Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Glenn Macpherson

Senior Scientist and Curator of Meteorites
Education
  • B.S., University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Ph.D., Princeton University
Research Interests
Origin of the solar system using geochemical studies of meteorites and comets; origin of the continental margin of North America using geochemical studies of ancient volcanic rocks.
Publications
Article
  • Lin, Chaney, Hollister, Lincoln S., MacPherson, Glenn J., Bindi, Luca, Ma, Chi, Andronicos, Christopher L., and Steinhardt, Paul J. 2017. "Evidence of cross-cutting and redox reaction in Khatyrka meteorite reveals metallic-Al minerals formed in outer space." Scientific Reports 7 (1):1637. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-01445-5
  • MacPherson, Glenn J., Bullock, Emma S., Tenner, T. J., Nakashima, D., Kita, N. T., Ivanova, M. A., Krot, A. N., Petaev, M. I., and Jacobsen, S. B. 2017. "High Precision Al-Mg Systematics of Forsterite-Bearing Type B CAIs from CV3 Chondrites." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 201:65–82. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2016.12.006
  • MacPherson, Glenn J., Nagashima, Kazuhide, Krot, Alexander N., Doyle, Patricia M., and Ivanova, Marina A. 2017. "53Mn-53Cr Chronology of Ca-Fe Silicates in CV3 Chondrites." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 201:260–274. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2016.09.032
  • Williams, C. D., Ushikubo, T., Bullock, Emma S., Janney, P. E., Hines, R. R., Kita, N. T., Hervig, R. L., MacPherson, Glenn J., Mendybaev, R. A., Richter, F. M., and Wadhwa, M. 2017. "Thermal and chemical evolution in the early Solar System as recorded by FUN CAIs: Part I - Petrology, mineral chemistry, and isotopic composition of Allende FUN CAI CMS-1." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 201:25–48. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2016.10.053
  • Bindi, Luca, Yao, Nan, Lin, Chaney, Hollister, Lincoln S., Andronicos, Christopher L., Distler, Vadim V., Eddy, Michael P., Kostin, Alexander, Kryachko, Valery, MacPherson, Glenn J., Steinhardt, William M., Yudovskaya, Marina, and Steinhardt, Paul J. 2015. "Decagonite, Al71Ni24Fe5, a quasicrystal with decagonal symmetry from the Khatyrka CV3 carbonaceous chondrite." American Mineralogist 100 (10):2340–2343. https://doi.org/10.2138/am-2015-5423
  • Bindi, Luca, Yao, Nan, Lin, Chaney, Hollister, Lincoln S., Andronicos, Christopher L., Distler, Vadim V., Eddy, Michael P., Kostin, Alexander, Kryachko, Valery, MacPherson, Glenn J., Steinhardt, William M., Yudovskaya, Marina, and Steinhardt, Paul J. 2015. "Natural quasicrystal with decagonal symmetry." Scientific Reports 5:https://doi.org/10.1038/srep09111
  • Ivanova, Marina A., Lorenz, Cyril A., Krot, Alexander N., and MacPherson, Glenn J. 2015. "A compound Ca-, Al-rich inclusion from CV3 chondrite Northwest Africa 3118: Implications for understanding processes during CAI formation." Meteoritics & Planetary Science 50 (9):1512–1528. https://doi.org/10.1111/maps.12489
  • Bindi, Luca, Yao, Nan, Lin, Chaney, Hollister, Lincoln S., MacPherson, Glenn J., Poirier, Gerald R., Andronicos, Christopher L., Distler, Vadim V., Eddy, Michael P., Kostin, Alexander, Kryachko, Valery, Steinhardt, William M., and Yudovskaya, Marina. 2014. "Steinhardtite, a new body-centered-cubic allotropic form of aluminum from the Khatyrka CV3 carbonaceous chondrite." American Mineralogist 99 (11-12):2433–2436. https://doi.org/10.2138/am-2014-5108
