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Dr Hannah Hughes

Lecturer in Exploration and Mining Geology


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I am an economic geologist and geochemist at the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter. My research interests include the metal budget of the mantle with the aim of understanding the underlying controls (in space and time) for mineralisation in the crust. I am also interested in using the ancient histories of the oldest portions of the Earth’s crust (cratons) to predict the ‘fingerprints’ of metallic mineralisation.

I have further research pursuits in the generation and mitigation of gases in igneous rocks, particularly hazardous in some underground mines.

Research overview:

Topics: Orthomagmatic Ni-Cu-PGE mineralisation, mantle xenoliths, lamprophyres, kimberlites, sulphide minerals, precious and critical metals, highly siderophile elements, diamond inclusions, craton-specific exploration, underground mine gas outbursts

Areas: The Bushveld Complex, Kaapvaal and Kalahari Cratons, North Atlantic Craton, Scotland, Northern Ireland  


  • 2015 - 2016: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (Claude Leon Foundation and Centre of Excellence, CIMERA)
  • 2011 - 2015: PhD studentship, Cardiff University, UK
  • 2010 - 2011: MSc in Mining Geology, Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, UK
  • 2006 - 2010: MESc in Earth Science, University of Oxford, UK


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Professional Bodies:

  • Applied Mineralogy Group (Committee Chair)
  • Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Society of Economic Geologists
  • Geological Society of London
  • Geological Society of South Africa
  • Women in Mining
  • Mineral Deposits Studies Group


If you’re interested in research collaboration, a PhD or an MSc, please do get in touch. Similarly, if you’re interested in getting involved with the Applied Mineralogy Group of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, I’d love to hear from you.


Applied Mineralogy Group (Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland) including 'Applied Mineralogist'

Camborne School of Mines Association

CIMERA (Centre of Excellence for Integrated Mineral and Energy Resource Analysis)

CSM Chapter of SEG

Soapbox Science

Women in Mining