Edward Bunker

Personnel details

Dan Condon

Project Collaborators

Simon Tapster

Ed graduated from Oxford University in 2015 with an MEarthSci. During his studies, Ed did some exploration work for Reservoir Minerals, and worked on a high sulphidation deposit of theirs for his 4th year thesis. At Bristol, he will conduct an in-depth geochronological study of Spence mine in northern Chile to construct a magmatic, thermal, and fluid history of PCD formation.

Simon received his BSc and MSc in Geology and Mineralogy from Åbo Akademi University in Finland and has worked as a field geologist on exploration projects in both Sweden and Finland. At Bristol, Simon will investigate how granite emplacement and exhumation in the Central Andes can be tied to patterns of PCD formation, enrichment, and preservation.

MSci students

Rebecca received an MEarthSci from Oxford University in 2013. She then spent a year working with the Bristol PCD team as a research assistant before embarking on a NERC-funded PhD project in northeastern Greece. Her project is focused on understanding the relationship between post-orogenic granite emplacement, extension, and porphyry-epithermal mineralisation.

Debbie is based in Nagoya University, Japan. She received her BSc and MSc in Earth Sciences from the University of Hong Kong and has worked as an exploration geologist in an internship programme in NW China. Debbie’s PhD project focuses on the temporal relationship between magmatism and ore formation at Cerro Colorado mine in northern Chile.


Zafiri is working on an MSci research project with Jon Blundy and Lia Ituarte, comparing the alteration of the host rocks at Cerro Colorado and Don Manuel in Chile. The main aim of the project is to see how the different types of host rocks have been affected by hydrothermal alteration

Postgraduate students

Simon Dahlström

Rebbeca Perkins

Debbie Tsang

Isabel Lees

Isabel is working with Brian Tattich and Jon Blundy, looking into fluid inclusions found in volcanic rocks. I wy, looking in to fluid inclusions found in volcanic rocks. I will be using samples from Mt St Helens, Unzen and Laguna del Maule. 

Dan is head of the NERC Geochronology and Tracers Facility, part of the family of NERC Geochemistry Laboratories (NIGL) based at the British Geological Survey. He is a geologist who specialises in the collaborative application of (high-accuracy) geochronology to constrain a range of geological systems as a means to integrate datasets and constrain the tempo of processes.

Simon is an isotopic geochemist at NIGL. He has a background in mineral exploration and his research employs high-precision U-Pb geochronology with petrography and other isotopic tools to reconstruct the 4-D evolution of magmatic-hydrothermal ore deposits - from regional to deposit scale - from Cornwall to the SW Pacific.

Joe completed his MEarthSci at the University of Manchester, USA. For his 4th-year research, Joe identified and correlated tephra deposits in sediments from New Zealand. At Bristol, Joe's PhD project will focus on dating hematite in weathering profiles above PCDs in northern Chile, to investigate the chronology of supergene enrichment across the region.

Joe Shaw

Rich graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MSc in Natural Sciences in 2016, before completing several international internships in petrology and volcanology. He worked for the Tellus Programme, the flagship national geophysical and geochemical survey managed by the Geological Survey Ireland. And now he is starting his PhD at UoB, which will focus on magmatic and hydrothermal processes in volcanoes to understand how sub-volcanic ore-breccias form.

Richard Turley

Damaris Butters

Damaris graduated from the University of Bristol with an MSc in Earth Sciences, in 2017. She is now doing her PhD with Jon Blundy and Brian Tattich assesing the composition of zircon-hosted melt inclusions in altered porphyry systems in order to identify fertility indicators in porphyry copper intrusions.

Ben Topley

Ben is working with Jon Blundy and Cyril Chelle-Michou in the project ‘The origin of peculiar anhydrite bodies and veins within the Coroccohuayco Cu-Au porphyry-skarn deposit, Peru’. He is effectively working to discover the origin and formation of the anhydrite found at that mine. and understand how it formed. His MSci project will be finished by May 2018.

Zafiri Theodour