Nicholas Tailby



  • Australian National University, Ph.D., 2014
  • Australian National University, B.S., 2005


Tailby, N.D., Cherniak D.J. and Watson, E.B. 2018. Al diffusion in quartz. Am. Mineral., 103, 839-847.

Ackerson, M.J., Mysen, B., Tailby, N.D and Watson, E.B. 2018. Low-temperature crystallization of granites and the implications for crustal magmatism. Nature, 559, 94-97.
Trail, D., Tailby, N.D., Wang, Y., Harrison, T.M. and Boehnke, P. 2017. Aluminum in zircon as evidence for peraluminous and metaluminous melts from the Hadean to present. Geochem. Geophy. Geosy. 18, 1580-1593.

Ackerson, M, Tailby, N.D., Watson, E.B. 2017. Experimental investigation into the substitution mechanisms and solubility of Ti in garnet. Am. Mineral., 102, 158-172.
Weiss, B.P., Maloof, A.C., Tailby, N.D., Ramezani, J., Fu, R., Hanus, V., Trail, D., Watson, E.B., Harrison, T.M., Bowring, S.A., Kirschvink, J.L., Swanson-Hysell, N.L., and Coe, R.S. (2015). Pervasive remagnetization of detrital zircon host rocks in the Jack Hills, Western Australia and implications for records of the early geodynamo. Earth Planet. Sc. Lett., 430, 115-128.

Ackerson, M.R., Tailby, N.D., Watson, E.B. (2015). Trace elements in quartz shed light on sediment provenance. in press, Geochem. Geophy. Geosy., 16, 1894-1904.
Trail, D., Tailby, N.D., Sochko, M., Ackerson, M.R. (2015). Possible biosphere-lithosphere interactions preserved in igneous zircons and implications for Hadean Earth. Astrobiology, 15, 575-586.

Trail, D., Tailby, N.D., Lanzirotti, A., Newville, M., Thomas, J.B., Watson, E.B. (2015). Redox evolution of silicic magmas: insights from XANES measurements of Ce valence in Bishop Tuff zircons. Chem. Geol., 402, 77-88.

Teaching Experience

2016-2018 – Postgraduate advisor in the American Museum of Natural History, Masters of Arts in Teaching program.
Co-taught multiple field trips in Manhattan (Central Park, Inwood Park, Pelham Bay, etc) and in upstate New York (Hudson Highlands, Cortlandt Complex, Palisades Sill, etc). In addition to field trips, Dr. Tailby also lead modern structural and metamorphic petrology studies around Manhattan to develop field guides and investigate the detailed pressure-temperature-tectonic history of the Manhattan Prong.

2015 – Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology lecturer), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Developed an up-to-date course in modern igneous and metamorphic petrology. This program included research themes, analytical methods and multiple field trips.

2013 – Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (Astrobiology and Life in the Universe, 3rd year/graduate level course), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Developed a new course, with up-to-date Astrobiology discoveries (e.g., Kepler, rovers on Mars, etc) and their implications to Planetary Science and the origin of life.