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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

Staff Profile

Prof Colin Macpherson - all publications

Chapter in book

  • Macpherson, C.G, Forde, E.J, Hall, R & Thirlwall, M.F (2003). Geochemical evolution of magmatism in an arc - arc collision: the Halmahera and Sangihe arcs, eastern Indonesia. In Intraoceanic subduction systems. Larter, R. & Leat, P (eds) London: Geological Society of London Special Publication. 219: 207-220.
  • Macpherson, C.G & Hall, R (2002). Timing and tectonic controls in the evolving orogen of SE Asia and the western Pacific and some implications for ore generation. In The timing and location of major ore deposits in an evolving orogen. Blundell, D.J., Neubauer, F. & von Quadt, A. (eds) London: Geological Society of London Special Publication. 206: 49-67.

Journal Article

  • Breitfeld, H. Tim, Macpherson, Colin, Hall, Robert, Thirlwall, Matthew, Ottley, Chris J. & Hennig-Breitfeld, Juliane (2019). Adakites without a slab: Remelting of hydrous basalt in the crust and shallow mantle of Borneo to produce the Miocene Sintang Suite and Bau Suite magmatism of West Sarawak. Lithos 344-345: 100-121.
  • Bie, L., Rietbrock, A., Hicks, S., Allen, R., Blundy, J., Clouard, V., Collier, J., Davidson, J., Garth, T., Goes, S., Harmon, N., Henstock, T., Van Hunen, J., Kendall, M., Krüger, F., Lynch, L., MacPherson, C., Robertson, R., Rychert, K., Tait, S., Wilkinson, J. & Wilson, M. (2019). Along arc heterogeneity in local seismicity across the Lesser Antilles subduction zone from a dense ocean-bottom seismometer network. Seismological Research Letters
  • Ekici, T. & MacPherson, C. (2019). Convergence-aligned, foreland magmatism in the Arabia? Anatolia Collision: Geochronological evidence from the Karacadağ Volcanic Complex, southeast Turkey. Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences 28: 719-733.
  • White, Lloyd T., Rawlinson, Nicholas, Lister, Gordon S., Waldhauser, Felix, Hejrani, Babak, Thompson, David A., Tanner, Dominique, Macpherson, Colin G., Tkalčić, Hrvoje & Morgan, Jason P. (2019). Earth's deepest earthquake swarms track fluid ascent beneath nascent arc volcanoes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 521: 25-36.
  • Cooper, George F., Blundy, Jon D., Macpherson, Colin G., Humphreys, Madeleine C. S. & Davidson, Jon P. (2019). Evidence from plutonic xenoliths for magma differentiation, mixing and storage in a volatile-rich crystal mush beneath St. Eustatius, Lesser Antilles. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 174(5): 39.
  • Burton-Johnson, A, Macpherson, C G, Ottley, C J, Nowell, G M & Boyce, A J (2019). Generation of the Mt Kinabalu Granite by Crustal Contamination of Intraplate Magma Modelled by Equilibrated Major Element Assimilation with Fractional Crystallization (EME-AFC). Journal of Petrology 60(7): 1461-1487.
  • Burton-Johnson, A., Macpherson, C.G., Muraszko, J.R., Harrison, R.J. & Jordan, T.A. (2019). Tectonic strain recorded by magnetic fabrics (AMS) in plutons, including Mt Kinabalu, Borneo: A tool to explore past tectonic regimes and syn-magmatic deformation. Journal of Structural Geology 119: 50-60.
  • Burton-Johnson, A., Macpherson, C. & Hall, R. (2017). Internal structure and emplacement mechanism of composite plutons: Evidence from Mt Kinabalu, Borneo. Journal of the Geological Society 174(1): 180-191.
  • Ridley, H.E., Asmerom, Y., Baldini, J.U.L., Breitenbach, S.F.M., Aquino, V.V., Prufer, K.M., Culleton, B.J., Polyak, V., Lechleitner, F.A., Kennett, D.J., Zhang, M., Marwan, N., Macpherson, C.G., Baldini, L.M., Xiao, T., Peterkin, J.L., Awe, J. & Haug, G.H. (2015). Aerosol forcing of the position of the intertropical convergence zone since AD1550. Nature Geoscience 8(3): 195-200.
  • Bezard, R, Turner, S, Davidson, JP, Macpherson, CG & Lindsay, JM (2015). Seeing through the Effects of Crustal Assimilation to Assess the Source Composition beneath the Southern Lesser Antilles Arc. Journal of Petrology 56(4): 815-844.
