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Dr Katie McFall

Dr Katie McFall

Research Associate

School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Email:
mcfallk@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4331
Location:
2.23C, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT

I am an economic geologist and geochemist working as part of the "Cycling and Supply of Tellurium and Selenium" NERC consortium to investigate the source and distribution of Tellurium and Selenium in ore deposits in order to help find new supplies of these essential elements. I am particularly interested in the geochemistry of critical and precious metals in the magmatic and magmatic-hydrothermal environment and in how metals behave in high temperature hydrothermal systems.

My research areas include:

  • Economic geology
  • Magmatic and hydrothermal processes
  • Analytical geochemistry
  • Applied mineralogy
  • Micro-analysis
  • Fluid inclusions
  • Research Associate - School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University (2017-present)
  • PhD - School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton (2016)
  • MSci Geology - School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton (2012)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Geological Society
  • Member of the Society of Economic Geologists
  • European Association of Geochemists
  • Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits.

My research uses field observations, petrology, analytical geochemistry and micro-analysis to help understand the behaviour of ‘critical’ metals – metals which are crucial for high-tech industry, but are associated with a supply risk – in magmatic and hydrothermal systems. My current focus is investigating the geochemistry of Tellurium and Selenium in the magmatic and magmatic-hydrothermal environments.

My research interests include:

  • The role of volatiles in magmatic sulphide Ni-Cu-PGE deposits.
  • The behaviour and distribution of semi-metals and precious metals in porphyry Cu deposits.
  • Main Zone hosted mineralisation in the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex.