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.
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.
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.
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.
Alex completed his BSc in Geology at Durham University in 2017 before studying for an MSc in Structural Geology with Geophysics at the University of Leeds. Whilst at Leeds, he studied the potential for Irish-Type Pb-Zn mineralisation in the Northumberland Basin, northern England. At Bristol, he will be investigating the structural controls on the development of magma bodies and porphyries.
Cameron is currently working on an MSci cproject with Lia Ituarte and Jon Blundy which looks at vein paragenesis and evolution of the hydrothermal system at the Spence Palaeocene Cu-Mo porphyry Cu deposit in Chile. The principal aim after completion of this project is to help explain the main hydrothermal and magmatic processes that occurred in the Spence deposit to generate the different types of veinlets analysed.