  • Bezard, R., Davidson, J.P., Turner, S., Macpherson, C.G., Lindsay, J.M. & Boyce, A.J. (2014). Assimilation of sediments embedded in the oceanic arc crust: myth or reality? Earth and Planetary Science Letters 395: 51-60.
  • Ekici, T., Macpherson, C.G., Otlu, N. & Fontignie, D. (2014). Foreland Magmatism during the Arabia–Eurasia Collision: Pliocene–Quaternary Activity of the Karacadağ Volcanic Complex, SW Turkey. Journal of Petrology 55(9): 1753-1777.
  • Handley, H.R., Blichert-Toft, J., Gertisser, R., Macpherson, C.G., Turner, S., Zaennudin, A. & Abdurrachman, M. (2014). Insights from Pb and O isotopes into along-arc variations in subduction inputs and crustal assimilation for volcanic rocks in Java, Sunda arc, Indonesia. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 139: 205-226.
  • Cullena, A., Macpherson, C., Taib, N.I., Burton-Johnson, A., Dennis Geist, D., Spell, T. & Banda, R.M. (2013). Age and petrology of the Usun Apau and Linau Balui volcanics: Windows to central Borneo’s interior. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 76: 372-388.
  • Roberts, C.A., Millard, A.R., Nowell, G.M., Gröcke, D., Macpherson, C., Pearson, G. & Evans, D.H. (2013). Isotopic tracing of the impact of mobility on infectious disease: The origin of people with treponematosis buried in hull, England, in the late medieval period. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 150(2): 273-285.
  • Pacey, A, Macpherson, CG & McCaffrey, KJW (2013). Linear volcanic segments in the central Sunda Arc, Indonesia, identified using Hough Transform analysis: Implications for arc lithosphere control upon volcano distribution. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 369-370: 24-33.
  • Groves, S.E., Roberts, C.A., Lucy, S., Pearson, G., Gröcke, D.R., Nowell, G., Macpherson, C.G. & Young, G. (2013). Mobility histories of 7th-9th century AD people buried at Early Medieval Bamburgh, Northumberland, England. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 151(3): 462-476.
  • King, C.L., Bentley, R.A., Tayles, N., Strand Vidarsdottir, U., Nowell, G. & Macpherson, C.G. (2013). Moving peoples, changing diets: Isotopic differences highlight migration and subsistence changes in the Upper Mun River Valley, Thailand. Journal of Archaeological Science 40(4): 1681-1688.
  • Day, JMD, Macpherson, CG, Lowry, D & Pearson DG (2012). A discussion of “oxygen isotope heterogeneity of the mantle beneath the Canary Islands” by A.A. Gurenko et al. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 164(1): 177-183.
  • Shaw, AM, Hauri, EH, Behn, MD, Hilton, DR, Macpherson, CG & Sinton, JM (2012). Long-term preservation of slab signatures in the mantle inferred from hydrogen isotopes. Nature Geoscience 5(3): 224–228.
  • Caulfield, J., Turner, S., Arculus, R.J., Dale, C.W., Jenner, F., Pearce, J., Macpherson, C.G. & Handley, H. (2012). Mantle flow, volatiles, slab-surface temperatures and melting dynamics in the north Tonga arc – Lau back-arc basin. Journal of Geophysical Research 117: B11209.
  • Ekici, T., Macpherson, C.G. & Otlu, N. (2012). Polybaric melting of a single mantle source during the Neogene Siverek phase of the Karacadağ Volcanic Complex, SE Turkey. Lithos 146-147: 152-163.
  • Coldwell, B, Adam, J, Rushmer, T & Macpherson, CG (2011). Evolution of the East Philippine Arc: Experimental constraints on magmatic phase relations and adakitic melt formation. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 162(4): 835-848.
  • Handley, H.K. Turner, S.P. Macpherson, C.G. , Gertisser, R. & Davidson, J.P. (2011). Hf-Nd isotope and trace element constraints on subduction inputs at island arcs: limitations of Hf anomalies as sediment input indicators. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 304(1-2): 212-223.
  • Cox, K.J., Bentley, R.A., Tayles, N.G., Buckley, H.R., Macpherson C.G. & Cooper M. (2011). Intrinsic or extrinsic population growth in Iron Age Northeast Thailand? The evidence from isotopic analysis. Journal of Archaeological Science 38(3): 665-671.
  • Day, J.M.D., Pearson, DG, Macpherson, CG, Lowry, D & Carracedo, JC (2010). Evidence for distinct proportions of subducted oceanic crust and lithosphere in HIMU-type mantle beneath El Hierro and La Palma, Canary Islands. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 74(22): 6565-6589.
