Dr. Kathleen (Katie) A. Smart

School of Geosciences

University of the Witwatersrand

Room 109, Geosciences Building

East Campus, Yale Road

Braamfontein 2001

Education  

2007 – 2011      PhD in Geology, University of Alberta. Geochemical and isotopic examination of eclogite xenoliths and associated diamonds from the Jericho Kimberlites, northern Slave craton, Canada: an integrated petrological, geochemical and isotopic study; Advisor: Dr Thomas Chacko, University of Alberta

2006 – 2007    Master in Science in Geology (transferred in Fall 2007 to PhD), University of Alberta

2000 – 2005    Bachelor degree in Science with First Class Honors in Geology, University of Alberta

Appointments & Employment

2013 – current      Lecturer in Geochemistry and Mantle Petrology at the School of Geosciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

2012 – 2013          Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute für Mineralogie, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Münster, Germany

2011 – 2012          Research Assistant/Visiting Scientist, Institut für Mineralogie, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Münster, Germany

2006 – 2007         Teaching Assistant, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. 1st year Geology and 3rd year  
     Metamorphic Petrology.

2005 - 2006          Geologist-in-Training, Petro-Canada Oil & Gas, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

2003                     Geology Summer Intern, Alberta Geologic Survey, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Post-Doctoral Awards & Funding

2013        De Beers Research Sponsorship for the Witwatersrand Diamond Project

2013        FRC New Researchers Grant, University of the Witwatersrand; Three years.

2012        Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers (two year salary and supplemental research funding)

2011        10th International Kimberlite Conference Travel Grant

2011        Goldschmidt 2011 Travel Grant

Publications (peer-reviewed)

Smart, K.A., Chacko, T., Simonetti, A., Sharp, Z.D., Heaman, L.M. (2014) A Record of Paleoproterozoic Subduction Preserved in the Northern Slave Cratonic Mantle: Sr-Pb-O Isotope and Trace-element Investigations of Eclogite Xenolith from the Jericho and Muskox Kimberlites. Journal of Petrology 55, 549 – 583.

 Smart, K.A., Chacko, T., Stachel, T., Tappe S., Stern, R.A., Ickert R.B., EIMF. (2012) Eclogite formation beneath the northern Slave craton constrained by diamond inclusions: Oceanic lithosphere origin without crustal signature. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 319-320, 165-177.

 Smart, K.A., Chacko, T., Stachel, T., Muehlenbachs, K., Stern, R.A., and Heaman, L.M. (2011) Diamond growth and carbon sources beneath the Northern Slave Craton, Canada: A d13C-N study of eclogite-hosted diamonds from the Jericho kimberlite Geochimica et Cosmochimca Acta, 75, 6027-6047.

Tappe, S., Smart, K.A., Pearson, D.G., Steenfelt, A. and Simonetti, A. (2011) Craton formation in Late Archean subduction zones revealed by first Greenland eclogites. Geology 39, 1103-1106.

Smart, K.A., Heaman, L.M., Chacko, T., Simonetti, A., Kopylova, M., Mah, D., and Daniels, D. (2009) The origin of high-MgO eclogites from the Jericho kimberlite, Nunavut. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 284, 527-537.

Conference Presentations

*denotes speaker

2014

Smart, K.A.*,Tappe, S., Simonetti, A., 2014. Subduction-driven growth and modification of cratons: Examples from Canada and Greenland. Igneous-Metamorphic-Study-Group Meeting, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.

2013

Smart, K.A., Tappe, S., Stracke, A., Romer, R.L. and Prelevic, D. The role of ultramafic veins in mafic alkaline magmatism: contrary evidence from continental alkaline intra-plate settings. 23rd V.M. Goldschmidt Conference, Florence, Italy. Abstract 4367. (poster)

2012

Smart K.A.*, Tappe S., Simonetti T., and Klemme S. Subduction-driven growth and modification of cratons: examples from Canada and Greenland. 22nd V.M. Goldschmidt Conference, Montreal, Canada.

 Smart K.A.*, Chacko T., Stachel T., Tappe S., Muehlenbachs K., Ickert R.B. and Stern R.A. Jericho diamond eclogite formation revealed by diamond inclusions: oceanic origin without crustal signature? 10th International Kimberlite Conference, Bangalore, India.