  • Hollister, Lincoln S., Bindi, Luca, Yao, Nan, Poirier, Gerald R., Andronicos, Christopher L., MacPherson, Glenn J., Lin, Chaney, Distler, Vadim V., Eddy, Michael P., Kostin, Alexander, Kryachko, Valery, Steinhardt, William M., Yudovskaya, Marina, Eiler, John M., Guan, Yunbin, Clarke, Jamil J., and Steinhardt, Paul J. 2014. "Impact-induced shock and the formation of natural quasicrystals in the early solar system." Nature Communications 5:8. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms5040
  • MacPherson, Glenn J. and Krot, Alexander N. 2014. "The formation of Ca-, Fe-rich silicates in reduced and oxidized CV chondrites: The roles of impact-modified porosity and permeability, and heterogeneous distribution of water ices." Meteoritics & Planetary Science 49 (7):1250–1270. https://doi.org/10.1111/maps.12316
  • Bullock, Emma S., Knight, Kim B., Richter, Frank M., Kita, Noriko T., Ushikubo, Takayuki, MacPherson, Glenn J., Davis, Andrew M., and Mendybaev, Ruslan A. 2013. "Mg and Si isotopic fractionation patterns in types B1 and B2 CAIs: Implications for formation under different nebular conditions." Meteoritics & Planetary Science 48 (8):1440–1458. https://doi.org/10.1111/maps.12158
  • Kita, Noriko T., Welten, Kees C., Valley, John W., Spicuzza, Michael J., Nakashima, Daisuke, Tenner, Travis J., Ushikubo, Takayuki, MacPherson, Glenn J., Welzenbach, Linda, Heck, Philipp R., Davis, Andrew M., Meier, Matthias M. M., Wieler, Rainer, Caffee, Marc W., Laubenstein, Matthias, and Nishiizumi, Kunihiko. 2013. "Fall, classification, and exposure history of the Mifflin L5 chondrite." Meteoritics & Planetary Science 48 (4):641–655. https://doi.org/10.1111/maps.12077
  • Kita, Noriko T., Yin, Qing-Zhu, MacPherson, Glenn J., Ushikubo, Takayuki, Jacobsen, Benjamin, Nagashima, Kazuhide, Kurahashi, Erika, Krot, Alexander N., and Jacobsen, Stein B. 2013. "26Al-26Mg isotope systematics of the first solids in the early solar system." Meteoritics & Planetary Science 48 (8):1383–1400. https://doi.org/10.1111/maps.12141
  • MacPherson, Glenn J., Andronicos, Christopher L., Bindi, Luca, Distler, Vadim V., Eddy, Michael P., Eiler, John M., Guan, Yunbin, Hollister, Lincoln S., Kostin, Alexander, Kryachko, Valery, Steinhardt, William M., Yudovskaya, Marina, and Steinhardt, Paul J. 2013. "Khatyrka, a new CV3 find from the Koryak Mountains, Eastern Russia." Meteoritics & Planetary Science 48 (8):1499–1514. https://doi.org/10.1111/maps.12170
  • Bindi, Luca, Eiler, John M., Guan, Yunbin, Hollister, Lincoln S., MacPherson, Glenn J., Steinhardt, Paul J., and Yao, Nan. 2012. "Evidence for the extraterrestrial origin of a natural quasicrystal." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109 (5):1396–1401. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1111115109
  • Bullock, Emma S., MacPherson, Glenn J., Nagashima, Kazuhide, Krot, Alexander N., Petaev, Michail I., Jacobsen, Stein B., and Ulyanov, Alexander A. 2012. "Forsterite-bearing type B refractory inclusions from CV3 chondrites: From aggregates to volatilized melt droplets." Meteoritics & Planetary Science 47 (12):2128–2147. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1945-5100.2012.01396.x
  • Ivanova, Marina A., Krot, Alexander N., Nagashima, Kazuhide, and MacPherson, Glenn J. 2012. "Compound ultrarefractory CAI-bearing inclusions from CV3 carbonaceous chondrites." Meteoritics & Planetary Science 47 (12):2107–2127. https://doi.org/10.1111/maps.12031
  • MacPherson, Glenn J., Kita, N. T., Ushikubo, T., Bullock, Emma S., and Davis, A. M. 2012. "Well-resolved variations in the formation ages for Ca–Al-rich inclusions in the early Solar System." Earth and Planetary Science Letters 331-332:43–54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2012.03.010
  • MacPherson, Glenn J. and Boss, Alan. 2011. "Cosmochemical evidence for astrophysical processes during the formation of our solar system." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108 (48):19152–19158. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1110051108
