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Hi There! My name is Michael A. Antonelli (he/him) and I was born and raised in Edmonton, AB, Canada. Having a French mother and American father, I spoke both French and English at home and spent a great deal of time in Lyon, France where I have a (very) large number of family members. I went to the University of Alberta for my bachelor's degree, where I started with a major in chemistry and minor in philosophy before finding my true passion in Geology. I happily graduated with a B.Sc. in Geology (2011) and went on to the University of Maryland, College Park to pursue a masters degree in geology (stable isotope cosmochemistry). After graduating (2013), I moved to California where I started a PhD in Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California, Berkeley, which I finished in 2018. I then moved to Paris for a year-long postdoctoral position at the the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP), and to Switzerland for a postdoctoral fellowship position at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zurich). 


A majority of my research is centered around the use of thermal-ionization and/or multi-collector inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry to accurately and precisely measure non-traditional stable isotope ratios, as well as major & trace element analyses, traditional petrographic techniques, and numerical/theoretical modeling. I also work on methods development for non-traditional stable isotope analyses. As shown in the figure below, my research lends itself well to interdisciplinary endeavors and spans a large number of natural systems.

During my spare time, I like to listen to and produce music, play the drums, travel, hike, watch films, and go swimming.

Checking fluorination bombs at the University of Maryland,
College Park. Photo credit: D.L. Eldridge.

Diagram of the interconnected systems and themes studied in my research (modified from A Vision for NSF Earth Sciences 2020-2030 Report), which include high-temperature stable isotope geochemistry applied to (1A) magmatic and volcanic processes, (1B) formation of the continental crust, and (1C) hydrothermal systems and ore deposits, as well as (2) marine geochemistry, and (3) cosmochemistry, ecology, and biology.

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