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I am currently a Postdoctoral Associate in Carnegie's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism working with Larry Nittler and Conel Alexander. My research concerns the study of organic matter and presolar grains in primitive meteorites. I am most interested in carbonaceous chondrites and what their organic and presolar material can tell us about meteorite formation in the early Solar System and subsequent parent body alteration.

As an undergraduate I studied Geological Sciences at the University of Durham in the north of England. I received my PhD in Cosmochemistry from the UK’s Open University in 2009, and then completed a two year Postdoctoral position at the University of Arizona followed by a year at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. My analytical specialties include SIMS (Secondary Ionization Mass Spectrometry), EMPA (Electron Microprobe Analysis), and Raman spectroscopy.


June 2014: Goldschmidt Conference 2014 - I will be attending Goldschmidt in Sacramento, California. I will be presenting on Monday morning. Come see me! Read the abstract here.

May 2014: Latest paper online - Our latest presolar grain paper ("Abundances of presolar silicon carbide grains in primitive meteorites determined by NanoSIMS") has been published in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. View it online here.

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Dr Jemma Davidson

Carnegie Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Terrestrial Magnetism
Carnegie Institution of Washington
5241 Broad Branch Road, NW
Washington, DC 20015-1305
United States of America

Tel: +1 202 478 8459

Email: jdavidson at

Last Updated: July 10, 2014