., Bevins, R.E., 2014, Composition and life cycle of the ancestral South Sandwich Arc: implications for the flow of deep ocean water and mantle through the Drake Passage Gateway. Global and Planetary Change, 123, 298-322 .

14. Neill, I., Kerr, A.C., Chamberlain, K.R., Schmitt, A.K., Urbani, F., Hastie, A.R., Pindell, J.L., Barry, T.L., Millar, I.L., 2014, Vestiges of the lost proto-Caribbean Seaway: origin of the San Souci Volcanic Group, Trinidad. Tectonophysics, 626, 170-185.

13. Murphy, J.B., Waldron, J.W.F., Schofield, D.I., Barry, T.L., Band, A.R., 2013, Highly depleted isotopic compositions evident in Iapetus and Rheic ocean basalts: implications for crustal generation and preservation. International Journal of Earth Sciences. DOI: 10.1007/s00531-013-0925-1.

12. Vye, C.L., Gannoun, A., Barry, T.L., Self, S., Burton, K.W., 2013, Osmium isotope heterogeneity accompanying the formation of a single flow field in the Columbia River Flood Basalt Province. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 368, 183-194.

11. Hunt, A.C., Parkinson, I.J., Harris, N.B.W., Barry, T.L., Rogers, N.W., Yondon, M., 2012, Cenozoic volcanism on the Hangai dome, central Mongolia: Geochemical evidence for melt sources and implications for mechanisms of melting. Journal of Petrology, 53, 1913-1942.

10. Haase, K.M., Beier, C., Fretzdorff, S., Leat, P.T., Livermore, R.A., Barry, T.L., Pearce, J.A., Hauff, F., 2011, Magmatic evolution of a dying spreading axis: evidence for the interaction of tectonics and mantle heterogeneity from the fossil Phoenix Ridge, Drake Passage, Chemical Geology, 115-125.

9. Barry, T.L., Ivanov, A.V., Rasskazov, S.V., Demonterova, E.I., Dunai, T., Davies, G., Harrison, D., 2007. Helium isotopes provide no evidence of a primordial component in the mantle source of central Asian Cenozoic basalts. Lithos, 95, 415-424.

8. Barry, T.L., Pearce, J.A., Leat, P.T., Millar, I.L., le Roex, A. P., 2006. Hafnium isotope evidence for selective mobility of high-field-strength-elements in a subduction setting: South Sandwich Islands. Earth Planetary Science Letters, 252, 223-244.

7. Upton, B.G.J., Rämö, O.T., Heaman, L.H., Blichert-Toft, J., Kalsbeek, F., Barry, T.L., Jepsen, H.F., 2005. The Zig-Zag Dal basalts and associated intrusions of eastern North Greenland: a progressive mantle plume - lithosphere interaction. Contrib. Min. Pet., 149, 40-56.

6. Coogan, L.A., Thompson, G.M., MacLeod, C.J., Dick, H.J.B., Edwards, S.J., Hosford Scheirer, A., Barry T.L., 2004. A combined basalt and peridotite perspective on 14 million years of melt generation at the Atlantis Bank segment of the Southwest Indian Ridge: evidence for temporal changes in mantle dynamics? Chemical Geology, 207, 13-30.

5. Harrison, D., Barry, T.L., Turner, G., 2004. Possible diffusive fractionation of helium isotopes in olivine and clinopyroxene phenocrysts. European Journal of Mineralogy, 16 (3), 213-220.

4. Leat, P.T., Pearce, J.A., Barker, P.F., Millar, I.L., Barry, T.L., Larter, R.D., 2004. Magma genesis and mantle flow at a subducting slab edge: the South Sandwich Arc-basin system. Earth Planetary Science Letters, 227,(1-2), 17-35.

3. Barry, T.L., Saunders, A.D., Kempton, P.D., Windley, B.F., Pringle, M., Dorjnamjaa, D. & Saandar, M., 2003.  Petrogenesis of Cenozoic basalts from Mongolia; evidence for the role of asthenospheric versus metasomatised lithospheric mantle. Journal of Petrology, 44 (1), 55-91.

