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Dr Hannah Hughes

Senior 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, the underlying controls (in space and time) for mineralisation in the crust, the ‘fingerprints’ of metallic mineralisation and the ancient histories of the oldest portions of the Earth’s lithosphere (cratons). I have further research pursuits in the generation and mitigation of gases in igneous rocks, particularly hazardous in some underground mines.

Research overview


  • platinum-group elements (PGE) and highly siderophile elements
  • orthomagmatic Ni-Cu-PGE mineralisation
  • mantle xenoliths and diamond inclusions
  • lamprophyres and kimberlites
  • sulphide minerals
  • precious and critical metals
  • craton-specific exploration
  • gas outbursts and mines / generation of gases from igneous rocks

Geographic areas:

  • Bushveld Complex
  • Kaapvaal and Kalahari Cratons
  • North Atlantic Craton (NAC)
  • North Atlantic Igneous Province (NAIP)
  • British Palaeogene Igneous Province (BPIP)
  • Caledonides
  • Geology of Scotland and Northern Ireland  
  • Cornish Geology


  • 2017 - present: Lecturer in Geology, CSM, University of Exeter
  • 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 South Africa
  • Women in Mining
  • Mineral Deposits Studies Group


If you’re interested in research collaboration, a PhD or an MSc, please 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.