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College of Arts & Sciences
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

Michael Bizimis

Associate Professor
School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment

Phone Number: 803-777-5565
Office: PSC 518
Research Areas: Biogeochemistry & Geochemistry
Volcanology, Geochemistry & Petrology
Research Summary:

Radiogenic isotope (Hf, Nd, Sr, Pb, Os) and trace element geochemistry, Igneous Petrology, in their broadest sense. Geochemical evolution of the Terrestrial mantle.  Mantle plume dynamics, plume-lithosphere interaction, and the origin of Ocean Island volcanism. Water and the fate of volatiles in the mantle. Element fluxes in subduction zones. Elemental exchange between seawater and mantle lithosphere in hydrothermal systems. Hg-isotopes as a tracer of Hg cycling in the environment. Elemental fluxes in salt marshes and coastal environments.

Michael Bizimis


  • Ph.D.: 1/1995-8/2001: Isotope Geochemistry, Igneous Petrology Florida State University. Supervisor: Dr. Vincent J.M. Salters

  • B.Sc.: 9/1989-10/1994: Geology (with specialization in Economic Geology) National University of Athens, Greece.


Professional appointments

  • 8/2013-present: Adjunct Associate Professor,  Marine Science Program, University of South Carolina
  • 8/2015-present: Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of South Carolina
  • 8/2009-8/2015: Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of South Carolina
  • 8/2008-8/2009: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of South Carolina
  • 11/2004-August 2008: Assistant Scholar Scientist Department of Geological Sciences and Division of Isotope Geochemistry, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University,
  • 9/2001-11/2004: Visiting Research Associate, Department of Earth Sciences, Florida International University.
  • 8/1996-4/2001: Research Assistant, Division of Isotope Geochemistry, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. Florida State University,
  • 8/1995-7/1996: Teaching Assistant, Department of Geological Sciences, Florida State University.
  • Summer 1995: Scientific Collaborator, National University of Athens, Greece, and the Secretariat of Research and Technology, Greece.  


Research interests

  • Radiogenic isotope (Hf, Nd, Sr, Pb, Os) and trace element geochemistry, Igneous Petrology, in their broadest sense.
  • Geochemical evolution of the Terrestrial mantle. 
  • Mantle plume dynamics, plume-lithosphere interaction, and the origin of Ocean Island volcanism.
  • Water and the fate of volatiles in the mantle.
  • Element fluxes in subduction zones.
  • Elemental exchange between seawater and mantle lithosphere in hydrothermal systems.
  • Hg-isotopes as a tracer of Hg cycling in the environment.
  • Elemental fluxes in salt marshes and coastal environments. 


Funding Received

  • 2014: NSF-EAR 1347890: "Collaborative Research: PGE and Pb Systematics in Altered Abyssal Peridotites: Integrating Experiments with Natural Samples."  ($153,440)PI: Bizimis
  • 2011: NSF-OCE 1129280: "Collaborative Research: Water Stratigraphy of the Oceanic Lithosphere Using Mantle Xenoliths from Hawaii"($120,578).  PI: Bizimis
  • 2010: USC-PIRA award. Assessing the role of submarine groundwater discharge as a major source of mercury in coastal waters ($19,499).  PI: Bizimis
  • 2009: NSF-OCE 0928280: Collaborative Research: Serpentinization and cycling of B, Nd and Sr in submarine hydrothermal systems: An experimental study on the effects of pH and temperature. PI: Bizimis: ($173,958)
  • 2009: NSF-EAR-IF 0841461: Upgrade of Electron Microprobe for Earth Science and Materials Research at the University of South Carolina: PI: Yogodzinski, co-PI: Bizimis, Barbeau, Hintz, Zhao ($166,853).
  • 2008: NSF-MRI: 0820723 MRI: Acquisition of ICPMS Instrumentation for Interdisciplinary Research: PI: Thunel, co-PIs:Bizimis, Scher, Shaw ($695,247).
  • 2006: NSF-OCE 0622827 (NSF-OCE 0852488 transfer to USC in 2008): Constraints on the Hawaiian swell and plume lithosphere interaction from Kaua’i mantle xenoliths. PI: Bizimis ($219,603).
  • 2006: NSF-EAR 0635864: Nb/Ta Fractionations as Tracer of Subduction. PI: V.Salters, co-PI: Bizimis ($299,076)


Honors and Awards

  • Breakthrough Star Award, University of South Carolina, 2014
  • Certificate in Excellence in Reviewing, Chemical Geology, Elsevier, 2012
  • Keith Runcorn Travel Award, European Geophysical Union, 2010



  • GEOL 103 Environment of the Earth (F08).
  • GEOL 202 Rocks and Minerals (F09, F13).
  • GEOL 318 Field Studies (Sp10, Sp11).
  • GEOL 205 Earth Resources (F10, F11, F12, F14).
  • GEOL/MSCI 520 Isotope Geology/Geochronology (Sp09, Sp11, Sp13).
  • GEOL/MSCI 521 Introduction to Geochemistry  (Sp10, Sp12, Sp14).


Student Supervision

  • Post-doctoral Fellows supervised:  
    • Dr. Soumen Mallic (Sp11-Sp12), now at Brown University.
    • Dr. Reshmi Das (F10), now at Earth Observatory of Singapore.
    • Dr. Tarun Khanna (with Dr. G. Yogodzinski, July 2010-July 2011), now at NGRI, Hyderabad, India.
  • PhD Student supervision:
    • Dr. Nicole Tibbetts, (at Florida State University 2010, now Industry).
    • Carl Frisby, (current, USC).
  • Master’s Student supervision:
    • Shawn Wallace (USC 2012, now at the American Museum of Natural History)
    • Ryan Antle (USC 2013, now at Industry).
    • Jessica Holm (USC, current).
  • Undergraduate Research / Thesis Supervision:
    • Caitlin Gionfriddo, (USC 2010, Honor Thesis, now at U. Melbourne, Australia).
    • Won Howell, (USC 2012 Senior Thesis, Magellan Scholar, now in Industry).
    • Leslie Bruce, (Magellan Scholar, current).


Service to the Community

  • Associate Editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, (2007-2012).
  • Have served as NSF-OCE proposal review panel member (2007, 2008, 2013).
  • Session Chair at AGU (AGU 2008 Joint Assembly).
  • Session chair Goldschmidt Conference (2012, 2 sessions in 2014)
  • Member of the Outstanding Student Paper Awards committee, Volcanology, Geochemistry, Petrology Group, AGU Fall meeting 2013.
  • Ad-hoc reviewer for J. of Petrology, Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, Chemical Geology, Proc. Indian Academy of Science, Amer. Mineralogist, Bul. of Volcanology, Marine Chemistry, J. of Environmental Monitoring, and others.
  • Reviewer for NASA, NSF (EAR, OCE, ANT divisions) proposals.
  • Mentored and trained a middle school research students.
  • Trained and supervised several undergraduate summer interns on geochemistry research (part of an NSF-funded REU program while at FSU).
  • Design of hands-on activities and exhibits related to the Geochemistry during the NHMFL Annual Open House activities (FSU, from 1996 to 2008).


Peer Reviewed Publications

(h-index = 14, ISI Web of Knowledge, 1/2015, i10-index = 18, Google Scholar 1/2015).

  1. Bizimis, M., Peslier, A.H., Water in Hawaiian garnet pyroxenites: Implications for water heterogeneity in the mantle. Chem. Geol. (in press).

  2. Foustoukos, D.I., Bizimis, M., Frisby, C. (*), Shirey, S.B., (2015). Redox controls on Ni-Fe-PGE mineralization and Re/Os fractionation during serpentinization of abyssal peridotite. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 150, 11-25. doi:

  3. Mallick, S. (*), Standish, J.J., Bizimis, M., (2015). Constraints on the mantle mineralogy of an ultra-slow ridge: Hafnium isotopes in abyssal peridotites and basalts from the 9–25°E Southwest Indian Ridge., Earth Plan. Sci. Lett. 410, 42-53. doi:

  4. Mundl, A., Ntaflos, T., Ackerman, L., Bizimis, M., Bjerg, E.A., Hauzenberger, C.A., (2015). Mesoproterozoic and Paleoproterozoic subcontinental lithospheric mantle domains beneath southern Patagonia: Isotopic evidence for its connection to Africa and Antarctica.Geology 43, 39-42. doi:

  5. Rothenberg, S.E., Mgutshini, N.L., Bizimis, M., Johnson-Beebout, S.E., Ramanantsoanirina, A., (2015). Retrospective study of methylmercury and other metal(loid)s in Madagascar unpolished rice (Oryza sativa L.). Environmental Pollution, 196, 125-133. doi:

  6. Williams, H.M., Bizimis, M., (2014). Iron isotope tracing of mantle heterogeneity within the source regions of oceanic basalts. Earth Plan. Sci. Lett., 404, 396-407. hhtp://

  7. Mazza, S.E., Gazel, E., Johnson, E.A., Kunk, M.J., McAleer, R., Spotila, J.A., Bizimis, M., Coleman, D.S. (2014) Volcanoes of the Passive Margin: The youngest magmatic event in Eastern North America.  Geology, 42, 483-486.  doi:10.1130/G35407.1.

