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Dr Ben Williamson

Programme Director and Senior Lecturer in Applied Mineralogy

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ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS
BSc (Hons) Geology, 1988 (University of London)
PhD Geology (Granite petrology), 1991 (University of London)

AFFILIATIONS
Member of the Mineralogical Society
Member of the Mineral Deposits Studies Group
Expert Member of the International Volcanic Health Hazards Network

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

  • 2007 University of Exeter - Camborne School of Mines
    Senior Lecturer in Applied Mineralogy.
  • 2004 - 2007 The Natural History Museum, London
    Electron Microscopist/Researcher.
  • 2000 - 2004 The Natural History Museum, London
    Head of Environmental Assessment Programme of the EU-FP5 MinUrals Contract.
  • 1998 - 2000 University of Bristol
    Scientific Coordinator of the European Union Geochemical Facility.
  • 1994 - 1998 The Natural History Museum, London
    Researcher/IT Manager for the Department of Mineralogy.
  • 1991 - 1993 Geoservices Geologist for Amoco (Mauritania), Hunt (Yemen) and Agip/Elf (Congo).

RESEARCH

  • Developing exploration tools for magmatic-hydrothermal ore deposits
  • Eruption mechanisms in andesitic volcanoes
  • Mineralogical and chemical factors determining the toxicity of airborne particulate
  • Environmental impacts of mining-related activities 
  • Granite petrology and the magmatic-hydrothermal transition  

RECENT RESEARCH PROJECTS (2005 to date)

  • Cristobalite in dome rocks from the Soufrière Hills volcano, Montserrat: implications for respiratory health hazards.
  • Eruption mechanisms of the Soufrière Hills volcano, Montserrat.
  • Impact Monitoring of Mineral Resources Exploitation (ImpactMin) EU–FP7 project to develop new methods and a new toolset for impact monitoring of mining operations using Earth Observations and in-situ data (Commenced January 2010).
  • Production of deleterious respirable silica airborne particulate from the burning of siliceous biomass (NERC CASE studentship with Cambridge University and Natural History Museum).
  • Development of geochemical and mineralogical methods for targeting lower environmental impact secondary copper deposits in the Troodos Massif, Cyprus (NERC CASE studentship with Natural History Museum and British Geological Survey).  

RESEARCH STUDENTS

  • Abdulqadir Abdurrahman – Funded by the Petroleum Technology Development Fund of Nigeria. Petrogenesis and economic potential of pegmatites in Kwara State, Nigeria (Second supervisor, full-time, commenced October 2011).
  • Ben Snook - Co-funded by the CSM and Norwegian Geological Survey. Geology and mineral chemistry of barren and rare metal pegmatites in the south Norwegian Bamble-Evje pegmatite cluster (Primary supervisor, full-time, commenced October 2010).
  • Sam Hughes – Self funded. Structural and paragenetic evolution of mineralisation in the St. Ives Mining District (Second supervisor, part-time, commenced July 2009).
  • Daniel Parvaz - NERC CASE studentship. Development of geochemical and mineralogical methods for targeting lower environmental impact secondary copper deposits in the Troodos Massif, Cyprus. (First supervisor, full-time, commenced October 2009).
  • Vicki Niku-Paavola - Funded by the Africa-America Foundation. The geology, mineralogy and geochemical features of the primary HREE–enriched carbonatite complex at Lofdal, Namibia. (Second supervisor, part-time, commenced 2008).
  • Liaqat Ali – Funded by Government of Pakistan (transferred after 1 year from Manchester University 2008). Genetic models for gold and base metal mineralisation associated with the Shyok Suture Zone and Kohistan Arc, north Pakistan; based on mineralogical and geochemical studies of stream sediments (First supervisor, full-time, commenced March 2008, completed October 2010).
  • Alison Turner – Funded via University of Plymouth. Sustainable management of mine water pollution from headwaters to estuaries (Second supervisor, full-time, commenced October 2007, completed November 2010).
  • Jennifer Le Blond – University of Cambridge – NERC CASE studentship (2007, obtained as CASE partner at Natural History Museum, London) studying formation of cristobalite from biomass burning. No financial contribution to University of Exeter. (CASE supervisor, full time, commenced October 2006, completed May 2010).

RECENT GRANTS

  • NERC Isotope Geosciences Facilities grant 2011 (IP-1261-0511). Project: Isotopic discrimination of gossans overlying lower environmental impact secondary Cu deposits: towards a new exploration model. 
  • EU FP7-ENV-2009-1 (Led by Geonardo Ltd., Hungary) - Impact Monitoring of Mineral Resources Exploitation.
  • NERC Open Case PhD studentship - Development of geochemical and mineralogical methods for targeting lower environmental impact secondary copper deposits in the Troodos Massif, Cyprus, with the Natural History Museum and British Geological Survey.

 

 

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