 2011

Smart K.A.*, Chacko T., Stachel T., Stern R.A. and Muehlenbachs K. Formation of diamond from oxidized fluids/melts: d13C-N SIMS study of an eclogitic diamond from the Jericho kimberlite, Canada. 21st V.M. Goldschmidt Conference, Prague, Czech Republic.

Tappe S.*, Smart K.A., Pearson G., Steenfelt A. and Simonetti A. Significance of Late Archean refractory eclogite xenoliths from Greenland for the formation of the North Atlantic Craton. International Conference on Craton Formation and Destruction, Beijing, Peoples Republic of China.

2010

Smart K.A.*, Chacko T., Heaman L.M., Stachel T., Muehlenbachs K. 13C-depleted diamonds in Jericho eclogites: diamond formation from ancient subducted matter. 20th V.M. Goldschmidt Conference, Knoxville, TN, USA.

Smart K.A.*, Stern R.A., Heaman L.M., Chacko T., Stachel T., Muehlenbachs K. 13C-depleted diamonds in eclogites: diamond growth constraints from SIMS. 61st Diamond Conference, Warwick, UK.

Smart K.A.*, Chacko T., Heaman L.M., Stachel T. and Muehlenbachs K. Multiple origins of eclogitic diamonds from the Jericho kimberlite, Nunavut. Geo-Canada 2010, Calgary, AB, Canada.

2009

Smart, K.A.*, Chacko T., Heaman L.M., Stachel. T. Muehlenbachs, K. Multiple origins for eclogitic diamonds from the Jericho kimberlite, Nunavut. 37th Annual Geoscience Forum, Yellowknife, NWT, Canada.

 Smart K.A.*, Heaman L.M., Chacko T. Jericho eclogites of the Slave Craton record multiple subduction-related crust formation events. 19th V.M. Goldschmidt Conference, Davos, Switzerland.

 Smart K.A.*, Heaman L.M., Chacko T. and Simonetti, A. Origin of diamond-rich, high MgO eclogite xenoliths from the Jericho kimberlite, Nunavut. 2009 Joint (GAC-MAC- AGU), Toronto, ON, Canada.

Tappe S.*, Heaman L.M., Smart K.A., Muehlenbachs K. and Simonetti A. First results from Greenland eclogite xenoliths: evidence for an ultra-depleted non-peridotitic component within the North Atlantic Craton mantle lithosphere. 2009 Joint Assembly (GAC-MAC-AGU), Toronto, ON, Canada.

2008

Smart, K.A.*, Heaman L.M., Chacko T., Simonetti A., Kopylova M., Mah D. and Daniels D. The origin of eclogite xenoliths entrained in the Jericho kimberlite, Nunavut. 9th International Kimberlite Conference, Frankfurt, Germany. (poster)

Smart, K.A.*, Heaman L.M., Chacko T., Simonetti A., Kopylova M., Mah D. and Daniels D. The origin of diamond-rich, high MgO eclogite xenoliths from the Jericho kimberlite, Nunavut. 36th Annual Geoscience Forum, Yellowknife, NWT, Canada.

Research Interests

Formation and modification of cratonic lithospheric mantle and the potential of coupled cratonic crust-mantle evolution. Petrogenesis of mantle eclogite xenoliths and diamonds. Partial melting of volatile-bearing mafic systems at upper mantle conditions. Oxidation state and carbon sources of diamond-forming fluids and the deep carbon cycle.

Technical Experience

Piston Cylinder: anhydrous, volatile-bearing synthetic compositions, < 30 kbar

EPMA: JEOL 8900

LA-QUAD-ICPMS: Merchantek laser ablation system and Perkin Elmer Elan600 quadrupole ICPMS

LA-MC-ICPMS: Multicollector Nu Plasma TM ICPMS

SIMS: Cameca IMS 1280, Cameca IMS 4f and Cameca 1270 ion microprobes

TIMS: VG 354

Micro-FTIR: Thermo Nicolet Nexus 470 FT-IR Spectrometer with Continuum infrared microscope

Laser Fluorination: Merchantek IR-laser and Finnigan MAT Delta XL MS

Conventional combustion technique for carbon isotope extraction of diamonds and oxygen in silicates

Chemical separation of Pb using HBr-chemistry in minerals

Teaching Experience

GEOL1001: Introduction to Mineralogy and Crystallography

2nd year Mining Engineering Course; University of the Witwatersrand

Lectures & Practicals

Honours Igneous Petrology: the Cratonic Mantle

4th year Geology Seminar; University of the Witwatersrand

Lectures