  8. (+)Khanna, T. C. (*)Bizimis, M., Yogodzinski, G. M., Mallick, S. (*) (2014) Hafnium-Neodymium isotope systematics of the 2.7 Ga Gadwal Greenstone Terrane, Eastern Dharwar Craton, India: Implications for the evolution of the Archean depleted mantle.  Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta., 127, 10-24.

  9. Bizimis, M., Salters, VJM., Garcia, M.O., Norman, M. D.  (2013) The composition and distribution of the rejuvenated component across the Hawaiian plume: Hf-Nd-Sr-Pb isotope systematics of Kaula lavas and pyroxenite xenoliths. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 14(10): 4458-4478.  doi:10.1002/ggge.20250.

  10. Huang, S., Blichert-Toft, J., Fodor, R.V., Bauer, G., Bizimis, M., (2013) Sr, Nd, Hf and Pb Isotope Systematics of Postshield-Stage Lavas at Kahoolawe, Hawaii, Chem. Gel. 360-361, 159-172.  doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2013.10.021.

  11. Hickey-Vargas, R, Ishizuka, O., Bizimis, M.  (2013) Age and geochemistry of volcanic clasts from DSDP Site 445, Daito Ridge and relationship to Daito Basin and early Izu-Bonin-Mariana arc magmatism. J. Asian Earth Sci., 70-71193-208  doi:10.1016/j.jseaes.2013.03.013.

  12. 25.  Moskalski, S. M., Torres, R., Bizimis, M., Goni, M., Bergamaschi, B., Fleck, J. (2013). Low-tide rainfall effects on metal content of suspended sediment in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  Continental Shelf Res.  56, 39-55. doi:10.1016/j.csr.2013.02.001.

  13. (+) Das, R.(*), Bizimis, M., Wilson, A.M.  (2013) Tracing mercury seawater vs. atmospheric inputs in a pristine SE USA salt marsh system: Mercury isotope evidence. Chem. Geol. 336, 50-61. doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2012.04.035.

  14. Chen, S., Torres, R., Bizimis, M., Wirth, E.F.,  (2012) Salt Marsh Sediment and Metal Fluxes in Response to Rainfall. Limnology and Oceanography, Fluids and Environments, 2, 54-66.

  15. Sen, I. S.(*), Bizimis, M., Sen, G.; Huang, S., (2011) A Radiogenic Os Component in the Oceanic Lithosphere? Constraints from Hawaiian Pyroxenite Xenoliths. Geochim. Cosmoch. Acta 75, 4899-4916.

  16. Tschegg, C.(*), Bizimis, M., Schneider, D., Akinin, V .V., Ntaflos, T. (2011) Magmatism at the Eurasian–North American modern plate boundary: Constraints from alkaline volcanism in the Chersky Belt (Yakutia).  Lithos, 125, 825-835

  17. Milne, A., Landing, W., Bizimis, M. and Morton, P., (2010) Determination of Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd and Pb in seawater using high resolution magnetic sector inductively coupled mass spectrometry (HR-ICP-MS).  Anal. Chim. Acta 665, 200-207.

  18. Canfield, G. M., Bizimis, M. and Latturner, S. E. (2010) Transition-Metal ion exchange using poly(ethylene glycol) oligomers as solvents.Chem. Mater. 22, 330-337.

  19. Sen, I. S.(*), Bizimis, M., Sen, G. (2010) Geochemistry of sulfides in Hawaiian garnet pyroxenite xenoliths: Implications for highly siderophile elements in the oceanic mantle. Chem.Geol., 273, 180-192.

  20. Barbeau, D. L., Gombosi, D. J., Zahid, K. M., Bizimis, M., Swanson-Hysell, N., Valencia V., and Gehrels G. E., (2009) U-Pb zircon constraints on the age and provenance of the Rocas Verdes basin fill, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 10, Q12001, doi:10.11029/2009GC002749.

  21. Sen, G, Bizimis, M., Das, R, Dalim, K.P., Arijit, R., Biswas, S and Acosta, A., (2009) Deccan Plume, lithosphere rifting and volcanism in Kutch, India. Earth Plan. Sci. Lett, 277, 101-111.

