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kimberlite diamond

I graduated from the University of Padua with a B.Sc. in Geological Sciences in 2008 and then moved to Germany where I obtained both my M.Sc. (2010) and PhD (2014) in Experimental Geosciences at the Bayerisches Geoinstitut, University of Bayreuth. As a Postdoctoral Research Associate, I spent a year in the United States at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (IL) and then moved to the University College London (UK) in 2015.


Martha G. Pamato

Martha Pamato

Associate Professor of Mineralogy
Department of Geosciences
University of Padua

The Engelhard diamond on kimberlite

Photo: Rick Sheridan/American Museum of Natural History

Diamonds as the key to unravel the source of Earth's water

ERC Starting Grant - INHERIT


The INHERIT Project aims to better understand the source of Earth's water. Our results will have long-term applications for understanding planet habitability and the geological and biological evolution of planets in our Solar System and beyond. 


Our Team consists of researchers from around the world who are experts in diamond geology, mineral physics, mineralogy, crystallography, geochemistry and planetary sciences.

INHERIT - Research

Our main research goal is to determine the primordial D/H ratio of the Earth by analysis of the H isotopic composition of diamonds.

INHERIT - Publications

We are currently working on several projects/publications, we will post information about these on the News and Publication pages.

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News and Updates

We are excited to welcome our new INHERIT post-doc Dr. Francesca Innocenzi

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