  • MacPherson, Glenn J. and Thiemens, Mark H. 2011. "Cosmochemistry: Understanding the Solar System through analysis of extraterrestrial materials." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108 (48):19130–19134. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1111493108
  • MacPherson, Glenn J., Bullock, Emma S., Janney, P. E., Kita, N. T., Ushikubo, T., Davis, A. M., Wadhwa, M., and Krot, A. N. 2010. "Early solar nebula condensates with canonical, not supracanonical, Initial Al-26/Al-27 ratios." Astrophysical Journal Letters 711 (2):L117–L121. https://doi.org/10.1088/2041-8205/711/2/L117
  • Matzel, J. E. P., Ishii, H. A., Joswiak, D., Hutcheon, I. D., Bradley, J. P., Brownlee, D., Weber, P. K., Teslich, N., Matrajt, G., McKeegan, K. D., and MacPherson, Glenn J. 2010. "Constraints on the Formation Age of Cometary Material from the NASA Stardust Mission." Science 328 (5977):483–486. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1184741
  • MacPherson, Glenn J., Mittlefehldt, David W., Lipschutz, Michael E., Clayton, Robert N., Bullock, Emma S., Ivanov, Andrei V., Mayeda, Toshiko K., and Wang, Ming-Sheng. 2009. "The Kaidun chondrite breccia: Petrology, oxygen isotopes, and trace element abundances." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 73 (18):5493–5511. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2009.06.012
  • Cosarinsky, M., Leshin, L. A., MacPherson, Glenn J., Guan, Y. B., and Krot, A. N. 2008. "Chemical and oxygen isotopic compositions of accretionary rim and matrix olivine in CV chondrites: Constraints on the evolution of nebular dust." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 72 (7):1887–1913. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2007.12.025
  • Graves, Gary R. 2008. "Jamaican hummingbirds ingest calcareous grit." Journal of Caribbean Ornithology 20:56–57.
  • Krot, A. N., Chaussidon, M., Yurimoto, H., Sakamoto, N., Nagashima, K., Hutcheon, I. D., and MacPherson, Glenn J. 2008. "Oxygen isotopic compositions of Allende Type CCAIs: Evidence for isotopic exchange during nebular melting and asteroidal metamorphism." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 72 (10):2534–2555. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2008.02.011
  • MacPherson, Glenn J. 2008. "Introduction." Oxygen in the Solar System 68:1–3.
  • Stephan, T., Rost, D., Vicenzi, Edward P., Bullock, Emma S., MacPherson, Glenn J., Westphal, A. J., Snead, C. J., Flynn, G. J., Sandford, S. A., and Zolensky, M. E. 2008. "TOF-SIMS analysis of cometary matter in Stardust aerogel tracks." Meteoritics & Planetary Science 43 (1-2):233–246. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1945-5100.2008.tb00619.x
  • Fagan, Tim, Guan, Y., and MacPherson, Glenn J. 2007. "Al-Mg isotopic evidence for episodic alteration of Ca-Al-rich inclusions from Allende." Meteoritics & Planetary Science 42 (7-8):1221–1240. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1945-5100.2007.tb00570.x
  • Krot, A. N., Yurimoto, H., Hutcheon, I. D., Chaussidon, M., MacPherson, Glenn J., and Paque, J. 2007. "Remelting of refractory inclusions in the chondrule-forming regions: Evidence from chondrule-bearing type C calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions from Allende." Meteoritics & Planetary Science 42 (7-8):1197–1219. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1945-5100.2007.tb00569.x
  • Krot, A. N., Yurimoto, H., Hutcheon, I. D., Libourel G., Chaussidon, M., Tissandier L., Petaev, Michail I., MacPherson, Glenn J., Paque-Heather, J., and Wark, D. 2007. "Type C Ca, Al-rich inclusions From Allende: Evidence for multistage formation." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 71:4332–4364.
  • Tronche, E. J., Hewins, R. H., and MacPherson, Glenn J. 2007. "Formation conditions of aluminum-rich chondrules." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 71 (13):3361–3381. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2007.03.037
  • Brownlee, Don, Tsou, Peter, Aléon, Jerome, Alexander, Conel M. O’D, Araki, Tohru, Bajt, Sasa, Baratta, Guiseppe A., Bastien, Ron, Bland, Phil, Bleuet, Pierre, Borg, Janet, Bradley, John P., Brearley, Adrian, Brenker, F., Brennan, Sean, Bridges, John C., Browning, Nigel D., Brucato, John R., Bullock, Emma S., Burchell, Mark J., Busemann, Henner, Butterworth, Anna, Chaussidon, Marc, Cheuvront, Allan, Chi, Miaofang et al. 2006. "Comet 81P/Wild 2 Under a Microscope." Science 314:1711–1716.
  • Flynn, George J., Bleuet, Pierre, Borg, Janet, Bradley, John P., Brenker, Frank E., Brennan, Sean, Bridges, John, Brownlee, Don E., Bullock, Emma S., Burghammer, Manfred, Clark, Benton C., Dai, Zu Rong, Daghlian, Charles P., Djouadi, Zahia, Fakra, Sirine, Ferroir, Tristan, Floss, Christine, Franchi, Ian A., Gainsforth, Zack, Gallien, Jean-Paul, Gillet, Philippe, Grant, Patrick G., Graham, Giles A., Green, Simon F., Grossemy, Faustine et al. 2006. "Elemental Compositions of Comet 81P/Wild 2 Samples Collected by Stardust." Science 314:1731–1735.
  • Guan, Y., Huss, G. R., Leshin, L. A., MacPherson, Glenn J., and McKeegan, K. D. 2006. "Oxygen isotopes and 26Al-26Mg systematics of aluminum-rich chondrules from unequilibrated enstatite chondrites." Meteoritics & Planetary Science 41 (1):33–47. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1945-5100.2006.tb00191.x
  • MacPherson, Glenn J., Phipps, S., and Giaramita, M. J. 2006. "Tectonic implications of diverse igneous blocks in Franciscan m_slange: Northern California and southwestern Oregon." American Mineralogist 91 (10):1509–1520. https://doi.org/10.2138/am.2006.2177
  • Aléon, J., Krot, A. N., McKeegan, K. D., MacPherson, Glenn J., and Ulyanov, A. A. 2005. "Fine-grained, spinel-rich inclusions from the reduced CV chondrite Efremovka: II. Oxygen isotopic compositions." Meteoritics & Planetary Science 40:1043–1058.
  • Krot, A. N., Yurimoto, H., Hutcheon, I. D., and MacPherson, Glenn J. 2005. "Relative chronology of CAI and chondrule formation: Evidence from chondrule-bearing igneous CAIs." Nature 434:998–1001.
  • MacPherson, Glenn J. and Huss, G. R. 2005. "Petrogenesis of Al-rich chondrules: Evidence from bulk compositions and phase equilibria." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 69:3099–3127.
  • MacPherson, Glenn J., Simon, S. B., Davis, A. M., Grossman, L., and Krot, A. N. 2005. "Calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions: Major unanswered questions." Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series 341:225–250.
