Skip to Content
Scan the QR code using the NZ COVID Tracer app when you enter campus.
Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099 ext. 84881
Since 2018 – Professor, Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ; 2016 - 2017 – Associate Professor, Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ; 2013 - 2015 – Senior Lecturer, Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ; 2009 - 2013 – Associate Research Fellow, Academia Sinica, Taipei, ROC; 2005 - 2009 – Assistant Research Fellow, Academia Sinica, Taipei, ROC; 2004 – 2005 - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii, USA; 2002 - 2004 – Lamont Postdoctoral Fellow, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, New York, USA; 1999 - 2001 – Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Bristol, UK; 1995 – 1999 – PhD Student and Research Assistant, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
Invited laboratory research postings (1-5 months each): 2019, 2018, 2017, 2014, 2011, 2010 - Isotope Imaging Laboratory, University of Hokkaido, Sapporo, Japan; 2015, 2013 - Research Fellow, NMNH, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA; 2012 - Department of Geology and Geophysics, SOEST, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA; 2010, 2007 - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, Germany; 2009 - Institute for Frontier Research on Earth Evolution, JAMSTEC, Japan; 2006 - Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia
2019 - Keynote speaker, Goldschmidt conference; 2018 - Keynote speaker, Earthquake Research Institute, Japan; 2016 - Visiting Scientist, National Taiwan University, and keynote speaker, Japan Geological Survey; 2013 – Smithsonian Institution Senior Scientist Fellowship, funded by the Global Volcanism Program; 2012 - JAMSTEC grant as invited participant “Ultra-Deep Drilling Into Arc Crust” workshop, Kona, Hawaii, USA; 2010 - Global Centre of Excellence Visiting Professorship, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan; 2009 - Japan Promotion of Science Conference Grant, JpGU meeting, Japan; 2002 - Lamont-Doherty Postdoctoral Fellowship, Columbia University, New York, USA; 2000 - Royal Society Conference Grant, State of the Arc meeting, New Zealand; 1995 - Graduate Fellowship, The Open University, UK
Roles and Responsibilities
Member of the Doctoral Research Committee, and PhD convener for doctoral examinations, Massey University
Acting Executive Editor, Journal of Petrology
Books Advisor for the GSL Books Editorial Committee
Guest Editor for the Geological Society of London, American Mineralogist, and for J Volcanol Geotherm Res
Reviewer for many renowned Science Citation Index journals, including Earth Planet Sci Lett, Geochim Cosmochim Acta, Geology, J Petrol, J Geophys Res (Solid Earth and Atmospheres), Contrib Mineral Petrol, Geophys Res Lett, J Metamorph Geol, J Geol Soc, Am Mineral, B Volcanol and J Volcanol Geotherm Res, PLOS One
Reviews for funding agencies: National Science Foundation (USA), National Environmental Research Council (UK), Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France), and several others.
Member of the Scientific Program Committee and the Local Organizing Committee of the IAVCEI 2021 Scientific Assembly.
Co-organizer, convener, and chair at over a dozen international conferences since 2006, including AGU Fall Meetings, IAVCEI General Assembies, Goldschmidt conferences, and others.
VGP representative of the 2010 AGU Western Pacific Geophysical Meeting, Taipei, ROC
International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (Life Member); American Geophysical Union (Life Member); Geochemical Society
Georg F. Zellmer received his PhD from the Open University (UK) in 1999, and subsequently worked as research fellow at the University of Bristol (UK), the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (USA), the University of Hawaii (USA), and Academia Sinica (ROC). At Massey University since 2013, Professor Zellmer investigates the timescales of magmatic processes, volatiles in subduction zones, and other fundamental aspects of igneous systems. At present, he devotes time to the development of a spinel-structured oxide hygrometer for a range of applications in the Earth and Planetary Sciences. Professor Zellmer is Acting Executive Editor of Journal of Petrology.
SELECTED RESEARCH TOPICS
SELECTED FIELD AREAS
Resource Development and Management, Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Analytical Chemistry (030100): Chemical Science (030000):
Earth Sciences (040000): Geochemistry (040200): Geochronology (040303): Geology (040300): Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (040304): Inorganic Geochemistry (040202): Isotope Geochemistry (040203): Mineralogy and Crystallography (040306): Volcanology (040314)
Project Title: An arc-trench link in the formation of cataclysmic eruption deposits of the Taupo Volcanic Zone?
Date Range: 2020 - 2022
Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand
Project Title: Water in spinel: a robust hugrometer for the Earth and Planetary Sciences
Date Range: 2018 - 2021
Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand
Project Title: Mitigating volcanic hazards through advanced technologies
Date Range: 2016 - 2019
Funding Body: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Project Title: Dynamics of magma ascent beneath New Zealand's subduction zone volcanoes: implications for hazard mitigation strategies
Date Range: 2015 - 2016
Funding Body: National Geographic Society
Project Title: Rates and chronologies of mafic magma ascent and eruption triggering in the TVZ
Date Range: 2014 - 2014
Funding Body: Massey University
Professor / Associate Professor / Senior Lecturer:
Teaching undergraduate and graduate students at Massey University since 09/2013. See below for details on papers taught and coordinated.
Convergent plate boundary volcanism in the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, EHaz university consortium graduate-level volcanology course (Spring Semester 2008)
Rates of Magmatic Processes (within 20449070 Geochemistry), Department of Geosciences, National Taiwan University (2006-2008)
W4113 Introduction to Mineralogy, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University (2003)
G8884 Advanced Geochemistry, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University (2002)
S236 Geology, Earth Science Summer School, The Open University (1996-1998)
Academia Sinica postdoctoral research fellow Sebastien Jego (2008-2010), now Mineralogy Research Engineer, Eramet, France.
Doctoral student supervision at Massey University since 2013. See below for details.
Co-supervisor of doctoral candidate Ms. Mai Sas, University of Auckland, since 9/2016.
Instruction of undergraduate and graduate students in micromilling and isotope laboratory work, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University (2003)
Instruction of doctoral students in isotope laboratory work, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol (2001)
Papers team-taught since 2014:
I consider doctoral students as junior colleagues, who I can support through my many years of research experience. Within my team, all members are benefitting from the shared enthusiam for pushing the frontiers of scientific understanding in the Earth and Planetary Sciences, supported by a combination of bright ideas and hard work.
My research interests include all areas of igneous petrology and geochemistry, with a focus on microanalytical techniques to answer large-scale questions on the rates of magmatic processes, and how volatiles and other factors impact magma generation, ascent, storage, and volcanic eruption. I am striving for integration of several geoscientific disciplines to gain reliable insights, in collaboration with domestic and international colleagues, and funded through domestic and international research grants.
I am operating under the Volcanic Risk Solutions policy to accept into my team only those candidates who are fully funded through doctoral scholarships and are thus able to devote their time and attention to conduct research. However, I encourage all of my students to also participate in the activities offered by the Graduate Research School, which support doctoral candidates in developing into independent researchers, becoming successful within and beyond their specific research project.
Due to my involvement in international collaboration, I am generally away from Massey for a few months per year, often accompanied by some of my doctoral students, who are typically co-supervised by international colleagues. For this reason, I am normally not available for Masters supervision, although I can make exceptions for particularly promising candidates, who are committed in their ambition to move on to doctoral studies following their MSc graduation.
I encourage potential candidates to contact me by email to discuss research projects and research funding that may be available, especially those who have managed to secure their own funding and have ideas for conducting interesting research projects in my field, which I might be able and happy to support.
Main Supervisor of:
Main Supervisor of: