암석지구화학(Geochemistry) 연구실에서는 암석(맨틀암, 화성암 등)과 그 구성광물의 화학성분(주성분, 미량원소성분, 동위원소성분 등)을 바탕으로 암석의 생성과정을 밝히며 나아가 지구와 행성에서의 원소 및 물질의 분포, 반응 및 이동과정에 대해 연구합니다.

Sung Hi Choi (崔成喜)


Department of Geological Sciences
Chungnam National University
99 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34134, S. KOREA
Phone: [+82] 42-821-6428
Fax: [+82] 42-821-8861



1987 – 1991    B. Sc. Department of Earth Science Education,  Seoul National University, Seoul, S. Korea.
1991 – 1993    M. Sc. Department of Earth Science Education, Seoul National University, Seoul, S. Korea.
1993 – 1998    Ph. D. Department of Earth Science Education, Seoul National University, Seoul, S. Korea.


2014 – present   Professor, Department of Geology and Earth Environmental Sciences, Chungnam National University
2009 – 2014    Associate Professor, Department of Geology and Earth Environmental Sciences, Chungnam National University
2007 – 2009    Senior Research Scientist, Korea Polar Research Institute
2004 – 2007    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Michigan
2000 – 2003    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Earth System Sciences, Yonsei University
1998 – 1999    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Gyeongsang National University


Geological Society of Korea, Petrological Society of Korea, Korean Earth Science Society, Geochemical Society, Geochemical Society, America Geophysical Union


My research interests are in igneous petrogenesis and mantle dynamics and evolution of the Earth and planets: Based on integrated use of petrography, major and trace element concentrations, and Sr, Nd, Pb, Hf, Os, Mg and O isotope systematics on minerals, whole-rock, and melt inclusions trapped in the early formed phenocrysts.
These tools are currently being applied to the following research projects:
(1) Petrogenesis of ultramafic rocks, and igneous rocks at mid-ocean ridge, arc and intraplate settings
(2) Nature of mantle heterogeneity
(3) Evolution of the Earth lithosphere
(4) Evolution of the eucrite parent body.


§Graduate students

Akizawa, N., Yamaguchi, A., Tani, K., Ishikawa, A., Fujita, R., Choi, S.H., 2021. Highly refractory dunite formation in Gibbs Island and Bruce Bank, and its role in the evolution of the circum-Antarctic continent. Canadian Mineralogist, 59, 1731-1753.

§Kim, S., Choi S.H.*, 2021. Geochemical studies on the mantle source lithologies of late Cenozoic alkali basalts from Baengnyeong, Pyeongtaek, and Asan in the Korean Peninsula. Lithos, 404-405, 106434.

Kim, Y.H., Choi, S.H., Yu, Y., Kim, K.J., 2021. Basic lunar topography and geology for space scientists. Journal of Space and technology and Applications, 1, 217-240 (in Korean with English abstract).

§Yi E.J., Choi S.H.*, Kim, J.-I., Lee, J.-H., Kim, N.K., 2021, Geochronology and Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf-O isotope geochemistry of Miocene intrusive rocks from Tsushima Islands, Japan: Constraints on petrogenesis and tectonic setting. Lithos, 398-399, 106280.

§Kim J.I., Choi S.H.*, 2021, Petrogenesis and tectonic implications of the late Paleoproterozoic (ca. 1.7 Ga) post-collisional magmatism in the southwestern Geyonggi Massif at Garorim Bay, South Korea. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences: X, 5,10050.

§Hoang T.H.A., Choi S.H.*, Yu Y., Hieu, P.T., 2021, Geochemical constraints on the evolution of the lithospheric mantle beneath central and southern Vietnam. Geosciences Journal, 25, 433-451.

§Choi H.-O., Choi S.H.*, Kim, S.-S., 2021, Zircon U-Pb geochronology and Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf isotope geochemistry for Permian-Early Triassic arc-related magmatism in Pohang, Jangsari, and Yeongdeok, southeastern Korean Peninsula. Lithos, 105930.

Choi S.H., 2021, Geochemistry and petrogenesis of Quaternary volcanic rocks from Ulleung Island, South Korea. Lithos, 105874.

§Choi H.-O., Choi S.H.*, Lee Y., Ryu J.-S., Lee D.-C., Lee S.-G., Sohn Y.K., Liu J., 2020, Petrogenesis and mantle source characteristics of the late Cenozoic Baekdusan (Changbaishan) basalts, North China Craton. Gondwana Research, 78, 156-171.

§Jung S.G., Choi S.H.*, Ji K.H., Ryu J.-S., Lee D.-C., 2019, Geochemistry of volcanic rocks from Oldoinyo Lengai, Tanzania: Implications for mantle source lithology. Lithos, 350-351, 105223.

§Kim J.I., Choi, S.H.*, Yi, K., Lee, S., 2019, SHRIMP U-Pb zircon ages of Jigokri migmatitic gneisses at Garorim bay, Southwestern Gyeonggi massif. Journal of the Geological Society of Korea, 55, 191-205 (in Korean with English abstract).

§Kim JI, Choi SH*, Koh GW, Park JB, Ryu J-S, 2019, Petrogenesis and mantle source characteristics of volcanic rocks on Jeju Island, South Korea. Lithos, 326-327, 476-490.

§Kim JI,  Choi SH*, Yi K, 2019, Petrogenesis of Mesozoic granites at Garorim Bay, South Korea: evidence for an exotic block within the southwestern Gyeonggi massif? Geosciences Journal, 23, 1-20.

Choi SH, Mukasa SB, Ravizza G, Fleming TH, Marsh BD, Bedard JHJ, 2019, Fossil subduction zone origin for magmas in the Ferrar Large Igneous Province, Antarctica: Evidence from PGE and Os isotope systematics in the Basement Sill of the McMurdo Dry Valleys. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 506, 507-519.

§Hoang THA, Choi SH*, Yu Y, Pham TH, Nguyen KH, Ryu J-S, 2018, Geochemical constraints on the spatial distribution of recycled oceanic crust in the mantle source of late Cenozoic basalts, Vietnam. Lithos, 296-299, 382-395.

LeMasurier WE, Choi SH, Kawachi Y, Mukasa S, Rogers N, 2018, Dual origins for pantellerites, and other puzzles, at Mount Takahe volcano, Marie Byrd Land, West Antarctica. Lithos, 296-299, 142-162.

§Park K, Choi SH*, Cho M, Lee, D-C, 2017, Evolution of the lithospheric mantle beneath Mt. Baekdu (Changbaishan): Constraints from geochemical and Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic studies on peridotite xenoliths in trachybasalt. Lithos, 286-287, 330-344.

§Choi H-O, Choi SH*, Schiano P, Cho M, Cluzel N, Devidal J-L, Ha K, 2017, Geochemistry of olivine-hosted melt inclusions in the Baekdusan (Changbaishan) basalts: Implications for recycling of oceanic crustal materials into the mantle source. Lithos, 284-285, 194-206.

§An A-R, Choi SH*, Yu Y, Lee D-C, 2017, Petrogenesis of Late Cenozoic basaltic rocks from southern Vietnam. Lithos, 272-273, 192-204.

§Cintron Franqui NO, Choi SH*, Lee D-C, 2017, Peridotites and basaltic rocks within an ophiolitic mélange from the SW igneous province of Puerto Rico: relation to the evolution of the Caribbean Plate. Geological Magazine, 154, 96-118.

Liu, S-C, Xia Q-K, Choi SH, Deloule E, Li P, Liu J, 2016, Continuous supply of recycled Pacific oceanic materials in the source of Cenozoic basalts in SE China: The Zhejiang case. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 171, 100, DOI 10.1007/s00410-016-1310-4.

§Kim NK, Choi SH*, 2016, Petrogenesis of Late Triassic ultramafic rocks from the Andong Ultramafic Complex, South Korea. Lithos, 264, 28-40.

§Oh J-I, Choi SH*, Yi K, 2016, Origin of adakite-like plutons in southern Korea. Lithos, 262, 620-635.

LeMasurier WE, Choi SH, Hart SR, Mukasa SB, Rogers N, 2016, Reconciling the shadow of a subduction signature with rift geochemistry and tectonic environment in Eastern Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica. Lithos, 260, 134-153.

