Research Statement

My primary research focuses on the chemistry of Earth and planetary interiors with a particular emphasis on the role of magma and magma generation process on the differentiation and chemical evolution of terrestrial planets. I use experimental devices such as piston cylinder and one atmosphere furncaces for simulating high pressure-temperature conditions relevant for planetary interiors and various analytical techniques (EMPA, SEM, LA-ICP-MS, FTIR, TIMS) to characterize synthesized and natural samples. Because one limiting aspect of solid-media apparatus is that all experiments are performed in closed-systems, I also use innovative experimental strategies to investigate new topics: simulation of magma circulation, magma-rock interaction or melt segregation, and I use thermodynamic modelling to extrapolate my  data  and/or as support for semi-empirical models.

Research Keywords

  • Thermodynamics
  • Mantle heterogeneity
  • Magma transport
  • Magma genesis
  • Igneous petrology
  • Geochemistry

Research Groups

  • Otto Lang, Graduate Student. Geology and Geophysics. 06/01/2019 - present. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: Graduate Fellowship Fall 2019.
  • Will Haddick, Undergraduate Student. Geology and Geophysics. 08/13/2018 - present. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: UROP Scholar 2018-2019.



  • English, fluent.
  • French, fluent.

Student Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Opportunities: Students interested in proposing new UROP projects to start in spring 2020 should contact me not later than October 1st 2019.



  • Sarah Lambart, Janne M. Koornneef, Marc-Alban Millet, Gareth R. Davies, Matthew Cook & C. Johan Lissenberg (2019). Highly heterogeneous depleted mantle recorded in the lower oceanic crust. Nature Geoscience. Vol. 12, 482-486. Published, 05/20/2019.
  • Lynne J. Elkins, Bernard Bourdon & Sarah Lambart (2019). Testing pyroxenite versus peridotite sources for marine basalts using U-series isotopes. Lithos. Vol. 332, 226-244. Published, 02/20/2019.
  • Sarah Lambart, Heather M. Savage, Ben G. Robinson & Peter B. Kelemen (2018). Experimental investigation of the pressure of crystallization of Ca(OH)2: Implications for the reactive-cracking process. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosytems. Vol. 19, 3448–3458. Published, 09/26/2018.
  • Sarah Lambart (2017). No direct contribution of recycled crust in Icelandic basalts. Geochemical Perspectives Letters. Vol. 4, 7-12. Published, 07/12/2017.
  • Sarah Lambart, Michael B. Baker & Edward M. Stolper (2016). The role of pyroxenite in basalt genesis: Melt-PX, a melting parameterization for mantle pyroxenites between 0.9 and 5 GPa. Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth. Vol. 121, 5708–5735. Published, 07/16/2016.
  • Didier Laporte, Sarah Lambart, Pierre Schiano & Luisa Ottolini (2014). Experimental derivation of nepheline syenite and phonolite liquids by partial melting of upper mantle peridotites. Earth and Planetary Sciences Letters. Vol. 404, 319-331. Published, 08/27/2014.
  • Oliver Shorttle, John Maclennan & Sarah Lambart (2014). Quantifying lithological variability in the mantle. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Vol. 395, 24-40. Published, 04/03/2014.
  • Sarah Lambart, Didier Laporte & Pierre Schiano (2012). Markers of the pyroxenite contribution on the major-element compositions of oceanic basalts: Review of the experimental constraints. (pp. 14-36). Vol. 160161. Lithos. Published, 11/24/2012.
  • Sarah Lambart, Didier Laporte , Ariel Provost & Pierre Schiano (2012). Fate of pyroxenite-derived melts in the peridotitic mantle: Thermodynamic and experimental constraints. Journal of Petrology. Vol. 53, 451-476. Published, 01/23/2012.
  • Sarah Lambart, Didier Laporte & Pierre Schiano (2009). An experimental study of pyroxenite partial melts at 1 and 1.5 GPa: Implications for the major element composition of Mid-Ocean Ridge Basalts. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Vol. 288, 335-347. Published, 10/17/2009.
  • Sarah Lambart, Didier Laporte & Pierre Schiano (2008). An experimental study of focused magma transport and basalt-peridotite interactions beneath mid-ocean ridges: implications for the generation of primitive MORB compositions. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology. Vol. 157, 429-451. Published, 09/25/2008.