  • Krot, A. N., MacPherson, Glenn J., Ulyanov, A. A., and Petaev, Michail I. 2004. "Fine-grained, spinel-rich inclusions from the reduced CV chondrites Efremovka and Leoville: I. Mineralogy, petrology and bulk chemistry." Meteoritics & Planetary Science 39:1517–1553.
  • MacPherson, Glenn J., Huss, G. R., and Davis, A. M. 2003. "Extinct 10Be in Type A CAIs From CV chondrites." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 67:3165–3179.
  • Ivanova, Marina A., Petaev, Michail I., MacPherson, Glenn J., Nazarov, Michail A., Taylor, Lawrence A., and Wood, John A. 2002. "The first known natural occurrence of calcium monoaluminate, in a calcium-aluminum-rich inclusion from the CH chondrite Northwest Africa 470." Meteoritics & Planetary Science 37 (10):1337–1344.
  • Guan, Y., Huss, G. R., MacPherson, Glenn J., and Wasserburg, G. J. 2000. "Calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions from enstatite chondrites: Indigenous or foreign?." Science 289:1330–1333.
  • Guan, Y., McKeegan, K. D., and MacPherson, Glenn J. 2000. "Oxygen isotopes in calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions from enstatite chondrites: New evidence for a single CAI source in the solar nebula." Earth and Planetary Science Letters 181:271–277.
  • Russell, S. S., Davis, A. M., MacPherson, Glenn J., Guan, Y., and Huss, G. R. 2000. "Refractory inclusions from the ungrouped carbonaceous chondrites MAC 87300 and MAC 88107." Meteoritics & Planetary Science 35:1051–1066.
  • Russell, S. S., MacPherson, Glenn J., Leshin, L. A., and McKeegan, K. D. 2000. "160 Enrichments in Aluminum-Rich Chondrules from Ordinary Chondrites." Earth and Planetary Science Letters 184:57–74.
  • Giaramita, M., MacPherson, Glenn J., and Phipps, S. P. 1998. "Petrologically diverse basalts from a fossil oceanic forearc in California: The Llanada and Black Mountain remnants of the Coast Range Ophiolite." Geological Society of America Bulletin 110:553–571.
  • McKeegan, K. D., Leshin, L. A., Russell, S. S., and MacPherson, Glenn J. 1998. "Oxygen isotopic abundances in calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions from ordinary chondrites: Implications for nebular heterogeneity." Science 280:414–418.
  • Ivanov, A. V., MacPherson, Glenn J., Zolensky, M. E., Kononkova, N. N., and Migdisova, L. F. 1996. "The Kaidun meteorite: Composition and origin of inclusions in the metal of an enstatite chondrite clast." Meteoritics 31:621–626.
  • MacPherson, Glenn J., Zinner, E. K., and Grossman, J. N. 1996. "Plagioclase-rich chondrules in the ungrouped E3 chondrite LEW 87234: Trace elements, and a suggestion of excess 26Mg." Meteoritics (31): A81.
  • Russell, S. S., Huss, G. R., Wasserburg, G. J., and MacPherson, Glenn J. 1996. "Plagioclase-rich inclusions from the Coolidge meteorite: A distinct CAI population with no evidence for radiogenic 26Mg." Meteoritics (31): A119.
  • Russell, S. S., Srinivasan, G., Huss, G. R., Wasserburg, G. J., and MacPherson, Glenn J. 1996. "Evidence for Widespread 26Al in the Solar Nebula and Constraints for Nebula Timescales." Science 273:757–762.
  • MacPherson, Glenn J., Davis, A. M., and Zinner, E. K. 1995. "The distribution of aluminum26 in the early Solar System - A reappraisal." Meteoritics 30:365–386.
  • Loss, R. D., Lugmair, G. W., MacPherson, Glenn J., and Davis, A. M. 1994. "Isotopically distinct reservoirs in the solar nebula: Isotope anomalies in Vigarano meteorite inclusions." Astrophysical Journal Letters 436:L193.
  • MacPherson, Glenn J. and Davis, A. M. 1994. "Refractory inclusions in the prototypical CM chondrite, Mighei." Geochim.Cosmochim.Acta 58:5599–5625.