Choi SH, 2016, Petrogenesis of Early Cretaceous magmatism in eastern China and the Gyeongsang Basin, Korean Peninsula. Journal of the Petrological Society of Korea, 25, 51-67 (in Korean with English abstract).

§Kim NK, Choi SH*, Dale CW, 2016, Sulfide-scale insights into platinum-group element behavior during carbonate mantle metasomatism and evolution of Spitsbergen lithospheric mantle. Lithos, 246-247, 182-196.

Anh HT, Hieu PT, Tu VL, Son LM, Choi SH, Yu Y, 2015, Age and tectonic implications of Paleoproterozoic Deo Khe granitoids within the Phan Si Pan Zone, Vietnam. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 111, 781-791.

Cheong C-S, Kim N, Jo HJ, Cho M, Choi SH, Zhou H, Geng J-Z, 2015, Lithospheric mantle signatures as revealed by zircon Hf isotopes of Late Triassic post-collisional plutons from the central Korean peninsula, and their tectonic implications. Terra Nova, 27, 97-105.

§Lee JJ, Choi SH*, Lee J-I, Choe MY, 2015, Petrogenesis of dunites from Gibbs Island, South Shetland Island, Antarctica. Geosciences Journal, 19, 33-44.

Choo MK, Kim KH, Lee JI, Lee MJ, Choi SH, Park K-H, 2015, Oxygen isotopic heterogeneity of Pali Aike basaltic magmas from southern Patagonia as evidenced by oxygen isotope compositions of olivines. Geochemical Journal, 49, 83-101.

Choi SH, 2014, Lu-Hf isotopic systematics and its applications for geology. Journal of the Petrological Society of Korea, 23, 229-237 (in Korean with English abstract).

§Choi H-O, Choi SH*, Yu Y, 2014, Isotope geochemistry of Jeongok basalts, northernmost South Korea: Implications for the enriched mantle end-member component. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 91, 56-68.

§Baek S, Choi SH*, Lee S-G, Lee SR, Lee HM, 2014, Geochemistry of anorthositic xenolith and host tholeiite basalt from Jeju Island, South Korea. Geosciences Journal, 18, 125-135.

§Kwon S-K, Choi SH*, Lee D-C, 2013, Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf isotope geochemistry of basaltic rocks from the Cretaceous Gyeongsang Basin, South Korea: Implications for basin formation. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 73, 504-519.

Choi SH, Schiano P, Chen Y, Devida J-L, Choo MK, Lee J-I, 2013, Melt inclusions in olivine and plagioclase phenocrysts from Antarctic-Phoenix Ridge basalts: Implications for origins of N- and E-type MORB parent magmas. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 253, 75-86.

§Choi H-O, Choi SH*, Lee D-C, Kang H-C, 2013, Geochemical evolution of basaltic volcanism within the tertiary basins of southeastern Korea and the opening of the East Sea. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 249, 109-122.

Choi SH, Mukasa SB, 2012, Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd isotope systematics of Korean spinel peridotites: A case for metasomatically induced Nd-Hf decoupling. Lithos, 154, 263-276.

Shervais JW, Choi SH, 2012, Subduction initiation along transform faults: The proto-Franciscan subduction zone. Lithosphere, 4, 484-496.

§Kim YS, Choi SH*, 2012, Plagioclase-rich nodules in Taeheungri basalts from Namwon, Jeju Island and its implications for tholeiite magmatism. Journal of the Geological Society of Korea, 48, 313-324 (in Korean with English abstract).

Choi SH, §Kim NK, 2012, Petrogenesis of anhydrous clinopyroxenite xenoliths and clinopyroxene megacrysts in alkali basalts from the Ganseong area of South Korea. Island Arc, 21, 101-117.

Choi SH, 2012, Lithospheric mantle beneath the Korean Peninsula: Implications from peridotite xenoliths in alkali basalts. Journal of the Petrological Society of Korea, 21, 235-247 (in Korean with English abstract).

LeMasurier WE, Choi SH, Kawachi Y, Mukasa SB, Rogers NW, 2011, Evolution of pantellerite-trachyte-phonolite volcanoes by fractional crystallization of basanite magma in a continental rift setting, Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 162, 1175-1199.

