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Prof Ben Williamson

Associate Professor in Applied Mineralogy


Telephone: 01326 371856

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

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


  • 2007 - present: University of Exeter - Camborne School of Mines - Lecturer, Senior Lecturer then Associate Professor 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: Service company Geologist for Amoco (Mauritania), Hunt (Yemen) and Agip/Elf (Congo).



  • Fei Zhang (Eric) - PhD student - China Scholarship Council - University of Exeter - Discriminating porphyry, skarn-forming and 'barren' magmatic/hydrothermal systems in the Daye District, China (First supervisor - full time - commenced September 2017).
  • Lawrence Carter - PhD student - NERC GW4+ DTP - Exsolution depth and migration pathways of mineralising fluids in porphyry deposit-forming magmatic systems (First supervisor - full time - commenced September 2017).
  • Callum Scott - PhD student - NERC GW4+ DTP - Development of exploration tools for granite-breccia-hosted mineral deposits (First supervisor - full-time, commenced September 2016).
  • Siti Tohar – PhD student – funded by the Malaysian Government. REE potential of granites in Malaysia (First supervisor, full-time, commenced January 2015).
  • Alison Cox – MSc by Research – self-funded. Effects of acid and Fe concentration on reaction rates in enargite-bearing wastes (Second supervisor, full-time, commenced June 2016).
  • Sam Hughes – PhD student – self-funded. Structural and paragenetic evolution of mineralisation in the St. Ives Mining District (Second supervisor, part-time, commenced July 2009).
  • Evangelos Mouchos – MSc by Research, self-funded. REE potential of bauxites from Greece (Second supervisor, full-time, commenced November 2013, completed January 2016).
  • Ben Snook – PhD student - co-funded by the CSM Trust and Norwegian Geological Survey. Geology and mineral chemistry of barren and rare metal pegmatites in the south Norwegian Bamble-Evje pegmatite cluster (First supervisor, full-time, commenced October 2010, completed May 2014).
  • 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, completed February 2015).
  • Vistorina Do Cabo – PhD student - 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, completed June 2014).
  • Liaqat Ali – PhD student - 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 – PhD student - 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 – PhD student - University of Cambridge – NERC CASE studentship (2007, CASE partner at Natural History Museum, London). The production and toxicity of respirable silica particles from biomass burning (CASE supervisor, full time, commenced October 2006, completed May 2010).