  • Handley, H.K., Macpherson, C.G. & Davidson, J.P. (2010). Geochemical and Sr-O isotopic constraints on magmatic differentiation at Gede volcanic complex, west Java, Indonesia. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 159(6): 885-908.
  • Macpherson, C.G., Hilton, D.R. & Hammerschmidt, K. (2010). No slab-derived CO2 in Mariana Trough back-arc basalts: Implications for carbon subduction and for temporary storage of CO2 beneath slow spreading ridges. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 11: Q11007.
  • Macpherson, C.G., Chiang, K.K., Hall R., Nowell, G.M., Castillo, P.R. & Thirlwall, M.F. (2010). Plio-Pleistocene intra-plate magmatism from the southern Sulu Arc, Semporna peninsula, Sabah, Borneo: Implications for high-Nb basalt in subduction zones. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 190(1-2): 25-38.
  • Bentley, R.A., Cox, K., Tayles, N., Higham, C., Macpherson, C., Nowell, G., Cooper, M. & Hayes, T.E.F. (2009). Community diversity at Ban Lum Khao, Thailand: Isotopic evidence from the skeletons. Asian Perspectives 48(1): 79-97.
  • Day, J. M. D., Pearson, D. G., Macpherson, C. G., Lowry, D. & Carracedo, J. C. (2009). Pyroxenite-rich mantle formed by recycled oceanic lithosphere: Oxygen-osmium isotope evidence from Canary Island lavas. Geology 37(6): 555-558.
  • Dale, C.W., Luguet, A., Macpherson, C.G., Pearson, D.G. & Hickey-Vargas, R. (2008). Extreme platinum-group element fractionation and variable Os isotope compositions in Philippine Sea Plate basalts: Tracing mantle source heterogeneity. Chemical Geology. Spec. publ 248(3-4): 213-238.
  • Macpherson, C.G. (2008). Lithosphere erosion and crustal growth in subduction zones: Insights from initiation of the nascent East Philippine Arc. Geology 36(4): 311-314.
  • Handley, H.K., Davidson, J.P., Macpherson, C.G. & Stimac, J.A. (2008). Untangling differentiation in arc lavas: constraints from unusual minor and trace element variations at Salak Volcano, Indonesia. Chemical Geology 255(3-4): 360-376.
  • Davidson, J., Turner, S., Handley, H., Macpherson, C. & Dosseto, A. (2007). Amphibole “sponge” in arc crust? Geology 35(9): 787-790.
  • Handley, H.K., Macpherson, C.G., Davidson, J.P., Berlo, K. & Lowry, D (2007). Constraining fluid and sediment contributions to subduction-related magmatism in Indonesia: Ijen Volcanic Complex. Journal of Petrology 48(6): 1155-1183.
  • R. Alexander Bentley, Hallie R. Buckley, Matthew Spriggs, Stuart Bedford, Chris J. Ottley, Geoff M. Nowell, Colin G. Macpherson & D. Graham Pearson (2007). LAPITA MIGRANTS IN THE PACIFIC’S OLDEST CEMETERY:ISOTOPIC ANALYSIS AT TEOUMA, VANUATU. American Antiquity 72: 645-656.
  • Bentley, R.A., Tayles, N., Higham, C., Macpherson, C. & Atkinson, T.C. (2007). Shifting gender relations at Khok Phanom Di, Thailand: Isotopic evidence from the skeletons. Current Anthropology 48(2): 301-314.
  • Macpherson, C.G, Dreher, S.T & Thirlwall, M.F (2006). Adakites without slab melting: high pressure differentiation of island arc magma, Mindanao, the Philippines. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 243(3-4): 581-593.
  • Day, J.M.D, Hilton, D.R, Pearson,D.G, Macpherson, C.G, Kjarsgaard, B.A & Janney, P.E (2005). Absence of a high time-integrated 3He/(U+Th) source in the mantle beneath continents. Geology 33: 733-736.
  • Macpherson, C.G, Hilton, D.R, Day, J.M.D, Lowry, D & Gronvold, K (2005). High-3He/4He depleted mantle and low-d18O recycled oceanic lithosphere in the source of central Iceland magmatism. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 233(3-4): 411-427.
  • Dreher, S.T, Macpherson, C.G, Pearson, D.G & Davidson, J.P (2005). Re-Os isotope studies of Mindanao adakites: Implications for sources of metals and melts. Geology 33(12): 957-960.
  • Macpherson, C.G., Hilton, D.R., Mertz, D.F. & Dunai, T.J. (2005). Sources, degassing, and contamination of CO2, H2O, He, Ne and Ar in basaltic glasses from Kolbeinsey Ridge, North Atlantic. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 69(24): 5729-5746.
