Dr Marc K Reichow

Lecturer in Igneous and Metamorphic GeochemistryDr Marc K. Reichow

PhD, Dipl. Min, AFHEA, FHEA

Room: F14 Bennett Building
Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3785
Email: mkr6@le.ac.uk

Twitter: @marcreichow

Personal details

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • School Liaison Tutor Geology
  • Erasmus and International Students Tutor


Open Access & Feedback hours

(term time only):

  • Monday:    1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Friday:       1:00pm - 2:00pm




  • Large scale explosive volcanism and large igneous provinces
  • Siberian Traps (Russia), Tarim (China) Yellowstone volcanic track (USA)
  • Educational research in earth sciences

My research focuses on the emplacement and petrogenesis of large-scale basaltic and silicic volcanism at large igneous provinces and their affects on Earth’s environment and climate.

I focus on Miocene volcanism at the Columbia River-Snake River Plain-Yellowstone (USA) volcanic province, and the Permo-Triassic Siberian Traps (Russia) province. In my previous project I demonstrated a short duration of the Siberian Traps volcanism, ~252 Ma. The work doubled the known size of the vast province and strengthened the link between the volcanism and the largest known mass extinction.

I am also part of a multidisciplinary international research team investigating the relationship between volcanic rocks of the Maymecha-Kotuy area and the wider basaltic Siberian Traps volcanism.

Using radiometric dating techniques combined with paleomagnetic and geochemical analysis, I hope to better constrain the ages, extents and most importantly improve our understanding of the frequencies and durations of very large eruptions.

What led to the generation of these provinces, and what role did rhyolitic and basaltic explosive eruptions have in impacting climate?

I also undertake research to enhance learning and teaching in higher education. Whether out in the field, in the laboratory, or in front of a class or audience, I am passionate about presenting geology in a real-world context. My ambition is to inspire the next generation of geoscientists to push the boundaries of scientific research and development and to achieve their academic and career goals. Please get in touch if you want to find out more.


  • GL1101 The Rock Cycle - Our Dynamic Earth
  • GL2103 Magmatic and Metamorphic Processes
  • GL4076 Igneous Petrogenesis
  • Tutorials GL1100 and GL2001
  • Supervision of PhD and MGeol master projects

Publications (extract)

HOT FROM THE PRESS!!! T.R. Knott, M.J. Branney, M.K. Reichow, D.R. Finn, S. Tapster, R.S. Coe, 2020. Discovery of two new super-eruptions from the Yellowstone hotspot track (USA): Is the Yellowstone hotspot waning? Geology, https://doi.org/10.1130/G47384.1

See what the USGS wrote about our findings here: Ancient Super-Eruption

S.P. Mordensky, B.M. Kennedy, M.C. Villeneuve, Y. Lavallee, M.K. Reichow, P.A. Wallace, P.A. Siratovich, D.M. Gravley, 2019. Increasing the permeability of hydrothermally altered andesite by transitory heating. G-Cubed. DOI: 10.1029/2019GC008409

M.K. Reichow2018. Does sketching promote student learning? A review on undergraduate geology students, Journal of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. 826-1689-1-RV

J. Zhu, Z. Zhang, M.K. Reichow, H. Li, W. Cai, R. Pan, 2018. Weak Vertical Surface Movement Caused by the Ascent of the Emeishan Mantle Anomaly, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. DOI: 10.1002/2017JB015058

D.R. Finn, R.S. Coe, E. Brown, M.J. Branney, M.K. Reichow, T.R. Knott, M. Storey, B. Bonnichsen, 2016. Distinguishing and correlating deposits from large Ignimbrite Eruptions Using Paleomagnetism: the Cougar Point Tuffs (Mid-Miocene), Southern Snake River Plain, Idaho, USA, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth.

T.R. Knott, M.J. Branney, M.K. Reichow, D.R. Finn, R.S. Coe, M. Storey, D. Barfod, M. McCurry, 2016. Mid-Miocene record of large-scale Snake River–type explosive volcanism and associated subsidence on the Yellowstone hotspot track: The Cassia Formation of Idaho, USA doi:10.1130/B31324.1

T.R. Knott, M.K. Reichow, M.J. Branney, D.R. Finn, R.S. Coe, M. Storey, B. Bonnichsen, 2016. Rheomorphic ignimbrites of the Rogerson Formation, central Snake River plain, USA: record of mid-Miocene rhyolitic explosive eruptions and associated crustal subsidence along the Yellowstone hotspot track. Bulletin of Volcanology. DOI 10.1007/s00445-016-1003-x

M.K. Reichow, A.D. Saunders R.A. Scott, I.L. Millar, D. Barfod, M.S. Pringle, N.W. Rogers , S. Hammond, 2016. Petrogenesis and timing of mafic magmatism, South Taimyr, Arctic Siberia: A northerly continuation of the Siberian Traps? Lithos 248–251, 382–401.

D. Finn, R.S. Coe, H. Kelly, M. Branney, T. Knott, M.K. Reichow, 2015. Magnetic anisotropy in rhyolitic ignimbrite, Snake River Plain: implications for using remanent magnetism of volcanic rocks for correlation, paleomagnetic studies and geological reconstructions. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, doi: 10.1002/2014JB011868.

M.K. Reichow, M.S. Pringle, A.I. Al’Mukhamedov, M.B. Allen, V.L. Andreichev, M.M. Buslov, C. Davies, G.S. Fedoseev, J.G. Fitton, S. Inger, A.Ya. Medvedev, C. Mitchell, V.N. Puchkov, I.Yu. Safonova, R.A. Scott, A.D. Saunders, 2009. The Timing and Extent of the Eruption of the Siberian Traps Large Igneous Province: Implications for the End-Permian Environmental Crisis. Earth Planetary Sciences Letters, 277(1-2): 9–20.

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