Anatoly N. Zaitsev

Teaching courses

  • Mineralogy
  • Physical properties of mineral
  • Methos of mineral analyses
  • Instrumental methods of mineral investigations and data interpretation


Professor, Department of Mineralogy


Education, scientific degrees and titles

  • 1986, Dipl. Mineralogist (MSc), Leningrad State University, Department of Mineralogy
  • 1992, PhD in Geology and Mineralogy St. Petersburg State University, Mineralogy of the Khibina REE carbonatites and principal features of their genesis
  • 2011, Doctor of Sciences in Geology and Mineralogy, St. Petersburg State University, Mineralogy, geochemistry and postmagmatic alteration of volcanic carbonatites from the Gregory rift (East Africa)

Research IDs

Research interests

alkaline rocks, carbonatites

Key publications

  1. Zaitsev A.N., Britvin S.N., Kearsley A., Wenzel T., Kirk C. (2017): Jörgkellerite, Na3Mn3+3(PO4)2(CO3)O2 ∙ 5H2O, a new layered phosphate-carbonate mineral from the Oldoinyo Lengai volcano, Gregory rift, northern Tanzania. Mineralogy and Petrology, 111, 373–381.
  2. Zaitsev A.N., Williams C.T., Jeffries T.E., Strekopytov S., Moutte J., Ivashchenkova O.V., Spratt J., Petrov S.V., Wall F., Seltmann R., Borozdin A.P. (2015): Rare earth elements in phoscorites and carbonatites of the Devonian Kola Alkaline Province, Russia: Examples from Kovdor, Khibina, Vuoriyarvi and TuriyMys complexes. Ore Geology Reviews, 64, 477–498.
  3. Zaitsev, A.N. & Keller, J. (2006): Mineralogical and chemical transformation of Oldoinyo Lengai natrocarbonatites, Tanzania. Lithos, 91, 191–207.
  4. Wall, F & Zaitsev, A.N. (2004): Phoscorites and Carbonatites from Mantle to Mine: the Key Example of the Kola Alkaline Province. Mineralogical Society Series, 10. Mineralogical Society, London, 503 pp.
  5. Amelin, Yu. & Zaitsev, A.N. (2002): Precise geochronology of phoscorites and carbonatites: the critical role of U-series disequilibrium in age interpretation. GeochimicaetCosmochimicaActa, 66, 2399–2419.

The Head of Current Research Fundings

  • 2018-2020, RFBR, Neogene-Quaternary alkaline and carbonatite volcanism: mineralogy, geochemistry and assessment of postmagmatic transformations
  • 2018-2021, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Quaternary volcanism in the Gregory rift and Crater Highlands: The petrogenetic link between primitive and highly evolved peralkaline rocks

Awards and honors

  • 2011, A.P. Karpinsky Medal and Prize in the field of geological sciences for outstanding scientific results (Government of St. Petersburg and RAS)

Other professional activities

  • Member of the Russian Mineralogical Society

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