Zachary Atlas

Research Assistant Professor & Manager, USF Center for Geochemical Analysis


Office: SCA 527
Phone: 813.974.6419
Lab: SCA 117/503/513


Ph.D. in Marine Geology and Geophysics, University of Miami (RSMAS)
(Volatile geochemistry of magmatic systems, Igneous Petrology and Geochemistry of Melt Inclusions)

M.S. in Geology, Florida International University
(Igneous Petrology and Geochemistry of Melt Inclusions)


  • GLY 6285C – Analytical Methods
  • GLY 4930 – Analytical techniques for undergraduate research
  • GLY 4915 – Undergraduate Research
  • GLY 4905 – Independent Study

I am also involved with the following courses:

  • GLY 6739 – Topics in Geochemistry
  • GLY 6395C – Topics in Igneous-Metamorphic Petrology
  • GLY 4930 – Volcanic Petrology
  • GLY 3311C – Solid Earth (Mineralogy and Petrology)


Primary Research

Pre-eruptive Volcanic Geochemistry, Relationship between Volatiles (H2O, CO2, S, F & Cl) and trace elements related to subduction recycling in Magmatic Systems, Igneous Petrology, Volcanic Conduit Processes

Secondary Research with the USF-CGA Core Faculty

Manager of the Center for Geochemical Analysis: Instrumentation includes 2 ICP-MS with coupled PrepFAST IC and Laser Ablation systems, ICP-OES, HP-IC, FTIR and IRMS.

I examine, among other things via the Center for Geochemical Analysis, forensic soils, elemental extracts, chemically treated environmental waters and trace elements in biological and prebiotic materials.

Graduate Students

  • Johnny Henson
  • Osvaldo Meireles

former Graduate Students

  • Ami Ward, M.S. 2019
  • Stephanie Drumm, M.S. 2018


  • Evangeline Wang
  • Megan Levine
  • Brenna Kaufmann-Boss
  • Bertram Nicke
  • Julia Sumer
  • Catherine Peshak

Specialty Area

General Geochemistry, Volcanic Geochemistry, Igneous Petrology, Mineralogy, Mass and Optical spectroscopy

Recent Publications

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