MATTHEW J PANKHURST
Earth Scientist & Inventor
An international early career across enterprise, industry, academia and government institutes
I started my Earth Science career in Australia. I was awarded undergraduate degrees from Monash University (Melbourne), worked for Rio Tinto Exploration (based in Perth), and conducted my PhD research at Macquarie University (Sydney). During this time I also set up Gaiaxiom Pty. Ltd., a nimble exploration services company.
I moved to the UK to take on a post-doctoral position at the University of Leeds, and subsequently won a AXA Research Fund Fellowship. Afterwards I worked for the Diamond Light Source - Manchester University collaboration in Oxfordshire. I have been working in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, since 2017, where I have set up a new isotopic analysis laboratory.
I currently am responsible for petrological research at ITER, and collaborate with a range of universities around the world, institutes including INVOLCAN, NASA, and companies including Carl Zeiss and Xnovo.