  • Caillet, C., MacPherson, Glenn J., and Zinner, E. K. 1993. "Petrologic and Al-Mg Isotopic Clues to the Accretion of Two Refractory Inclusions onto the Leoville Parent Body: One was Hot, the Other Wasn't." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 57:4725–4743.
  • MacPherson, Glenn J. and Davis, A. M. 1993. "A Petrologic and Ion Microprobe Study of a Vigarano Type-B Refractory Inclusion - Evolution by Multiple Stages of Alteration and Melting." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 57 (1):231–243.
  • Marvin, Ursula B. and MacPherson, Glenn J. 1992. "Field and Laboratory Investigations of Antarctic Meteorites Collected by United States Expeditions, 1985-1987." Smithsonian Contributions to the Earth Sciences (30): 1–116. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810274.30.1
  • Loss, R. D., Lugmair, G. W., MacPherson, Glenn J., and Davis, A. M. 1990. "Isotope Anomalies in Vigarano CAI's --Hic et ubique." Lunar and Planetary Science XXI:718–719.
  • Mao, X. -Y, Ward, B. J., Grossman, L., and MacPherson, Glenn J. 1990. "Chemical Compositions of Refractory Inclusions from the Vigarano and Leoville Carbonaceous Chondrites." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 54:2121–2132.
  • Sylvester, P. J., Grosman, L., and MacPherson, Glenn J. 1990. "Chemical Compositions of Leoville and Vigarano Inclusions." Lunar and Planetary Science XXI:1231–1232.
  • MacPherson, Glenn J., Crozaz, G., and Lundberg, L. L. 1989. "The Evolution of a Complex Type B Allende Inclusion: An Ion Microprobe Trace Element Study." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 53:2413–2427.
  • Marvin, Ursula B. and MacPherson, Glenn J. 1989. "Field and Laboratory Investigations of Meteorites from Victoria Land and the Thiel Mountains Region, Antarctica, 1982-1983 and 1983-1984." Smithsonian Contributions to the Earth Sciences (28): 1–146. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810274.28.1
  • MacPherson, Glenn J., Grossman, L., Hashimoto, A., Bar-Matthews, M., and Tanaka, T. 1984. "Petrographic Studies of Refractory Inclusions from the Murchison Meteorite." Journal of Geophysical Research Supplement 89:C299.

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Book
  • MacPherson, Glenn J., Mittlefehldt, D. W., and Jones, J. J. . , eds. 2008. Oxygen In The Solar System. Chantilly, VA: Mineralogical Society of America.
Chapter
  • Burbine T.H., Rivkin, A. S., Noble, S. K., Mothe-Diniz, T., Bottke, W. F., McCoy, Timothy J., Dyar, M. D., and Thomas, C. A. 2008. "Oxygen and asteroids." in Oxygen in the Solar System, edited by MacPherson, Glenn J., 273–343. Chantilly, VA: Reviewes in Mineralogy and Geochemistry.
  • MacPherson, Glenn J. 2003. "Calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions in chondritic meteorites." in Meteorites, Comets, and Planets Vol. 1 Treatise on Geochemistry, edited by Holland, H. D. and Turekian, K. K., 201–246. Elsevier-Pergamon.
  • Davis, A. M. and MacPherson, Glenn J. 1996. "Thermal processing in the solar nebula: Constraints from refractory inclusions." in Chondrules and the Protoplanetary Disk, edited by Hewins, R. H., Jones, R. H., and Scott, E. R. D., 71–76. Cambridge University Press.
  • Swindle, T. D., Davis, A. M., Hohenberg, C. M., MacPherson, Glenn J., and Nyquist, L. E. 1996. "Isotopic constraints on the timing of the formation of solids in the solar nebula." in Chondrules and the Protoplanetary Disk, edited by Hewins, R. H., Jones, R. H., and Scott, E. R. D., 77–86. Cambridge University Press.