Dr. Audrey Bouvier

Assistant Professor in Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry
Canada Research Chair Tier II in Planetary Materials
Curator of the Western Meteorite Collection
University of Western Ontario, Department of Earth Sciences
1151 Richmond Street N, BGS 1026
London, ON, N6A 3K7, Canada

office: BGS 1081, t. 519.661.2111 (ext. 88516), f. 519.661 3198

Current appointment

2013- : Assistant Professor in Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry, University of Western Ontario, Department of Earth Sciences.

2013- : Canada Research Chair Tier II in Planetary Materials
2015- : Curator of Western meteorite collection


- 2005 PhD in Earth and Space Sciences.  Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France.
Thesis title:  "Chronology of the accretion and planetary differentiation in the inner Solar System ”. Advisors: Francis Albarède and Janne Blichert-Toft.

- 2002 Master’s degree in Magmatic and Metamorphic processes-Volcanology. Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France.
Thesis title: "Geochemistry of the post-collisional andesitic magmatism in the Alps - Comparison between different examples (West Carpathians – Slovakia, Poland - and Provence) and geodynamic implications". Advisor: Christian Pin.

- 2001 Maitrise - BA and First Master year in Earth Sciences - Option Volcanology. Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France.
Thesis title: "Sr, Nd and Hf isotope and trace-element geochemistry of the calco-alkaline magmatism in the West Carpathians (Central Slovakia)". Advisor: Christian Pin.

- 1997-1999 Diplôme d’Etudes Universitaires Générales, Life and Earth Sciences. Université de la Méditerranée, Marseille.

Previous appointments

- 2011-2013 Research Associate. University of Minnesota, Department of Earth Sciences.

- 2010-2011 Faculty Research Associate. Arizona State University, School of Earth and Space Exploration.

- 2007 - 2010 Arizona State University, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Tempe, AZ, USA.
Research Associate in Planetary Sciences.
Supervisor: Meenakshi Wadhwa.
research: Early Solar System chronology using 26Al-26Mg and 207Pb-206Pb isotope systematics in meteorites. Funded by NASA Cosmochemistry and Origins programs.

- 2005 - 2007  University of Arizona, Department of Geosciences, Tucson, AZ, USA.

Research Associate in Planetary Sciences.
Supervisor: P. Jonathan Patchett, in collaboration with Jeffrey D. Vervoort (WSU, Pullman, WA), and Christa Gopel (IPG Paris, France).
research: Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd isotope systematics in chondrites; 176Lu decay constant value and causes of the discrepancy found in >4.56 Ga meteorites. Funded by NSF Petrology and Geochemistry program.

Research interests

- Understanding the formation and evolution of planetary bodies within the inner Solar System through chemical and isotopic studies.

- High resolution chronometry based on short- (26Al-26Mg) and long-lived (U-Pb, 147Sm-143Nd, and 176Lu-176Hf) radionuclides to study the dynamics of the solar nebula, and the accretion, impact and differentiation processes and histories of asteroids and terrestrial planets.

- Stable and radiogenic isotope and trace element studies to unravel the bulk composition, differentiation of major reservoirs, and impact histories of terrestrial planets.

- Development of new geochemical approaches and cutting edge laboratory techniques.

Analytical and instrumentation experience

- Mass spectrometry: expertise in U-Pb, Al-Mg, Lu-Hf, and Sm-Nd radiogenic systems and isotope analyses by Multi-Collector ICP-MS (VG Elemental Plasma 54 and Thermo Finnigan Neptune). Experience with Rb, Sr, Sm, Nd, U and Pb isotope analyses by TIMS, and Laser Excimer coupled with Neptune MC-ICPMS. Trace element analyses by quadripole ICP-MS.

- Analytical developments in clean lab for ultra-low blank purification procedures for Pb-Pb, Al-Mg, Lu-Hf, and Sm-Nd dating of meteorites. Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd, Lu-Hf, and U-Pb separation techniques for terrestrial igneous rock and mineral isotope studies.

- Electron microprobe and scanning electron microscopes for petrographic studies.

- Mineral and inclusion separation techniques for meteorites and terrestrial igneous rocks.