  22. Hickey-Vargas, R., Bizimis, M. and Deschamps, A., (2008) Onset of the Indian Ocean isotopic signature in the Philippine Sea Plate: Hf and Pb isotope evidence from Early Cretaceous terranes Earth Plan. Sci. Lett, 268, 255-267.

  23. Canfield, G. M., Bizimis, M., and Latturner, S., (2007) Sodalite ion exchange in polyethylene oxide oligomer solvents. J. Mater. Chem., 17, 4530-4534.

  24. Bizimis, M., Griselin, M., Lassiter, J. C., Salters, V J M, and Sen, G., (2007) Ancient recycled mantle lithosphere in the Hawaiian plume: Osmium-Hafnium isotopic evidence from peridotite mantle xenoliths. Earth Plan. Sci. Lett. 257, 259-273.

  25. Hickey-Vargas, R., Savov, I., Bizimis, M., Ishi, T. and Fujioka, K. (2006) Origin of diverse geochemical signatures in igneous rocks from the west Philippine basin: Implications for tectonic models. In: Back-Arc Spreading centers. Geological, Biological, Chemical and physical interactions (Christie, D M, Fisher, C R, Lee, Sang-Mook, Givens, S., Editors) AGU Geophysical Monograph, Vol. 166, 287-303.

  26. Salters, V.J.M., Blichert-Toft, J., Fekiacova, Z., Sachi-Kocher, A. and Bizimis, M. (2006) Isotope and trace element evidence for depleted lithosphere in the source of enriched Ko'olau basalts.  Contrib. Mineral. Petrol. 151, 297-312.

  27. Keshav, S., Bizimis, M., Gudfinnsson, G H., Sen, G. and Fei, Y. (2006) Response to the comment by M. Lustrino on “High-pressure melting experiments on garnet clinopyroxenite and the alkalic-tholeiitic transition in ocean-island basalts” by Keshav et al. [Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 223, 365-379 (2004)] Earth Plan. Sci. Lett., 241, 997-999.

  28. Keshav, S., Corgne, A., Gudfinnsson, G H., Bizimis, M., McDonough, W. and Fei, Y. (2005) Kimberlite petrogenesis: insights from clinopyroxene–melt partitioning experiments at 6 GPa in the CaO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-CO2 system. Geochim. Cosmochim Acta, 69 2829-2845.

  29. Bizimis, M, Sen, G., Salters V.J. M. and Keshav, S. (2005) Hf-Nd-Sr isotope systematics of garnet pyroxenites from Salt Lake Crater, Oahu, Hawaii: Evidence for a depleted component in Hawaiian volcanism. Geochim. Cosmochim Acta, 69, 2629-2646.

  30. Sen, G., Keshav, S. and Bizimis, M, (2005) Hawaiian mantle xenoliths & magmas: Composition and thermal character of the lithosphere. Am. Mineral. 90, 871-887.

  31. Jacob, D. Bizimis, M., Salters, V J.M. (2004) Lu-Hf isotopic systematic of recycled ancient oceanic crust. Contrib. Mineral. Petrol. 148, 707-720.

  32. Bizimis, M.  Sen, G. and Salters V.J.M (2004), Hf-Nd isotope decoupling in the oceanic lithosphere: Constraints from spinel peridotites from Oahu, Hawaii. Earth Plan. Sci. Lett. 217, 43-58.

  33. Bizimis, M.  Salters, V. J.M. and Dawson, J. B. (2003) The brevity of carbonatite sources in the mantle: Evidence from Hf isotopes.  Contrib. Mineral. Petrol.145, 281-300.

  34. Stracke A., Bizimis M. and Salters V.J.M. (2003) Recycling of oceanic crust: Quantitative constraints.  Geochem. Geophys. Geosystem. vol 4, doi:10.1029/2001GC000223.

  35. Salters, V.J.M., Longhi, J. E. and Bizimis, M. (2002) Near mantle solidus trace element partitioning at pressures up to 3.4 GPa., Geochem. Geophys. Geosystem. vol. 3, doi:10.1029/2001GC000173.

  36. Bizimis M., Salters V. J.M. and Bonatti E. (2000) Trace and REE content of clinopyroxenes from Supra-Subduction Zone peridotites. Implications on melting and enrichment processes in island arcs.  Chemical Geology, 165, 67-85.

(*) Denotes student or postdoc author supported through my research funding.

(+) Bizimis is corresponding author.