Diane Hanano

PCIGR CFI Project Manager

MAGNET Program Coordinator & CCOD Scientific Coordinator

EOS South 359
(778) 628-1676

Research Interests

  • Mantle geochemistry
  • Radiogenic isotope and trace element geochemistry
  • Composition, evolution, and structure of mantle plumes
  • Ocean island basalt volcanism (e.g., Hawaii, Kerguelen)

The goals of my M.Sc. research were to provide a greater understanding of Hawaiian post-shield volcanism, characterize the geochemical evolution of Hawaiian volcanoes from the shield to post-shield stage, and better define the geochemical structure of the Hawaiian plume. Specifically, my research investigated (a) if the observed isotopic variations can be explained by a radially zoned plume, (b) what variations must be attributed to to longitudinal rather than radial heterogeneity, (c) the relationship between small-scale heterogeneity and large-scale zoning in the plume, (d) how the isotopic compositions correspond to structure at the plume source, and (e) if any of the structure is due to entrained material higher in the mantle.

In the big picture, I am interested in the origin and distribution of distinct geochemical and isotopic signatures and their relationship to large-scale dynamics in the mantle and at the core-mantle boundary.  In a broader sense, I am also intrigued by the application of geochemistry and mass spectrometry to addressing challenges in other fields such as forestry, soil science, forensics, anthropology and medicine.

Teaching Experience


  • M.Sc. Geochemistry, University of British Columbia (2005–2008)
  • B.Sc. (Honours) Geology & Oceanography, University of British Columbia (1999–2004)

Work Experience

  • Program Coordinator, Multidisciplinary Applied Geochemistry Network (2012-present)
  • Project Manager, Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research (2010-present)
  • Scientific Coordinator, Canadian Consortium for Ocean Drilling (IODP-Canada) (2010-present)        
  • Geologic Consultant, Mira Geoscience (2010)
  • Office Manager & Executive Assistant, Geoscience BC (2009-2010)
  • Sponsorship & Exhibition Chair, 18th Goldschmidt Geochemistry Conference (2007-2008)
  • Research Assistant, Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research (2004-2008)
  • Shipboard Scientist, Northern Hawaiian Islands Marine Expedition (Sept.-Oct. 2007)