  • Macpherson, C.G, Charlier B.L.A, Morgan, D.J, Dreher, S, Chertkoff D.G & Jerram D.A (2004). Non-slab melt origin for adakites from Mindanao, Philippines. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 68: A603.
  • Shaw, A.M, Hilton, D.R, Macpherson, C.G & Sinton, J.M (2004). The C-He-Ar systematics of the Manus back-arc basin: resolving source composition from degassing and contamination effects. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 68: 1837-1856.
  • van Soest, M.C, Hilton, D.R, Macpherson, C.G & Mattey, D.P (2002). Resolving Sediment Subduction and Crustal Contamination in the Lesser Antilles Island Arc: a Combined He-O-Sr Isotope Approach. Journal of Petrology 43: 143-170.
  • Shaw, A.M, Hilton, D.R, Macpherson, C.G & Sinton, J.M (2001). Nucleogenic neon in high 3He/4He lavas from the Manus back-arc basin: a new perspective on He-Ne decoupling. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 194: 53-66.
  • Macpherson, C.G & Hall, R (2001). Tectonic setting of Eocene boninite magmatism in the Izu-Bonin-Mariana forearc. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 186(2): 215-230.
  • Macpherson, C.G, Hilton, D.R, Mattey, D.P & Sinton, J.M (2000). Evidence for an 18O-depleted mantle plume from contrasting 18O/16O ratios of back-arc lavas from the Manus Basin and Mariana Trough. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 176: 171-183.
  • Hilton, D.R, Macpherson, C.G & Elliott, T.R (2000). Helium isotope ratios in mafic phenocrysts and geothermal fluids from La Palma, the Canary Islands (Spain): Implications for HIMU mantle sources. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 64: 2119-2132.
  • Baker, J.A, Macpherson, C.G, Menzies, M.A & Thirlwall, M.F (2000). Resolving crustal and mantle contributions to continental flood volcanism, Yemen; Constraints from mineral oxygen isotope data. Journal of Petrology 41: 1805-1820.
  • Macpherson, C.G, Hilton, D.R, Newman, S & Mattey, D.P (1999). CO2, 13C/12C and H2O variability in natural basaltic. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 63: 1805-1813.
  • Hilton, D.R, Gronvold, K, Macpherson, C.G & Castillo, P.R (1999). Extreme 3He/4He ratios in northwest Iceland: constraining the common component in mantle plumes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 173: 53-60.
  • Macpherson, C.G & Hall, R (1999). Tectonic controls of geochemical evolution in arc magmatism of SE Asia. PACRIM Conference, Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Publication Series 4/99 359-368.
  • Macpherson, C.G, Hilton, D.R, Sinton, J.M & Poreda, R.J (1998). High 3He/4He ratios in the Manus Back-Arc Basin: implications for mantle mixing and the origin of plumes in the western Pacific Ocean.Basin. Geology 26: 1007-1010.
  • Macpherson, C.G, Gamble, J.A & Mattey, D.P (1998). Oxygen isotope geochemistry of lavas from an oceanic to continental arc transition, Kermadec-Hikurangi margin, SW Pacific. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 160: 609-621.
  • Macpherson CG & Mattey, D.P. (1998). Oxygen isotope variations in Lau Basin lavas. Chemical Geology 144: 177-194.
  • Baker, J.A, Menzies, M.A, Thirlwall, M.F & Macpherson, C.G (1997). Petrogenesis of quaternary intraplate volcanism, Sana'a, Yemen: implications for plume-lithosphere interaction and polybaric melt hybridization. Journal of Petrology 38(10): 1359-1390.
  • Smith, T.E, Thirlwall, M.F & Macpherson, C.G (1996). Isotopic constraints on the petrogenesis of volcanics from the island of Bequia, Lesser Antilles. Journal of Petrology 37(1): 117-143.
  • Thirlwall, M.F, Graham, A.M, Arculus, R.J, Harmon, R.S & Macpherson, C.G (1996). Resolution of the effects of crustal assimilation, sediment subduction fluid transport in island arc magmas: Pb - Sr - Nd - O isotope of Grenada, Lesser Antilles. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 60(23): 4785-4810.
  • Macpherson, C.G & Mattey, D.P (1994). Carbon isotope variations of CO2 in Central Lau Basin basalts and ferrobasalts. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 121(3-4): 263-276.
  • Mattey, D.P, Lowry, D & Macpherson, C.G (1994). Oxygen isotope composition of mantle peridotite. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 128(3-4): 231-241.
  • Mattey, D.P & Macpherson, C.G (1993). High-precision oxygen isotope analysis of ferromagnesian minerals by laser-fluorination. Chemical Geology 105(4): 305-318.