Max Coleman

  • B.Sc. Combined Honours, Geology and Chemistry, Univ. of London (1966)
  • M.Sc. Geochemistry (with distinction), Univ. of Leeds (1967)
  • Ph.D. Isotope Geochemistry, Univ. of Leeds (1970)

Research Interests: 

Integration of different relevant scientific disciplines to understand how natural systems work - applied to astrobiology, sedimentary systems, environmental problems, forensic science, oilfield geology etc.

Professional Experience: 
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2000 - present)
    • Appointed Senior Research Scientist 2004
    • Director, JPL Center for Life Detection (2003 - 2005)
    • Distinguished Visiting Scientist (2000-2003)
  • University of Reading (1988-2003)
    • Professor of Sedimentology (1995-2003)
    • Adjunct Professor of Sedimentary Geochemistry (1988-1995)
  • BP Exploration (1983-1995)
    • Manager, Long-term Research and Coordinator of Exploration University Liaison (1992-1995)
    • Head of Inorganic Geochemistry Group
    • Manager, Geochemistry Branch
    • Coordinator, Exploration Corporate Research, BP Research Centre, Sunbury-on-Thames
  • Head of NERC Stable Isotope Facility, Institute of Geological Sciences (now British Geological Survey) London (1973-1983)
  • University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Post-doctoral Research Fellow (1970-1973)

