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

  • J.R. Murphy, Undergraduate Student. Geology and Geophysics. 08/22/2022 - present.
  • Ashley Morris, Graduate Student. Geology and Geophysics. 08/25/2021 - present.
  • Emily Cunningham, Graduate Student. Geology and Geophysics. 01/18/2021 - present.
  • Helen Lindsey, Undergraduate Student. 01/01/2021 - 05/31/2021. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: ACCESS fellow
  • Elliot Gray, Undergraduate Student. Geology and Geophysics. 01/06/2020 - 05/30/2020. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: UROP scholar Spring 2020.
  • Sarah Hamilton, Undergraduate Student. Geology and Geophysics - . 08/15/2019 - 08/31/2020. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: UROP scholar Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Wasatch Gem Society Scholarship.
  • Otto Lang, Graduate Student. Geology and Geophysics. 06/01/2019 - 06/30/2021. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: Graduate Fellowship Fall 2019 GSA grant Graduate affair travel grant Chapman fund G&G outstanding Master student (2021).
  • Will Haddick, Undergraduate Student. Geology and Geophysics. 08/13/2018 - 05/31/2019. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: UROP Scholar 2018-2019.


Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Participation in IODP exp 396: “Mid-Norwegian Continental Margin Magmatism” . PI: Sarah Lambart. IODP, 08/01/2021 - 09/30/2022. Total project budget to date: $52,000.00
  • New digital resources for Mineralogy and Petrology. PI: Sarah Lambart. University teaching grant, 01/01/2021 - present. Total project budget to date: $3,461.00
  • High Temperature Experiments for Pore-Scale Investigation of a Two Fluid Phase Migration in Porous Media. PI: Sarah Lambart. ACS Petroleum Research Fund, 09/01/2020 - 08/31/2022. Total project budget to date: $110,000.00
  • Development of an experimental technique for characterizing the effects of magma flow in porous media. PI: Sarah Lambart. NSF, 04/01/2020 - 03/31/2022. Total project budget to date: $200,390.00
  • CMES/VPR SEED GRANT 2019. PI: LAMBART,SARAH. UNIVERSITY OF UTAH RESEARCH FO, 06/01/2019 - 05/31/2020. Total project budget to date: $22,500.00
  • UC DAVIS NSF TRANSFER AWARD. PI: LAMBART,SARAH. NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, 03/19/2018 - 05/31/2019. Total project budget to date: $77,537.00


  • English, fluent.
  • French, fluent.

Open positions

For future prospective graduate students: I hope to hear from prospective masters or doctoral students who have strong academic records, research experience and are interested in pursuing experimental petrology or geochemistry/modeling research. Please contact me (email is a good way!) to tell me about your background and what types of projects would interest you for research. That way, I can also update you about the upcoming year funding status for graduate students in my lab (i.e., RA-ship, fellowship, TA-ship). You should then apply directly to the degree program at university of Utah. More information about graduate applications can be found here :


Undergraduate Research Opportunities: Students interested in proposing new UROP projects should contact me not later than three months before the deadline.



  • Juliette Pin, Lyderic France, Sarah Lambart & Laurie Reisberg (2022). Thermodynamic modeling of melt addition to peridotite: Implications for the refertilization of the non-cratonic continental mantle lithosphere. Chemical Geology. Vol. 609. Published, 10/20/2022.
  • Adrien J. Mourey, Thomas Shea, Kendra J. Lynn, Allan H. Lerner, Sarah Lambart, Fidel Costa, Jeffrey Oalmann, R. Lopaka Lee & Cheryl Gansecki (2022). Trace elements in olivine fingerprint the source of 2018 magmas and shed light on explosive-effusive eruption cycles at Kılauea Volcano. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Vol. 595. Published, 10/01/2022.
  • Otto I. Lang & Sarah Lambart (2022). First-row transition elements in pyroxenites and peridotites: A promising tool for constraining mantle source mineralogy. Chemical Geology. Published, 09/28/2022.
  • Sarah Lambart, Sarah Hamilton & Otto Lang (2022). Compositional variability of San Carlos olivine. Chemical Geology. Vol. 605. Published, 09/05/2022.
  • Rong Xu, Yongsheng Liu, Sarah Lambart, Kaj Hoernle, Yangtao Zhu, Zongqi Zou, Junbo Zhang, Zaicong Wang, Ming Li, Frédéric Moynier, Keqing Zong, Haihong Chen & Zhaochu Hu (2022). Origin of the decoupled Zn-Sr-Nd isotope signature in continental intraplate basalts. Geochemica Cosmochemica Acta. Published, 03/16/2022.
  • Planke, S., Berndt, C., Alvarez Zarikian, C.A., and the Expedition 396 Scientists, 2022. Expedition 396 Preliminary Report: Mid-Norwegian Continental Margin Magmatism and Paleoclimate Implications. International Ocean Discovery Program. Published, 01/2022.
  • Mallik, A., Lambart, S. and Chin, E.J. (2021). Tracking the Evolution of Magmas from Heterogeneous Mantle Sources to Eruption. In Mantle Convection and Surface Expressions (eds H. Marquardt, M. Ballmer, S. Cottaar and J. Konter). Published, 06/11/2021.
  • Rong Xu, Yongsheng Liu & Sarah Lambart (2020). Melting of a hydrous peridotite mantle source under the Emeishan large igneous province. Earth Science Review. Vol. 207. Published, 06/21/2020.
  • 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. Lithos. Vol. 160161, 14-36. 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.