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Dr Katie McFall

Dr Katie McFall

Research Associate

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

+44 (0)29 2087 4331
Room 2.23C, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT


I am an economic geologist and geochemist working as part of the "NL4D" consortium to investigate the controls on Ni-Cu-PGE mineralisation in the Northern Bushveld Complex, South Africa. I am particularly interested in the geochemistry of critical and precious metals in the magmatic and magmatic-hydrothermal environment, how metals behave in high temperature hydrothermal systems and in the role of volatiles in layered ultramafic intrusions. I run the Cardiff University Fluid Inclusion Lab, which specialises in analysing high temperature fluids in unusual host minerals.

My research areas include:

  • Economic geology
  • Magmatic and hydrothermal processes
  • Igneous petrology
  • Analytical geochemistry
  • Applied mineralogy
  • Micro-analysis
  • Fluid inclusions


  • Research Associate - School of Earth and Environmental 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.

Academic positions

  • 2020 - present: Postdoctoral Research Associate, NL4D project, Cardiff University
  • 2017 - 2020: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Tellurium and Selenium cycling and supply project, Cardiff University
  • 2012 - 2016: Mayflower Scholar, University of Southampton

Committees and reviewing

  • Editorial Board, Economic Geology





My research uses field observations, petrology, analytical geochemistry and micro-analysis to help understand the behaviour of critical and precious metals in magmatic and hydrothermal systems. My current focus is investigating the role of fluids in the development of layered igneous intrusions and in magmatic sulphide Ni-Cu-PGE deposits.

My research interests include:

  • The role of volatiles in magmatic sulphide Ni-Cu-PGE deposits and layered ultra-mafic intrusions.
  • Main Zone hosted mineralisation in the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex.
  • Novel application of fluid inclusion analysis to ultra-mafic plutonic rocks and high temperature fluid inclusions.
  • The behaviour and distribution of semi-metals and precious metals in porphyry Cu deposits.
  • The role of volatiles in metal transport from mantle to upper crust.