Shervais JW, Choi SH, Sharp WD, Ross J, Zoglman-Schuman M, Mukasa SB, 2011, Serpentinite matrix mélange: Implications of mixed provenance for mélange formation. In: Wakabayashi J, Dilek Y (ed), Mélanges: Processes of Formation and Societal Significance. Geological Society of America, Special Publications 480, pp. 1-30.

Choi SH, Suzuki K, Mukasa SB, Lee JI, Jung H, 2010, Lu-Hf and Re-Os systematics of peridotite xenoliths from Spitsbergen, western Svalbard: Implications for mantle-crust coupling. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 297, 121-132.

Jean MM, Shervais JW, Choi SH, Mukasa SB, 2010, Melt extraction and melt refertilization in mantle peridotite of the Coast Range ophiolite: an LA-ICP-MS study. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 159, 113-136.

Jung HM, Mo W, Choi SH, 2009, Deformation microstructures of olivine in peridotite from Spitsbergen, Svalbard and implications for seismic anisotropy. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 27, 707-720.

Choi SH, Shervais JW, Mukasa SB, 2008, Supra-subduction and abyssal mantle peridotites of the Coast Range ophiolite, California. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 156, 551-576.

Choi SH, Mukasa SB, Shervais JW, 2008, Initiation of Franciscan subduction along a large-offset fracture zone: Evidence from mantle peridotites, Stonyford, California. Geology, 36, 595-598.

Choi SH, Mukasa SB, Zhou X-H, Xian XH, Andronikov AV, 2008, Mantle dynamics beneath East Asia constrained by Sr, Nd, Pb and Hf isotopic systematics of ultramafic xenoliths and their host basalts from Hannuoba, North China. Chemical Geology, 248, 40-61.

Choi SH, Choe WH, Lee JI, 2008, Mantle Heterogeneity beneath the Antarctic-Phoenix Ridge in the Drake Passage off Antarctic Peninsula. Island Arc, 17, 172-182.

Choi SH, Mukasa SB, Andronikov AV, Marcano MC, 2007, Extreme Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf isotopic compositions exhibited by the Tinaquillo peridotite massif, Northern Venezuela: Implications for geodynamic setting. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 153, 443-463.

Choi SH, Mukasa SB, Kwon S-T, Andronikov AV, 2006, Sr, Nd, Pb and Hf isotopic compositions of late Cenozoic alkali basalts in South Korea: Evidence for mixing between the two dominant asthenospheric mantle domains beneath East Asia. Chemical Geology, 232, 134-151.

Choi SH, Mukasa SB, Andronikov AV, Osanai Y, Harley SL, Kelly NM, 2006, Lu-Hf systematics of the ultra-high temperature Napier metamorphic complex in Antarctica: Evidence for the early Archean differentiation of Earth’s mantle. Earth and Planetary Sciences Letters, 246, 305-316.

Choi SH, Kwon S-T, Mukasa SB, Sagong H, 2005, Sr-Nd-Pb isotope and trace element systematics of mantle xenoliths from Late Cenozoic alkaline lavas, South Korea. Chemical Geology, 221, 40-64.

Choi SH, Kwon S-T, 2005, Mineral chemistry of spinel peridotite xenoliths from Baengnyeong Island, South Korea, and its implications for the paleogeotherm of the uppermost mantle. The Island Arc, 14, 236-253.

Choi SH, Lee J-I, Park C-H, Moutte J, 2002, Geochemistry of peridotite xenoliths in alkali basalts from Jeju Island, Korea. The Island Arc, 11, 221-235.

Choi SH, Jwa YJ, Lee HY, 2001, Geothermal gradient of the upper mantle beneath Jeju Island, Korea: Evidence from mantle xenoliths. The Island Arc, 10, 175-193.

Sagong H, Kwon S-T, Cheong C-S, Choi SH, 2001, Geochemical and isotopic studies of the Cretaceous igneous rocks in the Yeongdong Basin, Korea: Implications for the origin of magmatism in pull-apart basin. Geosciences Journal, 5, 191-201.

Choi SH, 2000, Oxidation state of mantle xenoliths from Jeju-do, South Korea. Geosciences Journal, 4, 211-220.