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Dr Kathryn Moore

Senior Lecturer in Critical and Green Technology Metals


Telephone: 01326 255693

Office telephone: +44 (0)1326 255693

Kate Moore gained degree qualifications in geology (BSc), experimental petrology (PhD) and archaeology (Dip) from the University of Edinburgh, University of Bristol and National University of Ireland, Galway. She led the Magmatic Studies Group at the National University of Ireland, Galway from 1999 and moved to the Camborne School of Mines in 2012, as lecturer in Critical and Green Technology Metals. She was Expert Council Leader in HiTech AlkCarb (New Geomodels to explore deeper for High-Technology critical raw materials in Alkaline rocks and Carbonatites) and Project Lead for IMP@CT (Integrated Modular Plant and Containerised Tools for selective, low-impact mining of small, high-grade deposits). She serves on the Time and Tide working group to promote the natural, cultural and industrial heritage of the post-mining Perranzabuloe Community in Cornwall. Kate teaches igneous petrology and evolution of planetary systems, and supports student research and fieldwork.

Research interests:

  • Whole systems perspectives on security of resource supply, particularly for the raw materials used in the low-carbon energy technologies. 
  • The geological concentration of the technology metals that may be subject to critically short supply. 
  • Processes operating at depth in critical metal-hosting magmatic systems such as carbonatites and alkaline rocks.
  • The ethics of mining for an extended and diversified set of technology metals.

Teaching contributions:

  • CSM2312 Igneous and Metaorphic Petrology (module leader and lecturer)
  • CSM3059 Evolution of Earth and Planetary Systems  (module leader and lecturer)
  • CSMM436 Materials handling, dewatering and waste management (module leader)
  • CSM3379 BSc Summer Vacation Project (project supervisor)
  • CSMM047 MSc Research Project (project supervisor)
  • CSMM439 MGEOL REsearch Project (project supervisor)
  • CSMM440 Research Frontiers in Earth Science 


Qualifications and Affiliations:

  • Diploma in Archaeology, National University of Ireland Galway 2006
  • PhD ‘Melting of a Carbonated Mantle’, University of Bristol 1999
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Geology, University of Edinburgh 1994

Professional History:

  • Lecturer in Geology, National University of Ireland Galway 1999-2012
  • Part-time lecturer in Geology, University of Bristol 1997-1998
  • Air Quality Monitoring Officer, DFID (Montserrat Volcano Observatory) 1998

External appointments:

  • 2003-2005, Adjunct Associate Professor, Boston University.
  • 2020-2024, External Examiner for geology, University of Brighton