Invited presentations

- department seminars:
Northern Arizona University
University of California Los Angeles
Planetary Science Institute, Tucson

the Bayerisches Geoinstitut, Universität Bayreuth
Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris
Arizona State University
Universite Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand

Washington University in Saint Louis
University of Minnesota
Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington
Smithsonian Institution

Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques, Nancy
Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Université du Quèbec á Montréal

University of Western Ontario, London
Carleton college, Northfield
The Field Museum, Chicago
University of Toronto

University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Western Ontario (CPSX)

Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington
University of Maryland
the Bayerisches Geoinstitut, Universität Bayreuth
American Museum of Natural History, New York
University of Chicago

University of Western Ontario, Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Ottawa
Cornell University: Planetary Science Seminar and Earth Science Seminar
Washington State University

Asteroid Day, University of Western Ontario, Public talk
University of Windsor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

- conference & workshop talks:
American Geophysical Union Fall meeting (Invited Speaker, session MR12a: Dynamic Induced Phase Transformation Processes in Terrestrial and Planetary Materials)

Goldschmidt conference (Invited Speaker, session 01b: Early Accretion and Differentiation Processes on Planets and Planetesimals)

Goldschmidt conference (Keynote Speaker, session 01b, From Gas and Dust to Planetesimals: Processes and Timescales)
Workshop on the Formation of the Earliest Solids in the Solar System

Inauguration of the nUBC CFI mass spectrometry facilities at University of British Columbia

Before the Moon Workshop, Life-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology


- Guest lectures on Meteorite studies (1h, 2008, 2009) and Controversy in science (2h, 2009) at Arizona State University .

- Guest lectures in isotope geochemistry (3h) at University of Arizona, 2006.

- Tutorial classes in Petrology (20h) at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, 2003-2004.

- Igneous & Metamorphic petrology lectures (15 weeks) at UMN, Spring 2012.

- Igneous Petrology (ES 3313A) Fall 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

- Introductory Field Mapping Techniques (ES 2250Y), Winter 2014

- Guest lecture for Genesis of Meteorites and Planetary Materials (ES 2212B, 2014, 2016); Planetary Science Short Course, Fall 2014, 2015, 2016

- Origin & Geology of the Solar System (ES 1086), Winter 2015, Summer 2016.


- Reviewer and/or panelist for funding agencies

US National Science Foundation (2008, 2013)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Swiss National Science Foundation (2015)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (2015)
European Research Council (2016)

- Reviewer for journals

Antarctic Meteorite Research
Comptes Rendus Geoscience
Chemical Geology
Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
Meteoritics and Planetary Science
Nature Geoscience
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

- Co-convener and co-chair of sessions

Goldschmidt conference (2008, 2011, 2013, 2014, Team member 2013, Co-chair Theme 1 Cosmochemistry 2014)
Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (2009, 2011)
Meteoritical Society meetings (2007, 2009, 2010, 2015)
American Geophysical Union Fall meeting (2011, 2014, 2015)


American Geophysical Union (2003-), Geochemical Society (2005-),  Meteoritical Society (2005-).

Awards - Highlights

- Nier Prize 2013, Meteoritical Society.
- Brian Mason Award 2005, 68th Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting.

- Rocks' clocks reset, Research Highlights. A. Witze, Nature, Vol. 438, December 8, 2005.

- Telling time on Mars, Science editor’s choice. B. Hanson, Science, Vol. 319, February 22, 2008.

- Birth of the Solar System, Blog of the AGU Fall meeting 2009

- New York goes extra-terrestrial as meteorite experts descend on the city in July; on PhysOrg.com science news website, July 8, 2010.

- Solar System May Be 2 Million Years Older Than Thought, and other related articles:  first page of National Geographic and ASU, MSNBC, New Scientist, Space.com, Yahoo news, ABC, Cosmos, Discovery Channel, Fox News, Montreal Gazette, Science News, Scientific American, Softpedia, Sydney Morning Herald, Telegraph.co.uk, The Australian, Universe Today, Wired Science, Physics World, US News & World Report, Science Daily, Top News New Zealand, ITWire, Physics Central, Space Daily, Spectra magazine, Arizona geology... and more.
- Radio Canada, Les annees Lumiere. L'age du Systeme Solaire, Record of August 29, 2010, French.

-“The age of the Solar System redefined by the oldest Pb–Pb age of a meteoritic inclusion” highlighted in January 2013 by Nature Geoscience editors as 1 of the 10 favourite papers in the web focus that celebrates the 5th anniversary of the journal  http://www.nature.com/ngeo/focus/5th-anniversary/index.html
- Canadian Women Flying High in Space Science and Engineering, September 3rd, 2013ice blog!


French, English (fluent) and Spanish (scholar).