2. Kempton, P.D., Pearce, J.A., Barry, T.L., Fitton, J.G., Langmuir, C., & Christie, D.M., 2002. Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf isotope results from ODP Leg 187: evidence for mantle dynamics of the Australian-Antarctic Discordance and origin of the Indian MORB source. Geophysics, Geochemistry, Geosystems (G3),3:1, 10.1029/2002GC000320.

1. Barry T.L. & Kent, R., 1998.  Cenozoic magmatism in Mongolia and the origin of Central and East Asian basalts, in: Flower, M., Chung, S.-L., Lo, C.-H., Lee, T.-Y., (ed.) “Mantle dynamics and plate interactions in East Asia”  AGU Monograph, Geodynamics Series, 27, 347-364.

Ar-Ar dating and Stratigraphy

14. King, C. 2016. A revised correlation of Tertiary rocks in the British Isles and adjacent areas of NW Europe. Edited by Gale, A.S.  & Barry, T.L. Geological Society, London, Special Reports, 27.

13. Clay, P.L., Busemann, H., Sherlock, S.C., Barry, T.L., Kelley, S.P., McGarvie, D.W., 2015, 40Ar/39Ar ages and residual volatile contents in degassed subaerial and subglacial glassy volcanic rocks from Iceland. Chemical Geology, 403, 99-110.

12. Smith, A.G., Barry, T.L., Bown, P., Cope, J., Gale, A., Gibbard, P., Gregory, J., Hounslow, M., Kemp, D., Knox, R., Marshall, J., Oates, M., Rawson, P., Waters, C., 2013, GSSPs, global stratigraphy and correlation. In: Strata and Time: probing the gaps in our understanding (Smith, D., ed.). Proceedings of the William Smith meeting, Geol. Soc., London, Special Publication.

11. Barry, T.L., Kelley, S.P., Reidel, S., Camp, V., Self, S., Jarboe, N., Duncan, R., Renne, P., 2013, Eruption chronology of the Columbia River Basalt Group, in Reidel, S.P., Camp, V.E., Ross, M.E., Wolff, J.A., Martin, B.S., Tolan, T.,L., and Wells, R.E., eds., in Geological Society of America, Special Paper 497, 45-66.

10. Vaughan, A.P.M., Storey, C. , Kelley, S.P., Barry, T.L., Curtis, M.L., 2012, Syn-kinematic emplacement of Lassiter Coast Intrusive Suite plutons at the Beaumont Glacier in eastern Palmer Land: evidence for mid-Cretaceous sinistral transpression during the Palmer Land Event. Journal of the Geol. Soc. London, 169, 759-771.

9. Barry, T.L., Self, S., Kelley, S.P., Reidel, S., Widdowson, M., Hooper, P., 2012, Response to Baksi, A., 2012, ‘New 40Ar/39Ar dating of the Grande Ronde lavas, Columbia River Basalts, USA: implications for duration of flood basalt eruption episodes’ by Barry et al., 2010-Discussion, Lithos, 146-147, 300-303.

8. Clay, P.L., Kelley, S.P., Sherlock, S.C., Barry, T.L., 2011, Partitioning of excess argon between alkali feldspars and glass in a volcanic system, Chemical Geology, 289, 12-30.

7. Zalasiewicz, J., Williams, M., Fortey, R., Smith, A., Barry, T.L., Coe, A.L., Bown, P.R., Rawson, P., Gale, A., Gibbard, P., Gregory, F.J., Hounslow, M., Kerr, A.C., Pearson, P., Knox, R., Powell, J., Waters, C., Marshall, J., Oates, M., Stone, P., 2011, Stratigraphy of the Anthropocene, Phil. Transact. A, Maths Phys. Eng. Sci., 369, 1036-1055.

6. Barry, T.L., Self, S., Kelley, S.P., Reidel, S., Widdowson, M., Hooper, P., 2010, New 40Ar/39Ar dating of the Grande Ronde lavas, Columbia River Basalts, USA: implications for duration of flood basalt eruption episodes, Lithos, 118, 213-222.

5. Gertisser, R., Self, S., Gaspar, J.L., Kelley, S.P., Pimentel, A., Eikenberg, J., Barry, T.L., Pacheco, J.M., Queiroz, G., Vespa, M., 2010, Ignimbrite Stratigraphy and Chronology on Terceira Island, Azores, in Groppelli, G., and Viereck-Goette, L., eds., Stratigraphy and Geology of Volcanic Areas, Geological Society of America Special Paper 464, 133-154.

4. Zalasiewicz, J., Williams, M., Smith, A., Barry, T.L., Bown, P.R., Rawson, P., Brenchley, P., Cantrill, D., Coe, A.L., Gale, A., Gibbard, P., Gregory, F.J., Hounslow, M., Knox, R., Powell, J., Waters, C., Marshall, J., Oates, M., Stone, P., 2008, Are we now living in the Anthropocene?, GSA Today, 18, 4-7.

3. Zalasiewicz, J., Smith, A., Hounslow, M., Williams, M., Gale, A., Powell, J., Waters, C., Barry, T.L., Bown, P.R., Brenchley, P., Cantrill, D., Gibbard, P., Gregory, F.J., Knox, R., Marshall, J., Oates, M., Stone, P., Rawson, P., Trewin, N., 2007, The scale-dependence of strata-time relations:  implications for stratigraphic classification. Stratigraphy.

2. Gibbard, P.L., Smith, A.G., Zalasiewicz, J.A., Barry, T.L., Cantrill, D., Coe, A. L., Cope, J.C.W., Gale, A.S., Gregory, F. J., Powell, J.H., Rawson, P.R., Stone, P., Waters, C. N., 2005. What status for the Quaternary? Boreas, 34, 1-6.

1. Brown, R., Barry, T.L., Branney, M.J., Pringle, M.S. & Bryan, S.E., 2003.  The Quaternary pyroclastic succession of southeast Tenerife, Canary Islands: explosive eruptions, related caldera subsidence, and sector collapse. Geological Magazine, 140 (3), 265-288.

Physical Volcanology

6. Williams, R.W., Branney, M.J., Barry, T.L., 2014, Temporal and spatial evolution of a waxing then waning catastrohic density current revealed by chemical mapping. Geology.

5. Vye, C.L., Self, S. and Barry, T.L., 2013, Architecture and emplacement of flood basalt flow fields: case studies from the Columbia River flood basalts, NW USA, Bulletin of Volcanology, 75.

4. Ellis, B.S., Branney, M.J., Barry, T.L., Barfod, D., Bindeman, I., Wolff, J.A. and Bonnichsen, B., 2011, Geochemical correlation of three large-volume ignimbrites from the Yellowstone hotspot track, Idaho, USA, DOI 10.1007/s00445-011-0510-z, Bulletin of Volcanology.

3. Ellis, B.S., Barry, T.L., Branney, M.J., Wolff, J.A., Bindeman, I., Wilson, R., Bonnichsen, W., 2010, Petrologic constraints on the development of a large-volume, high temperature, silicic magma system: the Twin Falls eruptive centre, central Snake River Plain, Lithos, 475-489.

2. Branney, M.J., Bonnichsen, W., Andrews, G.D.M., Ellis, B., Barry, T.L., McCurry, M., 2007, Snake River (SR) – type volcanism on the Yellowstone hotspot track: distinctive products from unusual high-temperature silicic super-eruptions. Bulletin of Volcanology, DOI 10.1007/s00445-007-0140-7.

1. Branney, M.J., Barry, T.L., Godchaux, M., 2004. Sheathfolds in rheomorphic ignimbrites. Bulletin of Volcanology, 66, 485-491.


1. Cunningham, W.D., Windley, B.F. Owen, L.A., Barry, T.L., Dorjnamjaa, D., Badamgarov, G., 1997. Geometry and style of partitioned deformation within a late Cenozoic transpressional zone in the eastern Gobi Altai Mountains, Mongolia, Tectonophysics, 277, 285-306.

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