Selected Publications: 
  1. Eggenkamp HGM and Coleman ML (2009) The effect of aqueous diffusion on the fractionation of chlorine and bromine stable isotopes. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta (in press).
  2. Ader M, Chaudhuri SK, Coates JD and Coleman M (2008) Experimental chlorine stable isotope fractionation of perchlorate respiring bacteria. Earth Planet Sci Let. 269 604-612.
  3. Bonifacie M, Jendrzejewski N, Agrinier P, Humler E, Javoy M, and Coleman M (2008) The chlorine isotope composition of Earth's mantle. Science 319 1518-1520.
  4. Rohrssen M, Brunner B, Mielke RE and Coleman M (2008) A rapid, easy and precise method for simultaneous oxygen and hydrogen isotope analysis of water of crystallization in hydrated minerals. Analyt. Chem. 80 7084-7089.
  5. Aubrey AD, Chalmers JH, Bada, JL, Grunthaner FJ, Amashukeli X, Willis P, Skelley AM, Mathies RA, Quinn RC, Zent, AP, Ehrenfreund P, Amundson R, Glavin DP, Botta O, Barron L, Blaney DL, Clark BC, Coleman M, Hofmann BA, Josset J-L, Rettberg P, Ride S, Robert F, Sephton MA and Yen A (2008). The Urey instrument: an advanced in situ organic and oxidant detector for Mars exploration. Astrobiology 8 583-595. doi:10.1089/ast.2007.0169.
  6. Brunner B, Yu J-Y, Mielke RE and Coleman M (2008) Different chemical and isotopic signatures of pyrite oxidation by Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans during lag and exponential growth phases Earth Planet Sci Let. 270 63-72.
  7. Bada, JL, Ehrenfreund P, Grunthaner F, Blaney D, Coleman M, Farrington A, Yen A Mathies R Amudson R Quinn R Zent A Ride S Barron L Botta O Clark B Glavin D Hofmann B Josset JL Rettberg P Robert F and Sephton M (2008) Urey: Mars Organic and Oxidant Detector. Space Sci. Rev. 135 269-279.
  8. Cánovas CR, Hubbard CG, Olías M, Nieto JM, Black S and Coleman ML (2008) Hydrochemical variations and contaminant load in the Río Tinto (Spain) during flood events. Jl. Hydrol. 350 25-40.
  9. Gruszczynski M, Marshall JD, Goldring R, Coleman ML, Malkowski K, Gazdzicka E, Semil J and Gatt P (2008) Hiatal surfaces from the Miocene Globigerina Limestone Formation of Malta: Biostratigraphy, sedimentology, trace fossils and early diagenesis. Palaeogeog. Palaeoclim, Palaeoecology 270 239-251.
  10. Yu J-Y, Park Y, Mielke RE and Coleman M (2007) Sulfur and oxygen isotopic compositions of the dissolved sulphate in the meteoric water in Chuncheon, Korea. Geosci. Jl. 11 357 _ 367.
  11. Christensen LE, Brunner B, Truong KN, Mielke RE, Webster CR and Coleman M (2007) Measurement of sulfur isotope compositions by tunable laser spectroscopy of SO2. Analyt. Chem. 79 9261-9268. DOI: 10.1021/ac071040p.
  12. Coleman ML, Rodgers DH and Jones JA (2006) A Buoyant Life Investigating Mobile Platform (BLIMP). Advances in Space Research 38 1198-1208.
  13. Coleman M, Ader M, Chaudhuri SK and Coates JD (2003) Microbial isotopic fractionation of perchlorate chlorine. Appl. Env. Microbiology 69 4997-5000.
  14. Coleman ML, Eggenkamp HGM & Aranyossy, JF (2001) Chlorine stable isotope characterisation of solute transport in mudrocks. ANDRA: Actes des journées scientifiques, 1999 Chapter 10 pp 155-175, EDP Sciences, France.
  15. Ader M, Coleman M, Doyle SP, Stroud MS and Wakelin D (2001) Methods for the stable isotopic analysis of chlorine in chlorate and perchlorate compounds. Analyt. Chem. 73 4946-4950.
  16. Coleman ML and Raiswell R (1995) Source of Carbonate and Origin of Zonation in Pyritiferous Carbonate Concretions. Am. J. Sci. 295 282-308.
  17. Coleman M (1993) Microbial processes: Controls on the shape and composition of carbonate concretions. Marine Geol. 113 127-140.
  18. Coleman ML, Lovley DR, Hedrick DB, White DC & Pye K (1993) Reduction of Fe(III) in sediments by sulphate reducing bacteria. Nature 361 436-438.
  19. Gluyas JG & Coleman ML (1992) Material flux and porosity changes during sediment diagenesis. Nature 356 52-54.
  20. Mossmann J-R, Aplin AC, Curtis CD and Coleman ML (1990) Geochemistry of inorganic and organic sulphur in organic-rich sediments from the Peru Margin. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 55 3581-3595.
  21. Curtis C D, Coleman M L and Love L G (1986) Pore water evolution during sediment burial from isotopic and mineral chemistry of calcite, dolomite and siderite concretions. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 50 2321-2334.
  22. Coleman M L (1985) Geochemistry of diagenetic non-silicate minerals: kinetic considerations. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. A315 39-56.
  23. Benmore R A, Coleman M L and McArthur J M (1983) Origin of sedimentary francolite from its sulphur and carbon isotope composition. Nature 302 516-518.
  24. Harwood G M and Coleman M L (1983) Isotopic evidence of UK Upper Permian mineralization by bacterial reduction of evaporites Nature 301 597-599.
  25. Boyce A J, Coleman M L and Russell M J (1983) Formation of fossil hydrothermal chimneys and mounds from Silvermines, Ireland, by reaction of hydrothermal iron with bacteriogenic brine-pool sulphide. Nature 306 545-550.
  26. Coleman M L, Shepherd T J, Durham J J, Rouse J E and Moore G R (1982) Reduction of water with zinc for hydrogen isotope analysis. Anal. Chem. 54 993-995.
  27. Coleman M L and Raiswell R (1981) Carbon, oxygen and sulphur isotope variations in concretions from the Upper Lias of N E England. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 45 329-340.
  28. Swart P K and Coleman M L (1980) New isotopic data for scleractinian corals explain their palaeotemperature uncertainties. Nature 282 557-559.
  29. Irwin H, Curtis C and Coleman M (1977) Isotopic evidence for source of diagenetic carbonates formed during burial of organic rich sediments. Nature 269 209-213.
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