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William M. Lamb
William M. Lamb
(979) 845-3075
(979) 845-6162
Halbouty 306

Texas A&M University 

Department of Geology and Geophysics,

MS 3115,

College Station, Texas 77843-3115


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1987

  • GEOL 101 - Introduction to Geology
  • GEOL 304 - Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • GEOL 689 - Metamorphic Petrology

William M. Lamb


Research Interests

Metamorphic petrology and geochemistry; the characterization of metamorphism in the earth's crust and mantle including temperatures, pressures and, in particular, fluid compositions and movements.  This research includes fieldwork, petrography, microprobe analyses, fluid calculations over a wide range of pressures and temperatures, fluid inclusion work and stable isotopic analyses.  Recent research includes the production and microthermometric examination of synthetic fluid inclusions.  Additional interests include crustal genesis, Precambrian geology, economic geology, and metasomatic transport of crustal materials. 

Selected Publications

*Stewart, E., Lamb, W., Newman, J., & Tikoff, B. (2016) The Petrological and Geochemical Evolution of Early Forearc Mantle Lithosphere: an example from the Red Hills Ultramafic Massif, New Zealand.  Journal of Petrology, available online. 

Lamadrid, H.M., W.M. Lamb, M. Santosh, R.J. Bodnar (2014) Raman spectroscopic characterization of H2O in CO2-rich fluid inclusions in granulite facies metamorphic rocks.  Gondwana Research. v. 26, pp. 301-310. 

Lamb, W.M., Guillemette, R., Popp, R.K., Fritz, S.J., and *Chmiel, G.J. (2012) Determination of Fe3+/FeTotal using the Electron Microprobe: A Calibration for Amphiboles. American Mineralogist, v. 97, pp. 951-961. 

Toy, V., Newman, J., Lamb, W., & Tikoff, B. (2010) The role of pyroxenites in formation of shear instabilities in the mantle: Evidence from an ultramafic ultramylonite, Twin Sisters massif, Washington. Journal of Petrology. v51, pp55-80. 

Lamb W.M., Popp, R.K. (2009) Amphibole equilibria in Mantle Rocks:  Determining Values of Mantle aH2O and Implications for Mantle H2O Contents.  American Mineralogist. v. 94, pp. 41-52.\ 

Popp, R.K., Hibbert, H.A., Lamb, W.M. (2006) Oxy-amphibole equilibria in Ti-bearing oxy-amphiboles: Experimental investigation and petrologic implications for mantle derived amphiboles.  American Mineralogist, v. 91, pp. 54-66. 

Lamb, W.M. (2005) Carbonates in Feldspathic Gneisses from the Granulite Facies: Implication for the formation of CO2-rich Fluid Inclusions.  in H. Thomas (ed) Metamorphism and Crustal Evolution:  a volume in honor of Prof. R.S. Sharma,  Atlantic Publishers & Distributors, New Delhi, pp. 163-181. 

Lamb, W.M., *McShane, C.J., and Popp, R.J. (2002) Phase relations in the CH4-H2O-NaCl system at 2 kbar, 300˚C to 600˚C as determined using synthetic fluid inclusions.  Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. V. 66, pp. 3971-3986. 

*Brouwer, F.M., Vissers, R.L.M., and Lamb, W.M. (2002) Metamorphic history of eclogitic metagabbro blocks from a tectonic mélange in the Voltri Massif, Ligurian Alps, Italy. Ofioliti, v. 27 (1) pp. 1-16. 

*Brouwer, F.M., Vissers, R.L.M., Lamb, W.M. (2002) Structure and metamorphism of the Gran Paradiso massif, western Alps, Italy. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, v. 143, p. 450-470. 

Dubessy, J., Buschaert, S., Lamb, W., Pironon, J., Thiéry, R. (2001) Methane-bearing aqueous fluid inclusions:  Raman analysis, thermodynamic modelling and application to petroleum basins.  Chemical Geology, v. 173, pp. 193-205. 

Drury, M.R., Newman, J., Lamb, W.M., Vissers, R.L.M., Van Roermund, H.L.M. (2000) The role of lithosperic mantle in orogenesis:  Coupled or uncoupled?  Journal of Czech Geological Society, v45, p222-. 

Newman, J., Lamb, W.M., Drury, M.R., Vissers, R.L.M. (1999) Deformation processes in a peridotite shear zone:  reaction-softening by an H2O-deficient, continuous net transfer reaction. Tectonophysics, v. 303, no. 1-4, pp. 193-222. 

Lamb, W.M. and Morrison, J. (1997) Retrograde fluids in the Archean Shawmere anorthosite, Kapuskasing Structural Zone, Ontario, Canada. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, v. 129, p. 105-119. 

*Lee, Y-J, Wiltschko, D.V., Grossman, E.L., Morse, J.W., and Lamb, W.M. (1997)  Sequential vein growth with fault displacement:  An example from the Austin Chalk Formation, Texas.  Jour. of Geophysical Research, v. 102, p. 22,611-22,628. 

Lamb, W.M., Popp, R.K. and **Boockoff, L.A. (1996)  The Determination of Phase Relations in the CH4-H2O-NaCl System at 1 kbar, 400 to 600˚C using Synthetic Fluid Inclusions.  Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 60, p. 1885-1897. 

*Letargo, C.M.R., Lamb, W.M. and Park, J.-S. (1995)  Comparison and Calcite-Dolomite thermometry and Carbonate-Silicate equilibria:  Constraints on the conditions of metamorphism of the Llano Uplift, Central Texas, U.S.A.  American Mineralogist, v. 80, p. 131-143. 

Lamb, W.M. (1993) Retrograde Deformation within the Carthage-Colton mylonite zone as recorded by fluid inclusions and feldspar compositions:  Tectonic implications for the southern Grenville Province.  Contrib. Mineralogy and Petrology, v. 114, p. 379-394. 

*Letargo, C.M.R. and Lamb, W.M. (1993) P-T-X conditions of calc-silicate formation: evidence from fluid inclusions and phase equilibria; Llano Uplift, Central Texas, USA.  Journal of Metamorphic Geology, v. 11, p. 89-100. (Citations = 9 as of 2015) 

(**Undergraduate Student Author, *Graduate Student Author, †Post-Doc)  

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