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Dr Beth Simons

Research Fellow


What I do at CSM

I am a postdoctoral research fellow working on the EU Horizon 2020 Project "FAME: Flexible and mobile economic processing technologies". The project aims to improve processing technologies of low grade and / or complex deposits and is focused on Li-, Sn- and W-dominated greisen, skarn and pegmatite deposits across Europe. My role in the project is to examine and describe ore specimens and mineral processing products using a combination of transmitted and reflected light optical microscopy and QEMSCAN.

For more information on the project see:

Other people working on the FAME project at CSM include: Jens Andersen, Chris Bryan, Gavyn Rollinson and Rachel Bransgrove

In addition to the FAME project, I continue to work on research related to tin granites and their mineral deposits (Research).

Outside of research, I visit local primary schools to talk about all things rocks, minerals and mining. This is usually in conjuction with "Cornish Mining" topics, common in Cornish schools, but I am happy to visit anytime. Resources for activites have been developed with a MAT Science Leader to ensure that they fit appropriately into KS1/2 science curriculum. I have previously spoken to a KS4 chemistry group about careers and my experiences of mining.

I also run the CSM Twitter account (@CambSchMines) if you would like to keep up with department news.


  • PhD Geology - Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter (2015)
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Geology - 1st Class - Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter (2011)


  • October 2015 - present: Research Fellow, Camborne School of Mines
  • May 2008 - present: Crew, St. Agnes RNLI Lifeboat (trainee helm from 2016)
  • 2015 - Project Mineralogist, Petrolab Ltd.
  • 2014 - GIS Technician, Treliver Minerals
  • 2011 - Mine Geologist, Anglo American Chile
  • 2001-2011 - Jobs allied to tourism / hospitality in Cornwall.


  • ProfGrad IMMM
  • Member of the Society of Economic Geologists
  • Member of the Mineralogical Society
  • Member of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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